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The Sheffield culture guide written by in-the-know locals

What's On

Our Sheffield culture calendar. Make some plans with our picks of events, our art and theatre reviews, and programme highlights from the city's main festivals and venues.

Yorkshire Artspace Open Studios

Sat. 17 November 2018 — Sun. 18 November 2018

Yorkshire Artspace

A weekend of nosying around some of the most fascinating artists' studios in town.

Tully

Multiple dates

Film Unit

The story of a mother and her night nanny, starring Charlize Theron.

WE ARE HERE

Thu. 1 November 2018 — Sun. 18 November 2018

Bloc Projects

A lively and positive showcase of works by artists in Sheffield with physical and learning disabilities, featuring bright and vivid contributions using neon and fluorescent colours.

Pablo Escobar – The Real Story

Mon. 19 November 2018

Yellow Arch Studios

Shaun Attwood presents the story of Pablo Escobar and the Medellín Cartel beyond their portrayal on Netflix's Narcos.

London Korean Film Festival on tour

Multiple dates

Showroom

Highlights from this year's festival make their way north, introducing exciting Korean cinema to new audiences.

Windows of Displacement

Tue. 20 November 2018

Crucible Theatre

A bold solo show blending dance, song and spoken word.

Paris, Texas

Wed. 21 November 2018

Film Unit

After going missing for four years, and suffering from amnesia, Travis Henderson reappears out of the desert.

Screenprinting Workshop led by Sheffield Print Club

Wed. 21 November 2018

Bloc Projects

A free taster session teaching you all the basics you need to start printing using paper stencils.

Abandoman (aka Rob Broderick)

Wed. 21 November 2018

The Leadmill

Ireland's best – and possibly only – musical hip-hop comedian.

Kafountine Lino Printing

Fri. 2 November 2018 — Wed. 21 November 2018

The Art House

Stunning lino prints by five Senegalese artists, drawing on ideas deeply rooted in their West African culture, and domestic and political issues.

We Can Time Travel

Wed. 21 November 2018

Crucible Theatre

Musician and theatre-maker Dom Coyote presents a new, solo epic adventure.

Yellow Arch Cafe Sessions #9

Wed. 21 November 2018

Yellow Arch Studios

A cosy, candle-lit evening of acoustic indie music, with Alessi's Ark, Charlotte Carpenter and the Azenas.

Running up Eyre Street: Wartime Reading in Sheffield

Wed. 21 November 2018

Fusion Organic Cafe, Butcher Works, 74 Arundel Street, S1 2NS

A talk by Mary Grover and Val Hewson from Reading Sheffield oral history project.

JigDoll Ensemble

Thu. 22 November 2018

Firth Hall, University of Sheffield, Western Bank, S10 2TN

Cutting-edge looping technology mixed with vocal, accordion and composition skill.

Suspiria

Fri. 16 November 2018 — Thu. 22 November 2018

Showroom

A new ‘cover’ of the 1977 Dario Argento classic, following American Susie Bannon at a prestigious European dance academy where all is darker than it seems. Perfect for a spooky late night at the cinema.

Faces, Places

Fri. 23 November 2018

Film Unit

Filmmaker Agnès Varda and artist JR travel across rural France, creating giant portraits of the people they meet.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Fri. 23 November 2018

The Leadmill

Critically acclaimed psych pop.

Rent Party

Thu. 22 November 2018 — Fri. 23 November 2018

Crucible Theatre

"One of the hottest theatrical parties" is back in Sheffield!

Stan Sulzmann's Neon Orchestra

Fri. 23 November 2018

Crookes Social Club, Mulhouse Road, S10 1TD

A 20-piece big band comprising the cream of the younger generation of British jazz musicians alongside well-established figures. Hosted by Sheffield Jazz.

Dirty Work (The Late Shift)

Wed. 21 November 2018 — Fri. 23 November 2018

Theatre Deli

A provocative and intimate celebration of the power of language, from contemporary performance heroes Forced Entertainment.

Heads Roll

Sat. 11 August 2018 — Sat. 24 November 2018

Graves Gallery

An exhibition spanning 400 years of portraiture, curated by Paul Morrison. Read our review.

Mary and the Witch's Flower

Multiple dates

Film Unit

Twelve year-old Mary is transported to the magical Endor College where she quickly finds herself in trouble, as all is a little more sinister than it first appears. A modern animated classic from new Japanese company Studio Ponoc.

