What's on in the Midlands

Published: 22 September 2019
Reporter: Steve Orme

Rifco Theatre Company’s rap-infused new play Mushy: Lyrically Speaking by Pravesh Kumar finds a rhythm at Northampton’s Royal and Derngate on Tuesday and Wednesday and in the Studio at Birmingham REP from Thursday until Saturday.

Bryony Lavery’s adaptation of Alice Sebold’s play about life after loss The Lovely Bones visits the Theatre Royal, Nottingham from Tuesday until Saturday.

Blackeyed Theatre’s new adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre is on stage at Malvern Theatres from Tuesday until Saturday.

Gwen Taylor and Andrew Lancel lead the new cast of the Classic Thriller Theatre Company’s The Lady Vanishes, Anthony Lampard’s adaptation of the Sidney Gilliat and Frank Launder story, which tours to the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry from Tuesday until Saturday.

Ruth Madoc, Sarah Jane Buckley, Sue Devaney, Julia Hills, Judy Holt, Lisa Maxwell and Rebecca Storm reveal all in Calendar Girls the Musical which has a date at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre from Tuesday until Saturday.

Exploring the “turbulent teenage years of a girl looking for love in all the wrong places”, Sophie Ellerby’s LIT gets its première in the Neville Studio at Nottingham Playhouse from Tuesday until Saturday 5 October.

Combining a “heart-warming and poignant family saga with the glory of ballroom and the golden age of Hollywood era dance”, Come Dance With Me tells the “compelling tale of two young girls’ hopes and dreams and their extraordinary survival through the challenges of the tumultuous years of WWII to 1951” at the Albany Theatre, Coventry on Wednesday.

Birmingham Royal Ballet stages David Bintley and Galina Samsova’s production of “one of the most celebrated 19th century ballets” Giselle at the city’s Hippodrome from Wednesday until Saturday while in the Patrick Studio Rosie Kay uses dance and science to create Fantasia, an “exquisite performance of pleasure, beauty and finesse”, on Wednesday and Thursday.

The National Theatre, Fuel and Leeds Playhouse tour of Inua Ellams’s play Barber Shop Chronicles is at Birmingham REP from Thursday until Saturday while in The Door the latest play from Birmingham-born writer Robin French, Rebel Music, continues until Saturday 5 October.

Imagineer Productions’ art installation Bridge which features theatre, dance and circus acrobatics is installed in Broadgate, Coventry from Thursday until Saturday.

Lakeside Arts, Nottingham hosts Bamboozle Theatre Company’s Pulse in the Djanogly Theatre on Friday and Saturday.

Alex Kingston plays Dr Stockmann in Rebecca Lenkiewicz’s adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People which continues at Nottingham Playhouse until Saturday.

Richard Bean’s comedy One Man, Two Guvnors continues at Derby Theatre until Saturday.

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.

Site-specific theatre company Potboiler continues to perform its latest production Stoke, A Love Story in Longton Methodist Central Hall, Stoke until Saturday.

A stage production of Rod Campbell’s children’s book Dear Zoo Live should delight audiences at the Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield on Saturday and Sunday.

Fireman Sam and Noddy take to the stage in the Channel 5 show Milkshake! Live which features Milkshake Monkey’s Musical in the Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham on Sunday.

Leicester Curve’s artistic director Nikolai Foster brings to life Hanif Kureishi’s screenplay My Beautiful Laundrette which continues in the Studio until Saturday 5 October while on the main stage the National Theatre’s War Horse, adapted by Nick Stafford from Michael Morpurgo’s novel, continues until Saturday 12 October.

Shakespeare's rarely-performed history play King John featuring Rosie Sheehy in the title role continues in the Swan Theatre, Stratford until Saturday 21 March 2020 (press night Thursday 26 September).