What’s On in Yorkshire during September 2018

PUBLISHED: 08:59 31 August 2018 | UPDATED: 08:59 31 August 2018

An Inspector Calls

An Inspector Calls

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

THEATRE

September 14th-22nd

An Inspector Calls

Stephen Daldry’s spectacular production of An Inspector Calls is (to borrow a well worn phrase) coming home.

That’s because even though it officially opened at The National Theatre in London in 1992 – and has been revived various times – Daldry first directed the play at The York Theatre Royal in 1989. This is the first time this award-winning, visually spectacular show has been back to the city since that initial staging.

If you’ve seen the 1954 Alistair Sim movie version (or the 2015 BBC TV production with David Thewlis), you’ll know the stiff upper-lipped plot: a certain Inspector Goole arrives unexpectedly at the prosperous Birling family home, shattering their peaceful dinner party with his investigations into the death of a young woman.

Ironically, despite the play’s drawing room setting being frightfully, frightfully English, the very first performances of An Inspector Calls took place in the Soviet Union in 1945 because Bradford-born Priestley couldn’t find a UK theatre to stage it; and apparently, Daldry – who began his career at the Sheffield Crucible – drew inspiration for his version from those original Russian productions. It’s creepy, thrilling and extremely cinematic, as you might expect from a man who has since moved into movie-making, directing films such as The Reader, The Hours and Billy Elliott.

York Theatre Royal 01904 623568 yorktheatreroyal.co.uk

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until September 8th

The Habit of Art

Well now, this IS confusing. The Habit of Art, written by Alan Bennett, operates on various levels, and tells the story of actors rehearsing a play about a meeting between WH Auden and Benjamin Britten (which, in real life, never happened). The production’s director is probably best-known as an actor – Philip Franks, from The Darling Buds of May and Heartbeat – while the stars are Matthew Kelly (best known for Stars in Their Eyes and Game for a Laugh) and David Yelland (the actor – not the former Sun newspaper editor of the same name.) Got all of that? Good.

York Theatre Royal 01904 623568 yorktheatreroyal.co.uk

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September 28th-October 20th

Mother Courage and Her Children

It’s all change at the former West Yorkshire Playhouse, which has now changed its name to the Leeds Playhouse (quite sensibly). While the building is undergoing refurbishment, this production of the Brecht misery-fest is being staged at the Albion Electric warehouse, and stars Pauline McLynn, aka Mrs Doyle from Father Ted. It might be bleak, but it has a powerful anti-war message and you really should go to see it. Ah, go on. Go on, go on, go on...

Leeds Playhouse 0113 213 7700 leedsplayhouse.org.uk

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September 28th-October 20th

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Sheffield’s artistic director Robert Hastie directs Shakespeare’s effervescent comedy, with music from Dan Gillespie Sells (the lead singer of The Feeling who wrote the music for Everybody’s Talking About Jamie).

Crucible Theatre 0114 249 6000 sheffieldtheatres.co.uk

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Until October 4th

Joking Apart

Alan Ayckbourn wrote this classic play – about a golden couple whose perfect lives inflict misery on everyone around them – 40 years ago. ‘It was the nearest I’d got at that stage of my life to writing an autumnal play, about the sadness of getting older,’ remembers Sir A. ‘I was then approaching my 40s and feeling extremely old. I realise now, of course, that I was extremely young...’

Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough 01723 370541 sjt.uk.com

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September 12th-15th

Still Alice

Sharon Small from the Inspector Lynley Mysteries stars in this drama adapted from Lisa Genova’s best-selling novel as a woman diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s. The same material was made into a 2014 film with an Oscar-winning Julianne Moore in the lead.

Lyceum, Sheffield 0114 249 6000 sheffieldtheatres.co.uk

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Various dates in September

Revolting Women/Get Well Soon

The strolling players pitch their metaphorical tent at a venue near you, and will be performing one of two shows: Revolting Women is the suffrage story told from the point of view of Sylvia Pankhurst (Emmeline’s less well-known sister) while Get Well Soon is an apt satire about the state of – as well as a love letter to – the NHS. Check the website for full dates/details.

