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With a raft of theatre's being able to reopen again with socially distanced audiences and productions. I've put together a helpful guide of what's happening at some of the theatres here in the Midlands.

Updated: 17th October 2020

Curve, Leicester
The flagship theatre in the heart of Leicester is re-opening with a special celebration evening, a family day and 3 productions. The theatre space is being transformed so the productions can be performed in the round allowing for an audience of 533. Sir Cameron Mackintosh has donated a triple revolve. Full details

The Snail and the Whale - 25th October 2020
Tall Stories present a live-streamed production of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's story. The stream will be available both online and an in theatre screening.

Launch Event - 12th November 2020
A special event which will be streamed live from the theatre

Family and Community Day - 14th November 2020
A socially distanced day which will include low cost and free workshops, performances and activities. Full details will follow.

The Color Purple in Concert - 23rd November to 5th December 2020
After a successful run in 2019, the production returns to Curve in a staged concert. Original cast members T'Shan Williams (Celie) and Danielle Fiamanya (Nettie) return with original creatives Tinuke Craig (director), Alex Parker (musical director) and Mark Smith (choreographer) to returning. Further casting to be announced.

Sunset Boulevard in Concert - 14th December 2020 to 3rd January 2021
The 2018 Whatsonstage Award-winning (best regional production) production of Sunset Boulevard also returns in a staged concert. Directed by Nikolai Foster and with returning stars Ria Jones (Norma Desmond) and Danny Mac (Joe Gillis). The production will have a 16 piece live orchestra. Further casting to be announced.

Memoirs Of An Asian Football Casual - 25th January to 6th February 2021
Another award-winning production returns with Nikolai Foster again directing this production which brings to life on the terraces to the Curve stage. Based on the life of former football hooligan Riaz Khan and adapted to the stage by Dougal Irvine.

The Little Theatre, Leicester
This little gem of a theatre which is predominantly run by volunteers has been open for over 90 years and will re-open with some festive family joy. Full details

We Need A "Little" Christmas - 1st, 3rd and 5th December 2020
Devised and directed by John Ghent this evening of music and song will bring the sparkle of Christmas magic with singers and musicians popular with Little Theatre audiences returning. 

Nottingham Playhouse, Nottingham
The Nottingham Playhouse opens with a new season titled Nottingham Playhouse Unlocked which sees the theatre re-open with productions also being streamed online too. Full details and booking

Rootless Island Baby - 21st October 2020
A staged reading of a new play by Nottingham Playhouse associate artist Sarah 'Rain' Kolawole and directed by Madeline Kludje.

Bubble - 23rd and 24th October 2020
Nottingham Playhouse associate artist, James Graham (Ink, This House and ITV's The Quiz) returns to his home city with a love story for today. It'll star Pearl Mackie and Jessica Raine.

A Double Bill Of New Work By East Midlands Talent - 28th October 2020
This exciting double-bill will feature two new works, A Short Tour Of The Heart by Ben Norris and Where It Lands by Naomi Obeng. 

Shuck - 29th October 2020
A thrilling new work by Nottingham company LaPelle's Factory which will be staged for the first time.

Ghost Stores with Mark Gatiss - 30th and 31st October 2020
The master of spooky tales, Mark Gatiss, and Jade Anouka bring some of classic ghost stories to the Nottingham Playhouse stage. 

Hand Me Down - 3rd November 2020
In a story of dance and spoken word this piece by Wayward Thread. 3 friends see their reflection in family who exist on opposite sides of British identity, being pulled apart in an increasingly aggressive discussion about race.

Improvisation - 4th November 2020
James "Lloydie" Lloyd returns with his 4-session course exploring emotion, relationship and context. Perfect for beginners, improvers and teachers. 

Wolf - 4th November 2020
Armed with just a chair, Lewis Doherty mimes every prop, makes every sound effect and brings to life over thirty characters in this cyberpunk, neo-noir, one-man action-packed blockbuster!

Rosalie, Sandra and Jodie: Live in Concert - 6th and 7th November 2020
Rosalie Craig, Sandra Marvin and Jodie Prenger bring a night a musical theatre with songs that made their careers. 

Dot. Dot. Dot. Daniel Kitson - 9th November 2020
Daniel Kitson presents his account of six ridiculous and devastating months, experienced largely from a safe distanced. 

