What's On in Yorkshire - February 2013

PUBLISHED: 13:58 30 January 2013 | UPDATED: 22:41 20 February 2013

What's On in Yorkshire - February 2013

What's On in Yorkshire - February 2013

A round-up of the best entertainment in the county by Tony Greenway

MUSICALS

February 4th-9th
Dolly Parton 9 to 5 The Musical
Have you noticed the craze for turning films into stage musicals? You could sort of see the point when The Producers, Hairspray and Legally Blonde morphed from movies into all-singing, all-dancing West End shows. But the Lord of the Rings: The Musical? Spiderman: The Musical? Yes, they really did and do exist, although the Lord of the Rings musical closed early after poor reviews and Spiderman was critically roasted.
The worst idea, though, has to be the stage musical version of the Kevin Costner/Whitney Houston movie thriller, The Bodyguard. This, lest we forget, is the tale of a troubled pop diva stalked by a crazed killer. Whats next? Apocalypse Now The Musical? Sing-a-long-a-Texas Chainsaw Massacre?


No. Its 9 to 5 The Musical, by Dolly Parton (York this month, Sheffield in April and Leeds at the end of May), who is so famous, she even gets her name above the title. The plot is, just like the 1980 film that spawned it, about three female office workers turning the tables on their sexist boss although, surely, thats looking a little creaky in 2013? Lets not be churlish, though. The Times likened one number to a song from Sondheim (he wont be pleased, then) while the Sunday Express, without a hint of irony, said that Partons musical was, song-wise, a real treasure chest; a bit like Dolly herself, then. Coincidentally, I Will Always Love You, another one of Dollys songs and very popular one at that features in The Bodyguard musical.
Grand Opera House
York
0844 871 3024
grandoperahouseyork.org.uk

February 11th 13th
Woody Sez
A biopic of folk legend Woody Guthrie, told through 25 of his songs. David Lutken, who plays the title role, is joined by three multi-talented folk musicians from the US who bring Guthries music to life with twin fiddles, guitars, bass, harmonica, banjo, mandolin, dulcimer, dobro and folk harmonies. Yee and ha.
Harrogate Theatre
01423 502 116
harrogatetheatre.co.uk



OPERA

February 8th
La Boheme
The Grand Opera of Belarus is one of three theatres in the former Soviet Union to receive the status Bolshoi. Here, on a nationwide tour of the UK, they stop off at venues in Yorkshire with Puccinis heart-rending opera, sung in Italian, with live orchestra.
Hull New Theatre
01482 300300
hullcc.gov.uk/hullnewtheatre

February 14th
Royal Hall
Harrogate
01423 502116
harrogatetheatre.co.uk

February 28th
Victoria Theatre
Halifax
01422 351158
calderdale.gov.uk/victoria


February 9th
Madam Butterfly
The Grand Opera of Belarus again this time with Puccinis tragic doomed geisha opera.
Hull New Theatre
01482 300300
hullcc.gov.uk/hullnewtheatre
March 1st
Royal Hall
Harrogate
01423 502 116
harrogatetheatre.co.uk



COMEDY

February 14th
Russell Kane
The stand-up star and TV presenters new show Posturing Delivery wonders why men never worry about having a biological clock and asks: do young, straight single men ever panic about not having children? Kane promises to deliver a baby live on stage (dont worry: a hypothetical baby) and then raise him/her to adulthood in front of the audiences very eyes. A smart, probing brain lurks below the vertiginous quiff Evening Standard.
Grand Opera House
York
0844 871 3024
grandoperahouseyork.org.uk

February 15th & 16th
Harrogate Theatre
01423 502 116
harrogatetheatre.co.uk

February 17th
City Varieties
Leeds
0113 243 0808
cityvarieties.co.uk



THEATRE

February 6th & 7th
6 Degrees Below the Horizon
Theatre group Imitating the Dog brings digital projections and innovative storytelling to the LBT in Huddersfield in a production which moves between musical, cinema and vaudeville. The plot is about a man on his deathbed trying to explain to his daughter why he abandoned her as a child.
Lawrence Batley Theatre
Huddersfield
01484 430528
thelbt.org


February 28th March 9th
Sugar Daddies
Alan Ayckbourns exploration of self-delusion his 63rd play is being revived by the playwright himself in the US in 2013. Luckily, you dont have to travel that far to see it
Harrogate Theatre
01423 502 116
harrogatetheatre.co.uk


