What’s on this week

Leonard Cohen plays the First Direct arena in Leeds tonight
Leonard Cohen plays the First Direct arena in Leeds tonight

From Leonard Cohen to Shakespeare, there’s something for everyone this week

THEATRE: Lord Chamberlain’s Men come to York’s Museum Gardens with an all male production of As You Like It. With warring brothers, clowns, comic peasants and death threats there is something for everyone in this beautiful pastoral comedy. Runs until Saturday. Call the box office on 01904 623568 to book. Tickets cost £18.


FESTIVAL: The three-day long Freedom Festival starts today in Hull city centre and has a line up which includes Manchester indie band, 1975 as well as MOBO award winning hip hop artist Akala and acclaimed poet Lemn Sissay MBE. Runs until Sunday. Ticketed events start from £5. Visit www.fruitspace.co.uk/freedom for more information.

MUSIC: Multi-platinum selling artist, Caro Emerald stops off at Sheffield City Hall on her European tour. Her award winning album Deleted Scenes From The Cutting Room Floor took its inspiration from Hollywood cinema and the glitz and glamour of the jazz scene, and Caro always delivers a show-stopping performance. Starts at 7.30pm. Call the box office on 0114 278 9789 to book. Tickets from £19.50.

MUSIC: Pete Doherty comes to the 02 Academy in Leeds with his bandmates from Babyshambles playing songs from their forthcoming album. Known for their frenzied live performances, Babyshambles always manage to draw a crowd. Tickets from £23. Starts at 7.30pm. Call the box office on 0844 477 2000 to book.

COMEDY: Stand Up For The Week Star, Sean Walsh comes to the City Varieties Music Hall in Leeds with a new show entitled The Lie In King. This show sees Sean return to his home turf with his charming and charismatic brand of comedy that revolves around observational story-telling. Starts at 8pm. Call 0113 248 0808 to book. Tickets from £12.


THEATRE: Northern Ballet’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream comes to the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds. The performance sees the romantic antics of a touring dance company played out on one magical night as the company travels by sleeper train from London to Edinburgh, with music by Mendellson and Brahms played live by Northern Ballet. Tickets from £15. Call 0113 213 7700 for more information.

MUSIC: Iconic singer-songwriter, Leonard Cohen comes to the First Direct Arena in Leeds for what promises to be an unforgettable concert. Leonard Cohen’s poetic style of songwriting has influenced a whole generation of songwriters, and he is still one of the most revered musicians around. Starts at 6.30pm. Tickets from £25. Call the arena on 0844 248 1585 to book.

COMEDY: HiFi club in Leeds hosts a comedy night with performances from some of the best comedians around including charming motor-mouth Barry Dodds, musical comedian Christian Reilly, who has been compared to Rich Hall, and Bill Bailey and Alun Cochrane who has appeared on comedy favourites such as Have I Got News For You and Nevermind The Buzzcocks. Tickets from £10. Call 0113 242 7353 for more information.


Exhibition: Take a look at the Colour Coded exhibition at Weston Park Museum in Sheffield which explores the history, significance and science of colour throughout the ages. From the first synthetic dye which revolutionised fashion in Victorian times to the colourful art of Patrick Caulfield. Entry is free. Open from 11am. Call the museum on 0114 278 6000 to book.


CLASS: Get involved in making and creating using knitting, stitching and crochet in a laid back, creative atmosphere, led by volunteer crafters at the Millennium Galley in the heart of Sheffield. All ages and abilities are welcome at this weekly session, which has a hands-on theme. Starts at 10.30am and people can drop by at any time until 12.30pm. Free entry. Call Museums Sheffield on 0114 278 6000 for more information.


Exhibition: Stainless steel was discovered in Sheffield in 1913, and the Millennium Gallery hosts an exhibition entitled Designed to Shine, which explores a century of design and innovation, showcasing the diversity and quality of products made in stainless steel in Sheffield. Runs until October 13. Entry is free. Open from 10am.


THEATRE: Jack Thorne’s new play, Stuart: A Life Backwards, comes to the Studio Theatre in Sheffield and tells the story of an unlikely friendship between chaotic and homeless Stuart Shorter and the reserved and bookish Alexander Masters. Runs until September 28. Starts at 7.45pm. Tickets are priced from £10. Call the box office on 0114 249 6000 to book.

THEATRE: Steve Scott portrays impeached American president Richard Nixon in a production of Secret Honour at the Studio Theatre in York. The play tells the story of a disgraced President Nixon who arms himself with a bottle of scotch and a gun to record memoirs no-one will hear. Starts at 7.45pm. Tickets cost £12. For more information please call 01904 623568.

THEATRE: Simon Jose is a graduate of the Hull Truck theatre’s playwright course, and brings his first full length play entitled Starfish to the Hull Truck Theatre. The play tells the story of free spirited, out of work Tina, whose life is turned upside down when she is chosen as a test subject for a new government initiative called Starfish. This is part of the play, pie and a pint night at the theatre. Tickets cost £8. Performance begins at 6pm. Call 01482 323638 to book.

MUSIC: The UK Pink Floyd experience comes to the Grand Opera House in Leeds for a one off show. The nine-piece band replicated the line up of the full Pink Floyd touring band of the 1980s and 90s and songs from Dark Side of The Moon through to Division Bell will be featured, making this a performance for fans from all eras. Starts at 7.30pm. Call 08444 999 999 to book. Tickets from £21.