What's on in the Midlands

Published: 12 January 2020
Reporter: Steve Orme

Tom Butcher (Inspector Craddock) and Sarah Thomas (Miss Marple) in A Murder is Announced in the Royal, Northampton
Band of Gold at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham Credit: Robling Photography
Peter Pan at Birmingham REP Credit: Johan Persson

Middle Ground Theatre Company stages a Miss Marple mystery, Leslie Darbon’s adaptation of Agatha Christie’s A Murder is Announced, in the Royal, Northampton from Monday until Saturday.

Eilidh Loan plays Mary Shelley in the Selladoor Productions, Matthew Townshend Productions, Belgrade Theatre Coventry and Perth Theatre at Horsecross Arts presentation of Frankenstein at Malvern Theatres from Monday until Saturday.

Created, directed and choreographed by former Strictly Come Dancing professional Kristina Rihanoff, Dance to the Music sways into the Albany Theatre, Coventry on Tuesday and the Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield on Wednesday.

Kay Mellor’s world première of the adaptation of the TV series Band of Gold featuring Gaynor Faye, Laurie Brett, Emma Osman, Shayne Ward, Kieron Richardson, Sacha Parkinson and Andrew Dunn tours to the Theatre Royal, Nottingham from Tuesday until Saturday.

Upstart Theatre includes a chorus of Young REP members, adult drama company members, refugees and asylum seekers in a modern-day reimagining of the ancient Greek tragedy The Oresteia in Beneath the City in the Studio at Birmingham REP from Thursday until Saturday while on the main stage a new, re-imagined version of Peter Pan specifically for Birmingham audiences continues until Sunday.

Crissy Rock, Leah Bell, Dolores Porretta and Andrew Green are among the cast of the comedy Dirty Dusting at the Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield on Friday.

Coventry’s Belgrade teams up with Eclipse Theatre for the world première of Janice Okoh’s The Gift, a comedy drama which explores themes of imperialism, inter-racial adoption, cultural appropriation and drinking tea, which runs at the Belgrade from Saturday until Saturday 25 January.

Jamie Muscato plays Tony and Adriana Ivelisse is Maria in West Side Story which has been extended at Curve, Leicester until Saturday.

A new production of Mark Twain’s The Prince and The Pauper continues at the New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme until Saturday 25 January.

Lesley Joseph, Joe McElderry, Matt Slack, Faye Brookes, Flawless, Doreen Tipton, Andrew Ryan and Jac Yarrow discover who is the fairest one of all in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs which continues at Birmingham Hippodrome until Sunday 2 February.

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 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.