Pick of the week

Matthew Kelly in rehearsals for The History Boys at the Crucible Theatre. Picture: Robert Day
Matthew Kelly in rehearsals for The History Boys at the Crucible Theatre. Picture: Robert Day

THURSDAY

TALK: Godfather of glam-rock, Noddy Holder looks back over his life and career with Slade and beyond at the City Varieties Music Hall in Leeds, where his close personal friend and BBC Radio 2 DJ, Mark Radcliffe will coax out anecdotes making for a fun-packed evening. Starts at 7.30pm. Tickets from £24.50. Contact the box office on 0113 243 0808 for booking information.

COMEDY: Funny man, John Bishop stops off at St George’s Concert Hall in Bradford for one night only. Winner of the City Life Comedian of the Year, John Bishop is one of Britain’s favourite contemporary comics and has a strong stage presence and routine that promises to deliver. Starts at 8pm. Call the box office on 01274 432000 for bookings. Tickets start from £22.50.

Friday

THEATRE: A Sheffield Theatres Production of Alan Bennett’s bittersweet comedy, The History Boys has a three week long run at the Lyceum in Sheffield, which also provides the setting for this well-loved play. This production stars Matthew Kelly and tells the story of a group of history pupils at a Sheffield grammar school preparing for their Oxbridge entrance exams under the guidance of three teachers with very contrasting styles. Runs until June 8. Starts at 7.30pm. Tickets from £10. Call the box office on 0114 249 6000 for booking information.

DANCE: Traditional and contemporary yoruba music combine in the soulful voice of Funmi Olawami who comes to the York Theatre Royal with her twelve piece band fresh from the African Music Festival. Starts at 7.30pm. Tickets from £8. Call the box office on 01904 623568 for more information.

STORYTELLING: Embark on an adventure through the gallery unlocking hidden stories, clues and messages from a fascinating cast of characters at a family friendly storytelling tour through the grounds of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in Wakefield. Children and adults get to become ‘art explorers and record their discoveries on this story adventure. Come prepared with an active imagination and report your findings at the craft area. Starts at 6pm. Costs £3. Call the Park on 01924 832631 for further details.

Saturday

MUSIC: Folk-rockers, The Levellers bring their UK wide tour to Scunthorpe’s Baths Hall with theatrical folk quintet, The Moulettes as their support act. Reaching the height of their fame in the 90’s when their appearance at Glastonbury attracted the biggest stage front-crowd the festival had ever seen, The Levellers are famous for their high octane and hit rich live shows, and gig this promises to be no different. Starts at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £21.50 and can be booked by calling the box office on 0844 854 2776.


Sunday

EXHIBITION: Visit the Natural Beauty exhibition at Leeds City Museum which is a natural history exhibit with a difference with photography collections examining taxidermy, insects, eggs and skulls. Open from 11am to 5pm. Admission is free and for more information please call 0113 224 3732 for more information.

music: The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra returns to the Baths Hall in Scunthorpe with a charming and intimate programme of popular classical gems. Acclaimed young British clarinettist Julian Bliss takes centre stage to perform Mozart’s ever-popular Clarinet Concerto. Composed during the last months of Mozart’s life, it is a work rich in expressive melodies and ethereal beauty. Starts at 7.30pm. Tickets start at £15. For more information please call the box office on 0844 854 2776.


Monday

MUSIC: One of the most popular American rock bands of all time, Journey perform appear on a bill with the legendary Whitesnake and special guests Thunder for the first time at Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena. Over the course of their 40 year career Journey have had over 19 top 40 singles, and 25 gold and platinum albums, while Whitesnake have had several multi-platinum albums, making this a tour you won’t want to miss. Starts at 6.45pm. Tickets from £45 and can be booked through the ticket hotline on 0114 256 5656.

MUSICAL: Critically acclaimed musical and West-End hit, Blood Brothers arrives at Leeds Grand Theatre today and tells the captivating and moving tale of twins who, separated at birth, grow up on different side of the tracks and eventually meet again with fateful consequences. Written by Willy Russell, the outstanding score includes Marilyn Munroe, Bright New Day and the emotionally charged hit, Tell Me It’s Not True. Runs until May 25. Starts at 7.30pm. Call the box office on 0844 848 2700 for more information. Tickets from £16.

comedy: Following complete sell-out runs at the Edinburgh Festival and London’s Soho Theatre, Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee and star of BBC sitcom, Hebburn, Chris Ramsey comes to the Hull Truck Theatre.. Panel show regular Chris discusses how we got here and whether this comes down to elaborately laid plans. Starts at 7.45pm. Tickets from £15. Call the box office on 01482 323638 for bookings. 


Tuesday

theatre: The stage version of the Count of Monte Cristo, adapted by Polis Loizou comes to the Carriage Works Theatre in Leeds. Starts at 7.45pm. Contact the box office on 0113 224 3801. Tickets cost £9.


Wednesday

MUSIC: Ex-Westlife star, Bryan McFadden stops off at the O2 Academy in Sheffield on his first UK tour in eight years, where he will be performing hits from his back catalogue and recent album The Irish Connection which features covers of his favourite Irish songs. Starts at 7pm. Tickets from £15. Call the box office on 0844 477 2000 for further details.

COMEDY: Panel show regular, Reginald D Hunter returns to Sheffield City Hall with his In The Midst of Crackers tour following up two previous sell-out tours. Starts at 8pm. Tickets from £23. Call 0114 2789 789 to book.