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What's On in Yorkshire during June 2019

PUBLISHED: 14:13 31 May 2019 | UPDATED: 14:20 31 May 2019

Kinky Boots (c) Matt Crockett

Kinky Boots (c) Matt Crockett

Matt Crockett

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

FESTIVALS

June 6th-11th

Sheffield Doc/Fest

The full festival programme was still to be announced as we went to press, but a highlight has to be an on-stage interview with Paul Greengrass, the documentary-maker-turned big screen director, whose work includes three of the five Bourne movies, United 93 and Captain Phillips.

Also in the line-up is a new movie from Nick Broomfield, detailing the love affair between singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen and his Norwegian muse, Marianne Ihlen (the inspiration for the song, So Long Marianne). This is something of a passion project from Broomfield because he knew the couple: he briefly dated Marianne who encouraged him to make his first film - and she was the one who introduced him to Cohen.

Various venues 0330 122 8870 sheffdocfest.com

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June 15th-16th

Dales Festival of Food & Drink

Details were still to be announced as we went to press, but expect the usual array of foodie fun, with stalls, cookery theatre, activities and entertainment.

Leyburn dalesfestivaloffood.org

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June 21st-29th

Grassington Festival

Gorgeous festival, gorgeous location: this year the line-up includes Dame Patricia "Hyacinth Bucket" Routledge (all of 90 and still talking about her life in musical theatre); Irish singer Cara Dillon; jazz, soul, gospel and R&B queen Mica Paris; comic Ed Byrne; chamber ensemble Heath Quartet, and no-nonsense (read 'blunt-speaking') historian David Starkey.

Various venues 01756 752691 grassington-festival.org.uk

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June 28th-July 7th

Bradford Literature Festival

Question: what do playwright Lemn Sissay, journalist Paul Mason, poet Simon Armitage and Luke Goss (from Bros) have in common? Answer: nothing at all - apart from the fact that they're all taking part in this year's Bradford Literature Festival. Lots more names in the line-up frame, so see full details on the website.

Various venues 01274 238 525 bradfordlitfest.co.uk

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EQUESTRIAN

June 6th-9th

Equi-Trek Bramham International Horse Trials

Some the best riders from across the globe will take part in four days of top-flight equestrian action from June 6th-9th and there will also be family entertainment, shopping opportunities and food and drink in the grounds of one of Yorkshire's favourite houses, Bramham, home to the Lane Fox family.

Bramham Park, Wetherby, West Yorkshire, LS26 6ND bramham-horse.co.uk

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SPECIAL EVENTS

June 1st

A Night of Variety

The newly refurbed St George's Hall gets its own celebratory weekend. Things kick-off in style with this show featuring soul singer Beverley Knight, comic Sarah Millican and Escala, the electric string quartet.

St George's Hall Bradford 01274 432000 bradford-theatres.co.uk

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June 29th

Scarborough Armed Forces Day

Celebrating its 11th anniversary with aerial displays, military vehicles, vintage stalls, demonstrations, marching bands and a service of thanksgiving. Events run from 10am-5pm.

Scarborough Town 01723 383636

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SPECIAL APPEARANCES

June 3rd

Ian McKellen On Stage

To celebrate his 80th birthday, acting legend Sir Ian McKellen (for it is he) is hitting the road for a mega-tour of the UK to talk about his life and career. He'll be visiting theatres with which he has personal connections, including amateur groups he knew as a child and notable playhouses he has played as a professional actor over the last half-century.

That includes The Crucible which will always be special to Lancashire-born (try not to hold that against him) Sir Ian. 'I shall always be proud that… I was in the first play ever at the Crucible in 1971,' he says. 'I've since presented a previous solo show (there) and was most recently in Sheffield at the Lyceum, with Patrick Stewart in Pinter's No Man's Land.'

McKellen also takes his show to The Theatre Royal Wakefield (4th); The Civic, Barnsley (11th); Cast Doncaster (12th); The Georgian Theatre Royal Richmond (14th); Hull New Theatre (16th) and York Opera House (17th). Don't forget your tickets - otherwise you shall not pass.

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

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June 27th

Michael Palin Live on Stage

The former Python's only Yorkshire date to promote his latest book, Erebus, the Story of a Ship, and chat about his career travelling the globe. We reckon he'll also gladly talk about (for instance) what it's like to have chips stuck up your nose, how best to do the fish-slapping dance - and if we all really should expect the Spanish Inquisition.

Alhambra Bradford 01274 432000 bradford-theatres.co.uk

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MUSICALS

May 23rd-June 15th

The Hired Man

Based on a 1969 novel by Melyvn Bragg (the first part of his Cumbrian Trilogy), The Hired Man tells the tragic story of a farm labourer and coal-miner in the years before and during World War One. Granted, it doesn't sound like a recipe for an award-winning night out at the theatre; yet Howard Goodall set it all to music and it's been doing the rounds since - get this - 1984.

Hull Truck Theatre hulltruck.co.uk 01482 323638

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June 3rd-8th

Let it Be

A jukebox musical with style: one that packs in 40 of the Fab Four's greatest hits while charting their rise to the pinnacle of Beatlemania.

