What's on in the Midlands

Published: 26 February 2022
Reporter: Steve Orme

Cluedo at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham
Daniel Abbott as Archie, Yolanda Ovide as Moon and Matt Cavendish as Simon in Groan Ups at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry Credit: Pamela Raith
Niki Evans (Mrs Johnstone) and the cast of Blood Brothers at Malvern Theatres Credit: Jack Merriman

Full-mask theatre company Vamos takes its tour of Dead Good, originally commissioned by London International Mime Festival, to Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury on Monday and Tuesday and the Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton on Saturday.

Michelle Collins plays Miss Scarlett and Daniel Casey is Professor Plum in Cluedo, based on the detective board game, at the Theatre Royal Nottingham from Monday until Saturday.

Mischief Theatre returns to the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry with its “usual brand of side-splitting comedy” in Groan Ups from Monday until Saturday while in the B2 auditorium the Belgrade and Graeae Theatre Company continue to co-produce Michael Southan’s debut play Kerbs which “gets real about romance, sex and disability” until Saturday.

Disney's Academy Award-winning film Bedknobs and Broomsticks makes its world première as a stage musical at Royal and Derngate, Northampton from Monday until Saturday.

A company of actor-musicians form the cast of Beautiful—The Carole King Musical, a Leicester Curve, Theatre Royal Bath Productions and Mayflower Theatre Southampton show which has its première at Curve from Monday until Saturday 12 March.

Niki Evans plays Mrs Johnstone and Malvern resident Nick Wilkes takes the dual role of a policeman and a teacher in Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers which visits Malvern Theatres from Tuesday until Saturday.

The Alexander Whitley Dance Company stages Overflow, which “considers how our desires, fantasies and vulnerabilities are powerfully influenced by social platforms”, in the Patrick Studio at Birmingham Hippodrome on Wednesday.

“Storytelling and lipsync cabaret collide” in a “queer coming-of-age comedy about the complications of 21st century communication”, Yours Sincerely, written and performed by Will Jackson and presented by Quick Duck Theatre in The Door at Birmingham REP from Wednesday until Saturday while in the Studio 11 writers present nine new plays in a short comedy play festival, Sky Comedy Rep which can be seen from Thursday until Saturday.

National Dance Company of Wales performs a triple bill, One Another, comprising Caroline Finn’s Ludo, Anthony Matsena’s Codi and Wild Thoughts by Costanzo Martini at Derby Theatre on Thursday.

A new “completely reimagined” tour of Disney's musical Beauty and the Beast featuring “all the spellbinding songs of Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and Tim Rice” starts at Birmingham Hippodrome from Thursday until Saturday 26 March.

A musical adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s The Smartest Giant in Town, a Fierylight and Little Angel Theatre production, visits Birmingham Town Hall on Saturday.

Improbable continues to stage a new show at each performance of An Improbable Musical at Northampton Royal until Saturday.

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.

    Related listings

  • Cluedo - Sandy Rustin with additional materials by Hunter Foster and Eric Price and Mark Bell, based on the screenplay by Jonathan Lynn
  • Beautiful – The Carole King Musical - Douglas McGrath, with songs by Carole King, Gerry Goffin, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil. (Curve, Theatre Royal Bath Productions and Mayflower Theatre Southampton)
  • Blood Brothers - Willy Russell (Bill Kenwright Ltd)
  • Disney's Beauty and the Beast - Music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice (Disney Theatricals)
  • Much Ado About Nothing - William Shakespeare (Royal Shakespeare Company)