What's On in the Midlands | November 2018.

28 October 2018

I'm back again with a roundup of what's on in the theatres across the Midlands this month. On the horizon is Christmas and whilst December will be full of incredible shows for you to go and see, November already has some fantastic treats up its sleeve. I'm loving the host of fantastic theatre coming up and I'm sure you will too! Let's get stuck into what is on this month!

The Lovely Bones
30 October - 10 Nov
Birmingham Repertory Theatre

The REP is bringing the best-selling novel by Alice Sebold for the very first time. It follows the story of Susie Salmon, a young girl like any other. She wants to be beautiful, adores her charm bracelet and has a crush on a boy from her school. However, there's one big difference to Susie - she's dead. She can only observe whilst her family manage their grief in different ways. Susie is desperate to help them and there be a way of doing just that.. 

Les Miserables
3 - 24 Nov
Curve Theatre Leicester

It's been nearly a decade since the last sell-out UK tour but Cameron Mackintosh's acclaimed Broadway production of Les Miserables is back and opening at the Curve this month! This production has been re-staged and will be taking the UK by storm over the upcoming months. It's run at the Curve is sold out but you can head over to their website to find tickets here.

The Full Monty
5-10 Nov
Birmingham Hippodrome

The Full Monty is known for being one of the most acclaimed British films EVER and the play has become one of the phenomenal theatrical productions ever. You don't want to miss this production about six out-of-work, impoverished steelworkers from Sheffield with nothing to lose. It comes with a stellar cast featuring Hollyoaks' Gary Lucy, Louis Emerick from Coronation Street and James Redmond from Casualty. Featured in the soundtrack are hits by Donna Summer, Hot Chocolate and Tom Jones. It's a really fun night out! I've seen it already (you can read my review here.)

10 By Company Chameleon 
6 Nov
Curve Theatre Leicester

Company Chameleon will be performing a triple bill to celebrate their 10th anniversary year. All three dance pieces will use engaging and athletic choreography to explore human and personal issues, 10 showcases Chameleon's trademark style of creating socially relevant dance theatre that is both powerful and original. 

Rites, the first major piece of work made by the company in 2007, is a male duet about growing up on the journey from boyhood to manhood, exploring the question what does it mean to be a man? Imprint, a new trio by Kevin Edward Turner, is unashamedly about love, romance and relationships, and the imprint they leave on us; and Anthony Missen’s new solo, Trip, takes you into the dark arena of self-deception, exploring the line between true and false identity.
See the piece that launched Chameleon onto the dance scene a decade ago, alongside two new works by the Company’s founders. Inspiring and insightful, retrospective and up-to-the-minute, 10 promises to be a triple-bill that is truly of its time.

Jurassic Park: Live in Concert
21 Nov
Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham

Jurassic Park is one of the biggest movie franchises of all time and you can celebrate it in its 25th Anniversary live concert. If you haven't seen the film then dinosaurs once again roam the Earth in an amazing theme park on a remote island. The action-packed adventure film finds man up against prehistoric predators in the ultimate battle for survival. You can experience this ground-breaking film as never before: projected in HD with a full symphony orchestra performing John Williams' iconic score live to picture! 

Nativity! The Musical
21 - 25 Nov
Theatre Royal Nottingham

Following on from a smash-hit run in London in 2017, Nativity! The Musical is embarking on a UK tour this festive season before it returns to London for Christmas. It's a feel-good, extremely funny and joyous musical that was adapted for the stage by the creator of the much-loved films Debbie Isitt. 

I've seen this musical twice and it really doesn't disappoint. You can read my review of this musical here, you really don't want to miss it! 

Sleeping Beauty
21 Nov - 5 Jan
Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Here's my first pantomime recommendation for my Whats On feature and Belgrade Theatre's pantomime is up there as one of my favourites! It's one of the most anticipated dates in my diary and this year they take on Sleeping Beauty. The pantomime is once again written and directed by Iain Lauchlan and will feature spectacular sets, lavish costumes and incredible performances that make a trip to the Belgrade panto an unmissable Christmas treat! It's always written incredibly well and I can't wait to see what they've got up their sleeve this year. 

The Nutcracker
23 Nov - 13 Dec
Birmingham Hippodrome

Birmingham Royal Ballet's production of The Nutcracker has been part of Birmingham's Christmas tradition for over 27 years and will return to the Hippodrome this November. If you enjoy something which defines Christmas then this is the production for you before the big day. Join young Clara as she is swept away into an enchanting winter wonderland of dancing snowflakes and a Sugar Plum Fairy. The magical Christmas tree and her handsome prince with his army of toy soldiers will bring you unforgettable delight. The most festive ballet contains gigantic sets, lavish costumes, 60 dancers and a full orchestra combine to make the perfect Christmas treat for the entire family. It's really beautiful! 

The Wizard of Oz
24 Nov - 13 Jan 19
Birmingham Repertory Theatre.

The Wizard of Oz is one of the most popular stories of all time and has delighted generations through the book, musical film and stage productions. REP is adding its own magic to this spectacular production that will feature your favourite songs and characters from the classic film. Their cast is pretty incredible too! I can't wait to pop down the yellow brick road with this cast and I would definitely recommend you watch this production. 

Love Actually: Live in Concert
26 Nov
Royal Concert Hall Nottingham

Following on from a triumphant sold out 2017 premiere tour, Love Actually: Live in Concert will once again be screened live across the UK with a full orchestra performing its enchanting score - just in time for Christmas! (and we all know Love Actually is a must before Christmas). 

The original film was released in 2003 and tells ten separate yet interweaving stories of love around Christmas time. A full, live orchestra will perform Craig Armstrong's evocative score at these shows, with the film being project onto a huge screen. There's no better way to kick off the holiday season and get into the Christmas spirit! 

Will you be watching anything in the Midlands in November?

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