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What’s On in Yorkshire during May 2018

PUBLISHED: 11:45 30 April 2018

Giuseppe Penone: A Tree in the Wood at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Giuseppe Penone: A Tree in the Wood at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

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Events and entertainment around the county chosen for you by Tony Greenway

FESTIVALS

May 11th–19th

Sheffield Chamber Music Festival

A top line-up of classical talent heads on over to steel city for this year’s festival, including Catrin Finch, Marcus du Sautoy, Katarina Kameus, Peter Hill, Seckou Keita and Roderick Williams.

Various venues, Sheffield 0114 249 6000 sheffieldtheatres.co.uk

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May 14th-22nd

Leeds Piano Festival

The Leeds International Piano Competition presents the first of an annual Leeds Piano Festival, featuring the event’s past winners and alumni, including Lars Vogt, Alessio Bax and Sunwook Kim.

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

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May 26th–June 9th

Swaledale Festival

The Swaledale Festival has classical music at its heart but that said, tends to offer something for everyone, including folk, brass band, jazz and world music too, not to mention poetry, film, dance, drama, comedy, workshops, masterclasses, exhibitions and children’s events. Go to the website for a full run-down.

Various venues 01748 880019 swaledale-festival.org.uk

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May 11th-13th

Grand Northern Ukulele Festival

The award-winning festival returns to Huddersfield, featuring top ukulele players and workshops.

Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield 01484 430528 thelbt.org and northernuke.com

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THEATRE

May 4th-19th

The Be All And End All

Imogen Stubbs stars in the world premiere of a new play written by her off-stage partner, the actor and director Jonathan Guy Lewis. At the time of writing, details are scarce but it’s billed as a contemporary drama about a family ‘torn apart by a hunger for success and fear of failure’ for their exam-sitting son.

York Theatre Royal 01904 623568 yorktheatreroyal.co.uk

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May 22nd–26th

Monogamy

Wherever did writer Torben Betts get the inspiration for this comedy? The plot is about a celebrity chef who, at first glance, has it all. Yet ‘underneath the immaculate furnishings, studio lighting and away from the glare of the ever-present cameras (she) must face the looming collision of living a private life in the public eye’. Betts kick-started his career as resident writer at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in the late Nineties while Janie Dee – an Ayckbourn regular — stars in the lead.

York Theatre Royal 01904 623568 yorktheatreroyal.co.uk

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May 21st–26th

The Play Where Everything Goes Wrong

And it does, too, but in hugely entertaining way. This beautifully choreographed piece of slapstick from Mischief Theatre about a useless Polytechnic Drama Society staging a 1920s murder mystery has won rave reviews. Put it like this, even the critic from the Daily Mail liked it.

Hull New Theatre 01482 300306 hulltheatres.co.uk

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May 12th–June 9th

The Girl on the Train

Now this is interesting. Paula Hawkins’ supercharged thriller sold more than 20 million copies around the world when it was published in 2015. Then, in 2016 it was turned into a so-so movie starring Emily Blunt, which shifted the location from the UK to the USA losing some of its punch along the way. Now here’s the world premiere of the stage version, which apparently returns the action to Britain. It’s been adapted by Duncan Abel and

Rachel Wagstaff. She wrote the acclaimed Flowers for Mrs Harris and also adapted Sebastian Faulks’ Birdsong.

West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds 0113 213 7700 wyp.org.uk

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May 29th–June 2nd

This House

James Graham’s political satire set in the 1970s did rather well at the National and in the West End. Now it’s touring and, after appearing in Leeds earlier this year, pitches up in Sheffield. It features a live band on stage playing music from the era.

Lyceum, Sheffield 0114 249 6000 sheffieldtheatres.co.uk

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May 25th and 26th

The Woman Who Cooked Her Husband

Debbie Isitt is probably best known for Nativity, her rather fine Christmas comedy (and its two rather less impressive sequels). She also writes plays although this sharp stage comedy, which she cooked up in 1992, might not be to everyone’s taste.

Square Chapel, Halifax 01422 349422 squarechapel.co.uk

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MUSICALS

May 31st–June 3rd

Mamma Mia

Presumably by now I don’t have to tell you what Mamma Mia is about, or who wrote the music (OK: it’s by Benny and Bjorn from Abba. Where have you been for the last 19 years?). If you can’t get down to London to see it, letting the touring show come to you is the next best thing.

