What's on in the Midlands

Published: 10 April 2022
Reporter: Steve Orme

Christina Bianco, Shobna Gulati and Ian Kelsey in The Rise and Fall of Little Voice at Malvern Theatres Credit: Pamela Raith
Bree Smith and Kojo Kamara in Coming to England at Birmingham Rep Credit: Geraint Lewis
John Goodrum (Mundon Mandeville), Karen Henson (Miriam Mandeville) and John Lyons (Father Brown) in Father Brown - The Murderer In The Mirror at Buxton Opera House

Fierylight and Little Angel Theatre’s musical adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s book The Smartest Giant in Town visits the Brewhouse, Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire from Monday until Wednesday.

Shobna Gulati, Ian Kelsey and Christina Bianco are in the cast of Jim Cartwright’s The Rise and Fall of Little Voice at Malvern Theatres from Monday until Saturday.

A “thrilling climax to Shakespeare’s three-part Henry VI saga of nationhood and power”, The Wars of the Roses runs in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford from Monday until Saturday 4 June while Henry VI: Rebellion which “hurtles through one of the most turbulent periods in English history” continues in the same theatre until Saturday 28 May.

The "UK's best touring rock and roll variety show" That'll Be The Day will have the audience at the Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham singing on Tuesday while Ashley Banjo's new show Diversity—Connected 2022 dances into the Alexandra from Thursday until Saturday.

London Classic Theatre visits the New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme with Bernard Slade’s Same Time, Next Year, a “bittersweet, nostalgic and very funny portrait of two likeable protagonists who find themselves in the most unusual of long-term relationships”, from Tuesday until Saturday.

Robert Icke’s adaptation of George Orwell’s Animal Farm, a Children’s Theatre Partnership in association with Birmingham REP production, rides into the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry from Tuesday until Saturday while the B2 auditorium is adapted into a theatre-in-the-round for the première of Coventry writer Jamie McGough’s Fighting Irish which continues until Saturday.

New Adventures’ 30th anniversary, reimagined production of Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker! with music by Tchaikovsky visits the Theatre Royal, Nottingham from Tuesday until Saturday while in the Royal Concert Hall “the ultimate feel-good show” MAMMA MIA! by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus returns from Tuesday until Saturday 23 April.

Rumpus Theatre Company reflects on the classic mysteries by G K Chesterton when it stages Father Brown - The Murderer In The Mirror at Buxton Opera House on Wednesday and Thursday while actor, author, One Show reporter and former MP and government whip Gyles Brandreth celebrates all things theatrical in Break a Leg! on Saturday.

A new play by Casey Bailey, the Birmingham Poet Laureate and winner of the Greater Birmingham Future Face of Arts and Culture 2020, GrimeBoy can be seen in The Door at Birmingham Rep from Thursday until Saturday while on the main stage David Wood’s adaptation of Floella Benjamin’s book Coming to England, “a musical journey for families of all ages”, continues until Saturday.

The “most successful touring production in entertainment history” which has been seen by more than 60 million people, Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance visits De Montfort Hall, Leicester from Friday until Sunday.

Jason Donovan plays the Pharaoh, Alexandra Burke is the narrator and Jac Yarrow is Joseph in the London Palladium production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat which continues at Birmingham Hippodrome until Saturday.

Derby Theatre, Hiccup Theatre and Polka Theatre continue to present a new adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen story The Emperor’s New Clothes at Derby Theatre until Saturday.

Live events production company Imagineer presents theatre, circus, aerial performance and live music in FLOW: Milesians—The Coming of the Gaels, a “mystical story which culminates in a mighty battle between the tribe of the gods and the Milesians to determine the fate of the land”, at Bishop Ullathorne School, Coventry from Saturday until Friday 22 April.