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What's on in the Midlands

Published: 18 June 2022
Reporter: Steve Orme

Cluedo at Malvern Theatres Credit: Craig Sugden
Lindsay Duncan in The Dance of Death at Northampton’s Royal and Derngate Credit: Alex Brenner
Andrew Pollard and David Fairs in Tom, Dick and Harry at the New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme Credit: Andrew Billington

Michelle Collins plays Miss Scarlett in Cluedo, a comedy thriller based on the classic board game, at Malvern Theatres from Monday until Saturday.

A musical play adapted and directed by David Wood based on the book by Judith Kerr, The Tiger Who Came to Tea prowls into The Courtyard Hereford on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Lindsay Duncan, Hilton McRae and Emily Bruni are among the cast of Rebecca Lenkiewicz’s adaptation of August Strindberg’s landmark drama about a marriage pushed to its limits, The Dance of Death, which tours to the Royal, Northampton from Tuesday until Thursday while in Derngate Strictly Come Dancing champion Oti Mabuse is joined by “some of the world’s greatest dancers” in I Am Here on Tuesday while the TV show’s Anton du Beke and Giovanni Pernice take to the floor in Him and Me on Thursday.

London Classic Theatre presents Marc Camoletti’s farce Boeing Boeing at Derby Theatre from Tuesday until Saturday.

Mark Wynter joins the third show inspired by the Dreamboats and Petticoats albums, Bringing on Back the Good Times, which rolls into the Theatre Royal, Nottingham from Tuesday until Saturday.

Inspired by the TV show Friends, the “hilarious parody musical” Friendsical will be there for you on the Queen of Flanders stage at the Assembly Festival Garden, Coventry from Tuesday until Sunday 31 July.

Birmingham Royal Ballet director Carlos Acosta brings together a triple bill as part of Birmingham International Dance Festival, On Your Marks which features 24 by Jorge Crecis, Interlinked, a new work by Brazilian choreographer Juliano Nunes, and Will Tuckett’s Lazuli Sky, at Birmingham Hippodrome from Thursday until Saturday.

Royal Northern Sinfonia and its principal conductor Dinis Souza performs Rossini’s The Barber of Seville in the Nevill Holt Opera theatre at Market Harborough, Leicestershire from Thursday until Wednesday 29 June.

Disabled actor Arthur Hughes plays the title role in the Royal Shakespeare Company production of Richard III from Thursday until Saturday 8 October.

Intercultural theatre and arts company Border Crossings teams up with indigenous dancer Brian Solomon of Electric Moose and Ava Dance Company to present Remembrances, a collaborative new, free dance performance as part of the Birmingham 2022 Festival, in the City Centre Gardens, Cambridge Street, Birmingham from Friday until Sunday.

Four performers bring Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream to life in a Nottingham Playhouse and Lakeside Arts presentation in University Park, Nottingham on Saturday and Sunday.

Originally staged in summer 2021 during a residency by Paines Plough, Frankie Meredith’s play May Queen is revived by the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry and will be performed in the round in its B2 auditorium from Saturday until Saturday 2 July.

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 which continues at Birmingham Rep until Saturday 2 July.

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, continues at the New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme until Saturday 9 July.

    Related listings

  • Cluedo - Sandy Rustin with additional materials by Hunter Foster and Eric Price and Mark Bell, based on the screenplay by Jonathan Lynn
  • The Tiger Who Came to Tea - David Wood based on the book by Judith Kerr
  • The Dance of Death - August Strindberg, adapted by Rebecca Lenkiewicz (Arcola Theatre, Cambridge Arts Theatre, Royal & Derngate, Northampton, Oxford Playhouse and Theatre Royal Bath)
  • Oti Mabuse - I Am Here
  • Boeing Boeing - Marc Camoletti in a new translation by Beverley Cross and Francis Evans (London Classic Theatre)
  • Dreamboats & Petticoats: Bringing on back the good times! - Book by Laurence Marks & Maurice Gran
  • Richard III - William Shakespeare (Royal Shakespeare Company)
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream - William Shakespeare (Nottingham Playhouse and Lakeside Arts)
  • May Queen - Frankie Meredith (Belgrade Theatre in co-production with Paines Plough)
  • 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)
  • Tom, Dick and Harry - Andrew Pollard, Michael Hugo and Theresa Heskins (New Vic and Kenny Wax Ltd)