What's on in the Midlands

Published: 23 July 2022
Reporter: Steve Orme

Bugsy Malone at Birmingham Rep Credit: Johan Persson
Sally Ann Triplett (Mrs Wilkinson), Jaden Shentall-Lee and Pearl Ball (Debbie) in Billy Elliot the Musical at Curve, Leicester Credit: Marc Brenner
We Will Rock You at Birmingham Hippodrome Credit: Johan Persson

Talking Birds celebrates the world of lawn bowls in its outdoor show Come Bowl with Me, commissioned for the Birmingham 2022 Festival, at both Broadgate and the Assembly Gardens, Coventry on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Created by Jonathan Rockefeller, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show, a “vibrant celebration of Eric Carle’s adored classics”, is on the menu at Derby Theatre from Tuesday until Thursday.

Joe Pasquale takes on the role of Frank Spencer, Sarah Earnshaw is his long-suffering wife Betty and Susie Blake is his disapproving mother-in-law in Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em at the Regent Theatre, Stoke from Tuesday until Saturday.

The six wives of Henry VIII “take to the mic to tell their tales, remixing 500 years of historical heartbreak into an 80-minute celebration of 21st century girl power” in Six the Musical at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham from Tuesday until Sunday.

Identical, a new musical adaptation of Erik Kästner’s novel The Parent Trap, which tells the story of twin girls separated at birth who are reunited by chance ten years later at a summer camp, is at Nottingham Playhouse from Tuesday until Sunday 14 August.

“One of Birmingham’s leading black theatre organisations”, The Creative Universe, will perform the city’s first black-created musical British Caribbean pantomime, Zendaya, at the Old Rep Theatre, Birmingham on Wednesday and Thursday.

A young company of 39 actors appears in the Lyric Hammersmith production of Alan Parker’s Bugsy Malone at Birmingham Rep from Wednesday until Sunday 14 August.

A retelling of the play Antony and Cleopatra, focusing on their last meeting together, using the words of both Shakespeare and Frank Bramwell and presented by AlternativeTheatre, with Alex Nikitas as Antony and Vicky Holding as Cleopatra, Antony and Cleopatra unto Death can be seen at the Blue Orange Theatre, Birmingham from Thursday 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 as it continues until Saturday.

Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre revives Alan Pollock’s The Allesley Silas, based on George Eliot’s novel Silas Marner and staged by From the Heart Theatre Company, in its B2 auditorium which continues until Saturday.

The parody musical Friendsical, inspired by the TV show Friends, continues to be there for you at the Assembly Festival Gardens, Coventry until Sunday.

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, which continues at Curve, Leicester until Saturday 20 August.

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.