What's on in the Midlands

Published: 1 October 2022
Reporter: Steve Orme

The Sheffield Theatres and Ramps on the Moon production of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing at Birmingham Rep Credit: Johan Persson
The Rocky Horror Show at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry
Pete Ashmore and Anne-Marie Piazza in Brief Encounter at the New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme

The “world’s foremost drag comedy ballet company”, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, dance into the Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham on Tuesday and Wednesday and Buxton Opera House on Friday and Saturday.

The Sheffield Theatres and Ramps on the Moon production of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing visits Birmingham Rep from Tuesday until Saturday.

Polly Teale’s adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre will run in the main house at The Courtyard, Hereford from Tuesday until Saturday.

Strictly Come Dancing 2016 winner Ore Oduba is Brad Majors when The Rocky Horror Show invites audiences to do the “Time Warp” on the main stage at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry from Tuesday until Saturday while on the B2 stage Mademoiselle F will explore links between mental health and the environment, also from Tuesday until Saturday.

Leicester’s Curve theatre and Birmingham Hippodrome’s co-production of the musical The Color Purple tours to Northampton’s Royal and Derngate from Tuesday until Saturday.

Molly-Grace Cutler takes the title role in Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, based on “the story of Carole King’s remarkable rise from singer / songwriter to chart-topping music legend”, at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham from Tuesday until Saturday.

Lesley Joseph, Clive Rowe, Lizzie Bea and Sandra Marvin are among the cast of Sister Act the Musical, with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Glenn Slater, at Howard Birmingham Hippodrome from Tuesday until Saturday 15 October.

Emma Rice’s adaptation of Noël Coward’s Brief Encounter, a Stephen Joseph Theatre, Bolton Octagon and Theatre by the Lake Keswick co-production, tours to the New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme from Wednesday until Saturday.

The “smash-hit Regency comedy romp” Austentatious, an “improvised comedy play starring a cast of the country’s quickest comic performers” who conjure up a new Jane Austen novel based on a title suggested by the audience, visits Nottingham Playhouse on Wednesday while Sh*t Faced Shakespeare gets drunk on Macbeth on Thursday and New Perspectives presents The Great Almighty Gill, written and performed by Daniel Hoffmann-Gill, on Friday and Saturday.

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s Mischief Festival in The Other Place, Stratford, features Ivy Tiller: Vicar’s Daughter, Squirrel Killer by Bea Roberts, a “darkly comic drama which challenges who belongs and who thrives”, from Thursday until Saturday 5 November while Nina Segal’s O, Island!, a “funny and furious modern myth about disaster and community”, continues until Saturday 5 November; in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre Blanche McIntyre’s contemporary take on Shakespeare’s dark comedy All’s Well That Ends Well and Richard III featuring disabled actor Arthur Hughes in the lead role both continue until Saturday.

Gemma Bissix, Sarah Dearlove and Amy Ambrose appear in Linda A Carson, Jill Daum, Alison Kelly, Robin Nichol, Barbara Pollard and Deborah Williams’ Mum’s the Word which “takes you on an emotional ride through pregnancy pitfalls to teenage tantrums” at the Winding Wheel, Chesterfield on Friday.

A new musical which tells the story of a man condemned to death who requests a final meeting with his estranged wife the night before his execution, One More Sleep by Mark Bools should keep the audience awake at Upstairs at the Western, Leicester on Friday.

Neil Bartlett’s adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Jekyll and Hyde introduces “three new space-taking female characters” who “drag the violence and secrecy of Hyde out from the shadows of the Victorian gentlemen's club into the light” at Derby Theatre from Friday until Saturday 22 October.

Marvellous, a play about Staffordshire “living legend” Neil “Nello” Baldwin, which was written by Baldwin and Malcolm Clarke and adapted for the stage by Baldwin and New Vic artistic director Theresa Heskins, continues at the New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme until Saturday.

Roustabout Theatre finds that man’s dream to reach the stars leaves the world in ruins in Michael Foreman’s Dinosaurs and All That Rubbish in the Djanogly Theatre at Lakeside Arts, Nottingham on Sunday while Darkfield’s Séance, performed in a 24ft shipping container, continues until Sunday.

    Related listings

  • Mum’s The Word - Linda A Carson, Jill Daum, Alison Kelly, Robin Nichol, Barbara Pollard and Deborah Williams (Red Entertainment in association with Towngate Theatre, Basildon)
  • Sister Act - Music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Glenn Slater, book by Cheri & Bill Steinkellner
  • The Rocky Horror Show - Richard O’Brien

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