Vote 100: Born a Rebel

Sat. 24 November 2018

Yellow Arch Studios

A day-long celebration of the centenary of women’s suffrage, with films, live music, discussions, poetry, and food.

Yazmin Lacey

Sat. 24 November 2018

Picture House Social

Laidback jazz and soul.

Butterflies

Multiple dates

Crucible Theatre

An uplifting, family tale of friendship, courage and facing your fears.

Macbeth

Wed. 21 November 2018 — Sat. 24 November 2018

Lyceum Theatre

An epic and visually daring production of Shakespeare’s most intense tragedy.

Funk Factory Launch Party

Fri. 23 November 2018 — Sat. 24 November 2018

Yellow Arch Studios

Foot-stomping funky music with the Langsett Dance Orchestra and Pow Wow Club DJs.

Zama

Multiple dates

Film Unit

In one of the remote outposts of the Spanish Empire in the 18th century, the local magistrate Zama waits desperately for news of the long-awaited promotion that will reunite him with his family in Buenos Aires.

Jordan Rooker

Sun. 25 November 2018

Yellow Arch Studios

Jordan Rooker comes to Yellow Arch Studios for his first headline show in Sheffield since his sold-out debut last December.

Richard Carpenter is Close To You

Sun. 25 November 2018

Drama Studio

A razor-sharp parody play about a life spent playing the piano. Part of Enable US Festival.

Martin Simpson and Martin Taylor

Tue. 27 November 2018

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD

Guitar legends.

Intronauts

Tue. 27 November 2018

Drama Studio

A madcap story about advancing technology, taking its cue from classic sci-fi movies and fuelled by absurd visual comedy and puppetry. Part of Enable US Festival.

Stalker

Wed. 28 November 2018

Film Unit

Andrei Tarkovsky's 1970s science fiction classic.

Uranium Club

Wed. 28 November 2018

Delicious Clam

Punk rock from Minneapolis.

Powerful Women Are About

Wed. 28 November 2018

Drama Studio

Ultra-conscious comedy by award-winning, terribly present clown. Part of Enable US Festival.

Rich Hall’s Hoedown

Wed. 28 November 2018

The Leadmill

A dissection of modern America, but also a celebration of Americana.

Lucy Hopkins Workshop

Thu. 29 November 2018

Drama Studio

A workshop conducted entirely in silence about making magnificent and ridiculous physical work. Part of Enable US Festival.

Long Shot

Thu. 29 November 2018

Drama Studio

An evening of clowning, contraptions, comedy and courage as one man’s belief in the near impossible is put to the test. Part of Enable US Festival.

Spectrum

Thu. 29 November 2018

Yellow Arch Studios

The old school cabaret traditions of burlesque, combined with the alternative art and music industry of Sheffield.

Venom

Fri. 30 November 2018

Film Unit

Journalist Eddie Brock comes into contact with an alien symbiote, turning him into Venom.

Opus & Now Then 10

Fri. 30 November 2018

Abbeydale Picture House

Celebrating a decade in print with music from Renegade Brass Band, Anchorsong, and The Breath.

Can I Speak?

Multiple dates

The Stage, The HUBs, 6 Paternoster Row, S1 2QQ

A Euripides/Shakespeare/Ibsen mashup with a contemporary twist, presented by Hallam Students' Union Theatre.

World AIDS Day: 120 BPM

Multiple dates

Film Unit

A drama set amidst the campaign for action to tackle the AIDS crisis in 1990s Paris.

The Kingdom Come #4

Sat. 1 December 2018

Walkley Community Centre, 7A Fir Street, S6 3TG

A dazzling drag king cabaret hosted by Sheffield's feel-good queer events planners Andro and Eve.

Victorian Christmas Market

Sat. 1 December 2018 — Sun. 2 December 2018

Kelham Island Museum

Two days of old time Christmas shopping. Dickensian dress optional.

The Breadwinner

Multiple dates

Film Unit

Living in Taliban-occupied Afghanistan, Parvana is an eleven-year-old girl on a mission to reunite her family.

Painters Of Light And Shadow

Sat. 1 December 2018 — Sun. 2 December 2018

Drama Studio

A powerful new play about the healing power of art, based on a true Sheffield story. Part of Enable US Festival.

John Fairhurst Band

Sun. 2 December 2018

Yellow Arch Studios

An explosion of textures, influences and intoxicating musicianship.

Etsy Made Local

Sat. 1 December 2018 — Sun. 2 December 2018

Cutlers' Hall, Church Street, S1 1HG

Shop for unique gifts and wares from the online craft marketplace, in real life.

