What's on in the Midlands

Published: 1 January 2022
Reporter: Steve Orme

The Snowman at Birmingham REP Credit: Tristram Kenton
Abigail Finley (Fairy Lights), Howard Chadwick (King Darren), Morgan Brind (Nurse Nancy Nightley) and Richard Brindley (Mervin the Magician) in Sleeping Beauty at Derby Arena Credit: Pamela Raith
Matt Slack as Ringo the Ringmaster and Jason Donovan as the evil Ringmaster in Goldilocks and the Three Bears at Birmingham Hippodrome

The Russian State Ballet of Siberia which “has built an international reputation for delivering performances of outstanding quality and unusual depth” performs two Tchaikovsky ballets at Buxton Opera House, Swan Lake on Wednesday and The Nutcracker on Thursday.

Based on Raymond Briggs’s book and featuring Howard Blake’s song “Walking in the Air”, The Snowman, “the longest-running Christmas show in English theatre history”, returns to Birmingham REP from Thursday until Sunday.

The “UK’s leading musical theatre concert” Beyond the Barricade which is celebrating its 22nd anniversary presents “the best-loved songs from Broadway and the West End” at the Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield on Friday.

Iain Lauchlan is Dame Dolly Mixture in the panto Beauty and the Beast which continues at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry until Saturday.

Audiences at The Courtyard Hereford will have the climb of their life when they see Jack and the Beanstalk which continues until Saturday.

Rita Simons, best known for playing Roxy Mitchell in the BBC soap EastEnders, plays wicked fairy Carabosse in Sleeping Beauty which continues at Derby Arena until Saturday.

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 which continues until Sunday.

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

The New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme takes Beauty and the Beast back to its roots for a retelling of the story which continues until Saturday 29 January.

Jason Donovan heads the cast of Goldilocks and the Three Bears which continues at Birmingham Hippodrome until Sunday 30 January.