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What's On in Yorkshire - October 2012

PUBLISHED: 21:45 30 September 2012 | UPDATED: 21:58 20 February 2013

What's On in Yorkshire - October 2012

What's On in Yorkshire - October 2012

The best of entertainment from around the county compiled by Tony Greenway


October 5th-27th
The Guinea Pig Club
The true story of a cosmetic surgeon, Archibald McIndoe, who helped rebuild the faces of savagely burned fighter pilots and aircrew in World War II. Written by Susan Watkins and directed by the YTRs Damian Cruden.
York Theatre Royal
01904 623568

October 6th 27th
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Tennessee Williams play made into a stellar film with Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor, of course is a steamy Deep South story about feuding on a family plantation in the Mississippi Delta. WYP associate director Sarah Esdaile (who had hits with Death of a Salesman in 2010 and The Deep Blue Sea with Maxine Peake in 2011) directs this version of the American classic.
West Yorkshire Playhouse
0113 213 7700

Until October 13th
Steptoe & Son
Itll be hard if not impossible to follow Harry H Corbett and Wilfred Brambells definitive take on Galton and Simpsons classic sitcom characters, so its brave of the WYP and Kneehigh Theatre to try. In this production, Harold and Albert are played by Dean Nolan and Mike Shepherd and the script has been adapted by director Emma Rice from Galton and Simpsons originals. Its an experiment thats been tried before when a stage production toured UK theatres in 2005.
West Yorkshire Playhouse
0113 213 7700

Until October 6th
Heres a tip for you. If three witches ever stop you on a blasted heath and tell you that youre destined to become king, just ignore them and go about your business. Shakespeares bloodiest play is a good night out at the theatre if witchcraft, treachery, gory murder, guilt, paranoia and suicide are your thing.
Crucible in the Round
0114 249 6000

October 23rd-27th
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde
A classic tale of good and evil adapted and directed by Nick Lane.
Hull Truck Theatre
01482 323638


September 28th October 14th
Ilkley Literature Festival
It is one of the biggest and best literature events in the UK with readings, discussions, talks, workshops, poetry strands and a festival fringe. In fact, this years Ilkley Festival is looking particularly star-studded with Michael Portillo, Michael Palin, Sandi Toksvig, Paddy Ashdown, Jeremy Vine, Benjamin Zephaniah, Michael Morpurgo, Simon Armitage, Andrew Motion, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Pat Barker, Clare Balding, Peter Hook and John Suchet in the line-up.
Various venues
01943 816714

October 20th
Ryedale Book Festival
A new community literature event designed to appeal to everyone who shares the joy of reading, writing and story-telling. The festival programme includes a talk on how to write historical fiction from Lucy Beckett; lunch and an audience with Gervase Phinn; a new radio play performed by the Charles Dickens Society of Malton; stories from the world of racing from Ian Balding; a literary pub quiz hosted by comedian Arthur Smith; an independent book fair, writing competitions, childrens events and much more. Its all looking rather impressive, with an awful lot squeezed into one day.
Various venues
Malton, North Yorkshire
01653 600048


October 24th-27th
Northern Ballet
Beauty & the Beast
Northern Ballet can do little if anything wrong. This is a wonderful production full of colour and haute couture-style costumes and breathtaking dancing accompanied by the Northern Ballet Sinfonia. The score includes music by Saint-Sens, Bizet, Debussy, Poulenc and Glazunov. Enchanting entertainment.
Alhambra Theatre
01274 432000


October 10th-13th
Michael McIntyre
Very, very posh (his children are called Oscar and Lucas and they all live in Hampstead) and very, very funny, Michael McIntyre was the man who dragged comedy out of clubs and into arena settings. Now, actually, you may not like watching comedy in arena settings, but if you want to see Michael McIntyre perform these days, thats where youll have to go. Hes that popular.
Sheffield Motorpoint Arena
0114 256 5656

October 8th-9th
An Evening with Jack Dee
Mr Grumpy Chops makes a return to stand-up after a six-year absence. Why is he touring again? I want to spend less time with my family, says Jack. By the way, Dee is also playing the Harrogate Comedy Festival, but that particular show sold out ages ago
0114 249 6000

