Our pick of the biggest and best events taking place across the region this week.
Theatre: Catch the Winter’s Tale at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield while you still can. The play is one of Shakespeare’s best, and tells the story of a man who tears his family apart in an act of wild and passionate jealousy. Runs until Saturday. Starts at 7.15pm. Tickets cost £25. Call the box office on 0114 249 6000 to book.
Music: The Boomtown Rats come to the O2 Academy in Leeds tonight on their UK tour. They were one of the biggest bands of the 70s and 80s and people attending can expect to hit a range of the Boomtown Rats’ biggest hits including I Don’t Like Mondays. Starts at 6.30pm. To book please call the box office on 0844 477 2000. Tickets from £27.
Performance : The bard of Salford, John Cooper Clarke arrives at the Plowright Theatre on his UK tour. Three of John’s poems are now on the GCSE syllabus, and he is one of the countries best loved poets and performers. Starts at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £17.50. Call the box office on 0844 854 2776 to book.
Theatre: Charlie and Lola’s Extremely New Play is at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds today and takes the audience through a magical journey through the seasons as Charlie and Lola discover that everything is different and not the same. What happens when Lola and her best friend Lotta say they will honestly look after Sizzles the Dog? This magical mix of puppets, live actions is bound to be popular with the whole family. Performance at 11am and 1.30pm. Call the box office on 0113 213 7700 to book. Tickets from £12
Theatre: A production of Love Your Soldiers comes to Sheffield’s Studio Theatre today for a three week run. Directed by Sheffield Theatres’ Associate Director and TV star, Richard Wilson, the play tells the story of two soldiers and one girl - and how telling the truth is impossible when you are half way across the world. Starts at 7.45pm. Tickets cost £10. To book call the box office on 0114 249 6000.
Comedy: The hilarious Sean Lock comes to the Grand Theatre and Opera House in Leeds tonight on his Purple Van Man tour. Filled with gags opinions, deft observations and silly voices this is Sean doing what he does best, spouting jibber jabber as he crosses the country in his purple van. Starts at 7.30pm. Tickets from £22.50.
Theatre: The penultimate performance of Priscilla Queen of the Desert takes place at the Lyceum theatre in Sheffield tonight. This smash hit show tells the story of three friends who hop aboard a battered old bus searching for love and friendship and end up finding more than they anticipated. Runs until tomorrow. Performances at 5pm and 8.15pm. Tickets from £23. Call the box office on 0114 249 6000.
Convention: Scunthorpe’s first ever science fiction convention takes place at the Baths Hall today. Guests such as John Coppinger who created Jabba the Hut will be attending, and there will also be activities and competitions making this a fun filled day for science fiction fans of all ages. Starts at 11am. Tickets cost £4. Call the box office on 0844 8542776 for more information or to book.
Music: A show featuring all of the hits from the 60s comes to Doncaster Dome where people can expect to see performances from Gerry and the Pacemakers, The Searchers, PJ Proby and The Fortunes among others. This show will create the ultimate feel good factor as people attending are transported back to the swinging sixties. Starts at 7.30pm. Call the box office on 01302 303959 to book. Tickets cost £29.50.
Comedy: One liner comedy extraordinaire, Milton Jones comes to the Leeds Grand Theatre on his UK wide tour. Clever and surreal, this is a comedy show that shouldn’t be missed. Starts at 8pm. To book call the box office on 0844 848 2700. Tickets cost £21.
Music: Singer songwriter John Otway and Wild Willy Barrett come to the City Varieries Music Hall. This rock duo are famous for their anarchic stage performances on Top of the Pops and their hit singles such as Really Free and Headbutts. Tickets cost £16.50. Call the box office on 0113 29 77 007 to book or for more details.
Opera: Celebrated operatic masterpiece, Aida arrives at Sheffield City Hall today and tells the story of war, jealousy and revenge, at whose heart is the doomed love of the beautiful Ethiopian slave girl Aida. This lavish production has tremendous special effects and should not be missed. Starts at 7.30pm. To book please call 0114 2 798 789. Tickets from £16.
Comedy: Quirky comic Russell Kane continues his UK tour at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds. The show is entitled ‘smallness’ and explores Russell’s thoughts about smallness, and about keeping things small when life gets big. Starts at 8pm. Tickets cost £17.50. Call 0113 213 7700 to book.
Music: Following a summer of festivals in the UK and Europe, Steve Harley brings his full cockney rebel band to Scunthorp’s Baths Hall. Steve intends to include a track or two from every one of his 12 studio albums, and there will also be some surprises in store for people attending. Starts at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £22.50. For more details please call 0844 84 2776.
Comedy: Celebrated comic, Micky Flanagan comes to Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena tonight on his UK tour. Micky is a panel show regular who has appeared on Have I Got News For You, and Mock the Week, amongst others and promises deliver a sterling performance as always. Starts at 8pm. Tickets from £27.50 including booking fee. Call 0114 2 56 56 56 to book.
Music: The iconic Boy George comes to the City Varieties Music Hall in Leeds on the This Is What I Do Tour. This tour features his first original material in almost two decades, on the album with same name which was released earlier this month. Starts at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £26, Call 0113 243 0808 to book.