What's on in the Midlands

Published: 23 May 2021
Reporter: Steve Orme

Sarah Earnshaw (Bet) and Joe Pasquale (Al) in April in Paris at the Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield Credit: Mark Senior
Constructed at Birmingham REP
Laura Turner (Titania) and Alexander Lodge (Oberon) in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at The Lawn, Lincoln Credit: Sophie Hillman

Joe Pasquale and Sarah Earnshaw appear in John Godber’s two-hander April in Paris at the Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield on Monday and Tuesday.

Leicester-based dancer and choreographer Aakash Odedra takes to the main stage at the city’s Curve theatre in Rising, an evening of four solos with choreography from Akram Khan, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Russell Maliphant and Odedra himself, on Monday and Tuesday while Katie Lam and Alex Parker's Amdram: A Musical Comedy, featuring the Great Osterley North Amateur Dramatic Society—or GONADS as they are known—visits Curve from Thursday until Saturday.

The National Youth Theatre takes Dzifa Benson’s abridged version of Shakespeare’s Othello to the Royal, Northampton from Tuesday until Saturday.

A company of black men aged between 16 and 26 from across the West Midlands, Lightpost Theatre performs C J Lloyd Webley’s Constructed, which explores the culture of working-class black men in Britain, at Birmingham REP from Thursday until Saturday.

The Asylum Players stage Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, with Alexander Lodge, originally from Lincoln, playing Oberon and Theseus, in the open air at The Lawn, Lincoln from Saturday until Saturday, 5 June at 7PM and Julie Fox’s adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s Wind in the Willows on the same dates at 2PM.

London-based fringe theatre company Proforca returns to the Studio at the Albany Theatre, Coventry with AAAAA (FiveA), a new piece written by David Brady, Jack Albert Cook, Gabrielle Nellis-Pain and Kim Scopes, on Sunday.