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What’s on in Yorkshire during May

PUBLISHED: 00:00 30 April 2017

The line-up of suspects for the National Railway Museum's The Missing Passenger

The line-up of suspects for the National Railway Museum's The Missing Passenger

Hugo Glendinning

Events and entertainment around the region chosen for you by Tony Greenway.

THEATRE

May 4th – 27th

Richard III

It’s 25 years since the launch of Northern Broadsides, the theatre company which has built a formidable reputation for its Shakespearean productions so it’s no surprise that Richard III gets an airing to celebrate the company’s silver anniversary. I’ve a hunch it’s going to be great.

Hull Truck 01482 323638 hulltruck.co.uk

May 12th

Burton

That’s Burton as in the actor, not the gentlemen’s outfitters. Richard Burton, the handsome, hell-raising, baritone-voiced Welshman, who had complicated relationships with fame, drink, and Elizabeth Taylor but not necessarily in that order. Rhodri Mills from Game of Thrones takes the title role.

Barnsley Civic 01226 327000 barnsleycivic.co.uk

May 6th

Dracula: The Bloody Truth

It’s Dracula right enough but not as you know him. Physical theatre touring company Le Navet Bete presents a comedy retelling of the Bram Stoker story that’s suitable for audiences of eight years and above.

Barnsley Civic 01226 327000 barnsleycivic.co.uk

May 18th-June 10th

Julius Caesar

This is Robert Hastie’s first production as the new artistic director of Sheffield Theatres. He’s hoping to recapture Sheffield’s past success with Shakespeare and is kicking off his tenure with the bard’s “political thriller”.

Lyceum Sheffield 0114 249 6000 sheffieldtheatres.co.uk

May 24th-June 10th

The Grapes of Wrath

The John Steinbeck classic about the Joad family who, facing economic disaster, go on an epic road trip from their Oklahoma home to California in search of work and a new life.

West Yorkshire Playhouse 0113 213 7700 wyp.org.uk

EVENTS

Until September 3rd

The Missing Passenger

Train travel is often associated with intrigue and crime. Just ask the passengers of Southern Rail. Intrigue because it’s a total mystery when their train will appear and crime because, while waiting for it, they must feel like committing murder.

In the movies, trains are dangerous places to be. In fact, you can’t spend more than five minutes on a train without being repeatedly stabbed (Murder on the Orient Express), garroted by a SPECTRE agent (From Russia with Love), kidnapped by fascists (The Lady Vanishes), approached by a psycho (Strangers on Train), witnessing a killing (The Girl on the Train) or being seduced by an ice-cool blonde (North By Northwest). Although — speaking from personal experience — that last one almost never happens on the Northern Rail service from Gargrave to Crossflatts (calling at Steeton and Silsden).

Anyway, all of this fictional on-board law breaking has prompted the National Railway Museum to set up a new exhibition trail called The Missing Passenger as part of its Mystery on Rails season. The trail has been designed by artist and director Geraldine Pilgrim, famous for transforming the derelict Midland Grand Hotel at St Pancras Station. She’s now used the museum’s vintage railway carriages and original station platforms to create the ultimate whodunit game during which visitors study photographs and descriptions of eight passengers, search for clues around the scene of the crime, investigate the suspects and end up in a perfect recreation of a 1930s waiting room to unmask a murderer.

The Mystery on Rails season includes various activities, events and workshops. ‘Trains are exciting, exotic and glamorous locations to set a crime story,’ says Amy Banks, the NRM’s head of exhibitions and design, who has plainly never travelled on a cross-Pennine train to Manchester. ‘Real-life stories of crime on the railways have, and continue to be, fascinating backdrops for writers to explore the darker side of society.’ Hmmm. Then again, maybe she has.

National Railway Museum, York 08448 153139 nrm.org.uk

CONCERTS

May 29th – 30th

Take That

I’m not sure how much more of Take That I can stand after all of that exhausting Let It Shine ‘find a boy band’ business on the BBC earlier this year. You might feel differently, though in which case you’ll have tickets to this gig, which showcases songs from TT’s new Wonderland album. All Saints — yep, the 90s girl band (think cargo-pants and crop-tops) — are providing support.

Sheffield Arena 0114 256 5656 sheffieldarena.co.uk

May 6th

Bruno Mars

Bruno Mars is a personal favourite of the Editor of this very magazine. Seriously, her rendition of Uptown Funk has to be seen to be believed and not necessarily in a good way. You might want to catch the real thing instead. He plays Sheffield this month.

Sheffield Arena 0114 256 5656 sheffieldarena.co.uk

May 30th

Ron Sexsmith

A Canadian singer-songwriter who cites Ray Davies as an inspiration... in Holmfirth? Well, stranger things have happened. ‘I think my sound has always been a combination of the folk singers and British Invasion artists I’ve always admired,’ says Ron, whose latest album The Last Rider, was released in April.

