5 fab things to do this week

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Our pick of the best events across the region over the next seven days.

1, PANTOMIME

‘Tis the season to be jolly, and what better way to get in to the Christmas spirit than by going to see Cast’s first pantomime, Cinderella which opens today (December 5)?

In this brand new version, written especially for Doncaster, expect plenty of twists, turns and surprises.

There will be live music, beautiful costumes, mayhem and plenty of silly songs. Will Cinderella get to the pick-a-princess ball? Will the Prince fall in love with her? And what about Buttons, what will his fate be? Directed by Cast’s Artistic Director, Kully Thiarai, Cinderella is Cast’s very own production and will have more magic and sparkle than ever seen before.

WHERE: Cast theatre, Waterdale, Doncaster

WHEN: Runs from December 5 until December 31.

HOW MUCH: Tickets cost £16

CONTACT: Call the box office on 01302 303 959 or visit www.castindoncaster.com to book.


2, FAREWELL CONCERT

Earlier this year JLS, who are one of the X Factor’s biggest exports announced they would be calling time on their career.

And this week the award-winning four piece boy band come to the Motorpoint Arena on their Goodbye tour, when people attending can expect to hear songs from the band’s back catalogue such as Beat Again, Everybody in Love and Take a Chance on Me.

This is the last time all four members will perform together, so make sure you get in to see them while you still can!

WHERE: Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield

WHEN: Tuesday from 7.30pm

HOW MUCH: Tickets from £27.50

CONTACT: Call the box office on 0114 2 56 56 56 or visit www.motorpointarenasheffield.co.uk to book.


3, MUSICAL

Don’t miss out on seeing Charles Dickens’ classic, Scrooge, which finishes its run at Leeds Grand Theatre this week.

Starring Tommy Steele, this musical adaptation features stunning sets and costumes, specially created illusions by magician Paul Kieve (acclaimed for the magic effects in the Harry Potter films) and a fantastic musical score which features the Oscar nominated hit Thank You Very Much. And don’t miss Ebenezer, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future and a whole host of other entertaining Dickensian characters

WHERE: Leeds Grand Hall and Theatre

WHEN: Runs until Saturday

HOW MUCH: Tickets from £16

CONTACT: Call 0844 848 2700 or visit www.leedsgrandtheatre.com for more details.


4, MUSIC

South Yorkshire’s very own Kate Rusby comes to town for to showcases the carols and songs learnt through childhood. Come along to hear new variations of familiar carols mostly unheard outside the area together with a selection of old favourites.

This unmissable evening of entertainment will feature songs from Kate’s two albums of Yorkshire-inspired songs and carols. Kate is on tour with her hugely talented band, complete with brass quintet, which should make for a rousing Christmas celebration!

WHERE: Sheffield City Hall

WHEN: Wednesday from 7.30pm

HOW MUCH: Tickets from £15

CONTACT: Call 0114 2 789 789 to book

5, ANNIVERSARY TOUR

This month marks Boyzone’s 20th year, and the quartet are on the road again with their BZ20 anniversary tour which stops off in Leeds.

The band have had 21 singles, 7 albums, 25million record sales, hundreds of gigs and people attending can expect to hits such as Love Me For Reason, Father and Son, No Matter What and When the Going Gets Tough from their extensive back catalogue.

WHERE: Leeds First Direct Arena

WHEN: Monday from 7.30pm

HOW MUCH: Tickets from £35

CONTACT: Call 0844 249 1000 to book.