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What’s On in Yorkshire during October 2018

PUBLISHED: 11:54 01 October 2018 | UPDATED: 11:54 01 October 2018

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


October 23rd


‘Doctor, doctor – I’ve just seen Suggs walking up my garden path. Is this the first sign of Madness?’ (Oh, please yourselves.) The nutty boy frontman returns to talk about vertigo on the roof of Buckingham Palace, nearly blowing the closing ceremony of the Olympics and the embarrassing stuff that happened at Glastonbury. Also playing Northallerton on the 20th and Scarborough on the 21st.

King’s Hall, Ilkley 01274 432000


October 24th

Joanna Lumley

She’s been a model, a Bond girl (sort of: she had a cough and a spit in On Her Majesty’s’ Secret Service), Ken Barlow’s girlfriend in Corrie, a New Avenger (her Purdey bob was copied the world over), a Bolly-swigging comedy icon in Absolutely Fabulous and an ITV travel presenter. Now the divine Miss L is taking to the stage to recount tales from her 50-year career; also appearing at the First Direct Arena on October 26th and York Barbican on October 28th.

Sheffield City Hall 01142 789789


October 19th

An Evening with Jean-Claude Van Damme

Yes, you read that right. That’s an ENTIRE evening with Belgian straight-to-video action star Jean-Claude Van Damme, who gave us the bottom shelf movies Time Cop, Universal Soldier, Double Impact, Hard Target and Street Fighter, even though we didn’t ask for them.

If that sounds strange to you (just to recap: if you buy a ticket for this event you’re in for AN EVENING WITH JEAN-CLAUDE VAN DAMME!) then I couldn’t agree more. But we live in strange times. In case you’ve forgotten, the current top-rated show on TV actively encourages lots of single people on a Spanish island to get frisky with one another; Nigel Farage and George Galloway have their own radio phone-in shows; the MP for Somerset appears to be an Edwardian time-traveller, and an orange reality star is currently in residence in the White House. Put like that, an evening with the Muscles from Brussels (which is comprised of a 60-minute on-stage interview and then a 20-minute Q&A with the audience) seems entirely normal. The blurb for the event says: ‘This is going to be an unbelievable night.’ And that’s certainly true. I’ve logged on to the Sheffield Arena website to confirm that it’s actually happening – and I still don’t believe it.

Sheffield Arena 0114 256 5656



Various dates throughout October & November

The Thankful Village

A ‘thankful village’ was a community which lost no men in the Great War because everyone who left for the trenches miraculously survived and returned home. Sadly, these places were rare after 1918; in fact there were just 52 of them in England and Wales. To commemorate 100 years since the end of World War One, the strolling players of Badapple Theatre return to a venue near (or near-ish) you with this acclaimed Yorkshire-set drama.

Various venues 01423 339168


October 12th–November 3rd


This is an apt drama for our times although (perhaps mercifully) it has nothing to do with Brexit. In fact, David Greig wrote the play back in the 1990s, at the height of the Balkan war. The location is a small European border town where ‘foreigners’ passing through mix with the locals who have always been there.

Pop-Up Theatre, Leeds Playhouse 0113 213 7700


Until October 6th

Better Off Dead

Alan Ayckbourn’s latest play – his 82nd – is billed as “a comedy of confusion” and focuses on the unspooling life of an irascible author.

Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough 01723 370541


October 9th-11th


‘O, beware, my lord, of jealousy. It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock the meat it feeds on.’ English Touring Theatre brings this critically acclaimed production of the Shakespeare masterpiece to Yorkshire after a well-received London run.

Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield 01484 430528


October 25th–November 10th

Jess and Joe Forever

Zoe Cooper received the Most Promising Playwright Award at the Off West End Awards 2017 for this teenage coming-of-age tale set in a seaside town. The London Evening Standard called it ‘a small play with a big heart, a romantic comedy that’s genuinely funny but also unexpectedly powerful’.

Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough 01723 370541


October 5th-13th

They Don’t Pay? We Won’t Pay!

Northern Broadsides, now under the artistic direction of Conrad Nelson after Barrie Rutter’s departure, gets to grips with Brexit Britain, updating Dario Fo’s play about working class consumers and rising prices. Steve Huison and Lisa Howard star. The production also appears this month at Hull Truck (October 23rd-27th) and then next month in Scarborough, Huddersfield and Halifax.

York Theatre Royal 01904 623568



October 2nd - 6th

Cilla: The Musical

The story of the late Cilla Black’s rise to fame has a lorra, lorra heart, and a lorra, lorra great songs. Also at the Leeds Grand on October 20th.

Lyceum, Sheffield 0114 249 6000


October 16th - 20th

The Band

Featuring the songs of Take That who are played (it says here) by Five to Five, the winners of BBC talent show Let It Shine. So get ready for Back For Good, A Million Love Songs, Relight My Fire, Shine and Rule the World, plus a storyline (from the always reliable Tim Firth) about five 16-year-old boy band-obsessed girls who reunite after 25 years and attempt to meet their musical heroes.

