What's on in the Midlands

Published: 8 October 2022
Reporter: Steve Orme

Nicholas Woodeson and Anton Lesser in The Two Popes at Northampton’s Royal and Derngate Credit: Manuel Harlan
The Girl from the North Country at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham Credit: Johan Persson
Amy Trigg in Reasons You Should(n’t) Love Me in the Studio at Derby Theatre

Anton Lesser and Nicholas Woodeson appear in Anthony McCarten’s The Two Popes, the drama which had its première in Northampton in 2019 and returns to Royal and Derngate from Tuesday until Saturday.

An “uplifting and universal story about family and love which boldly reimagines the legendary songs of Bob Dylan like you’ve never heard them before”, Conor McPherson’s Girl from the North Country should hit the right note at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham from Tuesday until Saturday, while David Wood’s adaptation of Judith Kerr’s The Tiger Who Came to Tea is on the menu during the day from Wednesday until Saturday.

The Sheffield Theatres and Ramps on the Moon production of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing tours to Nottingham Playhouse from Tuesday until Saturday while Don’t Go Into the Cellar! Theatre Company presents Sherlock Holmes and the Sign of Four in the Nevill Studio at the Playhouse on Friday.

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 Birmingham Hippodrome from Tuesday until Saturday.

Alan Ayckbourn’s 87th play Family Album, a Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough production which “chronicles the trials, tribulations and temptations of three generations of one family across 70 years in the same home” visits the New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme from Tuesday until Saturday 22 October.

Tall Stories’ adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s picture book Room on the Broom flies into The Core at Corby Cube, Northamptonshire from Thursday until Sunday.

A “side-splitting combination of a faithful adaptation of a Shakespearean classic complete with one worse-for-wear cast member”, Sh*t Faced Shakespeare tackles Macbeth at Stratford Playhouse on Friday.

Writer and performer Kat Lyons presents Dry Season, an “intimate, questioning and humorous show based on the difficult experiences of premature menopause”, at Upstairs at the Western, Leicester on Friday.

Amy Trigg performs her debut play Reasons You Should(n’t) Love Me in the Studio at Derby Theatre on Friday and Dougie Blaxland’s Unknown, a “verbatim play that dramatizes the tragic but true story of one young person’s journey from an abusive childhood to a life on the streets of Bath,” makes its home there on Saturday.

Written by Anil Gupta and Richard Pinto, Tartuffe transports Molière’s comedy to Birmingham’s Stratford Road when it is performed at Birmingham Rep from Friday until Saturday 5 November while M6 Theatre Company’s Sunflowers and Sheds, a “gentle mix of humour, music and storytelling in a charming tale about a lonely, elderly man and an Eastern European girl, showing us that true friendship can grow in the most unlikely conditions,” is in The Door at the Rep on Saturday.

A “dazzling tribute to the sizzling Bollywood disco era of the 1970s”, the musical Bombay Superstar has its world première at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry from Saturday until Saturday 22 October.

Neil Bartlett’s adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Jekyll and Hyde, which 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,” continues at Derby Theatre until Saturday 22 October.

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s Mischief Festival in The Other Place, Stratford continues with Ivy Tiller: Vicar’s Daughter, Squirrel Killer by Bea Roberts and Nina Segal’s O, Island! until Saturday 5 November.

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  • Sister Act - Music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Glenn Slater, book by Cheri & Bill Steinkellner
  • The Tiger Who Came to Tea - David Wood based on the book by Judith Kerr

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