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What's on in the Midlands

Published: 30 April 2022
Reporter: Steve Orme

Michelle Collins (Miss Scarlett), Etisyai Phillips (Mrs White), Tom Babbage (Reverend Green), Judith Amsenga (Mrs Peacock) and Daniel Casey (Professor Plum) in Cluedo at the Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham Credit: Craig Sugden
Christina Bianco, Ian Kelsey and Shobna Gulati in The Rise and Fall of Little Voice at Derby Theatre Credit: Pamela Raith
Patrick Duffy and Linda Purl in Catch Me If You Can at the Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield

Michelle Collins plays Miss Scarlett in the comedy thriller based on the board game Cluedo which tours to the Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham from Monday until Saturday.

Christina Bianco takes the lead role and appears alongside Shobna Gulati and Ian Kelsey in Jim Cartwright’s The Rise and Fall of Little Voice at Derby Theatre from Tuesday until Saturday.

Dallas legend Patrick Duffy, Linda Purl and Gray O’ Brien appear in Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert’s “gripping” psychological thriller Catch Me if You Can at the Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield from Tuesday until Saturday.

The story of Carole King’s “remarkable” rise to stardom is told in Beautiful – The Carole King Musical which visits Malvern Theatres from Tuesday until Saturday.

The story of how five brothers from Utah were pushed into the spotlight as children and went on to create decades of hits is told in The Osmonds: A New Musical in Derngate, Northampton from Tuesday until Saturday.

Nottingham New Theatre and Lakeside Arts present Dennis Kelly’s “chilling and darkly comic thriller” DNA in the Djanogly Theatre at Lakeside Arts from Tuesday until Friday while the Akram Khan Company tells the often forgotten and untold stories of World War I colonial soldiers in Chotto Xenos on Sunday.

Audiences at Birmingham Hippodrome will say thank you for the music when they see Mamma Mia!, written by Catherine Johnson with music by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, from Tuesday until Saturday 14 May.

Eight “extraordinary” young dancers feature in an “explosion of mesmeric dance” when BalletBoyz perform Deluxe at the Everman Theatre, Cheltenham on Wednesday and Thursday.

A “witty and fleet-footed version of the tale that updates the literary masterpiece while remaining true to the original’s revolutionary spirit”, Chris Bush’s adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre, a co-production between Newcastle-under-Lyme’s New Vic Theatre and the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough takes to the New Vic’s stage from Wednesday until Saturday 28 May.

Box Tale Soup presents a new adaptation of the “weird and wicked, horrible and hilarious” Great Grimm Tales at The Courtyard, Hereford on Thursday while Strictly Come Dancing’s Ian Waite and Vincent Simone are back with their new show, Take Two, on Friday.

Tall Stories takes Mouse on a daring adventure through a deep, dark wood in its musical adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s The Gruffalo at The Core at Corby Cube, Northamptonshire from Thursday until Saturday.

Birmingham Royal Ballet returns to Nottingham for the first time in six years and takes to the Royal Concert Hall stage for the first time with An Evening of Music and Dance on Saturday before BRB celebrates the 25th anniversary of its talent development scheme, Dance Track 25, at Birmingham Rep on Sunday.

The final production in the Belgrade Theatre’s programme of work for Coventry UK City of Culture 2021 is the world première of Nothello, written and devised by Mojisola Adebayo, William Shakespeare and Justine Themen, which will run from Saturday until Saturday 21 May.

Inspired by the recent football abuse scandals, a new play by Nathaniel Price, First Touch kicks off at Nottingham Playhouse from Saturday until Saturday 21 May.

Leicester’s annual dance festival Let’s Dance International Frontiers, featuring “high-quality dance that celebrates diversity and intersectional identities”, continues at various venues until Sunday.

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

    Related listings

  • Wars of the Roses - William Shakespeare (Royal Shakespeare Company)
  • Henry VI: Rebellion - William Shakespeare (Royal Shakespeare Company)
  • The Gruffalo - Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler (Tall Stories)
  • Jane Eyre - Charlotte Brontë, adapted by Chris Bush (Stephen Joseph Theatre)
  • Mamma Mia - Music and lyrics by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, book by Catherine Johnson
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Catch Me If You Can - Robert Thomas
  • The Rise and Fall of Little Voice - Jim Cartwright (Katy Lipson and Glass Half Full Productions)
  • Cluedo - Sandy Rustin with additional materials by Hunter Foster and Eric Price and Mark Bell, based on the screenplay by Jonathan Lynn