Lyceum, Sheffield 0114 249 6000



October 1st

Joan Armatrading

A musician who had a brief, bright moment of chart fame in the late seventies and early eighties but whose soulful voice and talent for songwriting ensured a long-lasting live career. Incredibly, this is Joan’s 46th year in the business, so expect a mix of new songs and classics. I’m hoping for Love and Affection, I’m Lucky, Me, Myself I, All the Way from America and Drop the Pilot.

Hull New Theatre 01482 300306


October 4th

Kylie Minogue

The princess of pop is so staggeringly famous that she’s become one of those rare performers – like Madonna and Beyonce – known by their first name alone. Here, though, she’s billed as ‘Kylie Minogue’, almost as if you might be confused about which Kylie might show up. She’ll be showcasing songs from her latest album, Golden, parts of which were recorded in Nashville and have a distinct country vibe.

First Direct Arena 0844 248 1585


October 15th

Level 42

Back in 1986, Level 42 were really cooking. They had a string of Top 40 hits including Lessons In Love, Leaving Me Now, Something About You, Running In The Family and Heaven in My Hands, and they played 20 sold out nights at Wembley Arena over two years (that’s a LOT of concerts by anyone’s standards). Unfortunately, four years later, they stopped cooking and the hits dried up.

Still, their pop-funk slapped bass sound remains strangely irresistible to people of a certain vintage; and – honestly – can you name a more famous bass player than chirpy frontman Mark King? (OK, yes, fair enough Paul McCartney: but you take our point). “We were trendy for about one week in 1984,” King told us once, “and then it all went pear-shaped for us. But that’s a blessing in disguise, because when you’re not trendy, you can’t really go out of fashion, can you?” Which is fair enough.

This tour features all Level 42’s hits, plus those other Eighties wonders, The Blow Monkeys, in support. Good to see both bands back on the road.

York Barbican 0844 854 2757



September 28th–October 14th

Ilkley Literature Festival

Women are taking centre stage at this year’s festival, with actress and comedian Susan Calman, poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy, fashionista Mary Portas, Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain, author Joanna Trollope and young adult fiction writer Jacqueline Wilson – creator of the Tracy Beaker books – all on the ticket. National treasure Alan Bennett is, arguably, the male star attraction – although former children’s laureate Michael Rosen, Countdown host Nick Hewer and children’s fiction writer Melvin Burgess are also appearing.

Various venues 01943 816714



October 6th–January 20th

The Hepworth Prize for Sculpture

An exhibition featuring the work of shortlisted artists competing for this £30,000 biennial award. This time, the sculptors in the frame are Michael Dean, Mona Hatoum, Phillip Lai, Magali Reus and Cerith Wyn Evans.

The Hepworth Wakefield 01924 247360


October 26th-28th


Twelve of the best emerging UK artists will be showcasing their work alongside more than 100 established creators at Yorkshire’s largest art show, the annual art&York, this month.

York Racecourse



October 11th

Ross Noble

Surreal flights of fancy come fast and furious, courtesy of the unstoppable Geordie comic. Also at Harrogate (October 19th), Sheffield (October 20th), York (October 21st), Doncaster (October 23rd) and Halifax (October 24th). If you miss any or all of those, Ross comes to Leeds in November.

Hull New Theatre 01482 300306


October 13th

Whoopi Goldberg

A genuine comedy and movie superstar comes to Leeds. Yes she’s now more famous for her appearances on The View – US TV’s version of Loose Women – but Whoopi proves that she still has the chops for stage stand-up. Expect her to take a few well-aimed swipes at you know who in the White House, too. Pretty unmissable, I’d say.

First Direct Arena 0844 248 1585


October 12th & 13th

Henning Wehn

A man who regularly spends two hours on stage undermining the myth that Germans have no sense of humour. He’s back in Yorkshire (in Harrogate and Sheffield to be precise) in February of next year.

City Varieties, Leeds 0113 243 0808


October 19th

Jeremy Hardy

Best known for his Radio 4 appearances including The News Quiz and I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue (where he demonstrates his – he won’t mind me saying – atrocious singing voice) the rather wonderful Jeremy Hardy takes his brand of stand-up to this small but beautifully formed East Yorkshire venue.

Pocklington Arts Centre 01759 301547



October 6th

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

One of Europe’s most acclaimed orchestras, here conducted by Constantinos Carydis, plays Skalkottas, Tchaikovsky, Koukos and Beethoven.

Leeds Town Hall 0113 376 0318



October 2nd, 4th, 6th, 7th, 10th & 12th

The Merry Widow

Franz Lehárs zesty operetta is a comic tour de force, with unforgettable music including Vilja Song and Merry Widow Waltz.

Leeds Grand Theatre 0844 848 2720


October 31st

Pumeza Matshikiza

The South African soprano has been called ‘the new Maria Callas’ by The Spectator and made her European debut as Mimì in Puccini’s La Bohème last year. Here she presents a repertoire including Schumann’s Frauenliebe und Leben and Strauss’ Four Last Songs.

Howard Assembly Room 0844 848 2720



October 20th

Saint Michael’s Pearl Dinner

a unique evening which shares Saint Michael’s 30 year journey through the stories through patients, families, staff and volunteers.

Pavilions of Harrogate

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