What's on in the Midlands

Published: 16 October 2021
Reporter: Steve Orme

The Comedy of Errors at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham Credit: Pete Le May
Welsh National Opera’s Madam Butterfly at Birmingham Hippodrome Credit: Richard Hubert Smith
Jonty Stephens and Ian Ashpitel in Eric and Ern at the Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield Credit: Paul Coltas

Darren Day, Faye Brookes, Sinitta and Divina De Campo should have a captive audience in Chicago at the Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham from Monday until Saturday while the Royal Shakespeare Company’s The Comedy of Errors tours to the Theatre Royal from Friday until Sunday.

Adapted from Kate DiCamillo's prize-winning novel, the world première of The Magician's Elephant runs in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford from Monday until Saturday 1 January 2022 (press night Tuesday 26 October).

Theatre Re delivers Birth, a show about the evolution of family and life, to Lakeside Arts, Nottingham on Tuesday.

Presented by imitating the dog and Leeds Playhouse, Dracula: The Untold Story is a “chilling new version of the classic gothic vampire tale that you thought you knew so well” at Derby Theatre on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Welsh National Opera is at Birmingham Hippodrome with Puccini’s Madam Butterfly on Tuesday and Wednesday and The Barber of Seville by Rossini on Thursday and Friday.

New Art Club stages its first original work since 2016, Cupid’s Revenge, a “60-minute physical poem that plants love under the microscope of the 21st century”, at Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham on Wednesday.

Mid Wales Opera presents Puccini’s “passionate late masterpiece” Il tabarro, or The Cloak, a one-act opera set on the banks of the Seine which tells the story of barge owner Michele who suspects his young wife Giorgetta of being unfaithful, at The Courtyard, Hereford on Wednesday.

A “full-cast production” of Shakespeare’s Macbeth wickedly comes to the Albany Theatre, Coventry on Wednesday while Irish writer and performer Laura Wyatt O’Keeffe’s new play Vessel, a “challenging reminder of the lies and legacies we inherit and the potential power of the individual in the digital age”, can be seen at the Albany on Thursday.

Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre hosts Avaes Mohammad’s Though This Be Madness, presented by Mandala Theatre Company in association with Oxford Playhouse, which “unravels what is happening to young people in relation to education, exclusion, gang grooming and, too often, prison” in the B2 auditorium from Wednesday until Friday.

Performances of Sharron Devine’s The Only Way Out Is In are for one person at a time at the Shop Front Theatre, Coventry from Wednesday until Saturday.

Rumpus Theatre Company tours Millie Henson’s adaptation of the M R James short story Whistle and I’ll Come to You! to Rose Theatre, Kidderminster on Thursday and the Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield on Friday.

Ian Ashpitel and Jonty Stephens play Morecambe and Wise in Eric and Ern at the Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield on Saturday.

The Russian State Ballet and Opera House dances into Buxton Opera House with Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty on Saturday while Su Pollard stages a one-woman show, a “razor-sharp and bittersweet dark drama” from Philip Meeks, Harpy, in the Pavilion Arts Centre, also on Saturday.

Journeys Festival International which curates, presents and commissions a varied programme of work created by artists exploring the refugee experience continues at various venues in Leicester until Sunday.

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, continues at Birmingham REP until Sunday 14 November.