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What’s on in Yorkshire during August

PUBLISHED: 00:00 31 July 2017

Royal National Theatre production of Jane Eyre on tour at Leeds Grand Theatre

Royal National Theatre production of Jane Eyre on tour at Leeds Grand Theatre


The best entertainment chosen for you by Tony Greenway


August 24th & 25th

The Pantaloons: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

This glorious Will Shakespeare comedy is in the open air from the Pantaloons — a group which takes inspiration from clowning, stand-up comedy and silent movies to make theatre accessible.

The Botanical Gardens, Sheffield

0114 249 6000 sheffieldtheatres.co.uk

July 31st–August 5th

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

First it was a best-selling book by Mark Haddon then it became a hit drama production from The National Theatre. Now it’s on tour (it’s already been to Leeds and Sheffield), arriving in Bradford this month. A 15-year-old with ‘behavioural difficulties’ investigates the killing of a neighbourhood dog.

The Alhambra, Bradford

01274 432000 bradford-theatres.co.uk

August 10th–September 2nd

Larkin with Women

Geddit? The title alludes to the fact that Hull poet Philip Larkin ‘had an intriguing private life and juggled the love of three very different women over a period of 30 years’. Saucy.

Esk Valley Theatre 01947 897587 eskvalleytheatre.co.uk

August 3rd – 26th

Di and Viv and Rose

Amelia Bullmore is roundly fabulous. She was hilariously funny in the sitcom Twenty Twelve (as Kay Hope, the deadpan Head of Sustainability). She stole the show as an alcoholic DCI in the police drama series Scott & Bailey and when she played an unhinged, spurned and ultimately doomed lover in the second series of Happy Valley, you couldn’t take your eyes off her. Blimey, she was even good in those otherwise terrible Direct Line adverts. Bullmore doesn’t just confine herself to acting, though. She directs and writes, too, contributing scripts for Scott & Bailey and This Life. Here’s a regional premier of her smart, funny and moving play about the friendship of three women over 30 years.

Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough 01723 370541 sjt.uk.com

July 31st–August 5th

Jane Eyre

Another National Theatre production, this time an acclaimed version of the Brontë classic, which the Daily Telegraph noted was ‘original, engaging and unexpectedly funny’.

Leeds Grand Theatre 0844 848 2700 leedsgrandtheatre.com

August 16th–19th

Our Mutual Friend

Hull Truck Youth Theatre here with a world premier production based on Charles Dickens’ novel, adapted by Bryony Lavery.

Hull Truck Theatre 01482 323638


August 4th–September 2nd

Robin Hood: The Arrow of Destiny

A not-entirely serious retelling of the Robin Hood legend (‘they may wear the tights, but Marian knows what really makes a hero’) with actor puppeteers, ‘songs, slapstick and spectacle’. Directed by the York Theatre Royal’s artistic director, Damien Cruden.

York Theatre Royal 01904 623568 yorktheatreroyal.co.uk


August 4th

80s v 90s

Ah, Sheffield-based band Living in a Box. Whatever happened to them? They had a hit single called Living in a Box from their album Living in a Box (they weren’t big on names, plainly) but they did drop off the radar somewhat soon after that. They pop up again as part of this 80s v 90s line-up, which also features The Human League (also from Sheffield, of course), Midge Ure, Johnny Hates Jazz and Betty Boo (who is still, I’m afraid to tell you, ‘doin’ the do’.).

Scarborough Open Air Theatre 01723 818111 scarboroughopenairtheatre.com

August 11th

Jess Glynne

Cynical people of a certain age might confuse Jess Glynne for one of the battalion of X Factor stars that have littered the charts in the last decade but don’t, because she isn’t. Rising to fame on the back of the Clean Bandit song Rather Be, she’s now an established singer-songwriter in her own right. Not to be dismissed — or missed, actually.

Scarborough Open Air Theatre 01723 818111 scarboroughopenairtheatre.com

August 1st-3rd

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Best known in the UK for their work with Paul Simon on his classic Graceland album, this life-affirming, Grammy award-winning South African choral group is back in Leeds as part of a world tour. If you haven’t seen them, bag a ticket: you’re in for a joyous treat if you do.

