What's on in the Midlands

Published: 7 August 2021
Reporter: Steve Orme

The Woman in Black at Malvern Theatres Credit: Tristram Kenton
Ore Oduba as Brad Majors in The Rocky Horror Show in the Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham
The Three Musketeers in the Assembly Festival Garden, Coventry

Stephen Mallatratt’s adaptation of Susan Hill’s novel The Woman in Black tours to the Festival Theatre, Malvern from Monday until Saturday while Malvern Theatres’ young company stages Frank McGuinness’s version of Sophocles’ Greek tragedy Electra in the Forum Theatre from Tuesday until Saturday.

Heartbreak Productions is in the Midlands with two of its outdoor shows, The Great Gatsby at Ryton Pools, Coventry on Tuesday, Tuckwell Amphitheatre, Dean Close School, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire on Thursday and Attingham Park, Atcham, Shrewsbury on Saturday, and David Walliams’s Mr Stink at Bowring Park, Telford, Shropshire on Tuesday, Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens, Castle Bromwich, Birmingham on Thursday and Tuckwell Amphitheatre, Dean Close School, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire on Sunday.

The Watermill Theatre production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black’s Tell Me on a Sunday featuring Jodie Prenger is at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham from Tuesday until Saturday while in the Royal Concert Hall Ore Oduba plays Brad Majors in Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show from Tuesday until Sunday.

A new short work written and performed by Stephen Lightbown, A Life with Pip, which explores his experiences of applying for the PIP (personal independence payment) disability benefit, can be seen at the Shop Front Theatre, Coventry on Thursday.

A “cheeky” show for under-fives and their grown-ups, Marty and the Party, a Derby Theatre production in association with Milk Presents, continues at the theatre until Saturday.

“Magicians, time-travellers and all-round spiffing chaps” Morgan and West present The Three Musketeers in the Piccolo spiegeltent in the Assembly Festival Garden, Coventry in partnership with Coventry UK City of Culture 2021 from Thursday until Sunday while Tread the Boards goes down the rabbit hole with Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland in the Treehouse at the Assembly Festival Garden on Saturday and Sunday.

Jack Dean and Company stages Hero and Leander, the Greek myth told outdoors with a six-piece band, at Grassmoor Community Centre, New Street, Grassmoor, Chesterfield on Saturday and King George V Playing Fields, Littleover, Derby at 1PM and Queen’s Park, off Boythorpe Road, Chesterfield, Derbyshire at 6PM on Sunday.

Birmingham Hippodrome’s annual B-SIDE Hip-Hop Festival moves to Coventry as part of Coventry UK City of Culture 2021 and will be held at Gosford Street and Grove Street car parks, Coventry on Saturday and Sunday.

Written by Polka Theatre's artistic director Peter Glanville and Sarah and Duck co-creator Sarah Gomes Harris, Sarah and Duck's Big Top Birthday will feature all the familiar voices from the CBeebies series when it checks into Mansfield Palace Theatre on Sunday.

Science is brought to life through theatre and dance in Lynnebec’s AlgoRHYTHM, a “powerfully positive interactive show”, which continues at the Assembly Festival Garden, Coventry until Thursday 19 August.

The Old Joint Stock Theatre continues to bring the streets of New York to the heart of Birmingham with the musical Avenue Q until Saturday 21 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.