What's On in Yorkshire - January 2013
PUBLISHED: 20:12 28 December 2012 | UPDATED: 22:34 20 February 2013
A round-up of the best entertainment in the county compiled by Tony Greenway
Until January 9th
Playwright Mike Kenny got the idea for this version of the famous fairytale while watching a group of old ladies singing on stage; specifically the ones who were the Russian entry for this years Eurovision Song Contest. Theyre the fairy godmothers, really, he tells me. The Nannas. And, if you remember, when one of the Nannas isnt invited to the royal party, it sparks all kinds of trouble. Family fun from Kenny and director Gail McIntyre.
West Yorkshire Playhouse
0113 213 7700
Youve almost certainly noticed this without us having to point it out, but there have been lots of Scandinavian crime thrillers clogging up the TV and film schedules of late, from Wallander and The Killing to The Bridge and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. LipService Theatre have now added one more Inspector Norse in a show described as brilliantly daft. How daft? Well, for one thing it has a partially knitted set. Serious, brooding, thought-provoking and gloomy Inspector Norse is absolutely none of these things and more. I rather think you should see it.
01423 502 116
A Play, a Pie and a Pint: Maybe in a Parallel Universe
Hull Trucks a Play, a Pie and a Pint evenings features readings of brand new plays from regional playwrights (with the added attraction for the audience of eating a pie and drinking a pint). This story, from internationally best-selling crime novelist David Mark, is called Maybe in a Parallel Universe, and features two thirtysomething DIYers who accidentally open a peephole into another dimension. Well, it happens. Pies and pints which can be taken into the Studio theatre and consumed during the show will be served from 5pm approximately and the performance will begin at 6pm prompt.
Colin Dexter: Morse & Me
Hmmm. A few days after LipService presents Inspector Norse at Harrogate Theatre, crime writer Colin Dexter turns up at the very same venue to talk about his internationally amous literary creation, Inspector Morse. Aha! Now, we ask you, coincidence? Well, yes. Probably.
01423 502 116
Hyena Comedy Club
Comedy styling from stand-up stars Alun Cochrane and James Acaster, plus Dave Twentyman and compere Danny Deegan. Cochrane, by the way, is Glasgow-born and West Yorkshire-raised and, among other pursuits, features on Frank Skinners Absolute Radio show and has starred on all manner of TV panel games.
01423 502 116
Spiky and intelligent humour albeit with a dry delivery from the stand-up star of Radio 4s The News Quiz, Im Sorry I Havent a Clue and Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation.
Lawrence Batley Theatre
January 14th 26th
Willy Russells powerfully disturbing drama is a downer from the word go. When the curtain rises, two young corpses are lying on the stage, and we spend the next two hours finding out how they got there. But dont let that put you off, because this is an unforgettable, award-laden show with a haunting score about twin boys, separated at birth, who are re-united by a twist of fate and a mothers secret. Includes the song Marilyn Monroe.
0114 249 6000
January 16th February 16th
Opera North present a new production of Verdis Otello, directed by Tim Albery and designer Leslie Travers who created Opera Norths recent, widely acclaimed Giulio Cesare. Music director Richard Farnes conducts. Ooh, and from January 31st February 22nd ON present their first production of Mozarts La Clemenza di Tito.
Leeds Grand Theatre
0844 848 2700
January 29th 31st
The Moscow State Circus
Spectacular big top shenanigans from the Moscow State Circus with a show called Babushkin Sekret, which is apparently inspired by the legend of the 12 Chairs. (No, we didnt know it either. We think it helps if youre Russian.) Expect acrobats, tightrope walkers, trapeze artists and, of course, clowns.
St Georges Hall
Music in the Round: Stan Tracey Octet
The legendary Stan Tracey is a big noise in the jazz world. As house pianist at Ronnie Scotts in London in the 1960s, he played with all the great American artists. Here hes assembled an ultra-impressive octet (including Mark Armstrong on the trumpet and Mark Nightingale on the trombone) playing compositions from their 2009 CD, The Later Works.
