What's on in the Midlands

Published: 1 March 2020
Reporter: Steve Orme

Leicester’s Curve has commissioned a new play by Rob Ward, The MP, Aunty Mandy and Me, a “bittersweet and darkly comic tale of political campaigns, coercive abuse and steam trains”, which will be staged as part of DMU Pride 2020 at the theatre on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Northampton Royal and Derngate’s resident ensemble company The Wardrobe Ensemble returns to the Royal with The Last of the Pelican Daughters, tackling the idea of what it means for young people to grapple with inheritance, loss and justice, from Tuesday until Saturday.

The Old Vic in association with Bristol Old Vic tours A Monster Calls, based on the novel by Patrick Ness and inspired by an idea by Siobhan Dowd, at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry from Tuesday until Saturday.

The Paper Birds become agony aunts for young people in a new immersive show, Ask Me Anything, in the Patrick Studio at Birmingham Hippodrome on Tuesday and Wednesday while on the main stage Robert Colvin (Elder Price) and Conner Peirson (Elder Cunningham) head the cast of The Book of Mormon, written by Trey Parker, Matt Stone and Robert Lopez, which runs from Tuesday until Saturday 28 March.

Friends—the Musical Parody “remembers the TV phenomenon that ruled the ‘90s and became a cultural institution with fans across the globe” at the Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield on Wednesday.

The “UK’s number one rock ‘n’ roll variety production” That'll be the Day returns to the Winding Wheel, Chesterfield on Wednesday and the venue hosts “one of the most successful dance shows ever”, Spirit of the Dance, on Thursday.

The Children's Theatre Partnership, Northampton Royal and Derngate and Nottingham Playhouse present Louis Sachar’s Holes which tours to Malvern Theatres from Wednesday until Saturday.

Rebecca Brewer, Gareth Cassidy, Michael Hugo and Isaac Stanmore reunite for a revival of the New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme 2019 production of John Buchan and Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps at the New Vic from Thursday until Saturday 28 March.

Written by Mel Pennant and shortlisted for the Alfred Fagon Award, Seeds “explores the human story behind a tragedy through the eyes of those left behind” in the Studio at Derby Theatre on Friday and Saturday while Bric a Brac Theatre serves up Mustard Doesn’t Go with Girls on Sunday.

Children and young people from across Northamptonshire will be showcasing their dance and choreography talents in N.Dance in The Core at Corby Cube on Saturday.

The Royal Shakespeare Company continues to perform three plays in repertoire at Nottingham’s Theatre Royal, As You Like It, The Taming of the Shrew and Measure for Measure, until Saturday.

Ron Hutchinson’s comedy Moonlight and Magnolias, which takes audiences behind the scenes of Gone With the Wind as three movie moguls set about creating one of the biggest Hollywood blockbusters of all time, continues at Nottingham Playhouse until Saturday.

Chris Bush reimagines various versions of a well-known myth in Faustus: That Damned Woman which continues at Birmingham REP until Saturday.

Anərkē Shakespeare presents a candlelit production of Macbeth at Stratford’s Holy Trinity Church, where Shakespeare is buried, on Saturday and from Monday 9 until Wednesday 11 March.

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.