What's on in the Midlands

Published: 15 March 2020
Reporter: Steve Orme

Matthew Cavendish and Andrew Ashford in Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense at the Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield
Pepper and Honey at the Brewhouse Arts Centre, Burton-on-Trent Credit: Fernando Photography
Debbie Korley (Mercy Pryce) in The Whip in the Swan Theatre, Stratford Credit: Steve Tanner

Rumpus Theatre Company performs John Goodrum’s The Black Veil, based on a short story by Charles Dickens, at Key Theatre, Peterborough on Monday and Tuesday.

Making Space presents a showcase of young dance talent from primary and secondary schools in Derbyshire, with Water the theme, at Buxton Opera House on Monday while Transitions Dance Company returns with a new triple bill of short dance works by choreographers H2DANCE, Cameron McMillan and Elisa Pagani on Wednesday.

Jason Manford and Carley Stenson head the cast of the musical whodunnit Curtains, by John Kander and Fred Ebb, in the Haymarket Theatre, Leicester from Monday until Saturday.

Adapted and directed by Jeremy Sams from Matthew Delaporte and Alexandre de La Patellière's French film Le Prènom, What's In A Name?, about an awkward family dinner where two parents-to-be choose a controversial name for their expected child, visits the Studio at Curve, Leicester from Monday until Saturday, while on the main stage, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera continues until Saturday.

Riverdance, the New 25th Anniversary Production “catapults the show into the 21st century” when it trips into the Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham from Monday until Wednesday, while in the Theatre Royal, Opera North performs Street Scene by Kurt Weill on Tuesday and Friday, The Marriage of Figaro by Mozart on Wednesday and Saturday and Benjamin Britten’s The Turn of the Screw on Thursday.

The Theatre Chipping Norton and Barn Theatre take Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense, adapted by the Goodale Brothers from the works of P G Wodehouse, to the Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield on Tuesday.

Jade Byrne performs her own show Pricks, which raises awareness of type 1 diabetes, in the Djanogly Theatre at Lakeside Arts, Nottingham on Tuesday.

Derby Theatre and Pilot Theatre stage the première of an adaptation of Alex Wheatle’s novel Crongton Knights at Derby Theatre from Tuesday until Saturday.

In the B2 auditorium at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Open Theatre and MBD present The Twisted Tale of Hansel and Gretel from Tuesday until Thursday, while on the main stage, Lyn Paul takes part in her farewell tour in the role of Mrs Johnstone in Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers from Tuesday until Saturday.

Written by Croatian playwright Kristina Gavran and performed by Croatian actor Tina Hofman, Notnow Collective’s Pepper and Honey is a “poignant, subtle and timely play about the journey of change, cultural differences and trying not to feel like a foreigner in your adopted country” at the Brewhouse Arts Centre, Burton-on-Trent on Wednesday.

Shift, created by Marius Mates, Jamaal O'Driscoll and Mickael “Marso” Riviere, the second piece to be commissioned as part of Theatre Absolute's three-year project Humanistan, premieres at the Shop Front Theatre, Coventry from Wednesday until Saturday.

Northern School of Contemporary Dance tours to the Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton with newly commissioned work from Botis Seva, Lali Ayguadé, Mari Carrasco and Douglas Thorpe on Thursday.

Botis Seva’s BLKDOG, a “haunting commentary on surviving adulthood as a childlike artist”, a “genre-defying blend of hip-hop dance and free-form antics”, visits MAC Birmingham on Thursday while Man on the Moon, written and performed by Keisha Thompson, exploring the impact that mental health can have on the family dynamic, lands in the Foyle Studio on Friday.

Debris Stevenson’s semi-autobiographical piece Poet in da Corner, a coming-of-age story inspired by Dizzee Rascal’ seminal album, is a Royal Court Theatre presentation at Nottingham Playhouse from Thursday until Saturday.

1623 theatre company takes Queer Lady M, afabulous fusion of drag, autobiography and Shakespeare”, to the Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton on Friday.

Written and performed by Jake Jarratt and Cameron Sharp, W*nk Buddies, in which two different sexualities come together as they look at their manhood and the world outside the duvet, tours to the Studio at Derby Theatre on Friday.

Birmingham REP and the Royal Shakespeare Company stage Anil Gupta and Richard Pinto’s new version of Molière’s Tartuffe for a Brummie audience at the REP from Friday until Saturday 4 April.

The Strange Tale of Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel, a Told by an Idiot and Theatre Royal Plymouth production, continues in the Royal, Northampton until Saturday.

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 and Shakespeare's rarely-performed history play King John featuring Rosie Sheehy in the title role also continues until Saturday.

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.