What's on in the Midlands

Published: 10 July 2022
Reporter: Steve Orme

Christina Bianco in The Rise and Fall of Little Voice at the Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham Credit: Pamela Raith
Sally Ann Triplett (Mrs Wilkinson) with Samuel Newby, Alfie Napolitano, Jaden Shentall-Lee and Leo Hollingsworth in Billy Elliot the Musical at Curve, Leicester Credit: Marc Brenner
Women and Theatre’s A Thousand Threads at Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham Credit: Pete Lopeman

Christina Bianco, Shobna Gulati and Ian Kelsey appear in Jim Cartwright’s The Rise and Fall of Little Voice at the Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham from Monday until Saturday.

A showcase of short plays will be on offer when young writers from rural theatre company Pentabus present Back to the Light at the Courtyard, Hereford on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Birmingham theatre company Stan’s Café will stage a gala performance of Precious Emily which tells the story of how Precious McKenzie, born in South Africa, overcame extraordinary odds to become a Commonwealth weightlifting champion, and how Emily Campbell from Nottingham is preparing to lift for gold in 2022, at Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham on Wednesday.

Nottingham Playhouse will move outside onto a specially built stage in Wellington Circus next to the theatre for Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream from Wednesday until Saturday.

Sally Ann Triplett plays dance teacher Mrs Wilkinson in Billy Elliot the Musical, featuring music by Elton John and book and lyrics by Lee Hall, at Curve, Leicester from Wednesday until Saturday 20 August.

Strange Futures, a Worcestershire-based theatre company creating environmental and community engagement theatre and arts projects, presents The Endling which “explores the impact of our human lives on that of the natural world” at Derby Theatre on Thursday.

Outdoor theatre company Oddsocks performs a new adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet the Comedy in Markeaton Park, Derby from Thursday until Saturday.

Strictly Come Dancing's Nikita Kuzmin, Graziano Di Prima, Nadiya Bychkova, Pasha Kovalev and Karim Zeroual take the show Here Come the Boys to the Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham on Friday.

Birmingham-based Women and Theatre celebrates women’s cricket being part of the Commonwealth Games for the first time in A Thousand Threads, presented as part of the Birmingham 2022 Festival, at Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham from Friday until Sunday.

Paperback Theatre unfolds Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows at Lichfield Cathedral School, Lichfield, Staffordshire as part of Lichfield Festival on 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.

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, continues as part of Buxton International Festival in the town’s Opera House on Wednesday, Saturday, Wednesday 20 and Sunday 24 July.

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 as it continues until Saturday 30 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.