What's on in the Midlands

Published: 12 November 2022
Reporter: Steve Orme

Sophie Ward as Marina Gregg and Susie Blake as Miss Marple in The Mirror Crack'd at Malvern Theatres Credit: Ali Wright
David Burnett and Eve Ponsonby in A Dead Body in Taos at Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry Credit: Tristram Kenton
Chapterhouse Theatre Company’s A Christmas Carol in the Pavilion Arts Centre, Buxton

Sophie Ward, Joe McFadden and Susie Blake are among the cast in a new production of Rachel Wagstaff’s adaptation of Agatha Christie’s The Mirror Crack’d at Malvern Theatres from Monday until Saturday.

Pilot Theatre tours Sabrina Mahfouz’s adaptation of Malorie Blackman’s Noughts and Crosses to the Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham from Tuesday until Saturday.

Fuel takes David Farr’s new play A Dead Body in Taos, an “intimate study of loss and bereavement, examining how artificial intelligence could alter our understanding of death, consciousness and the soul”, to Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry from Tuesday until Saturday.

Chapterhouse Theatre Company performs Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol in the Pavilion Arts Centre, Buxton from Wednesday until Saturday.

Northern Ballet’s “enchanting festive favourite”, The Nutcracker, with music by Tchaikovsky, dances into the Theatre Royal, Nottingham from Wednesday until Saturday.

Based on the book by Michael Rosen, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt is a Little Angel Theatre production in the Djanogly Theatre at Lakeside Arts, Nottingham from Thursday until Sunday.

Using “prose and physicality contrasted with clown and parody to explore injustice, the language of the patriarchy and the role it plays in oppressing women’s agency over their own bodies”, Themis Theatre’s The Dissent takes on the narratives of three Greek myths at Upstairs at the Western, Leicester on Friday.

The final show in Newcastle-under-Lyme’s New Vic Theatre’s 60th anniversary year, Theresa Heskins’s adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, takes to the stage from Friday until Saturday 28 January 2023.

Birmingham Royal Ballet returns to Birmingham Hippodrome with Sir Peter Wright’s production of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker from Saturday until Saturday 10 December.

Victoria Lucie plays Princess Rose, Harry Polden is Mervin the Magician, Jake Reynolds takes the role of Prince Vince and Derby actor Sean McKenzie is Nurse Nancy Nightly in Little Wolf Entertainment’s production of Sleeping Beauty at Loughborough Town Hall from Saturday until Monday 2 January 2023.

The regional première of The Wizard of Oz, which features additional songs by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice as well as Harold Arlen and E Y Harburg’s songs from the original film, follows the yellow brick road to Curve, Leicester from Saturday until Sunday 8 January 2023.

David Edgar’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, which features Adrian Edmondson as Scrooge, continues in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford until Sunday 1 January 2023.

    Related listings

  • The Wizard of Oz - Music by Harold Arlen, lyrics by E Y Harburg, additional music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, additional lyrics by Tim Rice, adaption by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Jeremy Sams
  • The Nutcracker - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (Birmingham Royal Ballet)
  • We’re Going on a Bear Hunt - Michael Rosen, adapted by Peter Glanville and Barb Jungr (Little Angel Theatre)
  • A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens (Chapterhouse Theatre Company)

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