What’s On February 17-23, 2011

Vampires Rock is playing at the Doncaster Civic Theatre.

Vampires Rock is playing at the Doncaster Civic Theatre.

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TODAY

theatre: Doncaster Little Theatre – Abigail’s Party

Mike Leigh’s classic comedy of bad manners is relocated to 1977 Doncaster where housewife Beverley Moss and her estate agent husband Laurence hold a drinks party for the neighbours which coincides with teenager Abigail’s bash for her pals next door. In spite of the play’s title, all the action is set in Beverley’s living room – and Abigail is never seen.

The production, by the Doncaster Little Theatre company, runs nightly until Saturday. Starts 7.30pm. Tickets £8, concs £6, from the Box Office on 01302 340422.

musicaL: The Dome, Doncaster – Annie

It’s a Hard Knock Life for little orphan Annie, the New York workhouse girl with the curly red hair who’s looking for a rich old man to adopt her. Expect all the classic songs from the original Broadway show including “Tomorrow” and “Easy Street”. The show stars Sue Pollard. Starts 7pm. Performances nightly until Saturday. Tickets £19.50 to £26.50 from the Box Office on 01302 370777.

THEATRE: Rotherham Civic Theatre – On a Night Like This

Follow the tale of middle-aged, middle-class Richard Jackson – a man seemingly content with his lot. That is, until he calls in a pair of decorators who are party animals with a devotion to Northern Soul music. One night when Richard’s family are away, a chance meeting with the decorators and their wives turns into a wild and unpredictable night on the town with both hilarious and disastrous consequences for everyone. Starts 7.15pm. Performances nightly until Saturday. Tickets £7 from the Box Office on 01709 823621 and www.rotherham.gov.uk/theatres

MUSIC: Mexborough Athletic Club – Jam night

Bring along your instruments, plug in and play your hearts out at this popular weekly event. Drum kit, PA system and amps provided. Bring your own guitars etc. Starts 8.30pm. Free admission.

comedy: Sheffield Arena – Russell Howard

The funnyman is barely off our TV screens now, but for those who can’t bear a night without him, he’ll be performing his best gags live in Sheffield. Starts 8pm. Tickets £25, from the Box Office on 0114 2565656 and www.motorpointarena.co.uk

FRIDAY

THEATRE: Doncaster Civic Theatre – Vampires Rock

Evil Baron Von Rockula is the owner of the Live and Let Die club, where he’s in search of a new bride. His rock and roll adventures are played out with a rock soundtrack of classic hits including “We Will Rock You”, Bat Out Of Hell”, and “Sweet Child Of Mine” and “I love Rock N Roll”, performed by the all-singing and dancing cast. Starts 7.30pm. For strictly over 14s only. Tickets £19, from the Box Office on 01302 324349 and www.doncastercivic.co.uk

MUSIC: The Lamproom Theatre, Barnsley – The Band of the Yorkshire Regiment

The regimental band, linked to the 4th Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment, perform their repertoire. Starts 8pm. Tickets £10, from the Box Office on 01226 200075.

music: The Academy Theatre, Birdwell – The Solicitors

These international stars of Northern Soul are playing Motown classics and “Celtic Soul”. All proceeds to fund children’s costumes at the theatre. Starts 7pm. Tickets £8, from the Box Office on 01226 744442.

SATURDAY

OUTDOORS: Thrybergh Country Park – A Step in the Right Direction

Help the Rangers and countryside volunteers restore this beauty spot by installing steps and building a bridge. No experience needed – just turn up at 10.30am. Call 01709 835904 for more details.

wrestling: Denaby and Cadeby Miners Welfare, Denaby Main – UWE wrestling show

Watch Brad Flash and his team of grapplers in a night of non-stop wrestling action. Starts 7pm. Tickets £3 on the door.

comedy: Barnsley Lamproom Theatre – An evening with Mike Harding

The man once described as “The grandfather of alternative comedy” arrives with his guitar and a lot of daft stories for his first tour in 15 years. Starts 7.30pm. Tickets £15, from the Box Office on 01226 200075.

COMEDY: Sheffield Arena – John Bishop

Bishop is another award-winning comic who seems inescapable at the moment so why not chase him for a change, by catching his show at the arena. Doors open 7pm. Tickets £25, from the Box Office on 0114 2565656 and www.motorpointarena.co.uk

MUSICAL: Doncaster Civic Theatre – Phantom and the Musical’s

Barry Walker’s Smackee arrives to perform the greatest hits from Broadway and the West End, including Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables and West Side Story. Starts 7.30pm. Tickets £16, concs £15, from the Box Office on 01302 324349 and www.doncastercivic.co.uk

POP: Sheffield City Hall – James Blunt

The Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter – famous for smash single You’re Beautiful – brings his acoustic-tinged pop, rock and folk to Sheffield. Starts 7.45pm. Tickets £29.50, from the Box Office on 0114 2789789.

MONDAY

GHOSTS: Sheffield City Centre – Steel City Ghost Tour

Spend your evening in terror on a tour of the city’s most haunted places! Join Mr P Dreadful for a walking tour of the dark heart of the city. Tour starts from the Town Hall steps on Pinstone Street at 7.30pm and runs to 9.30pm. Tickets £5 – pay at the start.

TUESDAY

TALK: Weston Park Museum, Sheffield – History of Football

Are you footy crazy? If so, and you’ve got a boring Tuesday in prospect, you could take a train to this lovely city park and learn about how the game began – from the staff and officials of the world’s first football club, Sheffield FC, who formed in 1857. The interactive talk includes replicas of historic shirts, footballs and other memorabilia. Runs from 11-11.45am. Suitable for ages five and over. Adults £2. Places should be booked in advance on 0114 278 2655 or by emailing learning@museums-sheffield.org.uk

KIDS THEATRE: Doncaster Civic Theatre – Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Life is good in the Enchanted Forest, where circus performers Daddy Bear and Mummy Bear, have retired to a cottage to raise their energetic son, Baby Bear, away from the pressures of show business. That is until Goldilocks’ stepmother, Baroness Sneer, arrives to complete her coat collection… with Baby Bear fur! Can Goldilocks save the day? Starts 1pm. Tickets £7, from the Box Office on 01302 324349 and www.doncastercivic.co.uk

WEDNESDAY

POP: Sheffield Arena – Usher

The US singer and dancer plays his biggest RnB hits including his latest hit DJ’s Got Us Falling in Love, which is in the charts right now. He is supported by Tinchy Stryder. Starts 7.30pm. Tickets £40 from the Box Office on 0114 2565656 and www.motorpointarena.co.uk