Things to do this week

The Fool Dale Smith is carried in by the boggins ready to be smoked. Picture: Andrew Roe

The Fool Dale Smith is carried in by the boggins ready to be smoked. Picture: Andrew Roe

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Our pick of the best events across the borough

1 FESTIVAL STEEPED IN TRADITION

Head over to the Isle of Axholme for the Haxey Hood, which is due to celebrate its 654th year.

People come from miles around to the attend the annual festival, which is most easily described as a kind of rugby game with unlimited participants and few rules, where a leather tube is slowly walked by a large unorganised rugby scrum to one of four pubs. The hood is on display at the winning pub for the rest of the year.

The festival begins with a tour of the village’s ale houses.

WHERE: Haxey village

WHEN: Monday from 12.30pm

HOW MUCH: Free

CONTACT: Visit www.wheewall.com/hood for more details.

2 BALLET

The world-renowned Moscow City Ballet returns to Sheffield with its enchanting production of The Nutcracker.

Discover the magical story of Clara and get swept away to a spectacular winter wonderland by the Nutcracker prince.

With a full orchestra playing Tchaikovsky’s enchanting score and featuring unforgettable dances such as Sugar Plum, this is the perfect festive treat for all the family.

The Nutcracker is only in Sheffield for five days, so make sure you get your tickets while you still can.

WHERE: Sheffield Lyceum Theatre

WHEN: Runs from Tuesday until January 11

HOW MUCH: Tickets from £19

CONTACT: Call the box office on 0114 249 6000 or visit www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk

3 PANTOMIME

The festive season still has a few delights up its sleeve, including the continued run of The Plowright Theatre’s annual pantomime.

With this year’s rip roaring production comes the legendary Annie Fanny who stars in a traditional pantomime with its usual mix of mirth, mayhem and misunderstanding as only she can provide in a wonderful production of Jack and the Beanstalk.

Written and directed by Annie Fanny’s alter ego Darren Johnson, with a full supporting cast, fabulous scenery, glittering costumes and of course featuring the sensational Scunthorpe Sunbeams, the production is presented by award winning producer Tony Peers, this year’s show will follow the great tradition of recent years pantos as a ‘must see’ Christmas treat.

WHERE: Plowright Theatre, Scunthorpe

WHEN: Runs until Sunday

HOW MUCH: Tickets from £14.50

CONTACT: 0844 854 2776/www.scunthorpetheatres.co.uk

4 COMEDY

Start the new year laughing with the Last Laugh comedy club in Sheffield.

The first comedy club of the new year has an excellent line-up including Toby Foster, Steve Harris, Ryan McDonnell and Paul Sinha, who is a qualified GP and international stand up comic of many years standing, having performed in all major comedy clubs. He is well known for being a “Chaser” in the ITV game show The Chase, which he joined in 2011.

Alongside this he has performed on BBC Radio 4 and The News Quiz, plus much more.

WHERE: Sheffield City Hall

WHEN: Saturday night from 8.15pm

HOW MUCH: Tickets cost £16 per night

CONTACT: Call the box office on 0114 2 789 789 or visit www.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk for more details.


5 THEATRE

The human world and the animal kingdom collide in a spectacular adaptation of The Jungle Book - the classic story of one boy’s journey through the tropical Indian jungle.

Interweaving live music with stunning puppetry and energetic physical performance, this celebration of Rudyard Kipling’s enduring and iconic tale should not be missed.

WHERE: West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

WHEN: Runs until January 18

HOW MUCH: Tickets from £12

CONTACT: Visit wwww.wyp.co.uk or call the box office on 0113 213 7700 .