What's on in the Midlands
5 November 2022
Reporter: Steve Orme
The golden age of rock ‘n’ roll and pop will be celebrated when That’ll Be the Day—Christmas Show aims to sleigh the audience at Derngate, Northampton on Monday.
Moldova’s Crown Ballet presents Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker at the Courtyard, Hereford on Monday and Swan Lake on Tuesday.
Joe Absolom and Ben Onwukwe take the main roles in The Shawshank Redemption, Owen O'Neill and Dave Johns’s adaptation of the Stephen King novella, at the Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham from Monday until Saturday.
Miles Jupp and Justin Edwards appear in the classic Ealing comedy The Lavender Hill Mob, adapted by Phil Porter based on the screenplay by T E B Clarke, at Malvern Theatres from Monday until Saturday.
Opera North visits the Theatre Royal, Nottingham with Verdi’s La Traviata on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, Orfeo ed Euridice by Gluck on Wednesday and a new take on Monteverdi’s opera Orpheus, told through western baroque and south Asian classical music, on Saturday.
A cast of four play “countless characters with quick-fire changes and quicker wits” in New Old Friends’ Crimes on Centre Court in the Djanogly Theatre at Lakeside Arts, Nottingham on Thursday and Friday.
Commemorating 120 years of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous tale, Crime and Comedy Theatre Company performs a new adaptation of The Hound of the Baskervilles, featuring Colin Baker and Terry Molloy, at Tamworth Assembly Rooms on Thursday and Friday.
Chris Leicester’s new play 180⁰ Chord, about a detective sergeant who is convicted of murder, goes on trial at the Old Joint Stock Theatre, Birmingham from Thursday until Saturday.
The Royal Shakespeare Company’s First Encounters with Shakespeare production of Twelfth Night can be seen in The Other Place, Stratford from Thursday until Saturday while in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre David Edgar’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol which features Adrian Edmondson as Scrooge continues until Sunday 1 January 2023.
A “comedic show about relationships, inherited trauma and how much the past shapes the future”, Anna Clover’s Going Deutsch can be seen at Upstairs at the Western, Leicester on Friday.
With “story and verse improvised in the moment”, Impromptu Shakespeare comes up with a “riotous” new Shakespeare play which is inspired by audience suggestions at the Squire Performing Arts Centre, Nottingham Girls’ High School, on Friday.
Little Angel Theatre and Fierylight present The Smartest Giant in Town at The Core at Corby Cube, Northamptonshire on Friday.
The comedy musical Friendsical, written and directed by Miranda Larson and with a guest appearance by Lawrence Chaney, winner of the second series of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, will be there for you at Cheltenham Town Hall on Saturday and Sunday.
- The Shawshank Redemption - Based on the short novel by Stephen King, adapted by Owen O’Neill and Dave Johns (Bill Kenwright)
- The Lavender Hill Mob - Based on the screenplay by T E B Clarke, adapted for the stage by Phil Porter
- Orpheus - Claudio Monteverdi and Jasdeep Singh Degun (Opera North)
- Orfeo ed Euridice - Christoph Willibald Gluck (Opera North)
- La traviata - Giuseppe Verdi (Opera North)
- Crimes on Centre Court - Feargus Woods-Dunlop (New Old Friends)
- A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens, adapted by David Edgar (Royal Shakespeare Company)
- Going Deutsch - Anna Clover
- The Smartest Giant in Town - Adapted from the picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler by Samantha Lane and Barb Jungr (Fierylight & Little Angel Theatre)
- Friendsical - A Parody Musical About Friends - Book and lyrics by Miranda Larson, music by Barrie Bignold (Brooke Mauchline Productions Ltd in association with Assembly Festival)