LISTINGS: Theatre, Amateur Stage, Performance and Dance Mar 31 - Apr 7


Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, co-production with Northern Stage of Edward Albee’s Sixties American classic, a funny and emotionally raw rollercoaster ride into the darkest depths of love and marriage with Sian Thomas and Jasper Britton as the bickering George and Martha, Crucible Theatre, daily (except Sundays), 7.30pm until April 7, matinee Wednesday (£10- £23).

Avenue Q, Tony-Award winning musical like Sesame Street for adults with actors and puppets portraying bunch of loveably hopeless characters on a downtown New York street, Lyceum Theatre, Thursday, March 31, 7.45pm, Friday, 5.30pm and 8.30pm, Saturday, 4pm, 7.45pm (£15 - £31). Review, page 27

I Met A Man Who Wasn’t There, world premiere of a contemporary supernatural thriller by Philip Meeks in which Philip Madoc plays a once famous psychic visited by an investigative journalist (Casualty’s Cathy Shipton) leading to the unearthing of terrible secrets, Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield, Thursday, March 31, and Friday, 7.30pm, Saturday, 3pm, 7.30pm (£13/ £10, children £8).

The Unknown Land, Cotton Grass Theatre Company with a play for one actor and many characters by local writer Caroline Small telling of is the tale of one man’s journey to the end of the earth and deep inside his own mind, inspired by the deeds of 19th century Arctic explorers, Inuit mythology and the fatal attraction of the polar regions, Lantern Theatre, Kenwood Park Road, Nether Edge, Friday and Saturday, 7.30pm.

The Glenn Miller Mystery, Future Legend Theatre Company explore one of the Second World War Two’s unsolved mysteries, Barnsley Civic, Hanson Street, Saturday, 7.30pm (£10/£8).

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo , Lyceum Theatre, Tuesday and Wednesday, 7.45pm (£19.50 - £26.50). See Dance

Flood/ Missing People, double bill of plays by Sheffield writers with local themes produced by Red Redemption begins Alice Collins’ story of a wife waiting for her husband to come home on the night the city was engulfed by flood followed by a drama by Gill Buttery in which a former Free Polish airman of the Second World War, reminisces about his escape to England from a German labour camp and receives contrasting reactions from his estranged daughter and his granddaughter, Dempsey’s Bar and Club, Hereford Street, Wednesday-Saturday, 7.30pm (£7/ £6 on the door).

When Will I be Famous?, Hard Graft Theatre Company with new comedy by Mark Whiteley on celebrity culture, Rotherham Arts Centre, Walker Place, Rotherham, Wednesday, 7.30pm (£9/ £7).

Romeo & Juliet, vibrant production by Pilot Theatre, Buxton Opera House, Wednesday and Thursday, April 7, 2pm, 7.30pm, Friday, 7.30pm, Saturday, 2.30pm, 7.30pm (£12.50-£17.50).

Magic of Motown, hit show from the States authentically recreates the sublime harmonies, slick moves, stylish looks and great musicianship of the Detroit sound, Lyceum Theatre, Thursday, April 7, 7.45pm (£17-£24).


The Gondoliers, Grenoside and Birley Carr Players production of the popular Gilbert and Sullivan light opera. Grenoside Community Centre, Main Street, Grenoside, to Saturday, 7.30pm (£8/ £5 children, 01226 754462).

Guys and Dolls, Frank Loesser’s biggest hit featuring such numbers as Luck Be a Lady and Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat staged by Ellesmere Operatic Society. Montgomery Theatre, Surrey Street, Thursday, March 31, and Friday, 7.15pm, Saturday, 2.15pm, 7.15pm (£10, 2364487).

Our House, Rotherham Teachers Student Academy production of the Madness musical, Civic Theatre, Rotherham, Thursday, March 31, and Friday, 7.15pm, Saturday, 2.15pm, 7.15pm (£10/ £9, 07546 226213).

Up and Running, Dronfield Players are presenting the comedy by Derek Benfield, Dronfield Civic Hall, Tuesday to Frida, 7.30pm (£6/£5, 01246 417850).

Half A Sixpence, Chapeltown Amateur Operatic Society with the musical based on H.G. Wells’s Kipps, Civic Theatre, Catherine Street, Rotherham, Tuesday-Saturday, 7.15pm, Saturday matinee, 2.15pm (£10/ £9).

