Pick of the week

Comic Ken Dodd
Comic Ken Dodd

A packed line-up of top shows this week which will leave audiences tickled pink

Thursday

exhibition: Soak up come culture with the Turner and Monroe Master exhibition at Sheffield’s Graves Gallery. The exhibition features fine watercolours by artists including Thomas Girtin and John Sell Coltman. Runs until April 13. Opens at 10am. Entry is free. Contact 0114 278 2600.

dance: Arabesque School of Dance presents Stars of 45 at Doncaster Civic Theatre. Starts 7pm, Saturday matinee 2pm. Runs to Saturday. Tickets £7.50 or £6.50 concessions. Call 01302 342349 or online at www.doncastercivic.co.uk

Friday

Theatre: Acorn Antiques - The Musical, Sheffield Lyceum. An all-singing extravaganza about an antiques shop in Manchesterford and its owner, Miss Babs’ struggle to keep it open. First seen on BBC television over 25 years ago, written by Victoria Wood and starring Julie Walters, it has remained a firm favourite of the nation ever since. Acorn Antiques – The Musical is brought to you by Croft House Theatre Company. Starts 7.15pm. Tickets are £10–£20. Call the box office on 0114 249 6000.

Cabaret: How To Read Minds and Influence People at York Theatre Royal. Have you ever wanted to read someone’s mind? Doug Segal reckons he can teach you that and more in his multi-award winning hit show How To Read Minds And Influence People and make you laugh in process. Tickets - £15, £12 concessions, £8 students and under 25s. Call 01904 623568.

Saturday

gig: Limehouse Lizzy, a tribute to Thin Lizzy rock out at Scunthorpe’s Plowright Theatre. Renowned for an action packed pyrotechnic fuelled explosion of a show, Limehouse Lizzy continue to keep the spirit of Celtic Rock icon Phil Lynott and his band alive. Expect tracks like Whisky in the Jar and The Boys are back in Town. Starts 7.30pm, tickets £16.

gig : 1990s Manchester baggy icons Inspiral Carpets bring their Back To life tour to Sheffield Leadmill. Following summer festival appearances, the band have announced that they are performing their debut album Life for the first time in its entirety on a full UK tour. Tickets £16.50 online from Ticketmaster.

opera: The Firework-Maker’s Daughter - Hull Truck Theatre. This new opera is a vivid re-telling of the award-winning children’s novel by author Philip Pullman, with a libretto by Glyn Maxwell. David Bruce’s music, bursting with colour and energy, sparkles with humour and musical fireworks of its own and is brought to life by magical puppetry. Runs until Tuesday. Saturday 7pm, Monday 1pm and 7pm, Tuesday 1pm. Tickets Adults £12.50, children (under 12) £8.50 children’s workshop and ticket £15. Call 01482 323 638.

Sunday

comedy: Ken Dodd’s Happiness Show - Leeds Grand Theatre. Dodd is revered as one of Britain’s funniest comedians. He has enjoyed a career spanning over 50 years during which he has received numerous awards. His numerous showbiz honours include the first ever Living Legend Award from the British Comedy Society, a Lifetime Achievement in the British Comedy Awards, and in his home city of Liverpool, he has been voted Greatest Merseysider Of All Time. Tickets £19.50 - £22.50. Call 0844 848 2700.

Monday

Theatre: The Gospel of Matthew.- Scunthorpe Baths Hall. Acclaimed by critics and audiences in theatres and churches throughout the UK, award winning actor George Dillon presents an unforgettable vision of Jesus in his highly intense, very human and occasionally humorous performance of the first Gospel, with an original musical score and video backdrop. Tickets £8.50, Call 0844 854 2776.

Theatre: Refugee Boy - West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds. Poet and playwright Lemn Sissay has adapted this powerful, startling new play from Benjamin Zephaniah’s acclaimed novel, first published in 2001 and now a worldwide phenomenon. As a violent civil war rages back home, teenager Alem and his father are in a B&B in Berkshire. 
It’s his best holiday ever. The next morning his father is gone. He’s left a note explaining that his parents want to protect Alem from the war. This strange country is now his home. A gripping production which pulses with energy, anger, loss and beauty. Tickets £10-£18. Call 0113 213 770.

Tuesday

basketball: The world-famous Harlem Globetrotters are bouncing back for more slam dunk family fun at Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena. The Globetrotters will bring their 2013 You Write The Rules world tour to the venue at 7.30pm Tickets are priced from £12.50. For more information call 0114 256 5656 or online at http://www.motorpointarenasheffield.co.uk

Kids: Spot’s Birthday Party - Sheffield Lyceum. David Wood - The Gingerbread Man, The BFG, The Tiger Who Came To Tea, Meg and Mog Show- has taken Eric Hill’s characters and woven them into a bright and colourful, musical entertainment that both educates and entertains. It is the perfect introduction to theatre for young children. This musical play premieres David Wood’s re-working of his original production of Spot’s Birthday Party. Recommended for ages two-plus. Runs until tomorrow. Tuesday 1.30pm, Wednesday 10.30am and 1.30pm. Tickets £12.50.

Wednesday

Exhibition: Sheffield is celebrating 100 years of stainless steel and to commemorate the anniversary there will be several exhibitions such as Art, Chemistry and Colour in Metalwork at Sheffield’s Millennium Gallery. Entry free.

theatre: A Play, a Pie and a Pint - Hull Truck Theatre. Following the Triple Trawler Tragedy of 1968, Lily Bilocca campaigned vigorously for the safety of Hull’s fishermen. She got results - and she paid a price. Tickets £8. Call 01482 323638.

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