February 23rd March 16th
Doctor Faustus
Christopher Marlowes play about a man who makes a pact with the devil. This, however, is Doctor Faustus Plus One: a darkly disturbing new production, with two rewritten acts by Colin Teevan (How Many Miles to Basra? and Don Quixote). That being the case, its not suitable for the under-14s due to strong language and scenes of a sexual nature.
West Yorkshire Playhouse
Leeds
0113 213 7700
wyp.org.uk

February 2nd 23rd
The Full Monty
Here we go again, a hit movie being turned into a stage production but this time its not a musical, its a play by the unquestionably brilliant and Oscar-winning Simon Beaufoy, who wrote the original Full Monty screenplay. You know the plot - unemployed steel workers get back their self-respect by becoming male strippers (were not quite sure how that works, but go with it). And, of course, theres a particular resonance with the Full Monty playing at the Lyceum because the story is set in Sheffield.
Between February 12th-16th at the Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield another very different Full Monty production (an amateur one this time) gets an outing. The Americanised Broadway musical version set in Buffalo New York. It just goes to show, though, that the story has become a phenomenon that crosses cultural divides.
Lyceum
0114 249 6000
sheffieldtheatres.co.uk



DANCE

February 25th
Freedom
Jasmin Vardimon, associate artist of Sadlers Wells, presents a new full-length dance theatre production featuring animation, live action and inventive set designs. Previously, Jasmin a leading light of British dance theatre was an associate artist at The Place in 1998 and a Yorkshire Dance Partner from 19992005.
Lawrence Batley Theatre
Huddersfield
01484 430528
thelbt.org


February 2nd
Brendan Cole: Licence to Thrill
Its called Licence to Thrill, so presumably Brendan Strictly Coles new show has a James Bond theme? And, for that matter, a James Bond Theme? A small one, he says. One of the big songs is Gladys Knights Licence to Kill (hence the title). Also there will be a dance-off between the males in Live and Let Die which Im really excited about. We cant get quite as worked up, truth be told: but theres no denying that Cole does know how to put on a show with the help of some electric professional dancers.

St Georges Hall
Bradford
01274 432000
bradford-theatres.co.uk

February 6th
Victoria Theatre
Halifax, 01422 351158
calderdale.gov.uk/victoria

February 21st
Hull New Theatre
01482 300300
hullcc.gov.uk/hullnewtheatre


February 9th & 10th
Strictly Come Dancing
The annual hoofing extravaganza, Strictly Come Dancing, is always billed as a celebrity show even though one of the contestants this year was, plainly, Sid Owen, and another was somebody who used to be in Westlife. But never mind: out rolls the tour and it includes Denise Van Outen and Dani Harmer, who are clearly gifted dancers and former England cricketers Phil Tufnell and Michael Vaughan, who clearly arent.
Motorpoint Arena
Sheffield
0114 256 5656
motorpointarenasheffield.co.uk



CONCERTS

February 25th
Girls Aloud
Kimberley, Nadine, Nicola, Sarah and the dark one with the Geordie accent, dimples and LOreal contract rattle through their hit singles. There are a surprising amount of them, Sound of the Underground, The Show, Cant Speak French, Biology, Something Kinda Oooh, No Good Advice, etc, etc. If you miss this gig, not to worry. After the Take That musical and the Spice Girls musical, it cant be THAT long before weve got a Girls Aloud musical on our hands.
Motorpoint Arena
Sheffield
0114 256 5656
motorpointarenasheffield.co.uk


February 12th
The X Factor Tour Live
Where do you stand on the annual karaoke screech-off that is The X Factor? Personally, I stand in the kitchen, well away from the television, with my hands over my ears going la-la-la-la-la-la-la but thats just me. But, look, seriously: one year we will switch on our TV sets and the X Factor will be gone. It will have vanished from the schedules, another casualty of fickle TV ratings. Until that time, however, Im afraid were rather lumbered with it, and the inevitable live tour it spawns. James Arthur, Ella Henderson, Jahmene Douglas, Rylan Clark, Christopher Maloney and groups Union J and District3 will all appear.
Motorpoint Arena
Sheffield
0114 256 5656
motorpointarenasheffield.co.uk

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