42nd Street, Chesterfield Operatic Society, Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield, Tuesday to Saturday, 7.15pm plus Saturday matinee 2.15pm (£9.50-£12.50).


The Little Last Laugh, Quincy and Tom Craine are on the bill, The Lescar, Sharrow Vale Road, Hunters Bar, Thursday, March 31, 9pm, doors 8.15pm (£8, advance booking advisable 0845 2519017).

Merry Hell Comedy Night, with Chris Ramsey, Tom Craine and Quincy, The Greystones, Greystones Road, Thursday, March 31, 8pm.

Abbcom, Ben Schofield headlines with support from Brennan Reece, winner of Beat the Frog 2010, Joe Wells, Ryan Lee O’Donoghue-Titmus, Andy Niner and James Hampson, Bar Abbey , Abbeydale Picturehouse, Abbeydale Road, Thursday, March 31, 8.30pm, doors 7.30pm (£3 on the door).

Saltamartí, an evening in Catlalan and English interweaving music, poetry and visual art with 17 poems by Joan Brossa, the standard-bearer of the Catalan avant-garde movement, sung and accompanied by the music of Pep Toni Ferrer using a typewriter, snare drum, a cymbal, a glockenspiel and a guitar plus projections and props inspired by Brossa’s aesthetics, The Great Gatsby, Division Street, Thursday, March 31, 8pm (free).

Spotlight Comedy Club, April Fool’s Eve Special with Jo Caulfield, Jason Patterson, Mickey Sharma and MC Anthony J Brown, Winding Wheel, Holywell Street, Chesterfield, Thursday, March 31, 8pm, doors 7pm (Thursday March 31 (£12/ £10, £5 students).

Last Laugh Comedy Club, Karen Bayley, Bobby Sparkler, Tom Craine and the ubiquitous, Quincy, plus food, late bar and disco, Memorial Hall, Friday and Saturday, 8pm, doors 7pm (£16).

Mark Steel, expanding on his latest book, What’s Going On? – The Meanderings of a Comic Mind in Confusion, Buxton Opera House, Friday, 7.30pm (£15).

Buxton Buzz Comedy Club, featuring Mickey Sharma, Andrew Watts, Chris Turner and compere Erich McElroy, Pavilion Arts Centre, Buxton, Friday, 8pm (£6).

Dan Clark Live, stand-up show from the man best known Don Danbury in the BBC3 sitcom How Not to Live Your Life and Johnny Two Hats in The Mighty Boosh, Winding Wheel, Chesterfield, Friday, 8pm (£15); Memorial Hall, Wednesday, 8pm (£15). See page 27

Beyond The Barricade, medley of hits from Les Mis and other West End shows, Buxton Opera House, Saturday, 7.30pm (£17-£19).

Magners Funhouse Comedy Club, Quincy pops up again as headliner, plus Ben Lawes, Big Lou, Joe Masters and compere Andy Fury, New Barrack Tavern, Penistone Road, Hillsborough, Sunday, 8pm, doors 7.30pm (£5adv).

Imran Yusuf, star of Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow and Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee, Doncaster Dome, Lakeside, Doncaster, Sunday, doors 7.30pm (£12).

The Little Last Laugh, Dave Twentyman comperes a line-up including Jo Caulfield and Paul Sinha The Lescar, Sharrow Vale Road, Hunters Bar, Thursday, April 7, 9pm, doors 8.15pm (£8, advance booking advisable 0845 2519017).

Merry Hell Comedy Night, with Dougie Dunlop, Paul Sinha and Jo Caulfield, The Greystones, Greystones Road, Thursday, April 7, 8pm.

One Night Of Vegas, Martyn Lucas backed by live band and dancers evokes the razzamatazz of the entertainment capital of the world, Winding Wheel, Chesterfield, Thursday, April 7, 7.30pm (£17.50).


Swan Lake, Russian State Ballet of Siberia, Buxton Opera House, Thursday, March 31, 2.30pm, 7.30pm (£15.50-£32.50).

Ricochet, high-energy and vibrant dance display from students at Buxton Community School, Buxton Opera House, Monday, 7.30pm (£6.50).

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo , the all-male American company of 16 dancers who perform en pointe in glittering tutus present classics Swan Lake Act II/Pas de Deux and Go for Barocco/Raymonda’s Wedding in their own unique and hilarious way, Lyceum Theatre, Tuesday and Wednesday, 7.45pm (£19.50 - £26.50). See pages 24 & 25