What's on in the Midlands

Published: 12 March 2022
Reporter: Steve Orme

Cluedo at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry
Griff Rhys Jones and Janie Dee in An Hour and a Half Late at Malvern Theatres Credit: Marc Brenner
Rigoletto at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham

It would be a crime to miss Michelle Collins as Miss Scarlett in Cluedo, a comedy thriller based on the classic board game, when it finds out whodunit at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry from Monday until Saturday.

Griff Rhys Jones and Janie Dee hope they are not An Hour and a Half Late for the play written by Gérald Sibleyras with Jean Dell at Malvern Theatres from Monday until Saturday.

Pilot Theatre in co-production with York Theatre Royal, Coventry’s Belgrade, Mercury Theatre Colchester and Derby Theatre presents The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon and adapted by S Shakthidharan at Derby Theatre from Tuesday until Saturday.

The official true story of the five brothers from Utah who were pushed into the spotlight as children and went on to create smash hits decade after decade, The Osmonds: A New Musical tours to Wolverhampton Grand from Tuesday until Saturday.

Taking the audience “deep into John Wyndham's cold war novel The Day of the Triffids”, Platform 4 performs Triffids!, a “gig theatre adventure in music, sound and pictures”, at Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham on Wednesday.

Opera International featuring the Ukrainian National Municipal Opera Kyiv stages two Ellen Kent productions at the Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham, Tosca by Puccini on Wednesday and Bizet’s Carmen on Thursday.

Opera North presents a new version of Verdi’s Rigoletto at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham on Wednesday and Saturday.

English Touring Opera returns to Buxton Opera House with Puccini’s La bohème which “promises to break every heart and breathe joy into the spirit of everyone who has ever wanted love” on Thursday and Friday.

Le Navet Bete sails into Lichfield Garrick with its "swashbuckling, smash-hit comedy for all the family" Treasure Island on Friday and Saturday.

Stan, named after a dinosaur at Manchester Museum, a new play by Sarah Emmott which “positively demonstrates how we can overcome language barriers and challenges preconceptions of deafness”, roars into Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham 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.

A seven-strong cast including neurodiverse actors continues to 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 until Saturday 9 April.

    Related listings

  • Disney's Beauty and the Beast - Music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice (Disney Theatricals)
  • 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)