Ticketmaster Summer in Stages

What's on in the Midlands

Published: 19 March 2022
Reporter: Steve Orme

We Will Rock You at Royal and Derngate, Northampton Credit: Johan Persson
Rina Fatania, Judy Flynn, Sara Crowe and Abigail Thaw in Sheila’s Island at Derby Theatre
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde at Lichfield Garrick Credit: Alex Harvey-Brown

Hollywood actors Patrick Duffy and Linda Purl appear alongside Gray O’Brien in Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert’s Catch Me If You Can, based on the French play Trap for a Lonely Man by Robert Thomas, at Malvern Theatres from Monday until Saturday.

Adam Woodyatt and Laurie Brett, who were husband and wife in EastEnders, reunite to play Tom and Kellie Bryce in Looking Good Dead, crime writer Peter James’s fifth novel to be adapted for the stage, at the Theatre Royal Nottingham from Monday until Saturday.

Queen and Ben Elton’s musical We Will Rock You, which is on its 20th anniversary tour visits Royal and Dernate, Northampton for the first time from Monday until Saturday.

Featuring “some of the greatest hit songs ever written” that are “guaranteed to have you reminiscing and singing out loud”, Dreamboats and Petticoats brings back the good times at the Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham from Monday until Saturday.

A “spellbindingly beautiful ghost story about love, loss and hope”, J M Barrie’s Mary Rose is a Conn Artists Theatre Company presentation at the Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield on Tuesday and Wednesday while John Hewer performs Just Like That! The Tommy Cooper Show on Friday.

Rina Fatania, Judy Flynn, Sara Crowe and Abigail Thaw appear in Tim Firth’s Sheila’s Island, an Yvonne Arnaud Theatre production, which tours to Derby Theatre from Tuesday until Saturday.

Part of Coventry UK City of Culture 2021, S Shakthidharan’s adaptation of Zana Fraillon’s young adult novel The Bone Sparrow, which tells the story of a Rohingya refugee boy who has spent his entire life living in a detention centre in Australia, visits the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry from Tuesday until Saturday (hear writer S Shakthidharan and director Esther Richardson talking about this production for the BTG podcast).

Birmingham-based dance organisation DanceXchange presents a world première double bill, Jamaal O’Driscoll’s Crabs in a Barrel which “explores themes of toxic masculinity” and Yami Löfvenberg’s Happyendingfication, an “autobiographical solo uncovering the marginalised conversation around the impacts of being an adult adoptee”, in the Patrick Studio at Birmingham Hippodrome on Tuesday while U.Dance WM, an evening “full of vibrant and exciting dance genres and themes performed by some of the best young talent from across the West Midlands”, can be seen in the Patrick Studio on Sunday.

A “disaster movie about falling in love or a rom-com about the end of the world”, Catching Comets is a “multi-dimensional genre mash-up” from Ransack Theatre at The Courtyard, Hereford on Wednesday.

Jeff Wayne’s musical version of The War of The Worlds—Alive on Stage! is at the Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham on Wednesday and Birmingham Resorts World Arena on Thursday.

Blackeyed Theatre stages Nick Lane’s adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde at Lichfield Garrick on Wednesday and Thursday while Fierylight and Little Angel Theatre present a musical adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s book The Smartest Giant in Town on Saturday and Sunday.

The world première of The Wellspring, an autobiographical work from playwright Barney Norris and his father, pianist and broadcaster David Owen Norris, continues at Northampton’s Royal and Derngate until Saturday.

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.

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.