Listings: Theatre, Amateur Stage, Performance, Dance

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May 23 - May 30 2013

THEATRE

The History Boys: new production of Alan Bennett’s award-winning comedy which sees the play staged in the city where it is set following eight bright boys as they negotiate an ambitious headmaster, polar opposite teaching styles and train for the Oxbridge entrance exam, Crucible Theatre, public dress rehearsal, Thursday, May 16, 7.30pm (£1), previews Friday, Saturday and Monday, 7.30pm (£10), Tuesday, 7.30pm, Wednesday, 7pm, continuing until June 8 (£19-£21).

Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty: Lyceum Theatre, Tuesday to Saturday, 7.45pm, matinees Thursday, 2pm, 7.45pm, Friday, 7.45pm, and Saturday, 3pm, 7.45pm, (£17- £35). See Dance

A Wondrous Place: Inspired by the North of England’s spirit of community and co-operation; writers, artists, theatre makers and actors have come together to create four unique and surprising stories challenging the ‘it’s grim up North’ clichés and exploring fresh and vibrant perspectives on Sheffield, Liverpool, Manchester and Newcastle and what they share,among them Porters Brook by Matt Hartley, Crucible Studio, Thursday, May 23, and Friday, ,7.45pm, Saturday, 2.15pm (£14).

The Count of Monte Cristo: following their acclaimed production of Hyde, Thunder Road bring fresh verve and physicality to Alexandre Dumas’ classic adventure, Pavilion Arts Centre Studio, Buxton, 7.30pm Friday and Saturday, 7.30pm (£6.50); Lantern Theatre, Kenwood Park Road, Nether Edge, Thursday, May 30, to Saturday, 8pm (£10).

Andy and Mike’s Tick Tock Time Machine: Andy Day from CBeebies and comedy partner Mike James with a show suitable for anyone over three and their families, Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield, Saturday, 11.30am and 2.30pm (£12).

Nickelodeon’s Dora the Explorer Live!: Lyceum Theatre, Tuesday, 4pm, Wednesday, 10am, 1pm, 4pm, Thursday, May 30, 10am, 1pm (£16-£18).

AMATEUR STAGE

The Night of the Iguana: The Dilys Guite Players Dilys Guite Players with Tennessee Williams’ last great masterpiece set in the blistering heat of 1940s Mexico about a minister’s shattered faith and his cataclysmic undoing as he questions the principles with which he has led his life, Lantern Theatre, Nether Edge, to Saturday, 8pm (£8).

Deathtrap: Tudor Players present Ira Levin’s comedy thriller in which a Broadway playwright and a student play a murderous game of cat and mouse, Library Theatre, Tudor Square, to Saturday, 7.15pm (£8/ £7, 2853450, tickets@tudorplayers.net).

Bronte/ How Many Miles To Basra: Sheffield College performing arts students are presenting a hard hitting double bill of contrasting contemporary plays, Polly Teale’s exploration of the lives of the three Bronte sisters and their relationship with their brother Branwell, who was addicted to alcohol and drugs, and Colin Teevan’s drama following four soldiers and a woman journalist on a mission in Iraq shortly after the fall of of Saddam Hussein in 2003, Norton College Drama Studio, Dyche Lane, to Friday, 7.15pm (£5/ £3; anyone wanting to bring a younger child to see Bronte only can apply for a refund on half of the ticket cost, 2602600).

Merry Widow: Peak Performance production, Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield, Wednesday to Saturday, 7.30pm, Saturday matinee 2.30pm (£12).

PERFORMANCE

Little Last Laugh: Dave Twentyman, Tom Toal, David Marshall and John Scott are on the bill, The Lescar, Lescar Lane, Sharrowvale Road, Hunters Bar, Thursday, May 23, 8pm (£8/£5 NUS).

Last Laugh Comedy Club: Jamie Sutherland, Gavin Webster and John Scott are on the bill, followed by the infamous DJ Foxy’s cheesy disco, Memorial Hall, Friday and Saturday,, 8pm (£16, order food and drink on 2210317, www.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk/lastlaugh).

Barry Cryer Twitter Titters with Colin Sell: the I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Club pals, Civic Theatre, Rotherham, Friday, 7.30pm (£15).

Neil Innes - Another Chance to Get it Right: one-man show by the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band, Rutles and Innes Book of Records musical funny man spiced with anecdotes, Barnsley Civic, Saturday, 8pm (£14/£12).

LEE NELSON: the irrepressibly chirpy comedy personna of Simon Brodkin, Memorial Hall, Tuesday, 7.30pm (£22.50).

Little Last Laugh: Danny McLoughllin and Chris Martin are on the bill, The Lescar, Lescar Lane, Sharrowvale Road, Hunters Bar, Thursday, May 30, 8pm (£8/£5 NUS).

Spotlight Comedy Club: with Gary Delaney, Ian D Montfort and MC Anthony J Brown, The Winding Wheel, Holywell Street, Chesterfield, Thursday, April 28 8pm, doors 7pm (£11/£9, £6 student).

DANCE

Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty: the adventurous choreographer returns to the music of Tchaikovsky to complete a dazzling trio of ballet masterworks following the international smash hit, Swan Lake, and Nutcracker! with his regular design collaborators, Lez Brotherston (set and costumes) and Paule Constable (lighting) and music in specially recorded surround sound, Lyceum Theatre, Thursday, 2pm, 7.45pm, Friday, 7.45pm, and Saturday, 3pm, 7.45pm (£17- £35).

Phoenix Dance; on their first visit to Chesterfield presenting works by Jose Agudo, Richard Alston, Douglas Thorpe and Sharon Watson, Pomegranate Theatre, Chesteerfield, Thursday, May 23, 7.30pm (£15/ £11.50, children £9).

Yorkshire Chandelier: womens clog dance team, The Travellers, Oxspring, , Thursday, May 23, 8pm, Tudor Square, Sheffield city centre, Thursday, May 30, 8pm.