shows and events...
Nottingham Royal Concert Hall: Starlight Express. Runs until Sunday 2nd September. Light years ahead of the rest, this futuristic tale about love and hope in the face of adversity promises to take you on the ride of a lifetime - with two hours of speed, spectacle, energy and turbo charged excitement, combined with an electrifying sound track, dazzling sets and costumes, some of Andrew Lloyd Webbers most memorable musical hits and extraordinary nonstop roller-choreography by TV judge Arlene Phillips. Tickets £16-£39.50.
Sheffield City Hall: Last Laugh Comedy Club. Runs until Saturday 25th August. Performance time: 8.15pm. Featuring comedians Toby Foster, Brendan Riley, Craig Murray and John Ryan… John uses his wit and seemingly encyclopaedic knowledge of the world around him to keep the audience on their toes. With his East End Irish upbringing, he is no stranger to the odd or the norm and can always put an amusing spin on any subject. Tickets are available on the door or by calling 0114 2210317.
Nottingham Theatre Royal: The Final Twist. Part of the Colin McIntyre’s Thriller Season. Performance 7.30pm, Saturday 8pm. When writer Charlie Nicholson is asked to write a play, little does he know that creating the ‘perfect murder’ could lead to the real thing... Tickets £9.50-£19.50.
Mansfield Palace Theatre: Expressions School of Performing Arts - Olympiad. Runs until Sunday 26th August. Performance time 7pm. Tickets £8, £7.50 concessions. Call 01623 647337 to book.
Sheffield O2 Academy: Frankie Paul. Doors open at 11.55pm. Frankie Paul is one of Jamaica’s best-loved and popular dancehall reggae artists. Born blind, he has been dubbed by some ‘The Jamaican Stevie Wonder’. Tickets £15.
Renishaw Hall: Pride and Prejudice. Performance 6.30pm. Take a step back in time with Chapterhouse Theatre Company to meet Elizabeth Bennet and her sisters. Whilst her mother tries determinedly to pair her off with the detestable Mr Collins, Elizabeth meets the rude and abrupt Mr Darcy. But is there more to him than meets the eye? Join family and friends for what promises to be the most splendid evening of the summer as you picnic under a beautiful summer sky and revel in this most renowned of love stories. After all, it is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife. Prices £13.50, £9 concessions, £40 family ticket.
Sheffield City Hall: Open Mic Night. Doors open at 9.30. The national music talent competition for singers and solo artists in the UK which searches for the UK’s best singers, singer/songwriters, rappers and vocalists comes to Sheffield. Acts can perform either covers or original material throughout the competition. Open Mic UK offers entrants not only the chance to win prizes, but the opportunity to perform live in some of the best music venues in the country and the Grand Final is set for the best live music venue in the country – the 02 in London! The competition is divided into age categories; Under 18, 18-24 and 25 and over. Visit www.openmic.co.uk for more information.
Nottingham Theatre Royal: Shock! Runs until Saturday 1st September. Performance 7.30pm. The latest intalment from Colin McIntyre’s Thriller Season. When guests gather for Maggie’s birthday the celebrations take a sinister turn - culminating in the death of guests and a ‘Shock’ twist. Tickets priced £9.50-£19.50.
Doncaster Civic Theatre: Calendar Girls. Tuesday 4th-Saturday 8th September. Calendar Girls. Performance 7.30pm, Saturday matinee 2.15pm. A group of extraordinary women, members of a very ordinary Yorkshire WI, spark a global phenomenon by persuading one another to pose for a charity calendar with a difference. As interest snowballs, the Calendar Girls find themselves revealing more than they’d ever planned! Ice Productions present this hilarious and moving play based on this amazing true story. Tickets priced £10, Saturday evening £12. Call 01302 342349 to book.
Sheffield Crucible: Macbeth. Wednesday 5th September - Saturday 6th October. Main performance 7.15pm (with variations). War. Three witches and a prophecy. An assassination. Visions and ghosts. Murder. A suicide. And War. Shakespeare’s most bloody tragedy is directed by Artistic Director Daniel Evans. Tickets priced £17-£25.
Sheffield Lyceum: Madame Butterfly. Tuesday 18th - Saturday 22nd September. Performance 7.45pm, various matinees. Innocence, love and betrayal unfold in the picturesque gardens of a Japanese Villa. Butterfly is fragile, unworldly and prepared to sacrifice everything for the love of the handsome American, Lieutenant Pinkerton. He deserts her and their child, only to return years later with his new wife. Abandoned and betrayed, Butterfly is left with only one honourable course of action. Tickets £12-£34.