What's on in the Midlands

Published: 4 September 2021
Reporter: Steve Orme

The Cat and the Canary at Derby Theatre Credit: Paul Coltas
The Girl Next Door at the New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme
SIX at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham

The Classic Thriller Theatre Company presents an adaptation of John Willard’s The Cat and the Canary, featuring Britt Ekland, Mark Jordon, Tracy Shaw, Marti Webb, Gary Webster, Ben Nealon and Eric Carte, at Derby Theatre from Tuesday until Saturday.

An improvised comedy play “starring a cast of the country’s quickest comic performers”, Austentatious—The Improvised Jane Austen Novel should raise a laugh at Northampton’s Royal on Tuesday while Any Suggestions, Doctor? The Improvised Doctor Who Parody lands in the Underground studio at Royal and Derngate on Sunday.

The six wives of Henry VIII “remix 500 years of historical heartbreak into an 80-minute celebration of 21st century girl power” in SIX at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham from Tuesday until Sunday.

Alan Ayckbourn’s 85th full-length play, The Girl Next Door, will be presented by Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre at the New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme from Tuesday until Saturday 18 September.

Rosie Kay Dance Company reimagines Shakespeare’s tragedy Romeo + Juliet, setting the action in the hot Birmingham summer of 2021, at Birmingham Hippodrome on Wednesday.

A “comedy collective of witty women” who “tackle inequality through vaginal comedy”, Major Labia featuring Gemma Caseley-Kirk and Narisha Lawson is at Nottingham Playhouse on Wednesday, while Luke Wright performs his final “verse play” in his trilogy looking at how political events of the recent past have affected ordinary people, The Remains of Logan Dankworth, on Thursday.

Writer and performer Amy Gwilliam revives her one-woman show about death, grief and the art of letting go, Mummy, in the Piccolo Theatre at the Assembly Festival Garden, Coventry, part of Coventry’s programme as UK City of Culture 2021, from Friday until Sunday.

Directed by Royal Shakespeare Company deputy artistic director Erica Whyman, Faith, featuring four plays written by Chris O’Connell and Chinonyerem Odimba, invites audiences to immerse themselves in the diverse faiths of Coventry when promenade performances take place across the city on Saturday.

Gyles Brandreth performs his one-man show Break A Leg! at Huntingdon Hall, Worcester on Sunday.

Siena Kelly plays 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 continues at Curve 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 continues at the REP until Saturday 25 September.

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, which continues until Sunday 26 September.

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.