What's on in the Midlands

Published: 9 February 2020
Reporter: Steve Orme

Jonty Stephens and Ian Ashpitel pay homage to Morecambe and Wise in Eric and Ern at Nottingham Playhouse on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The National Theatre production of J B Priestley’s An Inspector Calls checks in at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham from Tuesday until Saturday.

A four-week spring play season at the Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield concludes with It’s a Wonderful Life by Mary Elliott Nelson from Tuesday until Saturday.

Britain's Got Talent finalist Mark McMullan takes the lead role in Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Winding Wheel, Chesterfield from Tuesday until Saturday.

Matthew Bourne’s adaptation of the film The Red Shoes returns to the main stage at Birmingham Hippodrome from Tuesday until Saturday while in the Patrick Studio Hippodrome associates Open Theatre and MBD present The Twisted Tale of Hansel and Gretel, featuring five actors with learning disabilities, from Wednesday until Saturday.

Written by Tim Etchells and performed by Tyrone Huggins, To Move in Time, an “unfurling trail of thought in which extraordinary and impossible fantasies are dreamt up, lived out and then discarded”, can be seen in The Door at Birmingham REP on Wednesday and Thursday while an adaptation of Irish author Louise O'Neill's novel about sexual consent, Asking For It, continues on the main stage until Saturday.

German Cornejo and Gisela Galeassi take a “fiery and explosive journey through the history of Argentine Tango” in Tango Fire in Derngate, Northampton on Thursday while the première of Alone in Berlin, Alistair Beaton’s adaptation of Hans Fallada’s novel, continues in the Royal until Saturday 29 February.

Robin Hawdon’s thriller Revenge, a two-handed mystery about an ambitious MP and a business tycoon, tours to the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry from Thursday until Saturday while Emteaz Hussain’s adaptation of Alex Wheatle’s novel Crongton Knights continues in the B2 auditorium until Saturday 22 February (hear directors Esther Richardson and Corey Campbell talking about this production for the BTG podcast).

A “three-day celebration of the best theatre from the East Midlands and beyond”, The Amplify Festival features a diverse line-up of new work at Nottingham Playhouse from Thursday until Saturday.

Birmingham Royal Ballet presents A Valentine's Celebration of Music and Dance at Birmingham Symphony Hall on Friday and Butterworth Hall, Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry on Saturday.

Tom, a dance for camera installation created by Wilkie Branson which “explores storytelling using the hip-hop language of b-boying, bringing it together with cutting-edge technologies including animation, projection mapping and sound design”, can be seen in the Djanogly Theatre at Lakeside Arts, Nottingham on Friday and Saturday, Darkfield creates Flight in a 40-foot shipping container in absolute darkness next to the D H Lawrence Pavilion from Friday until Sunday 23 February and Ad Infinitum stages Chloe and the Colour Catcher in the Djanogly Theatre on Sunday.

Jimmy Fairhurst and Samantha Robinson play all 14 characters in Jim Cartwright’s Two which continues at the New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme until Saturday 22 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; 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, continues 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.