What's on in the Midlands

Published: 4 December 2021
Reporter: Steve Orme

Dick Whittington at Royal and Derngate, Northampton Credit: Graeme Braidwood
A Chorus Line at Curve, Leicester Credit: Marc Brenner
Jack Wolfe (Peter) in The Magician’s Elephant in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford Credit: Manuel Harlan

Beckett's Room, the latest work from Dublin-based company Dead Centre, explores writer Samuel Beckett's Parisian apartment during World War II using only voices and objects and continues at Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry until Tuesday while in Cuckoo Jaha Koo reveals 20 years of Korean history using a group of talkative rice cookers on Wednesday and Thursday.

The story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons is told in Jersey Boys which runs at the Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham from Tuesday until Saturday 1 January.

Chapterhouse Theatre Company takes Laura Turner’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol to the Assembly Rooms, Lincoln from Thursday until Sunday.

The annual Christmas treat for children aged from two to six at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry is Imagine Theatre’s Santa’s Magical Mystery Guest which runs from Thursday until Friday 24 December while Iain Lauchlan is Dame Dolly Mixture in the Belgrade panto Beauty and the Beast which continues until Saturday 8 January.

Ricky Champ who plays resident bad boy Stuart Highway in the BBC soap EastEnders is King Rat in the Northampton Royal and Derngate panto Dick Whittington which runs on the Derngate stage from Thursday until Sunday 2 January.

The swashbuckling adventure Peter Pan featuring Tom Lister as Captain Hook, Mark James as Smee, Lloyd Warbey as Peter Pan and Jenny Huxley-Golden as Emily Darling flies into Malvern Festival Theatre from Thursday until Sunday 2 January.

Maureen Nolan plays the Wicked Queen, Rebecca Keatley takes the lead role and Keith Jack is Prince Joseph in Stafford Gatehouse Theatre’s panto Snow White from Friday until Friday 31 December.

Jonathan Wilkes and Christian Patterson appear in Cinderella at the Regent Theatre, Stoke from Friday until Sunday 2 January.

Rita Simons, best known for playing Roxy Mitchell in the BBC soap EastEnders, plays wicked fairy Carabosse in Sleeping Beauty from Friday until Saturday 8 January.

James Holmes is Widow Twankey, Annalise Liard-Bailey plays Princess Willow and Matthew Jay Ryan is Wishy Washy in Aladdin at Buxton Opera House from Saturday until Saturday 1 January.

Tristan Gemmill plays the Sheriff of Nottingham, Matthew Kelly takes the role of Dame Tilly Tuck, Jodie Prenger is the Spirit of Sherwood and Matt Terry plays the title role in Nottingham Theatre Royal’s panto Robin Hood from Saturday until Sunday 9 January.

The “perfect family-friendly alternative to a traditional panto”, Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol is adapted by Coventry’s Albany Theatre and continues until Sunday 26 December.

Eric's Christmas Carol gives Scrooge a swinging ‘60s twist when David Graham Productions provides a “a fresh but nostalgic take” on the Dickens classic which continues at the New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme until Saturday while the theatre takes Beauty and the Beast back to its roots for a retelling of the story which continues until Saturday 29 January.

Tall Stories’ “stellar” new show based on Julia Donaldson and Alex Scheffler’s The Smeds and the Smoos continues to zoom off into space at Curve, Leicester until Friday 31 December while a new production of the Broadway musical A Chorus Line also continues until Friday 31 December.

Theresa Heskins’s adaptation of Treasure Island, inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale of buried treasure and buccaneers, continues to sail into Derby Theatre until Friday 31 December.

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.

James Peake, winner of best dame in the 2020 Great British Pantomime Awards, plays Widow Twankey in Loughborough Town Hall’s panto Aladdin which continues until Sunday 2 January.

Mansfield Palace Theatre continues to wake up Sleeping Beauty until Sunday 2 January.

Suzanne Shaw is Belle with Thomas Redgrave from Britain’s Got Talent winners Collabro as Gaston and Andrew Fleming as Philippe Philoppe in Beauty and the Beast at the Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield which continues until Sunday 2 January.

Written by Nick Lane, The Snow Queen continues at The Courtyard Hereford until Friday 31 December while audiences will have the climb of their life when they see Jack and the Beanstalk which continues until Saturday 8 January.

Kenneth Alan Taylor’s Beauty and the Beast is the Nottingham Playhouse panto which continues until Saturday 15 January.