What's on in the Midlands

Published: 3 September 2022
Reporter: Steve Orme

Room on the Broom at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry Credit: Mark Senior
Adrian Scarborough and Sophie Thompson in rehearsal for The Clothes They Stood Up in at Nottingham Playhouse Credit: The Other Richard
Rebecca Vaughan in A Room of One's Own in the Pavilion Arts Centre, Buxton

Robert Wilfort is Spike Milligan, Patrick Warner plays Peter Sellers and Jeremy Lloyd is Harry Secombe in Ian Hislop and Nick Newman’s new comedy Spike, a Watermill Theatre, Newbury production which tours to Cheltenham Everyman from Tuesday until Saturday.

Scottish company In Your Face Theatre’s revival of Harry Gibson’s adaptation of Trainspotting Live returns to The Core at Corby Cube, Northamptonshire from Tuesday until Saturday.

Tall Stories flies into Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre with its adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s picture book Room on the Broom from Wednesday until Saturday while in the B2 auditorium Quiet Rebels, a new dystopian drama telling the true stories of white women who crossed race lines and married men of the Windrush generation, has its première from Saturday until Saturday 17 September.

Nonsense Room Productions adapts three of Nick Sharratt’s children’s books into Shark in the Park which swims into Derby Theatre from Thursday until Sunday.

Graeme Rose, Deborah Tracey, Adaya Henry, Aizah Khan and Sam Butters are the cast of BOLDtext Playwrights’ Gem of a Place, a “theatrical journey through the heart of Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter where audiences can discover stories from the area's past and present”, from Friday until Sunday.

Celebrating 50 years since Hereford United pulled off one of the greatest giant-killing acts in FA Cup history by beating Newcastle United, Nick Lane’s The Goal returns to The Courtyard Hereford from Friday until Friday 16 September.

Adrian Scarborough adapts Alan Bennett’s novella The Clothes They Stood Up In and appears alongside Sophie Thompson in the play which premières at Nottingham Playhouse from Friday until Saturday 1 October.

Meet Charlotte Brontë, Jane Austen, Aphra Behn and William Shakespeare’s sister Judith in A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf, performed by Rebecca Vaughan in the Pavilion Arts Centre, Buxton on Saturday.

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.

Dancing Brick teams up with Peepolykus’s John Nicholson who provides comic direction for the first stage production of Jacques Tati’s “comic masterpiece” Playtime which continues at Northampton’s Royal and Derngate until Saturday 17 September.

Non-profit arts company Let Me In stages a new production of Once the Musical, based on the Academy Award-winning 2006 film, which continues at The Hub at St Mary's, Lichfield until Saturday 17 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, Stratford until Saturday 8 October.