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What’s on in Yorkshire during November

PUBLISHED: 09:35 01 November 2017 | UPDATED: 15:42 14 November 2017

The Last Shadow Puppets, best vinyl art

The Last Shadow Puppets, best vinyl art

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Entertainment and events around the region chosen for you by Tony Greenway

FESTIVALS

 

November 1st-16th

Leeds International Film Festival

The full programme was only announced on the day we went to press – but the LIFF has long been a major event in the UK film calendar. Log onto the website for full details.

Various venues 0113 378 5999

leedsfilm.com

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November 2nd-22nd

Hull Comedy Festival

The festival which has been bringing the funny to Hull for 10 years now, returns with big name stand-up stars, family-friendly shows and the Hullarious (geddit?) Free Fringe.

Various venues hullcomedy.co.uk

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November 18th-December 23rd

Castle Howard at Christmas: Angels on High

There are people – wonderful, happy, warm people – who think that Christmas is a tinsel-strewn, stress-free, caring, sharing season of love, peace, joy and harmony. And of course they are completely entitled to their opinion.

But they are wrong.

They also wish that every day could be Christmas Day, and there’s evidence to suggest that this might soon be happening. For example, in 2015, Yuletide festivities began just after Halloween, if memory serves. This year I swear I saw a Christmas advert on the TV in early October. Which means that at some point you’re going to walk into a department store in August and Merry Christmas Everybody by Slade will be playing over the sound system; and, of course, you’ll have no choice but to run amok down the home furnishings aisle using a string of fairy lights as a garrotte – and no court in the land will be able to convict you.

Last year, after constant nagging from the kids, our house suffered from a nasty case of premature decoration: I gave in and put up the tree and decked the hall with boughs of holly on December 3rd just to keep them quiet. This year, if I want to see a home festooned with Christmas swag in November, I shall visit Castle Howard, which does it all bigger, grander and altogether more tastefully than anywhere I’ve ever seen.

Oh, I should also point out that – despite there still being weeks to go – there are quite a few Christmas events you can go to this month, should you wish: Harrogate Christmas Market (16th-19th); St Nicholas Fair in York (November 16th-December 22nd); Ripon Cathedral’s Christmas Gift and Food Fair (25th) and The Hepworth Wakefield Christmas Market (24th- 26th).

Bah – and possibly humbug.

01653 648333 castlehoward.co.uk

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EVENTS

November 26th

George Costigan in Conversation with Willy Russell

Actor and now novelist George Costigan talks to playwright Willy ‘Educating Rita’ Russell. We’re not sure who’ll be interviewing who or if they’ll simply be chatting to one another... but who cares, frankly? It’s going to be an entertaining evening whatever happens.

Square Chapel, Halifax 01422 349422

squarechapel.co.uk

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ART

 

November 4th-5th

Leeds Print Fair

Get this year’s Christmas presents sorted early at the Leeds Print Fair at the Leeds Corn Exchange. With prices starting from as little as £5, there’s a wide choice of prints and textiles that all make distinctive and original Christmas presents.

Leeds Corn Exchange leedsprintfair.co.uk

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November 11th - January 20th 2018

Best Art Vinyl

What’s the best record cover in the history of music?

You’ll have your own favourites, but here are just a few of mine: Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon (obviously); The Doors (by The Doors); Nightclubbing by Grace Jones; Rio by Duran Duran; Lovesexy by Prince; Heroes by David Bowie (in fact anything by David Bowie with the possible exception of Never Let Me Down); Nirvana’s Nevermind; Country Life by Roxy Music (although please don’t tell my wife); Blue Train by John Coltrane; Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and Abbey Road, both by the Beatles; Goodbye Yellow Brick Road by Elton John; Blur’s Parklife; and Steptacular by Steps (no, of course not. I’m only joking about that one).

The things they all have in common, apart from the Steps LP, are that they are cool, iconic and instantly recognisable. And possibly a bit rude in some cases.

These days, though, album cover art doesn’t have the same immediate between-the-eyes appeal, largely because LPs don’t sell in the volumes they once did. In the age of iTunes and Spotify, who remembers the picture that comes with your download?

Then again, this exhibition held every year, seeks to prove that LP art is still a vibrant and creative force to be reckoned with. Last year it featured the 50 best covers from albums released in 2016 including The Last Shadow Puppets’ Everything You’ve Come to Expect and More; Bowie’s Blackstar; They Can’t Touch Us Now by Madness; and Leonard Cohen’s You Want it Darker (The Last Shadow Puppets won for their cover art, which features an incredible image of Tina Turner from 1969).

