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What's On in Yorkshire during April 2019

PUBLISHED: 09:14 02 April 2019 | UPDATED: 09:14 02 April 2019

The Full Monty

The Full Monty


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


April 18th

Art Garfunkel

Sometimes you really do have to pinch yourself, because this month at York Barbican — among all the Ben Fogles and Jason Manfords and tribute bands (who are all very good, needless to say) — a real-life, bona fide legend will be turning up. Yes, Art Garfunkel — who, you might have heard, was one half of a mildly successful folk rock duo back in the 1960s — will be performing ‘an evening of songs and stories’. Wonder whatever happened to that bloke he used to sing with, though?

York Barbican 0844 854 2757 yorkbarbican.co.uk


April 12th, 13th, 15th & 16th

Take That

Here’s something that will make you feel a bit creaky: Take That are 30 years old (albeit with that post-Robbie gap in the middle when they split up for the best part of a decade). Three of them are still standing, as you doubtless know, so here they are in Sheffield with a greatest hits set to promote Odyssey, yet another greatest hits album — although this one has been (popular phrase) ‘re-imagined’. Whatever that means.

Sheffield Arena 0114 2565656 flydsaarena.co.uk/home


April 13th


The Sheffield band — which is, let’s be honest, pretty much singer Martin Fry these days — perform their bestselling 1980s album, The Lexicon of Love. That means the singles Poison Arrow, The Look Of Love, Tears Are Not Enough, and All Of My Heart will get an airing. The Southbank Sinfonia conducted by Anne Dudley will be joining Fry on stage.

Sheffield City Hall 
0114 278 9789 



April 13th

Japan Philharmonic Orchestra

The Japan Philharmonic, featuring cello soloist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, is conducted by the celebrated Pietari Inkinen. Music by Rautavaara, Elgar, Takemitsu and Sibelius.

Leeds Town Hall 0113 376 0318 leedstownhall.co.uk



April 1st–6th


Anita Dobson — yes, readers of a certain age, Angie from EastEnders and Mrs Brian May — stars as Miss Hannigan in the musical about an orphan in search of her true family.

Hull New Theatre 
01482 300306 



April 2nd-3rd


This is American choreographer Mark Morrison’s tribute to The Beatles’ era-defining 1967 album, Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Visually stunning and, of course, the music is rather splendid too...

Alhambra Theatre, Bradford 01274 432000 


April 23rd-27th

Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake

Talk about The Bourne Legacy: Matthew Bourne’s original 1996 production of Swan Lake ruffled feathers around the world when it replaced the female corps-de-ballet with a male ensemble. Now here’s a ‘reimagining’ of that same production for the 21st century.

Hull New Theatre 
01482 300306 



April 8th-13th

The Full Monty

This is the last ever Full Monty tour, apparently. You know the plot because you’ve seen the Sheffield-based film (and also this show, probably) a squillion times before: unemployed steel workers regain their dignity by taking off their clothes at a strip show (yes, I’m not sure how that works either).

The cast is of the all-star variety, and features Gary Lucy (Hollyoaks, The Bill, etc), Andrew Dunn (Corrie, Dinnerladies), Louis Emerick (Brookside, Last of the Summer Wine), Joe Gill (Emmerdale), Kai Owen (Hollyoaks again) and James Redmond (Hollyoaks yet again, and Casualty).

There’s no getting around the nudity, though; all of the above names have to take off their clothes... although, if all goes to plan, it’ll be very tasteful and won’t upset granny. ‘It is done really well on stage,’ says Dunn, ‘although you do have to trust the lighting technicians — and some venues do have slow-closing curtains.’ The mind boggles.

Hull New Theatre 
01482 300306


April 9th-28th

Around the World in 80 Days

Fogg-ness abounds in this Leeds Playhouse production of the Jules Verne classic. Can daring traveller Phileas Fogg get around the world in just 80 days? He’s helped by manservant Passepartou, and hindered by grumpy copper, Fix of the Yard.

Leeds Playhouse 0113 213 7700 leedsplayhouse.org.uk


April 11th–13th


Jon Brittain’s play centres on Alice, a young woman who is about to tell her parents that she’s gay. Her girlfriend, meanwhile, wants to transition and start living as a man. So, er, does that mean Alice is straight? A bittersweet comedy about identity politics that was a critical hit in the West End.

York Theatre Royal 01904 623568 yorktheatreroyal.co.uk


April 23rd -27th

Rough Crossing

Tom Stoppard’s madcap play set on an ocean liner, and directed by the towering talent of Rachel Kavanaugh. The cast features John Partridge (from EastEnders), Olivier-award nominee Charlie Stemp, singer and actress Issy van Randwyck, Matthew Cottle (Game On), Holby City’s Rob Ostlere and Simon ‘The Saint’ Dutton.