Alhambra Bradford 01274 432000 bradford-theatres.co.uk

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June 4th-8th

Annie

Craig Revel Horwood takes over from Anita Dobson as Miss Hannigan in this revival of the classic musical. Songs include The Hard-Knock Life, Easy Street, I Don't Need Anything But You and Tomorrow.

Lyceum Sheffield 0114 249 6000 sheffieldtheatres.co.uk

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June 4th-15th

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat

The old testament Lloyd-Webber/Rice musical, with Jaymi Hensley from Union J (it says here) wearing the multi-coloured overcoat.

Leeds Grand Theatre 0844 848 2700 leedsgrandtheatre.com

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June 11th-22nd

Kinky Boots

Kinky Boots has been a smash hit on stage; but then the original book is by Harvey Fierstein and music and lyrics are by Cyndi Lauper. So that might have something to do with it.

Lyceum Sheffield 0114 249 6000 sheffieldtheatres.co.uk

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June 17th-22nd

Little Miss Sunshine

Here's another show based on a film - but at least it's a good one, which has also been a massive hit on Broadway. The team behind it includes Tony Award-winners James Lapine (Into the Woods, Sunday in the Park with George) and William Finn (Falsettos, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee).

Alhambra Bradford 01274 432000 bradford-theatres.co.uk

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June 20th-August 3rd

Stepping Out

The SJT's summer show, directed by Artistic Director Paul Robinson, and from the same team that brought you last summer's comedy, The 39 Steps.

Stephen Joseph Theatre Scarborough 01723 370541 sjt.uk.com

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THEATRE

June 7th-29th

Driving Miss Daisy

An old, wealthy biddy crashes her car, so has to be chauffeured around by an African American driver. Alfred Uhry's tale is set against a backdrop of prejudice, inequality and the American Civil Rights movement, and was made globally famous by the 1989 film starring Morgan Freeman.

York Theatre Royal 01904 623568 yorktheatreroyal.co.uk

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June 7th-8th

The Three Musketeers

A not entirely serious version of The Three Musketeers from Le Navet Bete, the creators of Dracula: The Bloody Truth. And by 'not entirely serious' we mean not serious at all.

Theatre Royal Wakefield 01924 211311 theatreroyalwakefield.co.uk

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June 24th-29th

The Girl on the Train

This stage version of Paula Hawkins' supercharged best-selling thriller received its world premiere at the Leeds Playhouse last year, starring Jill Halfpenny. Now it's back in Yorkshire again, this time with Samantha Womack in the lead. Rachel Wagstaff and Duncan Abel were in charge of the script.

Lyceum Sheffield 0114 249 6000 sheffieldtheatres.co.uk

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June 28th-July 20th

Life of Pi

A new stage adaptation of Yann Martel's Man Booker Prize winner, with Mina Anwar in the cast.

Crucible Sheffield 0114 249 6000 sheffieldtheatres.co.uk

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FILM

June 15th

Flash Gordon & Q&A with Brian Blessed

You've seen it a million times, on telly, but this colourful seventies update of the old Buster Crabbe sci-fi serial warrants a big screen viewing. Admittedly, Sam Jones is stilted as blond, blow-dried, space cadet Flash, but the rest of the cast are so far over-the-top, they're down the other side: Max Von Sydow, for instance, who makes a fine, cackling villain; and Brian Blessed who chews the scenery as Gordon's feathery ally, the King of the Hawkmen. It is, essentially, a children's adventure, although dads will inexplicably become very interested when Ornella Muti (as Sydow's daughter) appears. Queen's thumping rock soundtrack is good fun, too. After the showing Brian Blessed will take part in a question and bellow session, and presumably be contractually obliged to yell: 'Gordon's alive!?' at the top of his not inconsiderable lungs.

Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax 01422 349 422 squarechapel.co.uk

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CONCERTS

June 3rd-4th

Michael Bublé

The Canadian, crooning, punter-pleasing powerhouse appears on not one but two evenings at the Leeds Arena. Possibly the nicest man in showbusiness. Or anywhere, come to that.

First Direct Arena, Leeds 0844 248 1585 firstdirectarena.com

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June 4th

Mumford & Sons

The Brit Award-winning folk rockers had to postpone their November 2018 show - so here's the re-scheduled date.

Sheffield Arena 0114 256 5656 flydsaarena.co.uk

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June 23rd

Gladys Knight

Not many people called Gladys become living legends. But here's one we can think of, minus her Pips. We can safely say Midnight Train to Georgia, Help Me Make it Through the Night and Licence to Kill will be on the setlist.

First Direct Arena, Leeds 0844 248 1585 firstdirectarena.com

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ART

June 15th-September 15th

Ella Doran: Sheep to Seat, Fleece to Floor

Baaaah. The award-winning interior accessories and wallpaper designer explores "the journey of wool from the sheep which graze the historic landscape of the Park, from shearing to scouring, spinning to weaving and design to product development." u

Yorkshire Sculpture Park 01924 832631 ysp.org.uk

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June 22nd-September 29th

Yorkshire Sculpture International 2019

A free festival of sculpture taking place in venues across Leeds and Wakefield, including Hepworth Wakefield, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Henry Moore Institute and Leeds Art Gallery. One of the highlights includes an exhibition at the YSP of 40 sculptures from David Smith - the first American artist to work with welded metal - who died in 1965.

Various venues

yorkshire-sculpture.org

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