What's on in the Midlands

Published: 7 November 2021
Reporter: Steve Orme

The Midnight Bell at Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry Credit: Johan Persson
Ashley Campbell (Mr Partridge), Dominic Andersen (Tom Jones) and Kelly Price (Lady Bellaston) in What’s New Pussycat? at Birmingham REP Credit: Pamela Raith
Mark Gatiss as Jacob Marley and Nicholas Farrell as Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story at Nottingham Playhouse

The latest dance theatre comedy show by New Art Club, a “joyful, physical and verbal outburst against the forces that masquerade as love”, Cupid’s Revenge visits Lakeside Arts, Nottingham on Tuesday.

Peter Mulligan’s play Loop, a “raw, thought-provoking piece which grapples with some heavy themes including an honest exploration of depression and suicide”, tours to the Y Theatre, Leicester on Wednesday.

A family drama with an “unsettling supernatural element” and rooted in the experiences of working-class communities in the West Midlands, Seaview, created by the Belgrade Theatre’s new creative director Corey Campbell, has its première screening on the theatre’s main stage on Wednesday and will then be shown in the B2 auditorium from Thursday until Saturday, while the Russian State Ballet will be accompanied by a 30-piece orchestra on the main stage for three Tchaikovsky works, Swan Lake on Thursday, Sleeping Beauty on Friday and The Nutcracker on Saturday.

Matthew Bourne and his New Adventures company take their latest production The Midnight Bell, inspired by the works of writer Patrick Hamilton, to Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry from Wednesday until Saturday.

Dianne Pilkington plays Miss Eglantine Price and Charles Brunton is Emelius Browne in the musical Bedknobs and Broomsticks at the Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham from Wednesday until Sunday.

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 continues at Birmingham Hippodrome until Saturday.

Joanne Clifton from Strictly Come Dancing continues to play Morticia in The Addams Family at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham until Saturday.

Detailing his career spanning five decades, David Suchet—Poirot and More, a Retrospective takes to the stage at Derby Theatre on Saturday and the Theatre Royal, Nottingham on Sunday.

Diagnosed with an incurable cancer at the age of 26, Phoebe Frances Brown tells her story of finding gladness in the saddest of times in The Glad Game at mac Birmingham 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.

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