Sheffield is home to some of the country’s best theatre and performance. It is about time we started shouting about and sharing it! Each week I, Julia White, will be helping you out, by bringing you my suggestions of the best things to see on the Sheffield stage in the week ahead. Here are my picks for the week, Mon. 1 – Sun. 7 May 2017.
1. – Orpheus
Moor Theatre Delicatessen, The Moor, S1 4PF
Tues. 2 May – Thurs. 4 May
Tickets: £7.84 – £10.99. Buy tickets here.
This week Theatre Delicatessen opens its doors to the final season of theatre to fill the old Woolworth’s building on The Moor. The beloved space has been home to pop up, immersive, experimental, award winning theatre for the past two years and its closing season presents some truly astonishing productions.
Opening Tuesday 2nd May, Orpheus is set to present a ‘ruddy gorgeous’ (Lyn Gardener) rendition of the most romantic of Greek myths – the love story of Orpheus and Eurydice.
I saw this wonderful piece of musical, spoken word theatre at a small showing at the Vault Festival back in March and although I will admit I knew very little about the original Greek myth, this modern telling of heartache and death-defying love utterly captivated the intimate audience. Telling the story of 30-year-old Dave ‘stood with his mates at the bar’ this mix of poetry and song woven into a maze of ancient gods, dive bars and karaoke is unmistakably genius.
Written and performed by Alex Wright and Phil Granger.
2. – Fantastic Mr Fox
The Lyceum, Tudor Square, S1 2LG
Tues. 2 May – Sat. 6 May
Tickets: £11.50 – £22.00. Buy tickets here.
As the Snooker comes to a halt for another year at Sheffield Theatres, its curtain rises on some fantastic and rather foxy theatre…
To commemorate the Roald Dahl centenary celebrations Sam Holcroft has adapted the infamous story (a particular favourite of mine aged 6) for the stage. Taking apart the genius of Roald Dahl’s original text the production brings life to the much-loved animal characters of Fantastic Mr Fox. With all the story’s original cheek and glory as the animals rather marvellously outwit their enemies, Boggis, Bunce and Bean, the production is sure to enliven any family outing.
3. – Leadmill Comedy Club
The Leadmill, Leadmill Road, S1 4SE
Weds. 3 May
Tickets: General Admission from £6, Table Tickets (Seats up to 4 people and guarantees a table) £28. Buy tickets here.
On the first Wednesday of every month, The Leadmill plays host to some of the UK’s finest emerging stand-up comedians. On Weds 3 May, this means Nathan Caton (from Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo, and Russell Howard’s Good News), Irish comedian Chris Kent (who has no fewer than three critically acclaimed Edinburgh shows under his belt), and fellow Emerald Islander, Eleanor Tiernan (well-known for her compulsive over-thinkery and dry deadpan delivery). MCing the night is comedian Jon Pearson.
Food is available on the night, brought to you by Street Food Chef.
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