What's on in the Midlands

Published: 6 August 2022
Reporter: Steve Orme

Malvern Theatres Young Company in rehearsal for The Importance of Being Earnest in the Forum Theatre, Malvern Credit: Stuart Purfield
Eden Patrick and the young cast of Identical at Nottingham Playhouse Credit: Pamela Raith
Jaden Shentall Lee as Billy in Billy Elliot the Musical at Curve, Leicester Credit: Marc Brenner

Malvern Theatres Young Company presents Nic Lloyd’s adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest at the Forum Theatre, Malvern from Tuesday until Friday.

The Colin McIntyre Classic Thriller Season continues at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham with Emlyn Williams’s Night Must Fall from Tuesday until Saturday.

Chapterhouse Theatre Company performs “the greatest love story ever told”, Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, at Buxton Opera House on Wednesday.

Pantaloons takes Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing into the open air at Newark Castle, Nottinghamshire on Thursday, Stowe Fields, Lichfield on Friday and Shrewsbury Castle, Shropshire on Sunday.

An ensemble of youngsters aged 14 and above perform alongside professional actor-musicians in Song of the Summer, a comedy drama that explores the highs and lows of teenage life, written by Tristan Jackson-Pate and co-produced by Cherwell Theatre Company and Northampton’s Royal and Derngate, at the Picturedrome, Northampton from Thursday until Sunday 21 August.

“One of the largest aerial and physical theatre festivals outside London”, the Tilt Festival continues at the West Midlands Circus and Creation Centre, Birmingham until Friday.

Journeys Festival International, a free, annual festival that celebrates the creative talent of artists from sanctuary-seeking backgrounds, fills Leicester city centre with “curious characters and superb outdoor shows” from Friday 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, continues at Nottingham Playhouse until Sunday.

A young company of 39 actors appears in the Lyric Hammersmith production of Alan Parker’s Bugsy Malone at Birmingham Rep which continues 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.

    Related listings

  • Night Must Fall - Emlyn Williams (Tabs Productions and Theatre Royal Nottingham)
  • Identical - Music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, book by Stuart Paterson, based on the novel The Parent Trap by Erich Kästner (Nottingham Playhouse and Kenny Wax Ltd)
  • Bugsy Malone - Alan Parker (Lyric Hammersmith Theatre)
  • Billy Elliot the Musical - Music by Elton John, book and lyrics by Lee Hall (Curve)
  • Richard III - William Shakespeare (Royal Shakespeare Company)