Hull New Theatre 01482 300306 hulltheatres.co.uk

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May 21st-26th

Titanic: The Musical

Look, there’s no denying that this show won armfuls of awards and loads of critical acclaim on Broadway. But — and admittedly I haven’t seen it — I can’t get past the fact that it’s a musical. You know, about the Titanic. Oh, and by the way, it’s not an adaptation of the Winslet/DiCaprio movie.

Lyceum, Sheffield 0114 249 6000 sheffieldtheatres.co.uk

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May 23rd–25th

Kiss Me Kate

Opera North presents Cole Porter’s jaunty musical, featuring Brush Up Your Shakespeare, Too Darn Hot, So in Love and Always True to You in My Fashion.

Leeds Grand Theatre 0844 848 2720 operanorth.co.uk

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GIGS

May 1st

Don McLean

No, people over 50, not the man from Crackerjack (that’s Don Maclean). Instead, it’s the iconic American singer-songwriter and it’s worth going to see him even if it’s just to hear him play American Pie and Vincent live, which he must be contractually obliged to perform.

Victoria Theatre, Halifax 01422 351158 victoriatheatre.co.uk

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May 24th

Gary Barlow

Take that, Halifax. Or, at least, take one third of Take That. If you can’t get a ticket for this gig (it’s sold out, apparently) then you might be luckier next month when Gazza comes to Scarborough Open Air Theatre.

Victoria Theatre, Halifax 01422 351158 victoriatheatre.co.uk

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May 7th

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds

Who would have thought it? Noel Gallagher — still doing very nicely, thank you — now has competition from little brother Liam, who released a critically and commercially successful album called As You Were after years in the post-Oasis musical wilderness. Put it this way, Noel’s last album, Who Built the Moon?, went to number 1 in the UK. But so did Liam’s. With their feuding at fever pitch, it’s like Blur and — dare I say it — Oasis, all over again.

First Direct Arena, Leeds 0844 248 1585 firstdirectarena.com

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May 10th

Wilko Johnson (with special guest Hugh Cornwell)

It seems the ex-Dr Feelgood guitarist is back in rude health and back In Leeds this time with former Stranglers’ frontman Hugh Cornwell in support.

Leeds Stylus 08444 780 898 thegigcartel.com

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May 19th

Happy Mondays

Hearing that the Happy Mondays are playing Doncaster Racecourse on May 19th ‘after the racing’ is a bit like finding out that the Sex Pistols are playing Henley-on-Thames ‘after the polo’. Seriously? Is this the same edgy, establishment-shunning Madchester band discovered by the late impresario and record label maestro, Tony Wilson, who blistered up the UK pop charts with Step On and Kinky Afro in the 1990s? The ones with the massive-selling albums entitled Pills ‘n’ Thrills and Bellyaches and Squirrel and G-Man Twenty Four Hour Party People Plastic Face Carnt Smile (White Out)?

Well, yes it is and yes they are. Don’t get me wrong. I’m glad the Mondays are back and everything, even if I’m questioning their choice of venue although somehow I doubt we’ll be seeing Sean Ryder (the frontman) and Bez (er... whatever it is that he does) all done up in their racing finery and sloshing down champagne and oysters.

Doncaster Racecourse 0844 249 1000 vmstickets.co.uk/

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ART

May 4th–September 2nd

The Sea is the Limit

An exhibition of international artists’ images exploring issues of immigration, migration, refugees, integration and borders.

York Art Gallery, 01904 687687 yorkartgallery.org.uk

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May 26th–28th April 2019

Giuseppe Penone: A Tree in the Wood

The Yorkshire Sculpture Park is the perfect place for an exhibition showcasing the art of a celebrated Italian sculptor who has always been captivated by nature. Includes work from the late 1960s to present day.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park 01924 832631 ysp.org.uk

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EXHIBITIONS

19th - 20th

French Property Exhibition

A must for any potential French home buyer. The exhibition brings together estate agents, developers, solicitors, currency specialists and other professionals covering every aspect of buying in France. Whichever region you are interested in and whatever your budget, it’s the perfect opportunity to find your perfect property.

Wetherby Racecourse, www.frenchpropertyexhibition.com

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