Howard Assembly Room, Leeds 0844 848 2720 operanorth.co.uk

August 3rd

British Lion

What do you do after you’ve been in one of the most successful metal bands in the world? Iron Maiden’s Steve Harris knows: you keep it going, but nip off to perform occasionally in a side project. His is called British Lion which was ‘developed under super-secret circumstances between tours’.

Warehouse 23, Wakefield 01924 200162 warehouse23.co.uk

August 11th

Ocean Colour Scene

The Birmingham Britpoppers’ finest moment was probably providing the theme tune to Chris Evans’ 90s’ chat show, TFI Friday, then supporting Oasis at Knebworth. Here they are in Hull, having notched up nine albums and a clutch of hit singles.

Zebedee’s Yard, Hull 01482 221113 innercitylive.co.uk


August 14th-19th

Our House

Madness are playing Scarborough this month but here’s a chance to see the Olivier Award-winning jukebox musical they worked on with Calendar Girls’ screenplay writer, Tim Firth. The soundtrack, of course, is entirely made up of their own bouncy back catalogue.

Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield 0114 249 6000 sheffieldtheatres.co.uk


August 6th

Sir Ken Dodd

It’s taken the Queen ages — almost as long as one of Doddy’s shows — but she has finally (finally!) made the King of Knotty Ash a Knight of the Realm. By the way, Sir Ken (which has a nice ring to it, don’t you think?), is 90 later this year, and he’s still touring. I’ll have some of what he’s having.

Bridlington Spa 01262 678258 bridspa.com


August 3rd

Festival Day of Jazz

Jazz Leeds presents this inaugural jazz celebration with live music throughout the afternoon plus street food with legendary Leeds lad Snake Davis headlining the evening.

Millennium Square, Leeds 0113 378 6988

August 4th

The Real Thing, Heatwave & Jaki Graham

An evening dripping with Seventies and Eighties soul, funk, disco and R&B as The Real Thing (You To Me Are Everything), Heatwave (Boogie Nights) and Jaki Graham (Could It Be I’m Falling in Love) play Millennium Square.

Millennium Square, Leeds

0113 376 0318 purchase.tickets.com

August 17th

Castle Howard Proms

Expect lots of pomp and a bit of circumstance on Castle Howard’s north lawn with classical Brit Award winners Blake, soprano Joanna Forest and the London Gala Orchestra. Bring a picnic and your Union Jack brolly. You might need it.

Castle Howard, North Yorkshire castlehoward.co.uk

August 23rd-26th

Ebor Festival

August has to be the most important month in the York racing calendar because it features Juddmonte International, Ladies’ Day (all big hats and short dresses) and Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes — all topped off with the star attraction: the famous Bedfred Ebor Festival.

York Racecourse 01904 620911 yorkracecourse.co.uk

August 25th-28th

StrEat Food &

Family Fun Festival

After the success of last year’s event (100,000 people turned up), StrEat Food is back with loads of street food traders (over 60 of them, in fact), plus a craft beer teepee, an artisan market, live music and children’s activities. What’s not to like?

Valley Gardens, Harrogate 01423 421275 streatpr.co.uk

August 24th–26th

Derren Brown: Underground

Don’t ask me how, but I knew you were going to get tickets to see Derren Brown. Described here as ‘a master of psychological illusion’, the man who once played Russian roulette on live TV (was that controversial? Just a bit) is performing a sort of greatest hits round-up (but probably won’t be doing that Russian roulette one again).

Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

0114 249 6000 sheffieldtheatres.co.uk

August 5th

Humber Street Sesh

A massive line-up of alternative artists — 200-odd, in fact — across 14 stages. Incredibly, it’s all over and done with in one day, so it’s a bit like a concise Glastonbury. Only, er, in Hull.

Hull Marina



Until September 9th

Summer Exhibition

After last year’s Summer Exhibition at the LBT, here comes another: a place for creatives across Kirklees to showcase their talents, whether that is painting or paper-folding.

Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield 01484 430528 thelbt.org

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