What's on in the Midlands

Published: 6 October 2019
Reporter: Steve Orme

The National Production Company tour of Michael Morpurgo’s Private Peaceful visits Mansfield Palace Theatre on Monday.

Strictly Come Dancing favourites Ian Waite and Vincent Simone are The Ballroom Boys at Buxton Opera House on Monday while English Touring Opera moves in with Mozart’s The Seraglio on Friday and Kurt Weill’s The Silver Lake—A Winter’s Tale (Der Silbersee) on Saturday.

Shane Richie plays comic Archie Rice in John Osborne’s The Entertainer at Wolverhampton Grand from Monday until Saturday.

Derbyshire-born Gwen Taylor and Andrew Lancel head the cast of Sidney Gilliat and Frank Launder’s adaptation of The Lady Vanishes, presented by the Classic Thriller Company at Derby Theatre from Monday until Saturday, and University of Derby students perform John Osborne’s You’re in a Bad Way in the Studio on Friday.

Henry Filloux-Bennett’s version of Nigel Slater’s memoir Toast is served up in the Royal, Northampton from Monday until Saturday while 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 in Derngate from Tuesday until Saturday.

Agatha Christie’s thriller The Mousetrap tours to the Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield from Monday until Saturday while Leah Bell and Crissy Rock write and appear in their comedy Right Place Wrong Time on Sunday.

Rush Theatre Company presents Rush, the story of reggae music, at Nottingham Playhouse on Tuesday while the Neville Studio hosts Five Years, based on Neal Pike’s memories of life at a special educational needs school, also on Tuesday, Candoco Dance Company stages a double bill, a new piece Hot Mess by Theo Clinkard and the “wild and sensual” Face In by Israeli choreographer Yasmeen Godder, on Thursday and the second Amplify Festival of new work, with 11 shows over two weeks, takes place from Tuesday until Saturday 19 October.

New Perspectives takes trade by debbie tucker green to The Core at Corby Cube, Northamptonshire on Tuesday before Suzanne Shaw leads the cast of Julie Coombe and John MacIsaac’s Hormonal Housewives on Wednesday.

A new musical play by Geinor Styles and Amy Wadge, Eye of the Storm, performed by Theatr na nÓg, is “guaranteed to seize your heart and capture your mind” in the Patrick Centre at Birmingham Hippodrome on Tuesday and Wednesday.

South African choreographer Dada Masilo presents her “fearless” re-imagining of the classic Giselle at the Theatre Royal Nottingham on Tuesday and Wednesday and Tall Stories’ musical adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s picture book The Gruffalo tours to the theatre from Thursday until Sunday.

Grist to the Mill Productions returns to the Irving Studio at the Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham with Moby Dick and Other Classics from Tuesday until Friday while a new stage adaptation of Hanif Kureishi's film My Beautiful Launderette, a Curve Theatre, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, Everyman Theatre Cheltenham and Leeds Playhouse co-production, is on the Everyman main stage from Tuesday until Saturday.

Lin Blakley steps into the shoes of Agatha Christie in Murder, Margaret and Me, the story of an unlikely friendship between Margaret Rutherford and the Queen of Crime, which is on stage at Malvern Theatres from Tuesday until Saturday.

The Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough visits the New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme with Season’s Greetings from Tuesday until Saturday 26 October and Birthdays Past, Birthdays Present, both written and directed by Alan Ayckbourn, from Thursday until 26 October.

China Plate and Staatstheater Mainz present a “globe-spanning journey of attempted escape, with songs along the way”, Status, at Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry on Wednesday and Thursday.

Birmingham-born Michael Sherwin, Mark Huckett and Angie Smith appear in a “shocking story of twisted revenge and shattering revelations”, N J Crisp’s Dangerous Obsession, at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry from Thursday until Saturday and Rona Munro’s new adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, which places the writer among the action as she wrestles with the realities facing revolutionary young women in a Coventry Belgrade, Selladoor Productions, Matthew Townshend Productions and Perth Theatre at Horsecross Arts co-production, continues in the B2 auditorium at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry until Saturday.

Ballet Theatre UK takes the “perfect” introduction for children to classical ballet, The Wizard of Oz, to the Albany Theatre, Coventry on Friday.

Stephanie McMann, Eleanor Sikorski and Flora Wellesley Wesley, known collectively as Nora, team up with American choreographer Deborah Hay for Where Home Is which dances into the Djanogly Theatre at Lakeside Arts, Nottingham on Friday before Marie Béland’s Beside, a Maribé Sors de ce Corps and Montréal Danse co-production, questions the construction of truth, fake news and the role the body can play in the credibility of what is said in the media on Saturday.

Bill Kenwright’s production of Willy Russell’s musical Blood Brothers, featuring Lyn Paul as Mrs Johnstone for the final time, continues at Birmingham Hippodrome until Saturday.

Robert Lindsay plays Jack Cardiff in Terry Johnson’s Prism, based on the life of the double Oscar-winning cinematic master, which continues at Birmingham REP until Saturday.

The National Theatre production of War Horse, adapted by Nick Stafford from Michael Morpurgo’s novel, continues at Curve, Leicester until Saturday.

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.