West Midlands and Shropshire theatre round-up with Pam Kingsley

A dark romantic comedy set in the 1950’s that follows the lives of a couple who are looking for love will play out at Lichfield’s Garrick Theatre tomorrow.

The Enduring Romance of Cathy and Heathcliff will feature at the venue’s Studio Theatre. 

The production has won critical acclaim.

An amateur production of Jesus Christ Superstar will also play out at the Garrick, with a main auditorium performance running from Tuesday until April 16.

The show is a global phenomenon that has wowed audiences for more than 40 years. Garrick spokeswoman Rhiannon Brearley said: “Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s rock opera is a timeless work seen, unusually, through the eyes of Judas Iscariot.” Jazz star Ant Law will visit the Garrick’s studio on Wednesday for a headline show. Described as ‘an innovator’, the guitarist was a scholar at Edinburgh University and Berklee College of Music. 

He now lives in London and works extensively with his own quintet, as well as Grammy-winner and Chick Corea sideman Tim Garland’s Lighthouse, along with saxophonist/composer Paul Riley and Trio HSK.

An Easter music workshop will continue at Newhampton Arts Centre throughout the week, lasting until Thursday. There will be sessions for children aged eight to 16 who want to learn how to make their own music. A spokesman said: “They can experience what it’s like to visit a professional recording and rehearsal studio and collaborate on writing, producing an original song across two afternoons.”

Theatre Severn, in Shrewsbury, will welcome comedy and music with a series of productions. Severn Jesters #44 will run on Sunday, bringing the best of new stand-up to the venue. The Mersey Beatles will follow on Thursday, bringing classic 60s tunes to the venue.

Theatre Severn spokesman Pip Bayley said: “Mersey Beatles are Liverpool’s favourite Beatles tribute band. They were voted best Beatles band by the British Beatles Fan Club. From Love Me Do to Let It Be, via Beatlemania and Pepperland, fans’ favourite Beatles classics will be performed with energy and spontaneity by Liverpool lads, born and bred.”

The Festival Drayton Centre, at Market Drayton, will welcome an historical talk and music with David Starkey lining up tomorrow and Mary Duff following the next day.

Starkey is the UK’s leading constitutional historian, known for his forthright views. He will talk on the Magna Carta.

Duffy, meanwhile, is an internationally-renowned singer who has enjoyed a number 2 on the Billboard World Music Charts. Her album, The Ultimate Collection, a ‘best of’ ensemble, was also her first ever British chart hit.

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