What's on in the Midlands

Published: 5 March 2022
Reporter: Steve Orme

Adam Woodyatt and Laurie Brett in Looking Good Dead at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry Credit: Chris Payne
Sarah Kempton (Doris) and Kieran Buckeridge (George) in Same Time, Next Year at Derby Theatre Credit: Sheila Burnett
The Osmonds: A New Musical at the Everyman, Cheltenham Credit: Pamela Raith

The story of Medusa, in Greek mythology the most famous of the monster figures known as Gorgons, is reimagined for International Women’s Day 2022 in Badass Medusa #MeToo, written and directed by Hannah Phillips, which can be seen in the Vesta Tilley Studio at Worcester Theatres from Monday until Wednesday, Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham on Thursday and the Courtyard, Hereford on Friday.

Adam Woodyatt and Laurie Brett head the cast of Shaun McKenna’s adaptation of crime writer Peter James’ Looking Good Dead which tours to the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry from Monday until Saturday.

Botis Seva’s “beautifully brutal” commentary on how the youth of today are coping in a world not built for them, BLKDOG dances into Nottingham Playhouse on Tuesday while James Gaddas plays 15 characters in a new look at Dracula on Wednesday.

London Classic Theatre visits Derby Theatre with Bernard Slade’s Same Time, Next Year from Tuesday until Saturday.

The Leeds Playhouse production of C S Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is at the Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham from Tuesday until Saturday.

The Osmonds: A New Musical tours to the Everyman, Cheltenham from Tuesday until Saturday.

Marking International Women’s Day and part of Coventry UK City of Culture 2021, Her Day, a new female-led opera written by Coventry team Sayan Kent (composer) and Vanessa Oakes (librettist), will be performed at HMV Empire Coventry from Tuesday until Saturday.

David Walliams’s Gangsta Granny takes to the stage at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham from Wednesday until Sunday.

More than 30 artists and arts organisations will showcase new plays, musicals and dance pieces in the annual New Work Festival at Leicester’s Curve theatre from Thursday until Sunday.

A seven-strong cast including neurodiverse actors will perform Marvellous, the story of “Stoke City FC kit man, clown and all-round local hero” Neil “Nello” Baldwin, at Newcastle-under-Lyme’s New Vic Theatre from Friday until Saturday 9 April.

Beautiful—The Carole King Musical, a Leicester Curve, Theatre Royal Bath Productions and Mayflower Theatre Southampton show, continues to have its première at Curve 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.

Writer Asif Khan documents his experience of growing up as a Muslim in Britain in Jabala and the Jinn at the Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton on Saturday and Sunday.

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

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  • Much Ado About Nothing - William Shakespeare (Royal Shakespeare Company)
  • 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)
  • Gangsta Granny - David Walliams
  • The Osmonds: A New Musical - Story By Jay Osmond, book by Julian Bigg and Shaun Kerrison (ROYO in partnership with Twins Entertainment, with Vicky Nojesproduktion, Krall Entertainment, Aria Entertainment and Guy James Theatrical)
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - C S Lewis (Elliott & Harper Productions and Catherine Schreiber, based on the original Leeds Playhouse production)