So here we go again: here’s the Best Art Vinyl 2017 exhibition – showing simultaneously in Barnsley, Bologna and Budapest – featuring the 50 best album covers from this year, and you’ll have a chance to vote for your favourite. The show also takes a retrospective look at some of the best LP art from its last 12 years, plus it will include LPs from musicians ‘either from or living in Barnsley including Saxon, Rolo Tomassi, The Black Lamps, Groove Armada and The Unthanks.’

The Civic, Barnsley, 01226 327000

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Until January 7th

Turner & the Whale

Three of JMW Turner’s whaling scenes and a maritime scene are on loan from the Tate and can be viewed in this exhibition alongside Hull’s own whaling collections.

Maritime Museum, Hull 01482 300300 hullcc.gov.uk

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November 30th 

Berwins Salon North - Evolution

The second event in the latest Berwins Salon North series is inspired by Evolution. Join authors Michael Brooks and Dr Tiffany Watt-Smith, along with founding CEO of ClientEarth, poet and Zen priest, James Thornton for a mind stretching evening.

The Crown Hotel Harrogate harrogateinternationalfestivals.com/hif/salonnorth-evolution

 

DANCE

 

November 7th-11th

Tango Moderno

It takes two to tango: specifically Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace, the Strictly Come Dancing and West End stage duo, appearing here in a new, fiery, rose-between-the-teeth stage spectacular.

The Alhambra, Bradford

01274 432000 bradford-theatres.co.uk

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MUSICALS

 

November 7th-December 2nd

Fat Friends: The Musical

Leeds’ very own TV scriptwriting powerhouse Kay Mellor has turned her old drama series about fanatical slimmers into a new musical. See our interview with her this month.

Leeds Grand Theatre

0844 848 2720 operanorth.co.uk

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November 20th-25th

Hairspray

John Walters’ comedy film – which took some big, serious themes about the struggle for racial equality and the importance of being yourself – was turned into a not-very-serious smash hit musical stuffed full of catchy songs. The show comes to Sheffield in January and Hull in April.

The Alhambra, Bradford

01274 432000 bradford-theatres.co.uk

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November 22nd-November 26th

Nativity

This stage musical started life as an entertaining comedy film with Martin Freeman as a primary school teacher who leads his pupils to believe that a bigshot Hollywood producer is coming to see their nativity play. It was all rather endearing and, incredibly, a big success. Mind you, the sequels – Danger in the Manger (starring David Tennant) and Dude, Where’s My Donkey (starring Martin Clunes) – were every bit as bad as they sound. No wonder this production sticks firmly to the plot of the first movie.

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

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November 7th-11th

Son of a Preacher Man

This new musical featuring the songs of Dusty Springfield has been directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood. It’s been out on tour since September and the judges’ scores are in. Is it fab-u-lous? Or a disaster, darhhhling? Well, the general consensus is that the story isn’t much cop, but the choreography and – of course – the fantastic songs just about save it. Dusty fans: if you miss it in Hull you can see it in Bradford in June.

Hull New Theatre 01482 300306

hulltheatres.co.uk

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November 7th-11th

Crazy for You

The soundtrack of this monster musical isn’t a surprise: it features American songbook classics including I Got Rhythm, They Can’t Take That Away From Me and Embraceable You. No, the real shocker is the casting of Caroline Flack – yes, her from X Factor and Love Island – in a lead role... although, thinking about it, Flack did convincingly strut her stuff on Strictly a few years ago, as did her co-star in this production, Tom Chambers.

The Lyceum, Sheffield 0114 249 6000

sheffieldtheatres.co.uk

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CLASSICAL

 

November 25th

Orchestra of Opera North

Here’s a turn up for the books: the Orchestra of Opera North perform Elgar’s In the South. You can also expect Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis by Vaughan Williams, Hymnus Paradisi by Herbert Howells and the Peterloo Overture by Malcolm Arnold.

Leeds Town Hall 0844 848 2720

operanorth.co.uk

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November 4th

Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius

Sir Mark Elder, no less, conducts The Hallé Orchestra and a line-up of soloists.

York Minster 01751 475777

ryedalefestival.com

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November 11th

The Organist Entertains

The Organist Entertains has been running for almost 50 years on BBC radio. Here, its presenter, Nigel Ogden, appears at the Penistone Paramount ‘to put the Mighty Compton Cinema Pipe Organ through its paces’.

Penistone Paramount 01226 767532

penistoneparamount.co.uk

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GIGS

 

November 24th

Chris Rea

Gravel voiced blues-rock from the Middlesborough singer-songwriter who has been dogged with ill health in recent years (pancreatic cancer, diabetes and a stroke) but who refuses to stop playing and touring. On the Beach, Fool (If You Think It’s Over), Auberge, Josephine, Julia, The Road to Hell, Let’s Dance... the hits just keep tumbling out of him.

