There are some great shows coming to the Sheffield stage, Mon. 12 Dec. – Sun 18 Dec. 2016. Social Sheffield Stage Editor, Valerie Monti Holland, shares her recommendations.
1. – Annie Get Your Gun
Fri. 9 Dec. – Sat. 21 Jan. 2017, 19:15 for evening performances, 14:15 for matinees
Tickets: Previews (9 – 13 Dec) £20.00; 14 Dec. – 21 Jan. £27.50 – £47.00. Buy tickets here.
A battle of wills and the sexes with dancing and singing and enough feel good factor to help you forget the darkness outside – Annie Get Your Gun is the Crucible’s festive offering this year. The Wild West musical about Annie Oakley, a sharp shooter who strikes up a romance with another gun toter, Frank Butler features songs like ‘There’s No Business Like Show Business’ (is that where that came from?), ‘Anything You Can Do’ and ‘I Got The Sun In The Morning And The Moon At Night’ – you probably know more about it than you think you do. With Anna-Jane Casey in the lead role, it’s sure to be a quality Christmas outing.
There are audio-described, captioned, signed and dementia-friendly performances all in the new year to ensure accessibility for all.
2. – The Wizard of Oz
The Montgomery, Surrey Street, S1 2LG
Sat. 17 Dec. 14:00 and 19:00
Tickets: From £13.00 with family packages. Buy tickets here.
APL’s Christmas production of The Snow Queen last year sold out and the solid reputation for excellent traditional family theatre continues with the timeless story of The Wizard of Oz. Adaptations from much-loved films are a challenge for theatre companies and audiences alike; it’s a bold move especially at Christmas. However, there’s an intriguing promise to ‘rediscover the real story’ as this version is adapted from L. Frank Baum’s story. The production features all of the characters, some of the songs as well as original compositions. It’s suitable for ages 4 and up depending on their tolerance of witches and special effects (but I know plenty of adults who still quake at the Wicked Witch of the West!).
3. – Comedy Keller Xmas
Original Bierkeller, 104 West St, Sheffield S1 4EP
Sun. 18 Dec., 16:00 doors open, 20:00 show starts
Tickets: Early bird £3.00, £5.00 on the door, ‘seat and stein’ special rates. Buy tickets here.
This monthly comedy night hosts a special Christmas double bill with dry-as-a bone Archie Kelly headlining after a sold out run in Manchester with the Phoenix Nights Comic Relief Shows. Archie has featured on Max & Paddy’s Road to Nowhere as well as Shameless, Coronation Street and The Street. Tom Wrigglesworth’s comic storytelling as seen on Russell Howard’s Good News, Edinburgh Comedy Show and Live at the Comedy Store provides a sharp contrast. Both have received 5 star reviews and garnered much praise over the years of touring the circuit. With three other local comedians, this is great value for a fiver on the door.
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