What's on in the Midlands

Published: 26 January 2020
Reporter: Steve Orme

The Russian State Ballet of Siberia performs Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty on Monday, Coppélia by Delibes on Tuesday and Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake on Wednesday in Derngate, Northampton while on the Royal stage, the Nottingham Playhouse production of Louis Sachar’s children’s novel Holes continues until Saturday.

Jennifer Saunders takes the role of eccentric clairvoyant Madame Arcati in Noël Coward's comedy Blithe Spirit in the Festival Theatre, Malvern from Monday until Saturday.

Derby-born Gwen Taylor and Caroline Harker appear in Ali Milles’s thriller The Croft, the Original Theatre Company’s “bold and haunting new play” which tours to Derby Theatre from Monday until Saturday.

Joe McFadden discovers that girls just wanna have fun in Priscilla Queen of the Desert the Musical in the Theatre Royal, Nottingham from Monday until Saturday.

Ad Infinitum combines physical storytelling with sign language in “an unmissable feast for the senses”, Extraordinary Wall of Silence in the Djanogly Theatre at Lakeside Arts, Nottingham on Tuesday while Open Attic Theatre Company tells the story of Stella and the Starshiners on Sunday.

Rumpus Theatre Company stages Alan Ayckbourn’s comedy Time and Time Again as part of a spring play season at the Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield from Tuesday until Saturday.

Britain’s Got Talent finalist Mark McMullan takes the title role in Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry from Tuesday until Saturday.

The Market Theatre Company corrupts a traditional pantomime classic beyond recognition with The Adult Panto: Peter Panties at the Winding Wheel, Chesterfield on Wednesday.

An “urgent, angry, funny love song to a lost generation crushed by the heroin epidemic at the height of Thatcherism”, Ed Edwards’s The Political History of Smack and Crack tours to The Door at Birmingham REP from Wednesday until Saturday.

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.

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; in the Swan Theatre The Whip, Juliet Gilkes Romero’s “provocative” new play which is set at the turn of the 19th century when politicians meet in London to abolish the slave trade, opens on Saturday and runs until Saturday 21 March (press night Tuesday 11 February) and Shakespeare's rarely-performed history play King John featuring Rosie Sheehy in the title role continues until Saturday 21 March.