What’s on this week

Roy Wood
Roy Wood

Our pick of the best events across the region as the countdown to Christmas begins.

1, ROCK AND ROLL CHRISTMAS

Wizzard’s festive tune, I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day, heralds the beginning of the season of good will for many.

And this week, Roy Wood, founder of Wizzard and ELO, comes to Sheffield to celebrate the festive season with his Rock and Roll Christmas Party, where he will perform his festive chart-topper.

Roy will be playing with his legendary rock and roll band, and people attending should expect all the hits including I Can Hear The Grass Grow, Flowers In The Rain, Blackberry Way, California Way and See My Baby Jive.

So what better way to begin your Christmas celebrations than with Roy Wood and his Rock and Roll Christmas Party?

WHERE: Sheffield City Hall

WHEN: Today (December 19) from 7pm

HOW MUCH: Tickets cost £20

CONTACT: Visit www.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk or call the box office on 0114 2789 789

2, DRAMATIC READING

One hundred and sixty years after Charles Dickens’ first performance, dramatic readings of A Christmas Carol continue to enchant and captivate audiences of any age. And this week two actors will follow in Dickens’ footsteps at the Cast theatre, presenting a faithful rendition of this ever popular Christmas story.

The two actors will speak the words from the original novel and portray all the iconic characters between them including; Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim and of course Ebenezer Scrooge.

WHERE: Cast theatre, Waterdale, Doncaster

WHEN: Saturday, with showings at 11am and 2.15pm

HOW MUCH: Tickets cost £10

CONTACT: Visit www.castindoncaster.com or call the box office on 01302 303959

3, PANTOMIME

Family pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk, starring everyone’s favourite Dame, the hilarious Damian Williams, and the energetic former Steps singer, Ian H Watkins, is currently enjoying a run in Sheffield.

The show has been written and directed by Paul Hendy and produced by the same team who brought you the sensational, record breaking Cinderella.

With stunning sets, comedy, audience participation and breathtaking special effects (there’s even a break-dancing pantomime cow!), Jack and the Beanstalk promises to be Sheffield Theatres funniest and most spectacular pantomime ever.

WHERE: Sheffield Lyceum Theatre

WHEN: Runs until January 5

HOW MUCH: Tickets from £15

CONTACT: Call the box office on 0114 249 6000 or visit www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk to book

4, MUSIC

Leeds-based indie band, The Pigeon Detectives, are back on the road again as part of their UK tour which this week brings them to Sheffield.

Known for their blend of rock and roll, and indie sound which is reminiscent of the Brit pop era, the band are bound to get you dancing like it’s 1995.

This tour follows the release of The Pigeon Detectives’ latest album, We Met at Sea, and people attending can expect a Christmas show filled with hits.

WHERE: The Leadmill, Sheffield

WHEN: Saturday at 7.30pm

HOW MUCH: Tickets cost £12.50

CONTACT: Visit www.leadmill.co.uk or call the box office on 0114 221 2828 to book.

5, CHRISTMAS COMEDY

Head over to Leeds for a Christmas comedy night, featuring some of the best performers on the comedy circuit at the moment.

Benny Boot is an excellent compere who has been nominated for a host of awards and is highly regarded by fellow comedians, press and audiences across the UK and beyond.

Benny will be joined by Jeff Innocent and Danny Deegan.

WHERE: HiFi club, Leeds

WHEN: Saturday, 8.45pm and 11pm

HOW MUCH: Tickets cost £12

CONTACT: Call the box office on 0113 242 7353 or visit http://www.thehificlub.co.uk to book