What's on in the Midlands

Published: 10 November 2019
Reporter: Steve Orme

Ten Times Table at Malvern Theatres Credit: Pamela Raith
Sarah Parks (Margaret), Lin Blakley (Agatha) and Gilly Tompkins (spinster) in Murder, Margaret and Me at Derby Theatre Credit: Craig Sugden
Assassins at Nottingham Playhouse Credit: The Other Richard

Ballet superstar Carlos Acosta and his Cuban company Acosta Danza perform Rooster, choreographed by Christopher Bruce to music by the Rolling Stones, along with new works Paysage, Soudain, la nuit by Swedish choreographer Pontus Lidberg and Satori by Cuban choreographer Raúl Reinoso, at Birmingham Hippodrome on Monday and Tuesday.

Mouse goes on a daring adventure through the deep, dark wood in the Tall Stories musical adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s picture book The Gruffalo at the Belgrade Theatre Coventry on Monday and Tuesday; Russian State Ballet and Opera House presents Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker on Thursday, Don Quixote by Ludwig Minkus on Friday and Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake on Saturday; and on the Belgrade’s B2 stage, the New Black Showcase, providing a platform for new writers from BAMER (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugee) backgrounds, can be seen on Wednesday and Thursday.

Shane Richie plays comic Archie Rice in John Osborne’s The Entertainer at the Everyman, Cheltenham from Monday until Saturday.

Alan Ayckbourn’s comedy Ten Times Table, a Classic Comedy Theatre Company presentation, will be on stage at Malvern Theatres from Monday until Saturday.

Stephen Daldry's production of J B Priestley's thriller An Inspector Calls visits Birmingham REP from Tuesday until Saturday.

Norwell Lapley Productions’ stage version of Rod Campbell’s lift-the-flap book Dear Zoo Live! swings into the Albany Theatre, Coventry on Wednesday and Thursday.

Birmingham Stage Company is behind a new story in Liz Pichon’s Tom Gates Live on Stage at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham from Wednesday until Sunday.

The Theatre Chipping Norton pantomime Puss in Boots starts on Wednesday and runs until 12 January 2020.

An “entirely improvised” comedy play in the style of Jane Austen, Austentatious will be performed in full Regency costume with live musical accompaniment at The Core at Corby Cube, Northamptonshire on Thursday.

Tilted Wig Productions’ tour of Murder, Margaret and Me, the story of how the paths of Agatha Christie and Margaret Rutherford crossed, tours to Derby Theatre from Thursday until Saturday while Zia Ahmed’s debut play I Wanna Be Yours, a “tender, funny, lyrical play about finding love and holding onto it with everything you’ve got”, can be seen in the Studio on Friday.

An original comedy by Jessica McDonagh and presented by Every Egg A Bird Theatre, Car Park King, about Richard III, one of the most controversial kings of England, goes Upstairs at the Western, Leicester from Thursday until Saturday.

Stephen Sondheim’s “satirical and stylish look at why individuals reach for a gun when they feel their voice can’t be heard”, Assassins, continues at Nottingham Playhouse until Saturday.

Birmingham-based Spectra kicks off the West Midlands tour of its new multi-sensory immersive show Eat the Stars at Newhampton Arts Centre, Wolverhampton on Saturday and Sunday.

A new production of Mark Twain’s The Prince and The Pauper is the Christmas 2019 show at the New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme, running from Saturday until Saturday 25 January.

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince is brought to life using Protein’s mix of dance, humour and spoken word in the Djanogly Theatre at Lakeside Arts, Nottingham on Sunday.

Ballet Theatre UK follows the yellow brick road to Mansfield Palace Theatre to find the Wizard of Oz on Sunday.

At the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford, David Walliams’s The Boy in the Dress featuring music by Robbie Williams and Guy Chambers continues until Sunday 8 March 2020, while in the Swan Theatre, Hannah Khalil’s A Museum in Baghdad continues until Saturday 25 January and Shakespeare's rarely-performed history play King John featuring Rosie Sheehy in the title role continues until Saturday 21 March.