What's on in the Midlands
5 June 2022
Reporter: Steve Orme
More than 14,000 litres of water will be used on the Birmingham Hippodrome stage every night during Chichester Festival Theatre's Olivier Award-nominated production of Singin' in the Rain from Monday until Saturday.
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical School of Rock educates audiences in Derngate, Northampton from Monday until Saturday, while in the Royal the venue’s resident company the Wardrobe Ensemble adapts Judith Kerr’s stories of Mog the Forgetful Cat which continues until Sunday 19 June.
Jonathan Harvey’s adaptation of the radio and TV sitcom Ladies of Letters, which reunites Only Fools And Horses’ actors Tessa Peake-Jones and Gwyneth Strong, delivers at Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry from Tuesday until Saturday.
Simon Reade’s adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s Private Peaceful tours to the Lyceum Theatre, Crewe from Tuesday until Saturday.
Debbie Kurup, Danielle Steers and Millie O’Connell all take the role of Cher in The Cher Show which tells the “incredible” story of Cher’s meteoric rise to fame and is directed by Arlene Phillips with choreography by Oti Mabuse at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham from Tuesday until Saturday.
The UK and European première of Claudia Rankine's first published play, The White Card, which poses the question “can society progress when whiteness remains invisible?”, runs in the Studio at Birmingham REP from Tuesday until Saturday 18 June while on the main stage Clement Ishmael, Nicolas Kent, Dominique Le Gendre and Mustapha Matura transform J M Synge’s classic play into a musical with songs firmly rooted in the Caribbean in the world première of Playboy of the West Indies from Friday until Saturday 2 July.
Kate Bramley’s new comedy with songs and music by Jez Lowe, Elephant Rock, an “upbeat tale of the owners of the once famous Palace dance hall and the storm-battered seaside village of Elephant Rock”, visits The Courtyard, Hereford on Wednesday.
Nevill Holt Opera is joined by Manchester Camerata for Puccini’s La bohème in NHO’s theatre at Market Harborough, Leicestershire on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday 14 June.
Prepare for “a night of electrifying choreography” as Strictly Come Dancing champion Oti Mabuse is joined by some of “the world’s greatest dancers” in Oti Mabuse—I Am Here at Buxton Opera House on Thursday.
A musical journey through “the glittering career of pop’s most famous brother and sister duo”, The Carpenters Story should have the audience at the Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham on top of the world on Thursday while the British Asian “laugh out loud theatre production” Mrs Kapoor’s Daughter’s Wedding Rebooted can be seen on Saturday.
A new stage play based on the true story behind the escape of three men from a German prisoner-of-war camp in World War II, Tom, Dick and Harry, written by Andrew Pollard, Michael Hugo and Theresa Heskins, has its première at the New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme from Friday until Saturday 9 July.
Paperback Theatre’s open-air adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows visits Bolton Gate Farm, Weston Coyney, Staffordshire on Saturday.
Birmingham Hippodrome’s B-SIDE Hip-Hop Festival, which showcases “the very best in UK and international artists”, will be presented in venues including the Hippodrome and the Bullring and Grand Central shopping centre from Saturday until Sunday 19 June.
- Singin' In The Rain (Chichester Festival Theatre)
- School of Rock - Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, book by Julian Fellowes and lyrics by Glenn Slater
- Mog – The Forgetful Cat - Judith Kerr (The Wardrobe Ensemble)
- Private Peaceful - Michael Morpurgo, adapted by Simon Reade (Jonathan Church Theatre Productions)
- The Cher Show
- The White Card - Claudia Rankine (Northern Stage, Leeds Playhouse, Birmingham Rep and Soho Theatre)
- Playboy Of The West Indies - Mustapha Matura with music by Clement Ishmael & Dominique Le Gendre and lyrics by Clement Ishmael, Dominique Le Gendre and Nicolas Kent (Birmingham 2022 Festival)
- Oti Mabuse - I Am Here
- Tom, Dick and Harry - Andrew Pollard, Michael Hugo and Theresa Heskins (New Vic and Kenny Wax Ltd)