LISTINGS: Theatre, Amateur Stage, Performance and Dance May 5 - May 12 , 2011

THEATRE

Midnight Tango, Lyceum Theatre, Thursday, 2pm, 7.45pm, Friday, 7.45pm, and Saturday, 4pm, 7.45pm (£17- £29). See Dance

Once in A House on Fire, Monkeywood Theatre with an inspiring new play which follows a family growing up in 1970s Manchester, based on the memoir by Andrea Ashworth, Civic, Hanson Street, Barnsley, Thursday, May 5, 7.30pm (£10 /£8).

The Interminable Suicide of Gregory Church, , latest monologue by bearded eccentric comic from Denby Dale, Daniel Kitson, imagines a man who writes 57 notes to assorted people before he could bring himself to end it all, Crucible Theatre, Saturday, 7.30pm (£10-£12).

Entertaining Mr Sloane, Tabs Productions with the fiendish comedy by Joe Orton, Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield, Tuesday-Saturday, 7.30pm, Saturday matinee 3pm (£11/ £8.50, £7.50 children).

The Last Miner, using puppetry, light and an innovative soundscape, Tortoise in a Nutshell present an immersive, original tale remembering an amazing life amongst the coal dust, recommended for ages 7+, Barnsley Civic, Sunday, 2.30pm ( £8 /£6, £20 family ticket).

Tell Me On A Sunday, TV and West End favourite Claire Sweeney in Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black’s musical charting the romantic misadventures of a young English girl in America, Lyceum Theatre, Monday-Saturday, 7.45pm (£14-£28). See pages 22 & 23

NT Connections, Sheffield Theatres is working in partnership with the National Theatre to present a six-day festival of specially-commissioned new plays for actors aged 13-19 at the Crucible: Shooting Truth by Molly Davies (Winterhill College) and Cloud Busting by Helen Blakeman (Easy Street Theatre Company), Monday; Gargantua by Carl Grose (Oceantide Entertainments) and Too Fast by Douglas Maxwell (Theatreworks), Tuesday; Bassett by James Graham (CAST Youth Ensemble) and Shooting Truth (The Priory City of Lincoln Academy), Wednesday; The Beauty Manifesto by Nell Leyshon (Trent College) and Bassett (Hope Valley College), Thursday, May 12; Bassett (The Manor School) and Those Legs by Noel Clarke (Flying High Youth Theatre), Friday; The Beauty Manifesto (Junk Shop Theatre Company) and Frank and Ferdinand by Samuel Adamson (Lodestar Tuition), Saturday; all at 7pm.

Of Mice and Men, Mind the Gap with their award-winning adaptation of John Steinbeck’s classic featuring a cast of two learning disabled and one non-disabled actor, The Blue Shed, Brightside Lane, Wednesday, 7.45pm and Thursday, May 12, 1.15pm, 7.45pm. See pages 22 & 23

AMATEUR STAGE

Abigail’s Party, Ecclesall Theatre Company with Mike Leigh’s classic comedy of suburbia, Ecclesall Parish Hall, Ringinglow Road, to Saturday, 7.30pm (£5/ £3, 2308842, www:ecclesalltheatre.com).

My Fair Lady, Greasbrough Operatic Society, Civic Theatre, Catherine Street, Rotherham, to Saturday, 7.15pm (£10/ £8, 01709 361462/519125).

It Runs In The Family, Midland Players with a Ray Cooney farce, University Drama Studio, Glossop Road, to Saturday, 7.30pm (£7, 2361186, www.midlandplayers.co.uk).

Return to the Forbidden Planet, Sheffield University Performing Arts Society, Library Theatre, Tudor Square, to Saturday,

The Importance of Being Earnest, Chesterfield Playgoers present the Oscar Wilde classic comedy, Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield, to Saturday, 7.30pm, Saturday matinee 3pm (£10/ £8, £7.50 children).

