Arts Update:

My Fair Lady by Loewe.
My Fair Lady by Loewe.

With this year’s Christmas musical, Oliver!, up and running at the Crucible, Sheffield Theatres can proudly announce that last year’s show, My Fair Lady, has been nominated for Best Regional Production at the WhatsOnStage Awards.

Directed by Sheffield Theatres’ Artistic Director Daniel Evans, with Dominic West and Carly Bawden (pictured) in the leading roles, the sell-out production was also recently nominated for Best Musical Production in the UK Theatre Awards.

The WhatsOnStage Awards are the only major theatre awards to be decided by the public. – To vote for My Fair Lady in the Best Regional Production category, go to – Voting closes on January 31 and the presentation will be at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London on February 23.

Bradbury & Blanchard are holding their inaugural Winter Group Show at their gallery on Mary Street to mark the end of a successful first year.

The exhibition, which has a private view tonight (December 12) – features a pieces by artists from around the world working in printmaking, painting, illustration, photography, animation and sculpture, all for sale.

They are Aida, Amandine Urruty, Anacao, Asuka Ohsawa, Ben Suckout, Bob 2, Chris Jarratt, Daniel Sparkes, Dominic Kesterton, Emilie Taylor, Faunagraphic, Florence Blanchard, Ged Wells, Ghostpatrol, Giro Day, Hedof, Horphe, HuskMitNavn, – James Green, Jan Garet, Jerome Cambell, Jo Peel, John Atherton, Jon Boam, Jon Cannon, Jonathan Wilkinson, Kid Acne, Kyle Hughes-Odgers, Mark Drew, Mina Hamada, Nelio, Nug, Ozzy Lister, Petro, RCF1, Russell Maurice, Sarah Hardesty, Sophie Alda, TADO, Tara Mcpherson, Theo Simpson, Tom J Newell and – Zosen.

The gallery is open on Saturdays, noon to 6pm or during the week by appointment via email to

Alan Bennett’s The History Boys, performed earlier this year at the Crucible, – has been voted the nation’s favourite play.

Since September a poll commissioned by English Touring Theatre has been running – the first of its kind – in which theatre fans were asked to nominate their favourite English language play.

Voted second was Noises Off by Michael Frayn, followed by Hamlet by William Shakespeare, Arcadia by Tom Stoppard, The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde, – Jerusalem by Jez Butterworth and – An Inspector Calls by J B Priestley.

Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, Macbeth and King Lear completed the top 10 list.

ETO – will incorporate many – into their 21st anniversary 2014 season.

A piece premiered by the Bolsterstone Male Voice Choir, John Surman’s Lifelines, has won the 2013 British Composer Award for Contemporary Jazz Composition.

Commissioned last year by Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and BBC Radio 3, it was performed by the Bolsterstone Male Voice Choir, alongside John Surman (pictured) on saxophone and Howard Moody (piano/ organ), it was also heard at the London Jazz Festival.

This award comes shortly before the choir celebrate their – 80th year in 2014 and they will be performing it at a series of anniversary events, along with a new piece written for them by Howard Moody.