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What's on in the Midlands

Published: 18 February 2022
Reporter: Steve Orme

Hannah Rose Caton and Nigel Harman in The Da Vinci Code at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry Credit: Johan Persson
Layton Williams (Jamie) and Shane Richie (Hugo) in Everybody’s Talking about Jamie at the Theatre Royal Nottingham Credit: Matt Crockett
Le Navet Bete’s The Three Musketeers at Derby Theatre Credit: Mark Dawson Photography

Beth Flintoff’s “spine-tingling retelling” of a real-life murder mystery, The Ballad of Maria Marten, is brought to life at Malvern Theatres on Tuesday and Wednesday.

A musical adaptation of the book by Julia Donaldson and Alex Scheffler, The Smartest Giant in Town, produced by Fierylight and Little Angel Theatre, tours to the Swan Theatre, Worcester on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Coventry’s Albany Theatre which had to postpone its first in-house community pantomime because of Covid will stage Dick Whittington from Tuesday until Saturday.

Nigel Harman, Danny John-Jules and Hannah Rose Caton are among the cast of The Da Vinci Code, Rachel Wagstaff and Duncan Abel’s adaptation of Dan Brown’s novel, which visits the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry from Tuesday until Saturday, while in the B2 auditorium the Belgrade and Graeae Theatre Company co-produce Michael Southan’s debut play Kerbs which “gets real about romance, sex and disability” from Saturday until Saturday 5 March.

Northern Ballet is at The Core at Corby Cube, Northamptonshire with “an original retelling of the classic children’s story” Pinocchio on Wednesday while Ian Ashpitel and Jonty Stephens pay homage to Morecambe and Wise in Eric and Ern on Thursday.

The Theatre Royal, Nottingham finds that Everybody’s Talking about Jamie, Dan Gillespie Sells and Tom MacRae’s musical which features Layton Williams and Shane Richie, from Wednesday until Sunday while in the Royal Concert Hall Dance Consortium presents Nederlands Dans Theatre with NDT 2 on Friday and Saturday.

Le Navet Bete’s The Three Musketeers, featuring “hilarious heroics, raucous romances and some bonkers fun with BMX bikes”, rides into Derby Theatre from Thursday until Saturday.

Freckle Productions and Rose Theatre bring to the stage Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s picture book Zog and the Flying Doctors at Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry from Thursday until Saturday while Platform 4's audio / visual take on John Wyndham's Triffids! is the attraction in the Studio on Saturday.

The Russian State Ballet of Siberia presents three classics in Northampton’s Derngate, Prokofiev’s Cinderella on Thursday, Snow Maiden on Friday and The Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky on Saturday while on the Royal stage Improbable stages a new show at each performance of An Improbable Musical from Friday until Saturday 5 March.

Written and directed by Joe O'Byrne, The Haunting of Blaine Manor should scare audiences at the Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield on Friday while Friends! The Musical Parody which “remembers the TV phenomenon that ruled the 1990s and became a cultural institution” is there for you on Saturday.

Inspired by the life of Nina Simone, Apphia Campbell’s Black is the Color of my Voice which “reflects on the journey that took a young piano prodigy destined for a life in the service of the church to a renowned jazz vocalist at the forefront of the civil rights movement” tours to the Courtyard, Hereford on Saturday.

Simon Reade’s adaptation of the Michael Morpurgo novel Private Peaceful continues at Nottingham Playhouse until Saturday.

Northern Broadsides continues to perform its 30th anniversary production, Shakespeare’s As You Like It, at the New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme until Saturday.

Birmingham Royal Ballet continues to perform the world première of Carlos Acosta's Don Quixote at Birmingham Hippodrome until Saturday, with Marianela Nuñez and Vadim Muntagirov taking the roles of Kitri and Basilio on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Playwright and actor Asif Khan takes his new show Jabala and the Jinn, “a funny and endearing story for the whole family” which was developed with young British Muslim actors to highlight diverse representation on stage for young people, to Midland Arts Centre, Birmingham on Saturday and Sunday.

Luke Wilson and Akiya Henry play Benedick and Beatrice in the Royal Shakespeare Company production of Much Ado About Nothing which continues in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford until Saturday 12 March.