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


April 23rd-May 4th

Paragon Dreams

A solo show written and performed by Hester Ullyart (also known as Hester Arden), described as ‘a kaleidoscope 60-minute play where nothing is quite as you had originally imagined’.

Hull Truck 01482 323638 hulltruck.co.uk


From April 25th

The Frozen Roman

Kate Bramley’s York-headquartered rural touring company Badapple Theatre does it again — and again and again — because this new comedy has the usual full-on Badapple itinerary, playing at a small venue near you until the end of the run in mid-June.

The plot sounds brilliantly Badapple, too: the residents of a small village are up in arms when a building development threatens their quiet way of life but the discovery of an ancient Roman burial site under the local pub promises to throw them a lifeline. Any of that sound familiar?

‘(The characters) feel they are being decimated to make way for new towns,’ explains Bramley who, as usual, is the production’s writer-director. ‘It’s a subject that affects many of the places we travel to and even our own home base of Green Hammerton. There’s always a level of excitement locally when developers have to get the archaeologists in, just in case they find another part of the Roman road heading North!’

Part of the story is about migration; so Bramley asked her Kurdish musician friend Dr Nahro Zagros, who had been a refugee in Hull for a decade, to work as an advisor on the project. ‘There is a Syrian character in the show who had to flee his own country,’ says Bramley. ‘It’s an echo back to the Roman times when Syrian archers patrolled Hadrian’s Wall and Iraqi boatmen patrolled the seas at Newcastle. I suppose I wanted to discuss the fact that migration has been going on for a long time...’

We simply don’t have space to list every venue on The Frozen Roman tour — there are over 30 of them across Yorkshire — so check out the website for full details.

Across Yorkshire, Badapple Theatre 01423 339168 badappletheatre.co.uk



April 5th

Tony Slattery

Once, you couldn’t turn on your TV without seeing Tony Slattery. Was there some kind of law that compelled every director and producer to involve him in their productions in some way? It certainly seemed like it at the time.

Slattery co-starred in films (he was in big hits such as Peter’s Friends and The Crying Game — but, oh dear, also Carry on Columbus); appeared on stage (Neville’s Island and Me and My Girl); featured in TV dramas (but not Poirot, strangely); topped bills at comedy festivals (he won an Edinburgh Fringe First and the Edinburgh Comedy Award, then known as the Perrier Award); and even hosted quiz shows. He was always something of a quick-witted ad-lib king, though, and was probably best known as a regular on the comedy improv show Whose Line is It Anyway? hosted by Clive Anderson and co-starring Paul Merton.

But then... nothing. Slattery’s career just seemed to stop. In a 2006 interview with Stephen Fry (his Peter’s Friends co-star) he revealed that he had become depressed in the 1990s — a period when he was gloriously ubiquitous — and had even spent a period as a recluse.

Now here he is, phoenix-like, in Halifax with a show called Unrehearsable which ‘offers a special insight into Tony’s life, career and the demons that continue to dog his footsteps’. The blurb also says that ‘Tony is really excited to be hitting the road again. It’s been a tough comeback journey, with setbacks all along the way, but he’s ready to share with all’.

Yes, he’s older and greyer — aren’t we all — but it’s good to have him back.

Victoria Theatre, Halifax 
01422 351158 


April 9th

Seann Walsh

Comedian Seann Walsh got a lot of press from his appearance on last year’s Strictly — not all of it favourable, you may remember. Will he mention any of that in his new stand-up show? If you miss him in Leeds this month, you can catch him in Sheffield in May.

City Varieties, Leeds 
0113 243 0808 



April 14th

ET: The Extraterrestrial in Concert

Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi fantasy — about a young boy (Henry Thomas) who makes friends with a stranded alien — is simply Lassie updated. But boy, it is effective, thanks, in part, to John Williams’ moving soundtrack. This screening is made even more memorable because the music is performed live by the Czech National Symphony Orchestra while the film is projected onto a huge HD screen.

Leeds Town Hall 0113 376 0318 leedstownhall.co.uk



April 6th, 7th, 13th & 14th

York Open Studios

York’s potters, painters, jewellers and many other artists and designers open their doors to the public across two weekends. Emily Sutton, dubbed by Tatler as the next Quentin Blake, will be taking apart as usual while others include ceramicist Ruth King and Isa Denyer as well as artists Michelle Hughes and Gerard Hobson. Free entry.

Various venues across York yorkopenstudios.co.uk


Until April 14th

Michael Rothenstein

A last chance to see 90 prints by the late Michael Rothenstein, arguably the most experimental British graphic artist of the 20th century.

Dean Clough, Halifax 01422 250250 deanclough.com


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