West Midlands and Shropshire theatre round-up

A theatrical production of Nancy Savoca’s 1991 film Dogfight will be brought to life at Stafford Gatehouse.

David Reynolds will direct Theatre1 Productions from Tuesday until July 16. It is their own take on the musical with music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.

Lichfield’s Garrick Theatre will welcome Back to Bacharach on Thursday. It will celebrate the music of Burt Bacharach, one of the most accomplished popular composers of the 20th Century, who together with Hal David penned some of the most memorable and iconic hits of that time. It will feature 10 musicians and three West End vocalists.

Lichfield Cathedral will feature Hollywood Romance tonight, part of the city’s festival. It will feature Claire Martin, the Tippett String Quartet and the James Pearson Quintet. Hollywood Romance will celebrate the art of popular song from the golden age of Hollywood.

The BBC National Orchestra of Wales will also bring a delightful programme to the cathedral tomorrow. The audience can look forward to Ralph Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending in addition to pieces from Colin Matthews, Deborah Pritchard and Williams’ Symphony No.5.

Festival spokeswoman Fiona Fraser said: “The festival’s closing cathedral concert offers a final chance to reflect on the First World War with one of the country’s finest orchestras and a host of celebrated soloists.”

The concert will be recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

Telford’s Oakengates Theatre @ The Place will feature Telford Academy of Performing Arts tomorrow in Let’s Go To The Movies, before featuring the talented youngsters of The Arts Centre, also in Telford, in An Evening of Musical Theatre, from Thursday to July 16.

Venue spokeswoman Debbie King said about the performance: “This show is sure to treat audiences young and old with songs from musicals such as Anything Goes and Kiss Me Kate, to the movie musicals Footloose and Annie, and right up to modern musicals such as The Little Mermaid and Spamalot.”

Theatre Severn, in Shrewsbury, will feature Blake on Sunday, The Drifters on Thursday and a production of Les Miserables from Thursday until July 17.

Fresh from recent appearances on The Graham Norton Show, Strictly Come Dancing and The One Show, British harmony trio Blake will present a brand new tour featuring the finest songs from stage and screen, with projections and lighting that bring the cinematic magic to life.

The Drifters will play greatest hits including Under The Boardwalk, Saturday Night At The Movies, Up On The Roof, Kissin’ In The Back Row, Down on the Beach and More Than A Number In My Little Red Book.

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