What's on in the Midlands

Published: 2 October 2021
Reporter: Steve Orme

Niall Ransome and Jake Ferretti in The Hound of the Baskervilles at Malvern Theatres Credit: Pamela Raith
Dianne Pilkington in Bedknobs and Broomsticks at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham Credit: Johan Persson
Slow Violence at Nottingham Playhouse

Faye Brookes plays Roxie Hart, Sinitta is Mama Morton and Darren Day is Billy Flynn in the musical Chicago at Northampton’s Royal and Derngate from Monday until Saturday.

Jake Ferretti, Serena Manteghi and Niall Ransome appear in Steven Canny and John Nicholson’s adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles, an Original Theatre Company and Octagon Theatre Bolton presentation, at Malvern Theatres from Tuesday until Saturday.

Canadian contemporary circus company The 7 Fingers swing into the Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham with Passagers, “a beautiful homage to travel, love and the power of storytelling”, on Tuesday and Wednesday while the musical Bedknobs and Broomsticks flies into the Theatre Royal from Wednesday until Sunday.

An “absurd comedy about attitudes to climate change”, Slow Violence, a new show from physical theatre company B Team, can be seen at Nottingham Playhouse on Wednesday.

Dave Payne’s The Killer Question, a dark comedy thriller described as “The Silence of the Lambs meets Last of the Summer Wine”, featuring Peter Stone, Jake Urry and Jordan Moore, is staged in the studio at Coventry’s Albany Theatre on Wednesday.

Cupid’s Revenge, the latest dance theatre comedy show by New Art Club, a “joyful, physical and verbal outburst against the forces that masquerade as love”, is at Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry on Wednesday and Thursday.

What’s New Pussycat?, Joe DiPietro’s musical which brings together the songs of Tom Jones with Henry Fielding’s comic novel The History of Tom Jones, A Foundling, premières at Birmingham REP from Friday until Sunday 14 November.

As part of its Coventry UK City of Culture programme, the Belgrade Theatre teams up with Cardboard Citizens to co-produce a new musical, The Ruff Tuff Cream Puff Estate Agency, based on an original work by Heathcote Williams and featuring a chorus of Coventry people who have experienced homelessness, from Saturday until Saturday 16 October.

A tribute to Derby County and the Rams’ 1946 F A Cup win, Extra Time, “created by the people of Derby for the people of Derby”, kicks off at Derby Theatre on Saturday and gets replayed until Sunday 17 October.

“The UK’s number one rock and roll variety performance” returns to Buxton Opera House with the best of That’ll Be the Day on Sunday.

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, continues to ride into the Blue Orange Theatre, Birmingham until Sunday.