What's on in the Midlands

Published: 23 February 2020
Reporter: Steve Orme

Russian State Opera returns to the Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield with Verdi’s Aida on Monday while a new musical The Cinder Path, adapted from the book by Dame Catherine Cookson, visits on Thursday.

Little Angel Theatre presents The Slightly Annoying Elephant, an adaptation of the book written by David Walliams and illustrated by Tony Ross, at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry during the day from Tuesday until Thursday while Mischief Theatre performs its latest comedy Peter Pan Goes Wrong, also from Tuesday until Friday.

Jason Manford and Ore Oduba appear in John Kander and Fred Ebb’s Curtains in Derngate, Northampton from Tuesday until Saturday, in the Underground space Royal and Derngate young Company stages an NT Connections double bill of Silva Semerciyan’s Witches Can’t Be Burned and Wind / Rush Generation (s) on Friday and Saturday, and the première of Alone in Berlin, Alistair Beaton’s adaptation of Hans Fallada’s novel, continues in the Royal until Saturday.

Written and directed by Paul Hunter, The Strange Tale of Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel is created by Told by an Idiot in The Studio at Birmingham REP from Tuesday until Saturday while on the main stage Chris Bush reimagines various versions of a well-known myth in Faustus: That Damned Woman at Birmingham REP from Wednesday until Saturday 7 March.

John Cleese makes his stage writing debut with Bang Bang!, based on the farce Monsieur Chasse by Georges Feydeau, an Exeter Northcott Theatre and Dermot McLaughlin Productions show featuring Tessa Peake-Jones, Tony Gardner and Wendi Peters, at the New Theatre, Peterborough from Tuesday until Saturday.

Tilted Wig’s “sensual” stage adaptation of D H Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover will be on stage at Malvern Theatres from Tuesday until Saturday.

Pipeline Theatre is “busting taboos while offering its love letter to the NHS” in Drip, Drip, Drip in the Foyle Studio at MAC Birmingham on Thursday.

A little space, a collaboration between physical theatre company Gecko and learning disability theatre company Mind the Gap, tours to Derby Theatre from Thursday until Saturday while Idol, a spiritual journey that asks what happens when you don't see yourself represented, combining African diasporic ritual, music and storytelling, can be seen in the Studio on Friday.

Strictly Come Dancing favourite Giovanni Pernice pays homage to the music and dances that have inspired his career in This Is Me at the Albany Theatre, Coventry on Thursday and the Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield on Friday.

Coventry’s Albany Theatre gets into the adult panto sprit with Jack (Off) and the Beanstalk on Friday.

Spanish-born choreographer Carlos Pons Guerra and his DeNada Dance Theatre perform Pons Guerra's latest dance theatre work Mariposa, a transgender tragedy inspired by Puccini's Madame Butterfly, in the Patrick Studio at Birmingham Hippodrome on Friday and Saturday while on the main stage Birmingham Royal Ballet continues to stage Swan Lake until Saturday.

Ballroom duo Anton and Erin Dance Those Magical Movies in the Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham 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; 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.