CRITICAL LIST: January’s Midlands Must See

Got a case of the January blues? We’ve got you covered with our pick of unmissable events happening across the Midlands this month.


A thrilling re-imagining. Wendy and her little brothers are feeling lost. Separated from their mother, they’ve been sent to live in a flat high up above the city. Then one night, a remarkable flying boy arrives offering her an escape.

Jamie Muscato as Tony and Adriana Ivelisse as Maria in West Side Story

West Side Story
Until 18th January @ Curve, Leicester

Inspired by Shakespeare’s classic tragedy Romeo and Juliet, a 20-strong company will be bringing the show’s timeless score including America, I Feel Pretty, Tonight and Something’s Coming to magnificent life on-stage with a 16-piece orchestra.


This annual comedy treat is the perfect opportunity to sample some of the acts wo will be performing as part of the main festival when it rolls into town in February. Always a sell-out, the show has previously included appearances from Jimmy Carr, Sarah Millican, Jenny Eclair and Barry Cryer.

14TH – 18TH January @ Theatre Royal Nottingham

Band of Gold was the ground-breaking crime drama that captivated over 15 million viewers each week when it aired on ITV and revolved around a group of women – Carol, Rose, Anita and Gina. At times heart-breaking and humorous, Band of Gold tells the story of how a young mother is drawn into the notorious red-light district.

Kaiser Chiefs
17th January @ Motorpoint Arena Nottingham
25th January @ Arena Birmingham

Fresh from their triumphant homecoming gig at Leeds Elland Road, Kaiser Chiefs have announced a date in Birmingham with very special guests Razorlight.

The Gift
18th – 25th January @ Belgrade Theatre

An outrageous comedy drama about imperialism, cross-racial adoption, cultural appropriation and drinking tea.


Following their last show staged in a prison,  BOLDtext Playwrights return to The REP to explore climate change  with brand new short plays from Sayan Kent, Julia Wright, Nicola Jones and Stephen Jackson – with a discussion afterwards.

The Magnificent Nina West Show
20th January @ Glee Club Nottingham

DRAG IS MAGIC, that’s what Nina West says and that’s what Klub Kids says too! We have joined forces to present the UKs first ever Drag Magic show – ‘The Magnificent Nina West Show’. Expect an event of camp uplighting drag, hilarious comedy and of course some mysterious magic. This show will be supported by Drag Magic performers.

The Woman in Black
20th – 25th January @ Curve, Leicester

Continuing its record breaking run in London’s West End, The Woman in Black now embarks on a major UK Tour Susan Hill’s acclaimed ghost story comes dramatically alive in Stephen Mallatratt’s ingenious stage adaptation.

Ghost Stories
21st – 25th January @ Theatre Royal Nottingham

There’s something dark lurking in the theatre. Enter a nightmarish world, full of thrilling twists and turns, where all your deepest fears and disturbing thoughts are imagined live on stage. A fully sensory and electrifying encounter, Ghost Stories is the ultimate twisted love-letter to horror and an edge-of-your-seat theatrical experience like no other.

Help I Sexted My Boss: Bring On The D
21st January @ Glee Club, Birmingham

William Hanson and Jordan North help you navigate the daily struggles of modern life live on stage.

Extraordinary Wall [of Silence]
22nd & 23rd January @ Birmingham Hippodrome

Ad Infinitum combine the company’s signature style of physical storytelling with the beauty of British Sign Language in an unmissable feast for the senses.’

Bombay Bicycle Club
23rd January @ De Montfort Hall, Leicester
31st January @ O2 Academy Birmingham

Welcome back Bombay Bicycle Club by joining them on their headline tour, following the release of new album, Everything Else Has Gone Wrong.

Krept and Konan
24th January @ Rock City Nottingham
25th January @ O2 Academy Birmingham

Record-breaking rap duo, Krept & Konan, are back on the road for the first time in a year in support of their highly anticipated forthcoming, second studio album.


The Detonate Drum & Bass All Dayer returns! Following October’s sold out session, they’re back at The Level to kick off 2020 with another huge D&B line up.

BBL CUP Final 2020
26th January @ Arena Birmingham

Birmingham will once again play host to one of the biggest events in British Basketball. Enjoy a fusion of some of the best ballers in the land, alongside plenty of courtside entertainment with music, cheerleaders and the hugely popular Slam Dunk Contest featuring some of the finest dunkers from around the league!

Fundraising Launch for Nottingham’s Biggest Ever Homelessness Benefit Event

Beat The Streets
26th January @ Nottingham

Over 30+ local and national music artists have been confirmed to play at the Nottingham city centre event on Sunday 26th January 2020. Hosted across five stages at venues that include; Rock City, Rescue Rooms, The Bodega and Rough Trade, all proceeds raised from ticket sales, merchandise and bar sales in DHP venues will once again be donated to Framework; the Nottinghamshire charity dedicated to bettering the lives of homeless people.

Jonas Brothers
29th January @ Arena Birmingham

The JoBros are back and heading to Birmingham as part of their first European headline tour in over a decade!

Asking For It
29th January – 15th February @ Birmingham REP

Landmark Productions and The Everyman’s sensational adaptation of Louise O’Neill’s devastating novel about sexual consent makes its UK première at The REP following huge acclaim, including a sold-out season at Ireland’s National Theatre, The Abbey.

ScHoolboy Q
29th January @ O2 Institute Birmingham

Socially conscious rapper ScHoolboy Q has announced details of a full headline UK tour, alongside Grammy Award winner Jay Rock, in support of latest album CrasH Talk.

The Political History of Smack and Crack
29th January – 1st February @ Birmingham Rep

An angry, funny love-song to a lost generation inspired by the playwright’s own experience in jail and rehab.

Ed Byrne
30th January @ Town Hall Birmingham 

Join Ed as he takes a long hard look at himself and tries to decide if he has any traits that are worth passing on to his children.

30th & 31st January @ CURVE THEATRE, LEICESTER

A local story which sparked the British media, Trojan Horse follows the shocking real-life stories of Muslim teachers and Governors who were accused of plotting extremism in a number of East Birmingham schools in 2014.

Rock The 90’s Britpop Anthems Show

The UK’s ultimate live 90’s band Rock The 90’s present an epic night of Britpop anthems guaranteed to bring back those ‘old skool’ 90’s vibes.


Hit the Ode is a unique performance poetry night bringing world-class spoken word artists to the heart of Birmingham. One regional, one national and one international poet perform alongside open micers.

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