What's on in the Midlands

Published: 8 March 2020
Reporter: Steve Orme

A new play written and performed by Sophie Woolley, Augmented, a personal story of the “joy and conflict of becoming ‘hearing’ again after years of total deafness”, is in The Door at Birmingham REP from Monday until Wednesday.

tiata fahodzi and Wrested Veil present seeds by Mel Pennant, the story of two mothers “united in sorrow, sharing the hardship of protecting their sons—one in life and one in death”, in the Studio at Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry on Monday and Tuesday while Green Carnation Company stages My Night With Reg by Kevin Elyot, a “moving exploration of friendship, happiness and love, and their fragility in the shadow of the 1980s’ AIDS crisis”, in the theatre from Thursday until Saturday.

Robert Daws, Deborah Grant, Craig Gazey, Gemma Oaten, Mark Curry, Robert Duncan and Elizabeth Power appear in the Alan Ayckbourn comedy Ten Times Table, the inaugural production of the Classic Comedy Theatre Company, at the Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield from Monday until Saturday.

Young performers at Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre draw inspiration from climate activists like Greta Thunberg for a new play developed on commission through the National Theatre’s NT Connections project, Like There’s No Tomorrow, on the B2 stage from Monday until Saturday while the musical Once, which tells the story of a Dublin busker and a Czech musician who unexpectedly fall in love, is on the main stage from Tuesday until Saturday.

Exploring the events surrounding 9/11, Shaper / Caper’s dance theatre production Within This Dust visits the Djanogly Theatre at Lakeside Arts, Nottingham on Tuesday while Nottingham Playhouse and Lakeside Arts stage their first co-production, Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, in the Djanogly Theatre at Lakeside on Sunday.

imitating the dog recreates George A Romero’s zombie movie Night of the Living Dead at Nottingham Playhouse on Tuesday and Wednesday.

A one-man show featuring Johnny Cotsen, Louder Is Not Always Clearer, a portrayal of the vulnerability of Cotsen who is deaf, will be staged in the Foyle Studio at MAC Birmingham on Tuesday and Wednesday and Jamal Gerold’s Idol, a “daring and unapologetic examination of religion, pop culture and black representation”, takes over on Friday and Saturday.

Joe Pasquale plays Frank Spencer in Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em, based on Ray Allen’s 1970s TV comedy, which tours to the Theatre Royal, Nottingham from Tuesday until Saturday.

Layton Williams, Shane Richie, Shobna Gulati and George Sampson are among the cast of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, which visits Derngate, Northampton from Tuesday until Saturday, while in the Royal, The Strange Tale of Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel runs from Tuesday until Saturday 21 March.

Anərkē Shakespeare’s candlelit production of Macbeth continues at Stratford’s Holy Trinity Church, where Shakespeare is buried, until Wednesday.

Jeremy Sams’s adaptation of the French film and play Le Prénom by Matthew Delaporte and Alexandre de La Patellière, the comedy What’s In A Name? tours to the Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham from Wednesday until Saturday.

The Crime and Comedy Theatre Company performs Revenge by Robin Hawdon at Mansfield Palace Theatre on Wednesday and Ballet Theatre UK presents Giselle on Sunday.

Rumpus Theatre Company should send chills down the spine of audiences at Buxton Opera House with John Goodrum’s The Black Veil, based on Charles Dickens’s Victorian thriller, from Thursday until Saturday.

The “most talked about Irish play in years”, Tommy Marren’s comedy 3 Hail Mary’s (sic) can be seen at the Albany Theatre, Coventry on Friday.

Exploring the lives of four generations of women in one family, featuring hearing and d/Deaf actors, My Mother Said I Never Should is presented by fingersmiths in the Studio at Derby Theatre on Friday and Saturday while on the main stage Macbeth continues until Saturday 14 March.

At the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford, 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.

The Book of Mormon, written by Trey Parker, Matt Stone and Robert Lopez and featuring Robert Colvin (Elder Price) and Conner Peirson (Elder Cunningham), continues at Birmingham Hippodrome until Saturday 28 March.

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 which continues at the New Vic until Saturday 28 March.