shows and events...
Sheffield Crucible Theatre: My Fair Lady. Runs until Saturday 26th January. Various times. On a cold rainy night in Covent Garden, a chance encounter between a flower girl and a professor transforms both their lives forever. Packed full of sensational songs including the classics On The Street Where you Live, With A Little Bit of Luck and Wouldn’t It Be Loverly, My Fair Lady will make you want to dance, dance, dance all night. Tickets priced £17-£30 available from 0114 249 6000 or www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk.
NOTTINGHAM Playhouse: Robin Hood and the Babes In The Wood. Runs until Saturday 19th January. Various times. He’s back! Kenneth Alan Taylor returns to the stage as Nurse Nellie Noggins in the ultimate Nottingham pantomime. John Elkington is the evil Sheriff of Nottingham, who has hatched a cunning plan to dispose of his niece and nephew in Sherwood Forest so that he can inherit their fortune. Can our favourite outlaw Robin Hood save the day and win the heart of Maid Marian? Together with hundreds, yes hundreds of Merry Men, Robin sets out on his biggest adventure so far! Filled with crazy slapstick jokes, song-and-dance routines, stunning costumes and spectacular sparkly sets, it’s the perfect winter treat for all the family. Tickets £19-£26.50 available from 0115 9419419 or www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk.
SHEFFIELD Lyceum Theatre: Blood Brothers. Runs until Saturday 26th January. Various times. Written by Willy Russell, the ‘Musical for all time’ Blood Brothers tells the captivating and moving tale of twins who, separated at birth, grow up on opposite sides of the tracks only to meet again with fateful consequences. Starring Marti Pellow. Tickets priced £19 - £31 available from 0114 249 6000 or www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk.
NOTTINGAM Theatre Royal: Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom. Runs until Sunday 20th January. Saturday 10.30am & 1.30pm Sunday 11am & 2pm. From the makers of Peppa Pig comes this BAFTA award-winning television animation for the first time ever live on stage. Join Ben and Holly, and their friends on this exciting musical adventure packed full of games, songs and laughter on an enchanting journey through the Magical Kingdom. Tickets priced £11.50-£13.50.
RETFORD Majestic Theatre: Rat Pack Vegas Spectacular Show. Performance 7.30pm. The purveyors of cool swing into town with the greatest music of the 20th century. Expect to hear a fantastic range of classics from Come Fly With Me, Volare, That’s Amore, Under My Skin, Mr Bojangles and Mack The Knife. Tickets priced £20.
NOTTINGHAM Theatre Royal: Abigail’s Party. Runs untul Saturday 26th January. Performance time: 7.30pm. Various matinees. Donna Summer is playing on the stereo. Dishes of cheese and pineapple are on the coffee table...the social get-together from hell is about to begin. Beverly, and estate agent husband Laurence, have invited round new neighbours, Tony and Ange and nervous divorcee Sue. As Beverly plies the guests with alcohol, cigarettes, Demis Roussos and nibbles, this horribly compelling evening descends into drunkenness and debauchery. Mike Leigh’s comedy became an instant classic when it first appeared as a BBC ‘Play For Today’ in 1977. It is a ruthlessly accurate observation of the pretensions of suburbia, a world obsessed with class and taste and ruled over by the monstrous Beverly. Starring Hannah Waterman (EastEnders, New Tricks, & Calendar Girls), Martin Marquez (Hotel Babylon & Boeing Boeing), Samuel James, Katie Lightfoot & Emily Raymond. Tickets priced £14-£27.50.
NOTTINGHAM Royal Concert Hall: Ronan Keating. Performances 7.30pm Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday 23rd January. Ronan Keating returns to Nottingham supporting his new album, Fires. Shooting to fame in the mid 90s following worldwide success with Irish boyband Boyzone, he released his debut solo album in 2000 and reunited with Boyzone in 2008. More recently Ronan has broken into acting and has also appeared as a judge on the Australian X Factor. Supporting Ronan’s tour will be his good friend and fellow Irish-Aussie Brian McFadden. Tickets £33.50.
RETFORD Little Theatre: Mindgame. Runs from 25th January to 2nd February. Performance 7.30pm. A writer of “true crime” paperbacks tries to get an interview with Easterman, a notorious serial killer. First he has to get past Dr Farquhar, the quixotic head of the asylum where Easterman is kept. But soon he discovers that very little is what it seems. Worst still, even the things that are what they seem, are slowly changing. A brilliant thriller which leads the audience up the garden path more times than they realise! For more information on tickets and to book call 01777 702002.