Mall Santas: Rebirth

Mon. 3 December 2018

DINA

A surrealist long-form improv show, telling a Christmas tale like no other.

A Glang Show Christmas Nativity

Tue. 4 December 2018

Cellar Theatre, Backfields, S1 4HP

An anarchic, live comedy staging of the Nativity play.

Destroy All Monsters

Wed. 5 December 2018

Film Unit

A 1960s continuation of the Toho Godzilla franchise.

Artist Talk: Chardine Taylor-Stone

Thu. 6 December 2018

Bloc Projects

Writer, educator and commentator Chardine uses music, art and fashion history to instigate socio-political analysis. Her talk will touch on topics such as black/working class feminism and black queer identities.

Journeyman

Fri. 7 December 2018

Film Unit

Approaching the end of his career, boxer Matty Burton suffers a horrific brain injury following an incredibly taxing previous fight.

Dib Dab Dob Cabaret

Fri. 7 December 2018

St Catherine's Scout Hut, Holtwood Road, Pitsmoor, S4 7BA

An evening of mirth and merriment in a Scout hut. With music from Marc Riley faves Mr Ben and the Bens, and Soup Review, plus comedy from Fruitcake, Peter Fleming, and Stan Skinny.

Peddler

Multiple dates

92 Burton Road

Food, music, art. In a former warehouse. At night.

American Animals

Multiple dates

Film Unit

Sick of their mundane lives at Transylvania University in Kentucky, four friends embark on the daring mission to steal the most valuable book at the university library.

Off the Press

Fri. 23 November 2018 — Sat. 8 December 2018

The Art House

An exhibition of new work from members of Sheffield Printmakers.

Christopher Robin

Multiple dates

Film Unit

Now an adult, Christopher Robin is focused on his new life, losing his childhood imagination.

Kevin Bridges

Mon. 10 December 2018

Sheffield City Hall

Scotland’s biggest comedy export of recent times.

Mack Ribbe is Going to Die

Sat. 8 December 2018 — Mon. 10 December 2018

DINA

A farcical murder mystery in reverse.

Circus Performers

Thu. 14 June 2018 — Fri. 14 December 2018

Western Bank Library

A showcase of treasures looking at the extraordinary feats of ordinary people, celebrating 250 years of the circus.

Out of Office Christmas Party

Fri. 14 December 2018

Sidney&Matilda, 46B Sidney Street, S1 4HR

Join Bloc Projects for an evening of Christmas conviviality and festive cheer hosted down the road at Sheffield’s newest creative project space, bar and former paper factory Sidney&Matilda.

A Christmas Carol: the Immersive Dining Experience

Fri. 30 November 2018 — Sun. 16 December 2018

Theatre Deli

Join Marley over a sumptuous two-course feast, and some potent potion to keep of the winter chill.

Barbara Nice’s Festive Special

Thu. 20 December 2018

The Leadmill

Celebrate Christmas in the company of everyone’s favourite Stockport housewife.

Beauty and the Beast: A Musical Parody

Tue. 18 December 2018 — Sat. 22 December 2018

Theatre Deli

A gender-swapped musical parody of the Disney classic.

The Nutcracker

Multiple dates

The Montgomery

A classic Christmas story for all the family.

A Pair of Pantos

Multiple dates

Theatre Deli

A trans positive, all-gender-inclusive, queer pantomime mash-up for all the family and all families.

The Singing Mermaid

Thu. 6 December 2018 — Sun. 30 December 2018

Crucible Theatre

The story of a mermaid tricked into joining the circus, who longs to return to the sea. Based on the book by Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks.

Peter Pan

Fri. 7 December 2018 — Sun. 6 January 2019

Lyceum Theatre

Panto!

Kiss Me Kate

Thu. 6 December 2018 — Sat. 12 January 2019

Crucible Theatre

This year's Crucible Christmas musical is a riotous, romantic comedy to make your heart soar.

The Sleeping Beauty

Tue. 8 January 2019 — Sat. 12 January 2019

Lyceum Theatre

Moscow City Ballet returns to Sheffield with another spectacular production.

Liane Carroll and Ian Shaw Duo

Fri. 18 January 2019

Crucible Theatre

An unmissable opportunity to see two of the UK's most treasured jazz vocalists.

Leonore Piano Trio

Sat. 19 January 2019

Crucible Theatre

A cycle of the complete Beethoven violin sonatas, cello sonatas and piano trios.

