What's on in the Midlands

Published: 28 August 2021
Reporter: Steve Orme

Adam Woodyatt and Gaynor Faye in Looking Good Dead at Malvern Theatres Credit: Alastair Muir
Susan Earnshaw (Maxine Goodman) and David Callister (Nigel Forbes) in All About Murder at the Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield Credit: Jack Parker Photography
Heathers the Musical at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham Credit: Pamela Raith

Adam Woodyatt and Gaynor Faye appear in Sean McKenna’s adaptation of Peter James’s novel Looking Good Dead at Malvern Theatres from Monday until Saturday.

Featuring the hits “Hot Stuff”, “It’s Raining Men”, “I Will Survive” and “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert gets on the road to Birmingham Hippodrome from Monday until Saturday.

Peter Andre plays Teen Angel at selected performances of the musical Grease at the Regent Theatre, Stoke from Monday until Saturday.

A “powerful and stirring reinvention of this beloved family favourite”, Riverdance: The New 25th Anniversary Show “catapults Riverdance into the 21st centuryat the Alexandra, Birmingham from Tuesday until Thursday.

The summer play season at the Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield concludes with Tabs Productions’ staging of Brian Clemens and Dennis Spooner’s All About Murder from Tuesday until Saturday.

Audiences at Buxton Opera House should have the time of their lives when they see Dirty Dancing—The Classic Story on Stage from Tuesday until Saturday.

The “high-octane black-comedy rock musical” with book, music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy, Heathers the Musical visits the Theatre Royal, Nottingham from Tuesday until Saturday.

Birmingham’s Old Joint Stock Theatre feeds on the horror comedy rock musical Little Shop of Horrors, with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman, from Wednesday until Sunday 26 September.

Outdoor theatre company Heartbreak Productions tours Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream to the Royal Spa Centre, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire on Thursday; its show Wonder with Grimm, with altered endings and a modern twist, to the Royal Spa Centre, Leamington Spa on Friday; David Walliams’s Mr Stink to Kingsbury Water Park, Sutton Coldfield on Friday and the Royal Spa Centre, Leamington Spa on Sunday; and F Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby to the Royal Spa Centre, Leamington Spa on Saturday.

Siena Kelly will play Maggie, Oliver Johnstone is her troubled husband Brick, Teresa Banham takes the role of Big Mama and Peter Forbes is Big Daddy in Tennessee Williams’s Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, a co-production between Leicester’s Curve, Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse and English Touring Theatre which opens at Curve from Friday until Saturday 18 September.

The comedy drama East Is East which premièred on Birmingham REP’s stage in 1996 returns home for its 25th anniversary and runs at the REP from Friday until Saturday 25 September.

“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, as part of Coventry UK City of Culture 2021, on Saturday and Sunday while a “darkly comedic new play” about the notorious Queen of England, Bloody Mary: LIVE!, continues in the Treehouse in the Assembly Festival Garden until Sunday.

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.