0114 249 6000
Young Voices Concert
Every year, the organisation Young Voices which aims to inspire and motivate children and young people and introduce them to the joys of music and singing brings together over 90,000 children and 6,000 teachers at the UKs biggest School Choir Concerts. Special guests such as Alexandra Burke, Katherine Jenkins, Beverley Knight and Dionne Bromfield have sung alongside an average of 70,000 children in a year; proof that the kids are all right and have incredible singing talent.
The Halle New Year Celebration
David Parry brings his wide operatic and operetta experience to the traditional Hall Viennese concerts for the first time, joined by the rising international star tenor Toby Spence. The programme includes songs from The Merry Widow, The Land of Smiles, Gypsy Baron and La Belle Hlne as well as the Emperor Waltz, Pizzicato Polka, Gold and Silver Waltz, Radetzky March, Overture from Die Fledermaus and On the Beautiful Blue Danube.
St Georges Hall
Moscow City Ballets production of Tchaikovskys Swan Lake, with additional choreography by the distinguished Victor SmirnovGolovanov.
0114 249 6000
Until January 27th
The Settle-based Lime Gallerys latest exhibition celebrates the varied work of painters, printmakers, ceramicists, textile artists and jewellery makers from all over the country.
01729 892 901
Until January 14th
If you trip along to the wonderful Dean Clough, therell be just time to catch the tail end of this exhibition showcasing seaside images from Darren Andrews book, Pleasureland. Dont go expecting light and frothy, though, because Andrews pictures capture the ambivalent experience of the English seaside flickering between dream and nightmare a place where holiday-makers rub shoulders with carnival performers and freakshow artists.
Until February 3rd
The Hospital Drawings
The last month to catch an exhibition of drawings and paintings made by Barbara Hepworth during the late 1940s, illustrating surgeons at work in operating theatres within post-war Britain. Hepworth made around 80 drawings in this series and there are over 30 on display here following the hospitalisation of her daughter, Sarah, in 1944. A superb exhibition Hepworths drawings of surgeons and operating theatres occupy an outstanding place in her oeuvre.- Richard Cork, Financial Times.
Shows include Turning the Page (January 19th-April 30th), a collection of turned wooden vessels exploring the work of Kylie Coles and Peter Archer and demonstrating how
diverse wood can be as a material; Rings (January 19th 215June 29th) showcasing the work of 10 jewellers; and Made with Love celebrating the resonance of British craft in a showcase of jewellery, ceramics and works in mixed media.
The Craft Centre and Design Gallery
0113 247 8241
Now this is extraordinary. James Cappers sculptures can walk, swim and climb mountains. This exhibition showcases Cappers interest in industrial machines and the aesthetics of mechanical power and features three of his sculptures in the open air Tread Toe (2010), Midi Marker (2012) and Exstenda Claw (2012) plus drawings and three documentary films. Capper himself will be working from a public studio at YSPs Longside, researching and developing the next evolution of his sculptures.
Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Until January 5th
You might be one of the tens of millions of people around the world who have seen this 50th anniversary Bond film which has done explosive business at the box office; its predicted to be the first 007 movie to break the billion mark. If you missed it, however, heres a chance to see what all the fuss is about.
In truth, Skyfall isnt the masterpiece its been made out to be, although it is good fun, with Javier Bardem making a suitably creepy villain and Ben Whishaw doing a fabulous turn as an extra-geeky Q. Truth is, though, that the plot is threadbare and the locations are disappointing, although Sam Mendes direction is so frenetic you only notice its shortcomings once the end credits start rolling. And while Daniel Craig makes a suitably tortured Bond here sent out on a deadly mission despite losing his superspy mojo its hard to believe hes the fastidious, gourmet public school-educated spook of the Fleming novels. This one looks more at home with a lager and like he might have had trouble passing his 11-plus. Nice chase through London, though, and some of the humour lacking from the last two movies has been re-instated.
Stephen Joseph Theatre