At The Birmingham Rep

Every now and then a show will come to Birmingham that will make me involuntarily emit a noise of such excitement that only dogs can hear it. This year it's Minority Report, which will play The Rep March 22 to April 6.

At the risk of sounding like one of those "the book was better than the movie" bores I am of the thinking that this will be a better production exactly because it's an adaptation of sci-fi maestro Philip K. Dick's short story, rather than a stage version of the Tom Cruise movie, in which Tom Cruise runs even more than Tom Cruise usually runs.

Grittier, scarier than the Cruise-fest, this stage production is a tag team from Nottingham Playhouse, Birmingham Rep and Lyric Hammersmith Theatre. It's directed by Max Webster who has serious form in the shape of Macbeth, with Donmar Warehouse and Life of Pi – the Broadway, West End and UK Tour hit.

Featuring Jodie McNee (Orlando, Wyndhams Theatre; CuckooAnatomy of a Suicide and Maryland, at the Royal Court) as Julia Anderton — a female lead replaces the male lead from both the book and the film — and Nick Fletcher (The Crucible, National Theatre; Anna Karenina, Sheffield Crucible) as George.

This innovative, brand-new stage adaptation is adapted by renowned writer and actor David Haig (My Boy JackThe Good Samaritan), the thought-provoking play questioning our ideas of justice and the power of choice.

The premise? We're in London, in 2050, and neuroscientist, Dame Julia Anderton, is about to launch the next phase of her pioneering Pre-Crime programme, detaining people for crimes before they are committed. But when Julia is accused of pre-murder, she’s in a race against time to save herself from her own system. Book