Get swinging into action for a week of fun

Clare Teal
Clare Teal

Here’s our pick of things to do this week.


Comedy: Rapper turned comedian Doc Brown, is due to perform at Sheffield City Hall, where he will bring his tongue in cheek take on hip hop culture. He is a regular on the London comedy circuit and has also appeared on Russell Howard’s Good News and The Inbetweeners. Starts at 8pm. Tickets cost £14. Call 0114 2789 789.

Theatre: Inspired by Joseph Conrad’s classic novel, The Secret Agent is Theatre O’s heartbreaking but hilarious chronicle of passion, betrayal and terrorism. It comes to the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds. Runs until Saturday. Performances at 2pm and 7.45pm. Call 0113 213 7700 to book. Tickets from £12.

Opera: The Mikado is set in the zany world of modern fashion houses, with costumes inspired by Versace and Gautier and comes to Doncaster’s Cast theatre for two nights. This production promises a riot of outrageous and bizarre creations. Starts at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £19. Call the Cast box office on 01302 303959 to book.

Comedy: The hysterical and cliche-free Stewart Lee arrives at Bradford’s St George’s Concert Hall on his UK tour Much A-Stew About Nothing. A regular on the comedy circuit, Stewart never fails to deliver. Starts at 8pm. Call 01274 432000. Tickets cost £ 19.50.

Theatre: Nick Lane’s double bill, The Royal Flush comes to the Hull Truck Theatre and begins with Thomas Crapper in 1882, who is commissioned to provide toilets for Queen Victoria - later moving on to an old people’s home in 2012 when Joe has the mammoth task of getting all of the toilets sparkling in time for the Queen’s Jubilee. Starts at 8pm. Tickets cost £12. Call the box office on 01482 323638 to book.


Theatre: A Royal Exchange Theatre Company production of Sweeny Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet Street comes to the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds. This spine-chilling contemporary version of Stephen Sondheim’s thrilling musical masterpiece explores obsession and retribution in a world where the poor and powerless increasingly lose out to the power-wielding rich. Runs until October 26. Starts at 7.30pm. Tickets from £12. Call the box office on 0113 213 7700 to book.

Opera: An Opera North supported production of a Midsummer Nights Dream arrives at Leeds Grand Theatre. Oberon, the fairy king and Tytania, his queen, are locked in a conflict which spills over into the human world. Shakespeare’s witty words and the composer’s mesmerising music come together in this colourful and vibrant production where costumes and music are equally sparkling. Runs until October 24. Tickets from £15. Call 0844 848 2700.

Music: The Solid Gold Country Legends show comes to The Plowright Theatre in Scunthorpe, where country legends will play hits from the likes of traditional country stars like Hank Williams, Patsy Cline and Tammy Wynette to more modern acts like Garth Brooks and Shania Twain. Starts at 7.30pm. Call the box office on 0844 854 2776 to book. Tickets cost £17.50.


Comedy: Celebrated comic, and panel show regular, Micky Flanagan arrives at Sheffield’s Motorpoint arena on the biggest comedy tour of the year. Starts at 8pm. Call the box office on 0114 256 5656 to book. Tickets from £26.95.


Music: The Wailers arrive at Sheffield’s 02 Academy tonight, where they will play the best-selling reggae album of all time, Legend, in its entirety. The former backing band of Bob Marley, The Wailers are legends in their own right and will play fan favourites such as Redemption Song, I Shot the Sheriff and Jamming. Starts at 7pm. Call the box office on 0844 477 2000 to book.

Fair: Scunthorpe’s Baths Hall plays host to the Something Old, Something New Wedding Exhibition which takes place between 11am and 4pm with 40 fantastic wedding suppliers under one roof. There will also be a bridal catwalk at 2pm. Call the box office on 0844 854 2776 for more details.

Competition: The regional final of Open Mic UK takes place at Sheffield City Hall, where dozens of acts will be vying for a spot in the next stage of the competition. Doncaster acts, Megan Carver, 14, and rap artist Jay Betts are among those who will perform. Starts at 12.45pm. Call 0114 278 9789 for more details.


Exhibition: Sheffield-born Cabaret Voltaire co-founder, Chris Watson will brings his exhibition, Inside the Circle of Fire - A Sheffield Sound Map to the Millennium Gallery in Sheffield. Chris will transform the Millennium Gallery into an immersive ‘sound map’ of Sheffield, charting its boundaries on the edge of the Peak District and travelling its waterways to the bustling heart of the city. Call 0114 278 2600.


Theatre: Poignant and heartwarming play, Daytona starts at Sheffield’s Lyceum theatre today and stars Maureen Lipman, Harry Shearer and John Bowe. The play tells the story of Joe and Elli who are happy in their shared passion for ballroom dancing and plan to win the next big competition. But the unexpected arrival of a figure from their past threatens to throw everything off balance. Runs until October 5. Starts at 7.45pm. Tickets from £18. Call 0114 249 6000.

Music: Yorkshire’s very own queen of swing Clare Teal brings her big band to Cast in Doncaster, celebrating the music of her heroines including Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Judy Garland, Doris Day and many of their illustrious contemporaries. Start at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £18. Call 01302 303959 to book or for more information.


Theatre: Shakespeare’s celebrated play, The Winter’s Tale starts at the Crucible theatre in Sheffield today for a month long run. The play revolves around Leontes and Hermione – a royal couple whose relationship changes history. Runs until November 2. Starts at 7.15pm. To book call 0114 249 6000.