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What's on in the Midlands

Published: 8 September 2019
Reporter: Steve Orme

Angela Browne in association with Tabs Productions stages N J Crisp’s thriller Dangerous Obsession at Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury from Monday until Wednesday.

Shane Richie plays Archie Rice, Sara Crowe is his wife Phoebe and Diana Vickers plays their daughter Jean in John Osborne’s The Entertainer at Malvern Theatres from Monday until Saturday.

Buddy – the Buddy Holly Story is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a UK tour which raves on in Derngate, Northampton from Monday until Saturday.

A new festival “celebrating and raising awareness of sign language and the fact that Derby has the second largest deaf community outside London”, Derby Signfest will feature theatre, workshops, family activities and tours at Derby Theatre from Monday until Sunday and includes Taking Flight Theatre Company’s presentation of You’ve Got Dragons, a “humorous exploration of the dragons we face”, on Sunday.

John Partridge plays Emcee and Kara Lily Hayworth is Sally Bowles in Kander and Ebb’s musical Cabaret at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham from Tuesday until Saturday.

A “passionate and contemporary re-imagining of Shakespeare’s classic love story”, Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet dances into Birmingham Hippodrome from Tuesday until Saturday.

An “ambitious, new outdoor experience” produced by Coventry-based Imagineer Productions, Bridge, which is created by artists and engineers and inspired by real-life stories of bridging divides, will appear in the Market Place, Grantham from Thursday until Saturday.

The true story of missing World War II soldier and prisoner of war Arthur Robinson, In Loyal Company, written and performed by his great-nephew David William Bryan, can be seen in the Studio at Lichfield Garrick on Saturday.

The People’s Theatre Company brings the nursery rhyme There Was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Fly to life at The Core at Corby Cube, Northamptonshire on Saturday.

A new version of the musical Grease with Peter Andre playing Teen Angel continues at Curve, Leicester until Saturday.

The world première of Stardust, a “romantic, pop, R&B and Bollywood musical thriller”, will be presented by Phizzical Productions on the B2 stage at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry from Saturday until Saturday 21 September.

Bryony Lavery’s adaptation of Alice Sebold’s story about life after loss The Lovely Bones continues at Birmingham REP until Saturday 21 September.

Richard Bean’s comedy One Man Two Guvnors continues at Derby Theatre until Saturday 28 September (press night Tuesday 10 September).

Fiona Buffini directs her sister Moira’s play Handbagged, imagining what might have happened during regular meetings between Queen Elizabeth II and Margaret Thatcher, which continues at the New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme until Saturday 28 September (press night Tuesday 10 September).