What's on in the Midlands

Published: 25 September 2021
Reporter: Steve Orme

New Old Friends’ Crimes in Egypt at the Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield Credit: Pamela Raith
Adrian Lukis in Being Mr Wickham at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry
John Godber and Jane Thornton in Sunny Side Up at Mansfield Palace Theatre Credit: Martha Godber

A new production written and directed by James Williams and inspired by the “gripping mystery surrounding the 17th century, real-life highway woman Katherine Ferrers”, The Wicked Lady which has a cast of two rides into the Blue Orange Theatre, Birmingham from Tuesday until Sunday 10 October.

New Old Friends presents Feargus Woods Dunlop’s Crimes in Egypt, “inspired by Christie, Coward and Wodehouse”, to the Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield on Wednesday.

Theatre Re returns to the Courtyard, Hereford with Birth, a play about the evolution of family and life, on Wednesday.

Spanish-born choreographer Carlos Pons Guerra and his DeNada Dance Theatre return to the UK with Pons Guerra’s latest work Mariposa, a transgender tragedy inspired by Puccini’s Madame Butterfly, at DanceXchange at Birmingham Hippodrome, part of Birmingham International Dance Festival, on Thursday and Friday.

The Original Theatre Company reveals what lovable rogue Mr Wickham got up to after Jane Austen left at the end of Pride and Prejudice in Being Mr Wickham by Adrian Lukis and Catherine Curzon at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry from Thursday until Saturday.

John Godber appears alongside his wife Jane Thornton and daughter Martha Godber in “the hilarious and moving account of a struggling Yorkshire coast B and B and the people who run it”, Sunny Side Up, at Mansfield Palace Theatre from Thursday until Saturday.

Ian Waite and Vincent Simone from Strictly Come Dancing return to the Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield with a new show, The Ballroom Boys—Act Two, on 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.

Actor, author, BBC One Show reporter and former MP Gyles Brandreth takes his one-man show Break a Leg!, a “celebration of all things theatrical”, to the Forest Arts Centre, Walsall on Sunday.