Under Milk Wood, the senior section of Abbeydale Picture House Youth Theatre present their first straight drama presentation, Dylan Thomas’s powerful and iconic play revealing the sights, sounds, voices, dreams and innermost thoughts during a day in the life of the inhabitants of the Welsh village, Llareggub, Abbeydale Picture House, Abbeydale Road, Friday and Saturday, 7.15pm (£10, £6 children, 07775 966 106 or pay on the door, proceeds to the renovation of the Picture House).

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, the Dilys Guite Players Tim Stoppard’s all-time favourite British comedy , Lantern Theatre, Kenwood Park Road, Nether Edge, Thursday, May 12, to Saturday, Monday to Saturday, 7.30pm (£7).

The Perfect Murder, Phoenix Players present the Jeffrey Archer courtroom thriller adapted for the stage by Henry Janes, Civic Theatre, Catherine Street, Rotherham, Monday-Saturday, 7.15pm (£7).

Dry Rot, the Tudor Players with the Whitehall farce by John Chapman, Library Theatre, Tudor Square, Tuesday-Saturday, 7.15pm (£7/ £6. 2853450, www.tudorplayers.net).

Carousel, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s popular musical in a Manor Operatic Society staging directed by Richard Bradford with Keeley Kilby and Simon Hance in the lead roles. City Hall, Wednesday-Saturday, 7.15pm, plus Saturday, 2pm (£6.50-£16, 01709 365108). See pages 22 & 23

PERFORMANCE

The Little Last Laugh, with James Cook, Barry Dodds and Michael Legge, The Lescar, Sharrow Vale Road, Hunters Bar, Thursday, May 5, 9pm, doors 8.15pm (£8, advance booking advisable 0845 2519017).

Merry Hell Comedy Night, with Rob Rouse and Michael Legge, The Greystones, Greystones Road, Thursday, May 5, 8pm.

Ed Byrne Crowd Pleaser, comedy from the hirsute Irishman, Winding Wheel, Chesterfield, Thursday, May 5, 7.30pm (£20).

Last Laugh Comedy Club, resident compere Toby Foster introduces Barry Dodds, Michael Legge and Roger Monkhouse, plus food, late bar and disco, Memorial Hall, Friday and Saturday, 8pm, doors 7pm (£16).

Cabaret Boom Boom, venturing away from its Walkley based with an extra large bill features international mime Les Bubb, Bruce Airhead inside a very large balloon, outrageous puppetry from Ruff Daddy plus two top circus acts, diablo master Dave Procter and acrobatic duo Moulin Rouge, as well the regular comperes and crew, Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, Friday, 8pm to midnight (£13/ £10, 2345536/ 2493461); Barnsley Civic, Saturday.

Jimmy Carr – Laughter Therapy, Doncaster Dome, Lakeside, Doncaster, Friday, doors 7.30pm (£25).

Jeremy Hardy, the Radio 4 comic from the News Quiz, I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue and Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation, Barnsley Civic, Friday, 8pm ( £14 /£12).

Tim Minchin and His Orchestra, the Aussie comedy minstrel is back on the road with his biggest live show ever with brand new songs, some Minchin classics, but as never heard before - with the 55 piece Heritage Orchestra, Motorpoint Arena Sheffield, Broughton Lane, Tuesday, 7.30pm (£35)..

Tim Vine: The Joke-amotive, The Octagon, University of Sheffield Students’ Union, Western Bank, Wednesday, 7.30pm (£17 / £15, 2228777, sheffieldstudentsunion.com, facebook.com/flash.sheffield).

Comedy Club, Greg Davies, Doncaster Dome, Lakeside, Doncaster, Friday, 8pm (£15).

DANCE

Midnight Tango, Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace from the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing lead company of tango wizards bringing to life all the drama, sensuality and elegance of the exciting dance form, all set in a late-night bar in downtown Buenos Aires, Lyceum Theatre, Thursday, 2pm, 7.45pm, Friday, 7.45pm, and Saturday, 4pm, 7.45pm (£17- £29),

MapDance, mixed bill from s one of the leading postgraduate dance companies in the UK, Civic, Hanson Street, Barnsley, Wednesday, 7.30pm (£12/ £10).