Various venues across Yorkshire 01484 843701 mikron.org.uk

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September 27th-October 20th

Abigail’s Party

Mike Leigh’s painfully funny comedy about the most excruciating middle class cocktail party you’ve ever seen.

Hull Truck Theatre 01482 323638 hulltruck.co.uk

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EVENTS

September 17th

Susie Dent presents The Secret Lives of Words

Countdown’s Dictionary Corner stalwart – who is mercilessly teased by Jimmy Carr in the late night ‘Eight Out of 10 Cats’ version of the show – presents a one-woman evening dedicated to words and their derivations. Susie will also recall her funniest moments on the Countdown set, ask the audience for their favourite words and sayings, and reveal the meaning of words such as ‘gruntled’ and ‘scurryfunge’ (as in: ‘I’m really gruntled about what Jimmy Carr called me the other evening. He’s a complete scurryfunge.’)

King’s Hall, Ilkley 01274 432000 bradford-theatres.co.uk

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September 19th-23rd

Cirque du Soleil

This extravaganza from the Canadian live entertainment troupe is ‘a celebration of nature and co-existence’ and has played to more than five million people since its premiere in 2009.

First Direct Arena 0844 248 1585 firstdirectarena.com

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September 6th-15th

Leeds International Piano Competition

Twenty four of the world’s finest pianists compete over eight days. The first six days are held at the University of Leeds, the finals take place at the Town Hall on the 14th and 15th.

University of Leeds & Leeds Town Hall 0113 376 0318 leedstownhall.co.uk

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September 27th

Our Finest Hour

In the run-up to Remembrance Day, the BBC Big Band and singer Annie Gill ‘celebrate the songs that won the war’ from We’ll Meet Again, The White Cliffs of Dover and A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square to Glenn Miller hits and The Dam Busters March. Presented by Kevin ‘Lewis’ Whately.

Leeds Town Hall 0113 376 0318 leedstownhall.co.uk

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COMEDY

September 25th

The Horne Section

Alex Horne and the Horne Section are regulars on Cats Does Countdown – the rude late night version of the words and numbers game – who approach their comedy stylings in a brilliantly inventive and beautifully perverse way. A surreal, strange, must-see musical cabaret.

City Varieties, Leeds 0113 243 0808 cityvarieties.co.uk

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CONCERTS

September 1st

Barry Manilow

A concert that’s so ripe it really should be presented as part of the Yorkshire Dales Cheese Festival. You must have known what you were letting yourself in for when you bought your ticket: but just in case you didn’t, we reckon it’s possible that, at one point in the evening, Barry will sing Copacabana while wearing a frilly shirt with enormous ruffled sleeves. Before you mock: he’s one of the most successful singer-songwriters of his age. He also sold a lot more records than you.

First Direct Arena 0844 248 1585 firstdirectarena.com

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September 30th

Jason Derulo

A rescheduled date for the US singer-songwriter who’s been on the scene since 2009 and sold over 30 million singles.

First Direct Arena, Leeds 0844 248 1585 firstdirectarena.com

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September 18th, 19th, 21st & 22nd

Arctic Monkeys

I was going to say that this series of Sheffield gigs are right on the doorstep for the boys from High Green – although, actually, lead singer/songwriter Alex Turner and drummer Matt Helders live in Los Angeles these days. So maybe not quite so close then. The Monkeys will be playing songs from their back catalogue, plus their latest record, Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino.

Sheffield Arena 0114 256 5656 flydsaarena.co.uk

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September 30th

Rick Wakeman

If ever there was a Yes man, it’s Rick Wakeman. A key part of the prog-rock supergroup, he also played as a session musician on numerous iconic hits including Bowie’s Life on Mars. Bit of trivia for you: he says he also contributed that opening piano glissando on the T-Rex track, Get It On – the only time that piano features in the song.

