What's on in the Midlands

Published: 14 November 2021
Reporter: Steve Orme

School of Rock at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham
Rufus Hound as Tom Good, Dominic Rowan as Jerry Leadbetter, Preeya Kalidas as Margo Leadbetter and Sally Tatum as Barbara Good in The Good Life at Malvern Theatres Credit: Dan Tsantilis
A Christmas Carol at the Pavilion Arts Centre, Buxton

Birmingham REP presents a not-for-profit production about the Grenfell Inquiry, Grenfell: Value Engineering—Scenes from the Inquiry which sets out to discover why the devastating 2017 fire happened and who was responsible for the deaths of 72 people, from Tuesday until Saturday.

Rufus Hound and Preeya Kalidas experience The Good Life in the stage première of Jeremy Sams’s adaptation of the TV series by John Esmonde and Bob Larbey which tours to Malvern Theatres from Tuesday until Saturday.

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock educates audiences at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham from Tuesday until Saturday while in the Theatre Royal, Opera North stages a new version of Bizet’s Carmen on Wednesday and Friday and a Bernstein double bill of Trouble in Tahiti and Symphonic Dances, extracted from West Side Story, on Thursday and Saturday.

Louise Redknapp appears in Dolly Parton’s “rip-roaring” 9 to 5 the Musical at the Alexandra, Birmingham from Tuesday until Saturday.

Chapterhouse Theatre Company takes Laura Turner’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol to the Pavilion Arts Centre, Buxton from Wednesday until Friday.

The solo show that launched performer and choreographer Aakash Odedra onto the dance scene, Rising, can be seen in the Patrick Studio at Birmingham Hippodrome on Wednesday while The Good Enough Mums Club performs songs from its musical An Evening With The Good Enough Mums Club in the Patrick Studio on Thursday and Friday.

Pantaloons Theatre Company presents its “horrifically innovative take on Robert Louis Stevenson’s murky tale of murder, mystery and transmogrification” The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde at the Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield on Thursday while an adaptation of Judith Kerr’s The Tiger Who Came to Tea is on the menu from Friday 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.

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.