What's on in the Midlands

Published: 28 January 2022
Reporter: Steve Orme

Norman Pace (Wilbur) and Brenda Edwards (Motormouth Maybelle) in Hairspray at Royal and Derngate, Northampton Credit: Mark Senior
Shaka Kalokoh (Edmund) and Samantha Womack (White Witch) in The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham Credit: Brinkhoff-Moegenburg
Gareth Williams as Dennis Skinner and Lisa Allen as Margaret Thatcher in The Palace of Varieties at Derby Theatre Credit: Robert Day

Mischief Theatre’s Groan Ups, which is on its first UK tour and follows “an unruly classroom of six-year-olds on their journey through anarchic high school teenagers to the challenges of adulthood”, is at Malvern Theatres from Monday until Saturday.

Brenda Edwards and Norman Pace get out their aerosols for Hairspray which takes to the Derngate stage, Northampton from Monday until Saturday.

Samantha Womack plays the White Witch in C S Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham from Tuesday until Saturday.

Tabs Productions and Rumpus Theatre Company’s spring play season at the Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield concludes with Rattle of a Simple Man by Charles Dyer from Tuesday until Saturday.

Alan Riley and James Greaves team up for full-mask theatre company Vamos’ Dead Good which starts a tour at The Swan, Worcester on Thursday and Friday.

The Osmonds: A New Musical, which tells the true story of the five brothers from Utah who were pushed into the spotlight as children and created smash hits for decades until one bad decision cost them everything, has its world première at Curve, Leicester from Thursday until Sunday.

Tall Stories’ adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s book The Smeds and the Smoos should charm young audiences at The Core at Corby Cube, Northamptonshire on Thursday and Friday and Lakeside Arts, Nottingham on Saturday and Sunday.

Birmingham Hippodrome associate company Motionhouse stages its first performances at the Hippodrome since 2018, Nobody, which “explores the tension between our inner lives and how we make sense of the world around us”, on Friday.

A team of Coventrians, either born in the city or who have made it their home, tell their stories in Paul O’Donnell’s Symphony of Us in Coventry Cathedral on Friday and Saturday.

Michael Balogun and Akiya Henry play Benedick and Beatrice in the Royal Shakespeare Company production of Much Ado About Nothing which runs in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre from Friday until Saturday 12 March.

Former performers from Les Misérables, Phantom of the Opera, The Producers and other West End musicals present “Europe’s leading musical theatre concert show” Masters of the House at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry on Saturday.

Gareth Williams plays former MP Dennis Skinner in Kevin Fegan’s new play The Palace of Varieties which continues at Derby Theatre until Saturday.

Birmingham REP and the Children’s Theatre Partnership continue to present Robert Icke’s adaptation of George Orwell’s Animal Farm on the main stage at the REP until Saturday.

Ballroom couple Anton Du Beke and Erin Boag dance into the Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham with Showtime on Sunday.

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