What's on in the Midlands

Published: 15 August 2021
Reporter: Steve Orme

Jerone Marsh Reid as Stan, Danielle Bird as Charlie, Reggie as Scraps and Nick Haverson as Fred Karno in Charlie and Stan at Malvern Theatres Credit: Matt Crockett
The Great Gatsby at Darley Dale, Derbyshire and Ravenshead, Nottinghamshire
Peter Andre in Grease at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham Credit: Manuel Harlan

The “remarkable” story of how Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel almost became a comedy double act, Paul Hunter’s Charlie and Stan, visits Malvern Theatres from Monday until Saturday.

Heartbreak Productions is in the East Midlands with one of its outdoor productions, The Great Gatsby, at the Whitworth Centre, Darley Dale, Derbyshire on Tuesday and Newstead Abbey, Ravenshead, Nottinghamshire on Friday.

Peter Andre reprises the role of Teen Angel at selected performances of Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey’s Grease at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham from Tuesday until Saturday while in the Royal Concert Hall What’s Love Got To Do With It? celebrates the music of Tina Turner on Friday.

Musical theatre group X-entricity stages Kinky Boots the Musical, with music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper, at The Courtyard Hereford from Tuesday until Saturday.

Based on real-life correspondences, “storytelling and lipsync cabaret collide in this queer coming-of-age comedy about the complications of 21st-century communication”, Will Jackson’s Yours Sincerely, which should deliver at the Assembly Festival Garden, Coventry as part of Coventry UK City of Culture 2021, from Tuesday until Saturday 29 August, while science is brought to life through theatre and dance in Lynnebec’s AlgoRHYTHM, a “powerfully positive interactive show”, which continues until Thursday.

Nevill Holt Opera will be joined by East London-based Shadwell Ensemble for Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the Nevill Holt estate, Market Harborough, Leicestershire on Thursday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday 24 and Tuesday 25 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.

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.

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