Picturedrome, Holmfirth 08444 780 898 picturedrome.net

May 4th

Walter Trout

What is it with bluesmen and their stubborn refusal to meet the Grim Reaper? Wilko Johnson, I’m happy to report, is still going strong after being told he had 10 months to live in 2012. Then there is the brilliantly named Walter Trout, who, after a life-saving liver transplant, has now resumed his on-stage career and appears this month at Sheffield City Hall. If you’re not into the blues, you might not know Trout’s name. If you are, though, you definitely will. Walter has worked with Percy Mayfield, John Lee Hooker and Joe Tex, among many others and was named sixth best guitarist of all time in a BBC radio listeners poll.

Sheffield City Hall 0114 278 9789 sheffieldcityhall.co.uk

May 18th

KT Tunstall

Her first album — 2004’s Eye to the Telescope, which includes the songs Other Side of the World and Suddenly I See — is still probably KT Tunstall’s best work but she has a new album out called Kin which has gone Top 10 in the charts. Here’s a chance to see her live before her appearance at the Platform Festival in York in July.

Harrogate Theatre 01423502116 harrogatetheatre.co.uk

COMEDY

May 11th

John Richardson: Old Man

The 8 Out of 10 Cats star is now married, has become a dad and gets the Mickey taken out of him each week on TV by Jimmy Carr. All of these things can age you prematurely, which is presumably the theme of Richardson’s new stand-up show. He’s also appearing at the Grand Theatre & Opera House in Leeds on May 14th.

Harrogate Theatre 01423502116 harrogatetheatre.co.uk

JAZZ

May 4th

Clare Teal Mini Big Band

Isn’t Clare Teal known as ‘Yorkshire’s first lady of jazz’? If she isn’t, she should be. We love a bit of Teal here at Yorkshire Life so it’s good to see her in concert with her mini big band, singing songs by the likes of Cole Porter, Billy Strayhorn, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Tim Rice and even Sting. Next month, Clare will be appearing at the Grassington Festival with the Hollywood Orchestra.

Harrogate Theatre 01423502116 harrogatetheatre.co.uk

MUSICALS

May 4th-13th

Tommy

The Who’s rock opera about that deaf, dumb and blind kind who sure plays a mean pinball. It also appears at the Sheffield Crucible next month.

West Yorkshire Playhouse 0113 213 7700 wyp.org.uk

May 30th-July 8th

Mamma Mia!

Mamma Mia is a curious beast. It’s set in Greece with music by a Swedish songwriting duo, and the plot is more convoluted than an IKEA self-assembly instruction. When I first saw the film version I had a violent reaction to it — the same one experienced by critic Mark Kermode. For the first 20 minutes I sat there stunned, mouth open in abject horror, thinking it was the worst movie I had ever seen and wondering if gnawing off my own arm might be more fun than watching what was happening on screen.

But then, about 30 minutes in, something strange happened: I started enjoying myself. Maybe it was Meryl Streep’s version of the title track that did it or the ultra-boisterous rendition of Dancing Queen, which you need a heart of stone not to love. Whatever, by the time the end credits rolled, I was walking on a cloud despite Pierce Brosnan butchering Abba’s SOS three quarters of the way through the movie.

Kermode experienced the same mid-movie epiphany. ‘Mamma Mia is terrible,’ he said, ‘but you come out the other side thinking it’s strangely wonderful.’

Which brings me to the stage version that spawned the film and which now turns up in Leeds for a six-week run. That’s a long. old time but the people in charge of the Grand Theatre & Opera House obviously know that it will do brisk business every night. That’s because Mamma Mia! isn’t just a crowd-pleaser. It was popular before the movie came out but now it’s a cultural phenomenon in dungarees. So put on your stack heels and flared jumpsuits (metaphorically speaking, that is) and prepare to meet your Waterloo.

Grand Theatre & Opera House, Leeds 0844 848 2700 leedsgrandtheatre.com

FESTIVALS

May 15th-20th

York International Shakespeare Festival

The second York International Shakespeare Festival features two of Shakey’s plays on the Theatre Royal’s main stage (Romeo and Juliet and Twelfth Night), various bard-related productions in the theatre’s Studio, and a series of talks at York University.

Various venues, York 01904 623568 yorktheatreroyal.co.uk

May 27th-June 10th

Swaledale Festival

The walking, art and music festival returns and includes The Albion String Quartet, folk duo The Unthanks, Zulu Tradition (if they don’t get you up and dancing, nothing will), the Society of Strange Instruments, Vimala Rowe and John Etheridge, choral music octet VOCES8 and 2016 BBC Young Musician of the Year winner Sheku Kanneh-Mason & the Kanneh-Mason Trio. Best log onto the website for the full programme.

