What's on in the Midlands

Published: 21 August 2022
Reporter: Steve Orme

David Graham as Eric in Eric’s Monster Mash at the New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme
The Tiger who Came to Tea at Malvern Theatres Credit: Robert Day
The Book of Mormon at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham Credit: Paul Coltas

Featuring “plenty of laughs and 1960s music”, David Graham Productions’ Eric’s Monster Mash should be a graveyard smash at the New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme from Monday until Saturday 3 September.

Nickelodeon's hit show PAW Patrol is live on stage when “everybody’s favourite heroic pups” Race to the Rescue at the Utilita Arena, Birmingham on Tuesday.

Produced by Nicoll Entertainment, based on the book by Judith Kerr and directed by David Wood, The Tiger Who Came to Tea is on the menu at Malvern Theatres from Tuesday until Thursday.

Roy Williams and Tim Sutton’s musical To the Streets!, inspired by the 1963 Bristol bus boycott, a “pivotal moment in the UK’s civil rights history”, drives into Windmill Hill, Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry on Wednesday and Thursday, and West Park, Wolverhampton on Sunday.

A “unique immersive theatrical experience exploring the act of Islamic prayer in secular society” by Birmingham artist Mohammed Ali, Waswasa—Whispers in Prayer is presented as part of the Birmingham 2020 Festival in the Patrick Studio at the city’s Hippodrome from Thursday until Saturday 3 September while on the main stage Cameron Mackintosh’s production of Boublil and Schönberg’s musical Les Misérables continues until Saturday.

Non-profit arts company Let Me In stages a new production of Once the Musical, based on the Academy Award-winning 2006 film, at The Hub at St Mary's, Lichfield from Friday until Saturday 17 September.

Written by S Shakthidharan with Eamon Flack, Counting and Cracking which features a cast of 19 performers hailing from six different countries continues at Birmingham Rep until Saturday.

“The UK’s leading black theatre company” Talawa takes its outdoor production The Tide, co-created by Ryan Calais Cameron and choreographer Jade Hackett, which highlights experiences of migration in the UK, to the Bullring, Birmingham as part of Birmingham Weekender festival, on Saturday and Sunday.

The musical The Book of Mormon by Trey Parker, Matt Stone and Robert Lopez which “follows a pair of Mormon boys sent on a mission to a place that’s a long way from their home in Salt Lake City” continues at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham until Saturday 10 September.

Blanche McIntyre’s contemporary take on Shakespeare’s dark comedy All’s Well That Ends Well for the Royal Shakespeare Company, which “explores themes of romantic fantasy, toxic masculinity and consent”, and Richard III featuring disabled actor Arthur Hughes in the lead role both continue in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre until Saturday 8 October.