What's on in the Midlands

Published: 25 July 2021
Reporter: Steve Orme

Stephen Tompkinson (Frank) and Jessica Johnson (Rita) in Educating Rita at Royal and Derngate, Northampton Credit: Nobby Clark
John Lyons (Father Brown) and John Goodrum (Mundon Mandeville) in Father Brown – The Murderer in the Mirror at the Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield
Peter Andre as Teen Angel in Grease at Curve, Leicester Credit: Hugo Glendinning

The story of Romeo and Juliet but not as told by William Shakespeare, Frank Bramwell’s Romeo and Juliet: The Confessions will be presented as part of Birmingham Fest at the Blue Orange Theatre, Birmingham on Monday and Tuesday.

Stephen Tompkinson and Jessica Johnson appear in Willy Russell’s comedy Educating Rita in Northampton’s Derngate from Monday until Saturday, while in the Royal auditorium, the première of April de Angelis and Lucy Rivers’s musical Gin Craze! continues until Saturday.

Father Brown – The Murderer in the Mirror, staged by Rumpus Theatre Company and written by John Goodrum who bases it on the classic mysteries by G K Chesterton, visits the Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield from Tuesday until Thursday.

Outdoor theatre company Heartbreak Productions tours David Walliams’s Mr Stink to Brueton Park, Solihull, West Midlands on Tuesday and Wednesday and Wollaton Hall, Nottingham on Friday.

Frankie Meredith’s May Queen has its première as part of the Belgrade Theatre Coventry and Paines Plough’s Roundabout season, a festival of new plays and community-led activities taking place in Paines Plough’s pop-up theatre in the grounds of Moat House Leisure and Neighbourhood Centre, Wood End, Coventry, from Tuesday until Sunday 8 August.

The Old Joint Stock Theatre brings the streets of New York to the heart of Birmingham with the musical Avenue Q from Tuesday until Saturday 21 August.

Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey’s Grease which is directed by Curve’s artistic director Nikolai Foster begins a new tour at the Leicester theatre on Friday and Saturday, with Peter Andre appearing as Teen Angel on Friday.

A new adaptation of Alex Wheatle's novel Home Girl which tells the story of Naomi, a 14-year-old white girl who is placed with a black foster family, will be performed at Derby Theatre on Friday and Saturday.

BOLDtext Playwrights, a collective of eight professional writers from the West Midlands, stages Power of Invention, bringing to life some of the members of the Lunar Society including James Watt, Erasmus Darwin and William Withering, at Soho House, Handsworth, Birmingham on Friday and Saturday and again on Saturday 7 August.

Father and son-in-law comedy double act Captain Breadbeard Productions performs “the only theatre show entirely about bread”, Captain Breadbeard’s Bready Brilliant Comedy Cookbook, as part of Coventry UK City of Culture 2021 in the Piccolo Tent, Assembly Festival Garden, Coventry on Saturday and Sunday at 3:55PM.

The National Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company sets sail on HMS Pinafore, part of the annual Gilbert and Sullivan festival, at Buxton Opera House from Saturday until Saturday 7 August.

The Royal Shakespeare Company continues to stage The Comedy of Errors in its new, open-air venue, the Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Garden Theatre, Stratford until Sunday 26 September.