What's on in the Midlands

Published: 26 November 2022
Reporter: Steve Orme

The Rocky Horror Show at Malvern Theatres
An Inspector Calls at the Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham Credit: Mark Douet
Ben Thompson (Toto), Jonny Fines (Scarecrow), Georgina Onuorah (Dorothy), Paul French (Tin Man) and Giovanni Spanó (Lion) in The Wizard of Oz at Curve, Leicester Credit: Marc Brenner

Stephen Webb is Frank N Furter, Philip Franks plays the narrator, Richard Meek is Brad and Haley Flaherty takes the role of Janet in The Rocky Horror Show at Malvern Theatres from Monday until Saturday.

Strictly Come Dancing finalist Maisie Smith makes her musical theatre debut as Fran alongside Kevin Clifton in Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom the Musical at New Theatre, Peterborough from Monday until Saturday.

David Graham Productions offers “sensational live ‘60s music and jokes aplenty” in Eric’s Christmas Turkey at the New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme from Monday until Saturday 10 December, while the final show in the theatre’s 60th anniversary year, Theresa Heskins’s adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, continues until Saturday 28 January 2023.

Stephen Daldry’s National Theatre production of J B Priestley’s thriller An Inspector Calls is on the case at the Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham from Tuesday until Saturday.

Freckle Productions performs Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's Stick Man at Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry from Thursday until Saturday 31 December.

Bringing to life Hans Christian Andersen’s tale with “inventive physicality and live music that quacks and trills”, tutti frutti productions and York Theatre Royal stage Ugly Duckling by Emma Reeves in the Studio at Derby Theatre from Thursday until Saturday 31 December, while on the main stage, Toby Hulse’s adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows continues until Saturday 31 December.

Nick Lane reworks Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs for The Courtyard, Hereford from Saturday until Saturday 31 December.

Joe Pasquale is Muddles and Steps singer Faye Tozer is the Wicked Queen in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham from Saturday until Sunday 8 January 2023.

Birmingham Royal Ballet continues to perform Sir Peter Wright’s production of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker at Birmingham Hippodrome until Saturday 10 December.

A new version of a classic, The Further Adventures of Peter Pan—The Return of Captain Hook, continues at Mansfield Palace Theatre until Saturday 31 December.

The 200-year-old festive poem The Night Before Christmas which is for under-sevens and their families continues in the Underground studio at Northampton’s Royal and Derngate until Saturday 31 December.

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.

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 Sleeping Beauty which continues at Loughborough Town Hall until Monday 2 January 2023.

“Coventry’s favourite panto dame” Iain Lauchlan writes and appears in Jack and the Beanstalk which continues at the Belgrade until Saturday 7 January 2023.

Hereford’s “biggest family pantomime” Beauty and the Beast continues at the Courtyard until Saturday 7 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 until Sunday 8 January 2023.

Sam Rabone plays Nurse Nellie in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at Lichfield Garrick which continues until Sunday 8 January 2023.

Nottingham Playhouse artistic director Adam Penford writes and directs Dick Whittington which continues until Saturday 14 January 2023.