Top 3 Stage-shows in Sheffield (Mon. 19 Dec. – Sun. 1 Jan.)


There are some great shows coming to the Sheffield stage, Mon. 19 Dec. – Sun. 1 Jan. 2017. Social Sheffield Stage Editor, Valerie Monti Holland, shares her recommendations.

1. – Boris, The Musical!

Library Theatre, Central Library, Tudor Square, S1 1XZ
Tues. 20 Dec. – Wed. 21 Dec., 19:00 doors open.
Tickets: Pay what you feel. Buy tickets here.

Part farce, part black comedy, part satire is how writer Laurence Peacock describes this ‘anti-musical’. All genres of musical theatre are represented in the original score which is both mocking and joyous.

Boris tells the story of that most opportunistic of politicians who gambled a nation’s fate and to his own unbelieving surprise, won. “Won what?” we wonder as the three days between the Brexit result and Theresa May appointing him Foreign Secretary see him sinking into disgrace and shame as the media portray him as the ultimate buffoon.

Having seen the production in September, I can heartily recommend it as a sometimes shocking, often rude and always hilarious new musical.

2. – The Snow Child

The Crucible Studio, S1 2LG
Wed., 14 Dec. 2016 – Sat., 7 Jan. 2017
Tickets: From £10.00 with family packages. Buy tickets here.

In the midst of the holiday season, when everything seems colourful and loud and potentially overwhelming, The Snow Child stands out as a calm and quiet refuge from the bustle of Christmas and is suitable for children from three years old (though I’m taking my favourite 2-year-old too).

Living in a wintry wonderland, a happy couple long for a child. Magic helps them fashion one out of snow and through loving and caring for her, she comes to life. This warm and moving story unfolds through live music and puppetry. As there’s little language it is suitable for hearing impaired people as well as non-English speakers.

Dancing Brick in collaboration with Unicorn Theatre has adapted a number of Russian folktales to create this magical tale that finds new life in the winter that is threatened by spring.


3. – The Great Gatsby

Moor Theatre Delicatessen, 17 The Moor, S1 4PF
1 – 31 Dec., 19:30 – 22:00 (except Sundays); Midnight Matinees 10th, 17th, 30th Dec., 23:59
Tickets:  Early Bird £13, £20, Concs. £15. Buy tickets here.

The Great Gatsby is one of the most acclaimed and adapted novels of the 20th century making it a challenge for any company looking to add new understanding. The immersive theatre experience offers fresh perspectives with staging that can be incredibly intimate and scenes that feel uncomfortable to watch. We personally meet and warm to each of the seven characters who are both likeable and flawed.

The Great Gatsby is the most talked about production of the Sheffield holiday season. If you’ve not yet seen it, you still have two weeks of performances in which to do so. But be warned, weekend and midnight performances are nearly all sold out. A New Year’s Eve party follows the final show and a special ticket price reflects this.

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