Cinderella - 27th November 2020 to 16th January 2021 
A magically reimagined production of legendary festive pantomime will bring some much-needed family joy to the theatre this Christmas. Filled with all the usual pantomime humour, upbeat musical numbers and all the characters you know and love.

Belgrade Theatre, Coventry
The wonderful venue in Coventry is re-opening its doors with productions both inside and outside. Full details

Boys To Men - Mind Taster Workshop - 22nd October 2020
A free online workshop exploring mental health issues in young black men.

COBO: Comedy Shutdown - 23rd October 2020
COBO bring a Black History Month special evening of comedy. Line up (subject to change) includes Kane Brown, Christopher Savage, Nabil Abdulrashid and Annette Fagon. 

Dr Blood's Old Travelling Show - 23rd and 24th October 2020
A thrilling production taking place outdoors in Belgrade Square. imitating the dog bring their innovative skill to create a deliciously dark tale of mischief and immorality. 

The Snail and the Whale - 28th October 2020
Tall Stories present a live-streamed production of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's story. The stream will be available both online and an in theatre screening.

Black Future: Untitled - 30th October 2020
Join artists and speakers from the Maokwo Fusion Artists Network to wrap up Black History Month with an evening of socially distanced performance and discussion.

The Cat and the Canary - 3rd to 7th November 2020
The Classic Thriller Theatre Company bring the famous stage thriller The Cat and the Canary to the stage.

The Indians Are Coming - 9th November 2020
Join Desi Central as they return to the Belgrade Theatre with some of the best comedians on the circuit. Line up (subject to change) includes Hyde Panaser, Rahul Kohli, Tommy Sandhu, Jay Droch and special guest Nabil Abdulrashid.

Jack and the Beanstalk - 1st to 31st December 2020
Written and starring Coventry's favourite Dame Iain Lauchlan, alongside the wonderful Craig Hollingsworth, this seasonal pantomime will be streamed online with special screenings at the theatre on various dates too.

Santa's Christmas Rescue - 10th to 24th December 2020
Santa, Rudolph and Ellie are back for another Christmas cracker of a show for pre-school children. 

Derby Theatre, Derby
Derby Theatre presents a season of online work and festive production of The Little Mermaid. Full details

User Not Found - Available online till 31st October 2020
User Not Found is an immersive video podcast about what happens to our online identities after we die.

The Snail and the Whale - 25th October 2020
Tall Stories present a live-streamed production of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's story. The stream will be available both online and an in theatre screening.

PETRICHOR - 16th to 22nd November 2020
Step into a new world. PETRICHOR combines live-action theatre with animation in an immersive VR experience. Available to view online through Derby Theatre for a limited time.

The Little Mermaid - 2nd December 2020 to 2nd January 2021
The theatre re-opens this Christmas for a socially distanced festive production of The Little Mermaid - an uplifting underwater adventure suitable for ages 5 and over.

Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham

Van Gogh Alive - until 31st December 2020
Don't just admire Van Gogh's paintings, immersive yourself in the most visited multi-sensory exhibtion in the world. Created by Grande Exhibitions, Van Gogh Alive, a digital art experience uses stunning projections, classical music and scent to give you a unique opportunity to step on to the Hippodrome stage and truly venture into Van Gogh's world. For more details

The Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Birmingham
The Birmingham Rep has re-opened its doors with a couple of shows. Full details

Birmingham Royal Ballet: Lazuli Sky - 22nd to 24th October 2020
This one-act ballet commissioned and presented by Carlos Acosta as Director of Birmingham Royal Ballet. Will Tuckett's Lazuli Sky is inspired by ideas of 'social distancing'.

Rosie Kay Dance Company: Absolute Solo II - 21st November 2020
Rosie Kay returns to the stage performing a triple bill of solo new work created in lockdown.

Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-Upon-Avon
The company will focus on only the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in 2021 meaning The Swan and The Other Place will remain closed till 2022. The company is hopeful they'll be to open The Winter's Tale and The Comedy of Errors which should have run this summer in spring. The Magician's Elephant is scheduled for the Christmas period 2021. 

The company will reopen the RST with performances in December and January with further details to be announced in November. Check for further updates.

Lots of theatre is happening again in the midlands which is exciting. I'm sorry if I've missed anything here. I'll keep this blog post updated.


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