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GUEST APPEARANCE: X-Factor star Jamie "Afro" Archer will be one of the celebrity guests performing at the gala dinner. (s)

GUEST APPEARANCE: X-Factor star Jamie "Afro" Archer will be one of the celebrity guests performing at the gala dinner. (s)

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SATURDAY: THE COUNTDOWN to the Diamond Jubilee celebrations is about to get under way in Tickhill. The concert at St Mary’s Church is the start of a series of special events. Tickets including refreshments are £6. Call 01302 743392.

SATURDAY: ENJOY an evening of blues at the Horse and Groom on Doncaster’s East Laith Gate. Rhythm Oil will be providing the evening’s entertainment. Call 01709 894128 for more information.

TOMORROW: BERLIN Symphony Orchestra will be bringing world-class musicians to Sheffield City Hall. Music will include Der Freischutz and Prokofiev Violin Concerto No.1. Tickets £15. Call 0114 2789789.

FAMILY

TODAY: BRITAIN’S Got The X Factor is coming to Doncaster Dome. Performances from Jamie Archer from the 2009 contest, plus Stravros Flatley and top Peter Kay tribute Lee Lard. 01302 37077. Tickets £15.

SATURDAY: AN ENORMOUS turnip is the theme of a family-friendly production by the Stuff and Nonsense theatre group. Their show at the Doncaster Civic provides eccentric puppetry and live music in a re-potted version of the famous kids’ story. Tickets from £8. Call 01302 342349.

SUNDAY: BE among the first visitors to the recently-restored Rossington Hall. New owners Gary and Michelle Gee have have worked to restore the Victorian Stately home to its former glory. The first stage of renovation is near completion so the doors are being thrown open for visitors to enjoy. Under 16s go free, adults £2. All proceeds towards the renovations. Call Kirsty on 01302 866822 for more details.

SUNDAY: THE boys in blue will be out in force for the 999 Day at Doncaster’s Aeroventure. The open day of emergency vehicles at the Dakota Road siteis a showcase of a private collections as well as a chance to see demonstrations by South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, and South Yorkshire Police Dog Unit. Adults £5. Senior citizens £4. Open 10am to 5pm.

Theatre

UNTIL SATURDAY: A PRESCRIPTION for laughter has been offered up by Sheffield’s Lyceum theatre. Starring one of Britain’s most loved funnymen, Joe Pasquale and star of stage and screen Robert Powell, Doctor in the House is a classic of British comedy. Tickets from £13. Call 0114 2496000.

UNTIL SATURDAY: MATCH-MAKING Dolly Levi introduces Mrs Malloy to Corenlus and Minnie to Barnaby. And among all the romance, there’s a host of memorable songs including Put On Your Sunday Clothes and So Long, Dearie. Hello Dolly! is a much-loved musical being brought to lfie by the Lamproom Musical Theatre Company. Shows at 7.15pm, with a Saturday matinee at 2.15pm. Tickets £11. Call 01226 200075.

UNTIL SATURDAY: DONCASTER Theatre Company presents a play about a stag do which sees the groom chained to a lampost. There’s a rubber doll, a hungover victim, and predictable comedy ensues. Written by Mike Harding, Fur Coat and No Knickers is being performed at Doncaster’s Little Theatre. Starts at 7.30pm Tickets £10. Call 01302

UNTIL SATURDAY: WITH all the spirit of Broadway, Guys and Dolls is a much-loved musical. Greasbrough Operatic Society is bringing it to the stage at The Civic Theatre in Rotherham. Performance begins at 7.15pm. Tickets £11. Call 01709 362462 for tickets.

Comedy

FRIDAY: CANADIAN comedian Tom Stade has had to add new dates to his tour. His stellar performances on BBC One’s Live At The Apollo and Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow have earned him a reputation as a man not to miss. Tickets £15. Call 01302 370777.

FRIDAY: JUGGLING circus and variety is no mean feat for any show - but Cabaret Boom Boom does it best. The Sheffield-based comedy brings a little bit of everything to the mix, and they’re on their fourth show at the Civic, Barnsley, at 8pm. Tickets £12.50. Call 01226 327 000.

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