October 26th 28th
John Bishop
Apparently John Bishops accent was once thought to be a TV turn-off. I used to ask my agent why I couldnt get on any television shows and she said: Nobody likes your accent, he explained recently. Thats what people had told her but theres nothing I can do about it. Its a bit like you asking me: Do you think having two feet is good or bad? Im not going to cut one of them off, am I? This is the way I sound. Thats it. Well, audiences dont seem to care how he sounds now. In fact, everyone loves John Bishop, especially after his triathlon from Paris to London to raise money for Sport Relief. His last tour saw him perform to 400,000 fans nationwide then top the charts with the fastest-selling DVD of all time. He also pulls in 6.5m viewers with his BBC1 show, John Bishops Britain. Um accent? What accent?
Sheffield Motorpoint Arena
0114 256 5656

October 7th 22nd
Harrogate Comedy Festival
Now heres a funny thing, laydeesengennelmen: the Harrogate Comedy Festival returns for its fourth year with a glitzy line-up including Sandi Toksvig, Andi Osho, Julian Clary and, yes, Jimmy Tarbuck. Watch out, too, for Mark Thomass new Edinburgh Fringe award-winning show Bravo Figaro! (October 11th) and the really rather strange The Boy with Tape on His Face (October 14th).
By the way, Mark Thomas also plays the Lyceum Theatre in Sheffield (October 10th) and the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds (October 21st). Plus, The Boy with Tape on His Face can be seen at the Lyceum Sheffield on October 11th.
Harrogate Theatre
01423 502116

October 21st
Lee Hurst
There is nothing this stand up comedian wont talk about on his latest tour including mad cow disease and global warming, oh and acid rain.
Hull Truck Theatre
01482 323638


October 12th 14th
Marsden Jazz Festival
Every year, across the second weekend in October, the sleepy Pennine village of Marsden plays host to around 8000 jazz fans. This year, almost 80 events are scheduled for 48 hours over the weekend, with music being played in every conceivable space. Festival headliners include King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys, Dennis Rollins, Barb Jungr, Gilad Atzmon, Julian Siegel, Kairos 4tet and Riot Jazz. The festival also features the ground-breaking (and very popular) New Stream, a programme of young, up-and-coming and cutting edge music featuring Shabaka Hutchings, Chris Sharkey, Roller Trio, Tom Challengers Ma Trio and Collider.
Various venues
0845 519 4415


October 9th
Maddy Prior
For people of a certain age, Maddy Prior is probably best known as lead singer of Steeleye Span. For people who are folk aware, however, she is simply one of the best voices of her generation. Full stop. Here, she performs with Giles Lewin, a multi-talented player and singer and a stalwart of The Carnival Band (another long-time collaboration of Maddys). Folk muso and accordion-player Hannah James will also be appearing.
National Centre for Early Music
01904 658338


October 25th
Ian Hunter
Ian Hunter, youll remember, is the founding member of (the now disbanded) Mott the Hoople, the 1970s glam band that gave us All the Young Dudes (written especially for them by a certain Mr D Bowie) and the fabulous Roll Away the Stone. Expect these to figure in Hunters set.
Royal Hall
01423 500500


October 1st
George Michael
Symphonica: The Orchestra Tour
George Michael is back, after a bout of life-threatening pneumonia, playing a series of rescheduled dates. His appearance at the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games was on the controversial side did we REALLY need to hear his new single? But his performance of Freedom 90 proved that his voice is as good as ever. Here, he plays a selection of hits backed by an orchestra.
Sheffield Motorpoint Arena
0114 256 5656

October 9th
Cheryl Cole
That hair! Those eyes! Those dimples! I admit to being blinded by the all-round gorgeousness of Cheryl Cole (who seems to have dropped the Cole bit from her record sleeve and tour poster and is now simply marketing herself as Cheryl). Could I name one of her solo singles though? Um, no, I could not. And do I ask my 11-year-old to turn that down! when she plays Cheryls music on her CD player. Yes, I do. Call me shallow, if you like.
Sheffield Motorpoint Arena
0114 256 5656


October 22nd
John Wilson and the John Wilson Orchestra:
A Celebration of Rodgers and Hammerstein
Part of the Leeds Concert Season, this evening features music from R&Hs greatest moments: Oklahoma, The King and I, South Pacific, Carousel and (naturally) The Sound of Music. The concert also includes a tribute to Rodgers other long-term song writing partnership with Lorenz Hart.
Leeds Town Hall
0113 224 3801


October 13th
Jacqueline Wilson
If you have CBBC-age children, youll know the name Jacqueline Wilson rather well, thanks to her kids care-home character, Tracy Beaker. Actually, Wilson is responsible for more than just Beaker. Shes an all-round best-selling childrens author and her latest novel, Emerald Star, is the eagerly anticipated final instalment in her Hetty Feather trilogy. Here, Wilson talks about her career and her new book.
Royal Hall
01423 500500

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