What's on in the Midlands

Published: 19 September 2021
Reporter: Steve Orme

This Little Relic at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry
Mlindi Kilashe and Rachael Gillespie in Northern Ballet’s Merlin at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham Credit: Guy Farrow
Sophie Stanton (Ella Khan) and Tony Jayawardena (George Khan) in East Is East at Birmingham REP Credit: Pamela Raith

The musical Everybody's Talking About Jamie which is on its first UK tour stops off at Curve, Leicester from Monday until Saturday.

The Paul Taylor-Mills Company returns to the Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield with its new production of Agatha Christie’s thriller Spider’s Web from Tuesday until Saturday.

The "high-octane, black comedy, rock" piece Heathers the Musical tours to the Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham from Tuesday until Saturday.

Birmingham International Dance Festival starts on Tuesday and runs until Sunday 3 October, with the UK première of the 7 Fingers’ Passagers at Birmingham Hippodrome on Tuesday and Wednesday and Carlos Pons Guerra’s latest outdoor dance theatre production for children and their adults, The Bull and the Moon, at Midland Arts Centre (MAC) Birmingham on Saturday and Sunday.

Examining how the government’s New Towns Act impacted on Northampton communities, 60 Miles by Road or Rail, made by local creatives and inspired by true events, drives into Royal and Derngate, Northampton from Wednesday until Saturday.

Andrew Lloyd Webber's School of Rock tours to Wolverhampton Grand Theatre from Wednesday until Saturday.

Phoebe Frances Brown, who was diagnosed with an incurable cancer in the area of her brain that controls speech, language and memory, tells her story of “finding gladness in the saddest of times” in The Glad Game at Nottingham Playhouse on Friday and Saturday.

As part of the BBC's Contains Strong Language festival, Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre hosts the premiere of Karla Marie Sweet’s audio play This Little Relic in its B2 auditorium on Friday, then it has a further run in the same space from Wednesday 29 September until Saturday 2 October.

Amy Di Bartolomeo, Rebecca Eastham, Michael Thomas Jenkins, James Lee Humphreys and Steve Liddle are among the cast of Music of the Night, which celebrates the world of musical theatre, at the Courtyard Hereford on Saturday.

The comedy drama East Is East which premiered on Birmingham REP’s stage in 1996 returns home for its 25th anniversary and continues at the REP until Saturday.

The world première of Northern Ballet’s Merlin—an “epic adventure of heartache, hope and spellbinding magic”, created by British choreographer Drew McOnie, tours to the Theatre Royal, Nottingham from Saturday until Saturday 2 October.

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.

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.