Various venues 01748 880019 swaledale-festival.org.uk

May 27th & 28th

Malton Food Lovers Festival

Malton’s reputation as a foodie town continues, partly thanks to this annual event with street food, stalls, demos, talks and tastings. This year, the celeb contingent includes Levi Roots and cookery queen Prue Leith (recently named as the replacement for Mary Berry on the upcoming Channel 4 version of The Great British Bake-off).

Malton Town Centre 01653 693817 maltonyorkshire.co.uk

May 26th-29th

Beverley & East Riding Early Music Festival

It’s the 30th anniversary of the BEMF which this year features a new exhibition at Beverley Minster of illustrated music manuscripts from the workshop of late 15th century scribe, composer and singer Petrus Alamire (which runs until July 16th). The Tallis Scholars, The Carnival Band and the orchestral ensemble La Serenissima also appear.

Various venues 01904 658338 ncem.co.uk/bemf

BALLET

May 12th-13th

Birmingham Royal Ballet

The BRB presents a triple bill of ballet including Kenneth MacMillan’s Solitaire, Hans van Manen’s 5 Tangos and Pineapple Poll, a Gilbert and Sullivan-inspired piece by John Cranko and Sir Charles Mackerras.

Theatre Royal, York 01904 623568 yorktheatreroyal.co.uk

FOR CHILDREN

May 3rd-7th

Gangsta Granny

David Walliams’ funny-sad story about a boy who is thrilled to discover that his boring old granny is, in fact, an OAP thief who has designs to rip off the crown jewels, with his help of course.

Grand Theatre & Opera House, Leeds 0844 848 2700 leedsgrandtheatre.com

May 2nd-6th

Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox

Roald Dahl’s dynamic story for kids (you may remember the movie, with the title role voiced by George Clooney), adapted for the stage by Sam Holcroft. It’s a flagship production for Dahl’s centenary celebrations.

Sheffield 0114 249 6000 sheffieldtheatres.co.uk

CLASSICAL MUSIC

May 5th

Alauda Quartet

The Quartet which formed at London’s Royal Academy of Music in 2011 is making their debut performance at Bradford Cathedral as part of the 29th Chamber Season, with a programme of Haydn, Mozart and Mendelssohn.

Bradford Cathedral 01274 432000 bradford-theatres.co.uk

May 6th

Royal Northern Sinfonia

The UK’s only full-time chamber orchestra — founded nearly 60 years ago — plays Tchaikovsky’s fifth and Brahms Violin Concerto. Featuring Jennifer Pike, the youngest-ever winner of the BBC’s Young Musician of the Year, on violin.

Ripon Cathedral 01423502116 harrogatetheatre.co.uk

EXHIBITION

April 22nd-June 3rd

Royal Photographic Society International Print Exhibition 159

The longest-running exhibition of its kind in the world (it was established in 1854), with entries from amateurs and professionals. The judges include Russ O’Connell, picture editor of The Sunday Times Magazine and the award-winners include Saltaire-based photographer Carolyn Mendelssohn.

Barnsley Civic 01226 327000 barnsleycivic.co.uk

EVENTS

Until September 3rd

The Missing Passenger

Train travel is often associated with intrigue and crime. Just ask the passengers of Southern Rail. Intrigue because it’s a total mystery when their train will appear and crime because, while waiting for it, they must feel like committing murder.

In the movies, trains are dangerous places to be. In fact, you can’t spend more than five minutes on a train without being repeatedly stabbed (Murder on the Orient Express), garroted by a SPECTRE agent (From Russia with Love), kidnapped by fascists (The Lady Vanishes), approached by a psycho (Strangers on Train), witnessing a killing (The Girl on the Train) or being seduced by an ice-cool blonde (North By Northwest). Although — speaking from personal experience — that last one almost never happens on the Northern Rail service from Gargrave to Crossflatts (calling at Steeton and Silsden).

Anyway, all of this fictional on-board law breaking has prompted the National Railway Museum to set up a new exhibition trail called The Missing Passenger as part of its Mystery on Rails season. The trail has been designed by artist and director Geraldine Pilgrim, famous for transforming the derelict Midland Grand Hotel at St Pancras Station. She’s now used the museum’s vintage railway carriages and original station platforms to create the ultimate whodunit game during which visitors study photographs and descriptions of eight passengers, search for clues around the scene of the crime, investigate the suspects and end up in a perfect recreation of a 1930s waiting room to unmask a murderer.

The Mystery on Rails season includes various activities, events and workshops. ‘Trains are exciting, exotic and glamorous locations to set a crime story,’ says Amy Banks, the NRM’s head of exhibitions and design, who has plainly never travelled on a cross-Pennine train to Manchester. ‘Real-life stories of crime on the railways have, and continue to be, fascinating backdrops for writers to explore the darker side of society.’ Hmmm. Then again, maybe she has.

National Railway Museum, York 
08448 153139 nrm.org.uk

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