Ensemble 360

Fri. 25 January 2019

Upper Chapel, Norfolk Street, S1 2JD

French and English music for oboe and piano by Adrian Wilson and Tim Horton.

Stan and Mabel and the Race for Space

Sat. 26 January 2019

Crucible Theatre

The music-loving dog and cat are back, joined by a whole carnival of animals as they escape from the School for Wild and Dangerous Animals in search of a safe place to call their home.

Liquid Crystal Display

Sat. 29 September 2018 — Sun. 27 January 2019

Site Gallery

Site Gallery reopens with a group exhibition exploring the idea that we live in the 'crystal era'. Read our review.

The Department of Distractions

Fri. 25 January 2019 — Sat. 2 February 2019

Crucible Theatre

A conspiracy-theory documentary-exposé detective story for the 21st century that asks: what aren’t you looking at?

The Worst Witch

Tue. 29 January 2019 — Sat. 2 February 2019

Lyceum Theatre

Long before Harry Potter there was Mildred Hubble. An ordinary girl who found herself in an extraordinary place: a school for witches.

Lars Vogt

Wed. 6 February 2019

Crucible Theatre

The internationally-renowned German pianist plays music by Brahms, Janacek and Beethoven.

good dog

Thu. 7 February 2019 — Fri. 8 February 2019

Crucible Theatre

An early-2000s story of growing up in a multi-cultural community, and the everyday injustices that drive people to take back control.

Gypsy Queen

Sat. 9 February 2019

Crucible Theatre

A love story about two men who find each other in the most unlikely of worlds.

Rutherford and Son

Fri. 8 February 2019 — Sat. 23 February 2019

Crucible Theatre

Githa Sowerby’s celebrated classic about the struggle for supremacy, legacy and deciding one’s own destiny.

The Rocky Horror Show

Mon. 18 February 2019 — Sat. 23 February 2019

Lyceum Theatre

Richard O’Brien’s legendary rock ‘n’ roll musical returns to Sheffield on its worldwide tour.

Roderick Williams and Andrew West

Thu. 28 February 2019

Upper Chapel, Norfolk Street, S1 2JD

Music in the Round's singer-in-residence Roderick Williams performs Schumann's popular cycle Frauenliebe und Leben, along with songs by Brahms, Clara Schumann, Howells, Beamish, and a new work by local composer Ryan Wigglesworth.

Concerteenies with Music in the Round

Multiple dates

Yellow Arch Studios

Last Night of the Proms star and Music in the Round's Singer-in-Residence Roderick Williams leads two relaxed concerts for young children and their grown-ups.

hang

Thu. 21 February 2019 — Sat. 9 March 2019

Crucible Theatre

debbie tucker green’s provocative and haunting play about a victim turning the tables on a perpetrator.

Classical Weekend

Fri. 8 March 2019 — Sun. 10 March 2019

Bringing classical music out of the concert halls and into museums, gardens, and more.

Yevgeny Sudbin

Sat. 16 March 2019

Crucible Theatre

The virtuoso pianist performs a dynamic programme, including his own show-stopping arrangements of popular classics by Tchaikovsky and Saint-Saens.

Piatti Quartet

Thu. 21 March 2019

Crucible Theatre

A concert of music by Bridge, Mendelssohn and Beethoven by the award-winning Piatti Quartet.

One Hundred Views of the Arts Tower

Mon. 11 February 2019 — Sun. 31 March 2019

Western Bank Library

OPEN CALL. Submit your artwork to an exhibition celebrating a Sheffield modernist beacon.

Tommy Smith Quartet

Fri. 5 April 2019

Crucible Theatre

The internationally-acclaimed saxophonist and his outstanding new group pay tribute to jazz icon John Coltrane.

Standing at the Sky's Edge

Fri. 15 March 2019 — Sat. 6 April 2019

Crucible Theatre

A story of 50 years of Park Hill, with music by Richard Hawley.

Tim Horton

Sat. 6 April 2019

Crucible Theatre

A cycle of Schubert's major piano sonatas, alongside music by Ravel.

Construction House

Sat. 6 October 2018 — Sat. 20 April 2019

S1 Artspace

A programme of exhibitions and events exploring collective artistic activity, reflecting on the lasting influence of the Bauhaus movement 100 years on from its inception. Read our review of the first exhibition, Orders & Limitations.

Doc/Fest

Thu. 6 June 2019 — Tue. 11 June 2019

Showroom

Each June, the world of documentary descends on Sheffield to showcase some of the most fascinating factual films going.