What's on in the Midlands

Published: 3 July 2022
Reporter: Steve Orme

The Rocky Horror Show at Royal and Derngate, Northampton Credit: David Freeman
David Gilbrook (Arthur Christie) and John Goodrum (John Terry) in Who Killed “Agatha” Christie? at the New Theatre Royal, Lincoln
Arthur Hughes in Richard III in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford Credit: Ellie Kurttz

Strictly Come Dancing champion Ore Oduba plays Brad Majors in Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show which returns to Royal and Derngate, Northampton from Monday until Saturday.

The Queen and Ben Elton show We Will Rock You which features 24 of the band’s greatest hits should have audiences at Birmingham Hippodrome in rhapsody from Monday until Saturday 30 July.

Simon Reade’s adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s Private Peaceful tours to the Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham from Tuesday until Saturday.

London Classic Theatre takes Beverly Cross and Francis Evans' translation of Marc Camoletti’s farce Boeing Boeing to Malvern Theatres from Tuesday until Saturday.

Jonathan Church’s production of Singin’ in the Rain makes a splash in the Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham from Tuesday until Saturday while in the Theatre Royal David Walliams and Birmingham Stage Company team up for Billionaire Boy from Thursday until Sunday.

Tabs Productions finds out Who Killed “Agatha” Christie? when it presents Tudor Gates’s play at the New Theatre Royal, Lincoln on Wednesday and Thursday.

Created from interviews with a survivor of the Stonewall riots, a radical drag artist and an AIDS activist, Alexis Gregory’s Riot Act, a “celebration of queer activism across the decades”, takes to the stage at Curve, Leicester on Thursday before Jack Lane adapts Lewis Carroll’s The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland on Friday and Saturday.

Lara J West takes a “comical, emotional and insightful journey through womanhood” in One Voice Theatre Company’s One Kiss in the B2 auditorium at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry from Thursday until Saturday.

An all-female cast from Something Wicked Theatre Company presents Shakespeare’s Macbeth at the Partington Players Theatre, Glossop, Derbyshire from Thursday until Saturday.

Promising to be “one of the highlights of Buxton’s cultural calendar”, Gypsy: A Musical Fable, with book by Arthur Laurents, music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, featuring Joanna Riding in the role of Rose, will open Buxton International Festival in the town’s Opera House on Thursday and will also be performed on Saturday, Wednesday 13, Saturday 16, Wednesday 20 and Sunday 24 July.

A new stage adaptation created as a collaboration between Derby Theatre, Derby's Cultural Education Partnership, Alex Wheatle MBE, Nathan Powell, Sarah “Rain” Kolawole, professional care-experienced young people and other young theatre-makers, Home Girl is at Derby Theatre on Friday and Saturday.

Anton du Beke and 2021 Strictly Come Dancing champion Giovanni Pernice, otherwise known as the Ballroom King and the Jive Master, take their latest show Him and Me! to the Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham on Saturday.

Stoke-based Claybody Theatre continues to present the world première of Deborah McAndrew’s adaptation of Arnold Bennett’s 1911 novel The Card at Fenton Town Hall until Saturday.

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 continues in Chamberlain Square, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Symphony Hall and other locations in Birmingham until Sunday 17 July.

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