What's on in the Midlands

Published: 30 October 2021
Reporter: Steve Orme

Bill Ward and Wendi Peters in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow at Malvern Theatres Credit: Craig Sugden
Lyn Paul as Mrs Johnstone in Blood Brothers at Birmingham Hippodrome
Jack Wolfe who is making his RSC debut as Peter Duchene and the elephant puppet in The Magician’s Elephant in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford Credit: Manuel Harlan

Motionhouse stages a “dance-circus adventure” Nobody in the Forum Theatre at Malvern on Tuesday while in the Festival Theatre Wendi Peters and Bill Ward feature in Philip Meeks’s adaptation of Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow from Tuesday until Saturday.

Peter Andre plays Teen Angel and Vince Fontaine in some performances of Grease the Musical at the Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham from Tuesday until Saturday.

Audiences at the Belgrade, Coventry should have the time of their life when Dirty Dancing - The Classic Story on Stage visits the theatre from Tuesday until Saturday while in the B2 auditorium Lizzie Wort performs Elton Townend Jones’s The Unremarkable Death of Marilyn Monroe on Wednesday and Nathaniel Hall writes and performs his play First Time on Saturday.

Willy Russell’s “captivating and moving tale of twins who, separated at birth, grow up on opposite sides of the tracks, only to meet again with fateful consequences”, Blood Brothers is at Birmingham Hippodrome from Tuesday until Saturday 13 November.

Conn Artists Theatre Company in association with Worthing Theatres and Museum stages the UK première of Daniel Rover Singer’s comedy A Perfect Likeness, which features a “hilarious and revealing conversation” between Charles Dodgson, otherwise known as Lewis Carroll, and Charles Dickens, at the Albany Theatre, Coventry on Friday.

Joanne Clifton from Strictly Come Dancing plays Morticia in The Addams Family at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham from Friday until Saturday 13 November.

Strictly Come Dancing's Ian Waite and Vincent Simone return to Buxton Opera House with their new show The Ballroom Boys Act 2 on Saturday.

An immersive family theatre show set in a travelling library which is part of the programme for UK City of Culture 2021, Punchdrunk Enrichment’s The Lost Lending Library continues to book into Coventry’s newly refurbished Drapers’ Hall until Saturday.

Michael Courtney’s singers and live band prove they are Mad About the Musicals at the Pomegranate, Chesterfield on Sunday while across the road at the Winding Wheel Girls Just Wanna Have Fun will get the audience in the mood for dancing, also on 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.

Mark Gatiss plays Jacob Marley and Nicholas Farrell is Scrooge in Gatiss’s retelling of Dickens’s A Christmas Carol—A Ghost Story which continues at Nottingham Playhouse until Saturday 29 November.

Adapted from Kate DiCamillo's novel, the world première of The Magician's Elephant continues in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford until Saturday 1 January 2022.