What's on in the Midlands

Published: 25 June 2022
Reporter: Steve Orme

Infinite at Birmingham Hippodrome
Dead Lies at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry Credit: Rhian Cox
Friendsical at the Assembly Festival Garden, Coventry

Opera North in collaboration with South Asian Arts UK presents A Tale of Orpheus and Eurydice, a “joyful 45-minute exploration of love, music and hope for the future”, in the Theatre Royal, Nottingham on Monday.

A new show featuring Strictly Come Dancing 2020 finalist and EastEnders actor Maisie Smith along with CBBC presenter Rhys Stephenson, Strictly Presents Keeeep Dancing sashays into Derngate, Northampton on Monday before Here Come the Boys, a “show-stopping dance extravaganza which promises to be the biggest party of the year”, takes over on Friday.

A “space to reflect on the violent erasure enforced by the British Empire, and a space to celebrate the many sexual identities that are not translatable into English”, The Healing Gardens of Bab is staged in Chamberlain Square, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Symphony Hall and other locations in Birmingham from Monday until Sunday 17 July.

A “visionary dance theatre meditation”, Humanhood’s {Infinite}, Julia Robert and Rudi Cole’s first production to bring together their “signature choreographic movement and shamanic practice”, can be seen at Birmingham Hippodrome on Tuesday as part of the Birmingham International Dance Festival.

A “fast-moving, hard-hitting political English thriller” from crime novelist Hilary Bonner, Red Entertainment’s Dead Lies featuring Jeremy Edwards tries to win votes on the main stage at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry on Wednesday and Thursday, Tall Stories’ musical adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s The Gruffalo takes over on Friday and Saturday while in the B2 auditorium Frankie Meredith’s play May Queen continues until Saturday.

Peppa Pig’s Best Day Ever!, the latest live show based on the animated TV series, splashes about at Northampton’s Royal and Derngate on Wednesday and Thursday and the Theatre Royal, Nottingham on Saturday and Sunday.

Stoke-based Claybody Theatre presents the world première of Deborah McAndrew’s adaptation of Arnold Bennett’s 1911 novel The Card at Fenton Town Hall from Wednesday until Saturday 9 July.

A new full-length ballet based on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Ballet Cymru’s Dream, which is set in a “magical, gender-bending world of fairies, lovers and bewitching enchantment,” dances into The Courtyard, Hereford on Thursday and disabled actor Melissa Johns performs her one-woman show Snatched, which “displays no remorse in championing female sexuality, fighting body shaming and the taboo of sex and disability” on Friday.

A group of Nottingham-based thespians who happen to be diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, Parky Players, tour their new piece of comedy theatre Shake It Up to the Museum of Making, Derby on Friday.

Paperback Theatre presents Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows at Abington Park Museum, Northampton on Saturday.

A handful of audience suggestions create a “unique” episode when Missimp explores untold stories of the universe in It’s a Trap: The Improvised Star Wars Show at Nottingham Playhouse on Saturday.

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