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Made In Sheffield - Arthur & Merlin
Inspired by the same Celtic tales that J.R.R Tolkien read as a young man, a new film called Arthur & Merlin presents these eponymous characters as never before, with a compelling new origins story…
Kirk Barker as Merlin
May
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The Dales Festival of Food and Drink

Performance Theatre Challenges Perceptions Of Homeless


Benefit,by playwright Sarah Woods, tells the stories of three characters struggling with their bank balances, their histories and their own sense of self. The play, a response to social welfare…

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Fri 24th Apr, 2015 | 3:55pm

Carousel Returns To Leeds

Dancers Carl Pattrick, Jake Bowerman, Paul Smethurst and Simon Jaymes. Photo by Alastair MuirClaire Boulter as Carrie Pipperidge with the Chorus of Opera North. Photo by Alastair MuirGillene Herbert as Julie Jordan (right). Photo by Alastair Muir
A hit production of the classic American musical, Carousel, is returning to the stage at Leeds Grand Theatre this May.

Voted the best musical of the 20th century by Time magazine, Carousel is one of…

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Wed 22nd Apr, 2015 | 4:44pm

Phil Hopkins
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
By Phil Hopkins
Theatre Correspondent

I incessantly calculate distances and arrival times when making a journey, in the same way that I was never quite comfortable having a pee at a latrine when there was a queue behind…

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Wed 22nd Apr, 2015 | 9:55am

Graham Clark
Gig Review: Sting and Paul Simon - Manchester Arena
By Graham Clark
Gig Correspondent

On paper it sounds a mismatch, the former frontman of the Police teaming up with one half of Simon and Garfunkel but it actually did work in a live context.

There were no gimmicks, no dancers and…

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Mon 20th Apr, 2015 | 8:30am

Folk Festival Extends Its Arms To Include "Words On The Westwood"

Peter Robinson
Peter Robinson
Beverley Folk Festival is not just all about music. "Words on the Westwood" is a recent development of the highly successful and long-established festival, and will include creative writing…

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Thu 16th Apr, 2015 | 7:26pm

Oklahoma - More Than Twee Lyrics

Gary Wilmot as Persian pedlar Ali Hakim
Gary Wilmot as Persian pedlar Ali Hakim
A rancher from America's Horse Whisperer state, Montana, once told me that his homestead was only a 'ranchette' because it was just 200 acres. To this wide eyed 'Colonial' that sounded a helluva…

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Wed 15th Apr, 2015 | 10:13am

Paul Stimpson
UB40 At Sheffield City Hall
By Paul Stimpson
Features Writer

A week from now, Sheffield is set to welcome the founding members of the critically acclaimed reggae band UB40 to the City Hall.

The tour of the UK, which has not come without its controversy,…

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Sun 12th Apr, 2015 | 4:42pm

Vanity Thy Name Is Lear

Barrie Rutter as King Lear
Barrie Rutter as King Lear
It is the ultimate lesson in the folly of vanity and the hollowness of ego and, whilst Shakespeare's King Lear is an extreme example of the perfect family storm, it's as if the Bard wrote it to…

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Thu 9th Apr, 2015 | 1:48pm

Simple Minds - Blackpool Opera House


It is easy to forget how big Simple Minds were in their heyday: they were in the same league as U2 in the mid 1980's culminating with two sold out shows at the Milton Keynes Bowl in 1986.

Rather…

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Wed 8th Apr, 2015 | 9:49am

Twelve Angry Men In Leeds

Tom Conti, as Juror 8
Tom Conti, as Juror 8
If proof were ever needed that bigotry is alive and well, then look no further than Leeds and Bradford over the last fortnight...........then pray that you have a benevolent architect in your…

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Wed 8th Apr, 2015 | 8:36am

Jim Stapley

Jim Stapley
Jim Stapley
Jim Stapley released his début album Long Time Coming at the end of 2014.

The aptly titled release was a culmination of over a decades work gigging around the world as the frontman for an array of…

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Thu 23rd Apr, 2015 | 2:18pm

Tour de Yorkshire Artist Unveiled

Gary Verity and Anita Bowerman
Gary Verity and Anita Bowerman
A Yorkshire artist who has already helped put her beloved county on the map is back in the spotlight ahead of a world-class event.

Harrogate-based paper cut artist Anita Bowerman, has been…

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Wed 22nd Apr, 2015 | 3:35pm

David J Markham
Gig Preview: Wire At Leeds Brudenell Social Club - 28 April 2015
By David J Markham
Painter, Arts Critic, Photographer

WIRE make a welcome return to the Leeds Brudenell Social Club on Tuesday, 28th April.

Formed in London in 1976 they've influenced a myriad of groups over the years. While seemingly being part of…

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Mon 20th Apr, 2015 | 9:00pm

Gig Review: Mike And The Mechanics - Sheffield City Hall


Mike Rutherford might have been a founding member of Genesis but he also has his own band with Mike and the Mechanics.

In the late 1980's the band that had vocalists Paul Young (Sad Café) and Paul…

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Sat 18th Apr, 2015 | 11:32am

Heaven 17: Warehouse 23 - Wakefield


It was always going to be a home win for Yorkshire's very own Heaven 17 as they made their first visit to Wakefield.

In the early 1980's Marytn Ware left The Human League to form Heaven 17 with…

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Thu 16th Apr, 2015 | 9:33am

Richard Trinder
Harrogate Theatre: The Business Of Murder
By Richard Trinder
Editor
Robert Gwilym & Paul Opacic playing Stone & Hallett
Robert Gwilym & Paul Opacic playing Stone & Hallett
The Business of Murder is a traditional cat-and-mouse psychological thriller. It builds tension with a string of emotional highs and lows as the various historical interplays between the three…

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Wed 15th Apr, 2015 | 9:00am

Elaine  Annable
TV Review: Poldark - Episodes 3-5
By Elaine Annable
Music Correspondent
Eleanor Tomlinson and Aiden Turner
Eleanor Tomlinson and Aiden Turner
Poldark is the Sunday night costume drama that just keeps on giving. Apart from being drama gold, it is unintentionally amusing on many levels.
Chief amongst these is the anticipation of the many…

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Fri 10th Apr, 2015 | 8:30am

Review: Monica Michael And Blue - Sheffield City Hall

Monica Michael
Monica Michael
Simon Webb from tonight's headliners. Blue introduces Monica Michael on stage. He informs the audience that he was invited to a barbeque by the band's sound engineer who asked him to listen to…

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Thu 9th Apr, 2015 | 11:55am

All Creations Great And Small

'Into the Unknown' by Rene Viner
'Into the Unknown' by Rene Viner
'All Creations Great and Small' is a new exhibition that brings together the considerable talents of artists Robert Dutton, Helen Patterson and Jo Garlick, and sculptor Stef Ottevanger in a…

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Wed 8th Apr, 2015 | 9:21am