What's on in the Midlands

Published: 16 February 2020
Reporter: Steve Orme

Bill Kenwright’s The Classic Thriller Theatre Company stages Carl Grose’s adaptation of John Willard’s The Cat and the Canary featuring Mark Jordon, Tracy Shaw, Marti Webb, Gary Webster, Ben Nealon, Nikki Patel, Eric Carte and Britt Ekland at Malvern Theatres from Monday until Saturday.

The Children’s Theatre Partnership, Northampton Royal and Derngate and Nottingham Playhouse tour an adaptation of Louis Sachar’s novel Holes to the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry from Tuesday until Saturday.

Patrick Ness’s novel A Monster Calls is brought to life by director Sally Cookson and offers “a dazzling insight into love, life and healing” at the Theatre Royal Nottingham from Tuesday until Saturday while Argentinians German Cornejo and Gisela Galeassi show off “some of the speediest footwork and tightest twirling in the business” in Tango Fire in the Royal Concert Hall on Thursday and Emma Earle, Zoe Squire, Luke Bateman and Richy Hughes create Oi Frog & Friends! In the Theatre Royal from Friday until Sunday.

Ballet’s “greatest love story” returns to Birmingham Hippodrome when Birmingham Royal Ballet stages Swan Lake from Tuesday until Saturday 29 February.

Written by and featuring Jimmy Cricket, No More Fiffing and Faffing is a comedy drama about the last night of an end-of-pier show which visits Mansfield Palace Theatre on Thursday.

Nonsense Room has a half-term treat at Derby Theatre with Shark in the Park on Thursday while OperaUpClose presents a new English version of Puccini’s Madam Butterfly on Friday and theatre company LUNG investigates what really happened when Muslim teachers and governors were accused of plotting extremism in Birmingham schools in Trojan Horse on Saturday.

Three masters of cinema set about creating the biggest Hollywood blockbuster of all time, Gone with the Wind, in the “screwball comedy” Moonlight and Magnolias at Nottingham Playhouse from Friday until Saturday 7 March.

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.

Emteaz Hussain’s adaptation of Alex Wheatle’s novel Crongton Knights continues in the B2 auditorium at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry until Saturday (hear directors Esther Richardson and Corey Campbell talking about this production for the BTG podcast).

A lost world of seaside entertainment, piers and promenades is brought to life in Katie Duncan’s The Dame featuring Peter Duncan at the Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield on Sunday.

Travelling Light and Bristol Old Vic present Igloo in the Djanogly Theatre at Lakeside Arts, Nottingham on Sunday.

The première of Alone in Berlin, Alistair Beaton’s adaptation of Hans Fallada’s novel, continues in the Royal, Northampton until Saturday 29 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 and Shakespeare's rarely-performed history play King John featuring Rosie Sheehy in the title role continues until Saturday 21 March.