Harrogate Convention Centre 01423 502116

harrogateconventioncentre.co.uk

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November 24th

Phil Collins

So where are we now with Phil Collins? For years, we were told the public rejected him and his all his works (despite his 100 million-plus album sales suggesting the opposite). Then, when he came out of retirement last year to announce some live dates, tickets sold out in five minutes flat. And Phil is the proud owner of seven Grammys, two Golden Globes, one Oscar and 14 top 40 hits (and that’s before we start talking about Genesis). So, really, he must have done something right...

Sheffield Arena 0114 256 5656

sheffieldarena.co.uk

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November 6th

Jon Boden

The former frontman of folk juggernaut Bellowhead strikes out on his own, kicking off a UK tour at the excellent Pocklington Arts Centre (it’s a very good place to start).

The Pocklington Arts Centre 01759 301547

pocklingtonartscentre.co.uk

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November 25th

Shalamar

Wow. Are Shalamar still going? Well, yes (although Jodie Watley from the classic line-up is no longer in the band) and they’re still playing their greatest hits: I Can Make You Feel Good, There It Is and – of course – A Night To Remember.

Sheffield Foundry 0114 222 8777

foundrysu.com

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November 19th

Hazel O’Connor

Attention people of a certain age: the post-punk singer best known for the movie Breaking Glass and the songs Will You and Eighth Day performs on stage ‘with a full electric band’.

Sheffield Foundry 0114 222 8777

foundrysu.com

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November 25th & 26th

The South

The band made up of former members of The Beautiful South are in Holmfirth to perform their biggest hits (Rotterdam, Don’t Marry Her, Perfect 10, etc). They’ll also be appearing at Halifax’s Victoria Theatre on November 2nd and Plug Sheffield on November 18th. Meanwhile, Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott – the Beautiful South’s most famous ex-members – play the rather bigger Sheffield Arena on December 9th.

Holmfirth Picturedrome 08444 780898

picturedrome.net

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November 11th

Alice Cooper

Despite his ghoulish, OTT on-stage appearance (charcoal eyes, blood dripping from his mouth, terrifying sneer), Alice Cooper is a rather genteel sort and – seriously – was a firm friend and golf partner of the late, great Ronnie Corbett. Alice will be in full frothing mode in Sheffield this month, though, playing his greatest hits and more.

First Direct Arena, Leeds 0844 248 1585

firstdirectarena.com

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THEATRE

 

November 13th-18th

Hedda Gabler

Before he wrote the hit plays Dealer’s Choice, Closer, and Don Juan in Soho, Patrick Marber was probably best known for playing hapless journalist Peter O’Hanrahanrahan on spoof news show The Day Today. Now, what with all the theatrical success he’s notched up, he has bigger fish to fry – like this new production of the Ibsen classic, which took the National Theatre by storm earlier this year.

Hull New Theatre 01482 300306

hulltheatres.co.uk

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November 14th-18th

For Love or Money

Blake Morrison’s version of Lesage’s Turcaret is your last chance to see Barrie Rutter in his final acting role with Northern Broadsides. He started the company 25 years ago and leaves it next year.

Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

01723 370541 sjt.uk.com

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November 22nd-25th

Waiting for Godot

Bristol’s Tobacco Factory Theatres presents its first major solo production: Samuel Beckett’s most famous work about two friends waiting for the arrival of the mysterious Godot, who is destined never to show up.

Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

01723 370541 sjt.uk.com

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November 29th-January 21st

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

The WYP doesn’t do panto: but it does always put on a fabulous Christmas show. This year, you’re invited to clamber into the back of the wardrobe for a production of the CS Lewis classic, directed and devised by Sally Cookson.

West Yorkshire Playhouse 0113 213 7700

wyp.org.uk

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November 14th-18th

Rita, Sue and Bob Too

Max Stafford-Clark directed the original production of Andrea Dunbar’s semi-autobiographical play when it opened at the Royal Court Theatre in the early 1980s (it was later turned into a cult film with George Costigan). Now Stafford-Clark is back to co-direct this production: two teenage babysitters have an affair with a married man.

York Theatre Royal 01904 623568

yorktheatreroyal.co.uk

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November 21st-25th

Wait Until Dark

The film with Audrey Hepburn – as a blind woman menaced by killers – was unforgettably creepy. Here’s a new stage production Jack Ellis (from Prime Suspect and Bad Girls) and Oliver Mellor (Coronation Street) which does its level best to crank up the fear factor.

York Theatre Royal 01904 623568

yorktheatreroyal.co.uk

 

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