Five fabulous things to do this week

Shrek the Musical. Image by Helen Maybanks.
Shrek the Musical. Image by Helen Maybanks.

Our pick of the best events across the region.

1 Fairytale fun

Shrek takes a turn on the stage in a new production of the well-loved film that takes a turn at the Leeds Grand Theatre this month.

The show arrives in the region fresh from the West End and tells the story of Shrek, our unlikely hero, and his loyal steed Donkey as they set of on a quest to rescue the beautiful (if slightly temperamental) Princess Fiona from her tower guarded by a ire breathing love-sick dragon.

Add the diminutive Lord Farquaad, a gang of fairytale misfits, and a biscuit with attitude, it makes for a must see musical comedy.

WHERE: Leeds Grand Theatre

WHEN: Runs until August 17

HOW MUCH: Tickets from £38

CONTACT: Call the box office on 0113 222 6222 to book

2 Make some noise

Hip-hop pioneers, Public Enemy, are on the road again as part of their UK tour which comes to the region this week.

Public Enemy are one of the genre’s most controversial outfits.

Using the music as a platform to voice the problems plaguing Black America, their angry, militant stance expressed the injustices and vented the frustrations of an entire community. With Chuck D’s forcefully enlightening rhymes, the chaotic and comic Flavor Flav’s cuts and oversize clocks, they are a truly revolutionary experience.

WHERE: O2 Academy, Leeds,

WHEN: Today (Thursday, July 31) from 7pm

HOW MUCH: Tickets cost £28.12

CONTACT: Call the box office on 0844 477 2000

3 History in bloom

Take in some of Britain’s history in the picturesque setting of the Botanical Gardens in Sheffield with a production of the Pantaloons’ History of Britain.

The production offers viewers a breathless race through the centuries in this delightfully inventive open-air show.

Harold II and William the Conqueror don’t see eye to eye.

Henry VIII decides five marriages just isn’t enough.

Queen Victoria is most certainly not amused. This historically hysterical show is packed with songs, sketches and silliness and is suitable for all ages.

WHERE: The Botanical Gardens, Sheffield

WHEN: Sunday from 7pm

HOW MUCH: Tickets from £8

CONTACT: Call the box office 0114 249 6000 or visit to book

4 The Whole of the Moon

Eighties icons, The Waterboys, who provided a soundtrack to the decade for many, are back and come to Scunthorpe this week.

The band are famous for their powerful live performances and majestic alternative rock albums such as A Pagan Place and This Is The Sea, which included their biggest hit The Whole Of The Moon.

Since then The Waterboys have continued to make genre-busting records and have matured into one of the world’s finest live acts.

WHERE: Baths Hall, Scunthope

WHEN: Tuesday, August 5 from 7pm

HOW MUCH: Tickets cost £29.50

CONTACT: Call the box office on 0844 854 2776 for more details.

5 We’re off to see the wizard

The Take 2 Theatre company bring their production of the Wizard of Oz to Barnsley this week.

The well loved musical tells the story of Dorothy and her dog Toto as they enter the wonderful Land of Oz.

During their travels down the yellow brick road they meet the Scarecrow, Tin Man and even a Lion who really wants some courage.

The four new friends travel to see the great and powerful Wizard of Oz. This won’t be easy as the Wicked Witch of the West is determined to stop them by any means necessary.

This is a brilliant adaptation of the cinematic classic.

WHERE: Academy Theatre, Barnsley

WHEN: Runs from August 6-9

HOW MUCH: Tickets from £10

CONTACT: Call 01226 744442 to book