York Barbican 0844 854 2757 yorkbarbican.co.uk

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September 7th

Back to Bacharach

And the hits just keep on coming. West End singers perform classics from the Burt Bacharach songbook, including Anyone Who Had A Heart, Arthur’s Theme, Always Something There To Remind Me, I Say A Little Prayer For You, Walk On By, What’s New Pussycat?, 24 Hours from Tulsa and Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head.

Spa Pavillion, Scarborough 01723 821888 scarboroughspa.sivtickets.com

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FESTIVALS

September 15th-23rd

Yorkshire Dales Cheese Festival

Enjoy a cracking bit of Wensleydale, among many other varieties, at this nine-day cheesefest. The first two days are spent at the Wensleydale Creamery; then the cheesy theme continues for a week at individual venues across the Dales. Check out the website for full details and booking is essential for some events.

Various venues yorkshiredales.org.uk

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September 6th-9th

Leeds International Beer Festival

What’s that you say? Hundreds of beers and ciders plus a street food market and live music? Well, OK. We’ll pop in if we must...

Leeds Town Hall 0113 376 0318 leedstownhall.co.uk

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ART

September 1st-23rd

The Great North Art Show

Pictures from Northern artists are displayed in the aisles of Ripon Cathedral. The show includes works by landscape artist Ian Mitchell, illustrator Katie Edwards and artist and designer Mark Hearld.

Ripon Cathedral 01765 603462 greatnorthartshow.co.uk

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September 8th & 9th

Staithes Festival of Arts and Heritage

Last year’s impressive Staithes Festival featured 130 artists in 87 venues with work including painting, printmaking, textiles, ceramics, jewellery and crafts. Expect more of the same this year and in that glorious, picturesque coastal setting, too.

Various venues staithesfestival.com

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September 29-January 6th

Sean Scully: Inside Outside

The first exhibition of sculpture and painting in the UK by an Irish-born artist who consistently works in steel and stone. Large works dominate the YSP landscape such as the industrial Are You Looking at Me? while Scully’s paintings can be found in the Longside Gallery.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield 01924 832631 ysp.org.uk

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MUSICALS

September 19th-October 20th

Miss Saigon

Best known for that gob-smacking moment when an entire helicopter appears to land on stage, this is a revival of Cameron Mackintosh’s West End production of the Boublil and Schönberg musical. These are also the only Yorkshire dates so bag a ticket if you can.

Alhambra Theatre, Bradford 01274 432000 bradford- theatres.co.uk

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September 3rd-8th

An Officer and a Gentleman

The trend of turning hit movies into stage musicals continues – and everyone seems powerless to stop it. This one is based on the Richard Gere film about a US Navy pilot who falls out with his drill sergeant and falls in with a local girl. We’re presuming that the big moment will be when the hero, dressed in his Navy whites, picks up his leading lady while singing Up Where We Belong.

Alhambra Theatre, Bradford 01274 432000 bradford-theatres.co.uk

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OPERA

September 16th, 22nd & 28th

Tosca

Puccini’s masterwork, featuring Giselle Allen (Santuzza in Cavalleria rusticana), Mexican tenor Rafael Rojas (Calaf in Turandot) and British baritone Robert Hayward (Wotan in the Ring cycle).

Leeds Grand Theatre 0844 848 2720 operanorth.co.uk

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September 27th

Whistle Stop Opera

A pop-up session for opera virgins, this is a 30-minute taster featuring singers from Opera North.

Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield 01484 430528 thelbt.org

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COMEDY

September 28th

Nish Kumar: ‘It’s In Your Nature To Destroy Yourselves’ UK Tour 2018

Double Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee, Nish Kumar is taking his brand new show on a national tour of the UK. The title is a quote from Terminator 2. There will be jokes about politics, mankind’s capacity for self-destruction and if this will lead to the end of days. GOOD FUN STUFF. He’s the host of the Mash Report, which you might have seen on BBC 2 or on a Facebook video posted by someone you went to school with but haven’t really spoken to in a while.

Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax, HX1 1QG www.squarechapel.co.uk

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