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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.

Do Something – Activism for Everyone – Kajal Odedra

Tue. 15 October 2019

Theatre Deli

At a time when the government seems to be imploding and the environment is collapsing, Odedra’s book about everyday activism couldn’t come sooner. She demonstrates how to use your voice in a way that makes communities, politicians and CEOs take note.

How to Keep Time

Wed. 16 October 2019

Theatre Deli

Using just his voice and an electronic drum kit, spoken word artist Antosh Wojcik explores the effects of dementia on speech, memory and family.

Dave Gorman

Wed. 16 October 2019

Sheffield City Hall

Known for the shows Modern Life Is Goodish, Are You Dave Gorman and Dave Gorman’s Googlewhack Adventure, Gorman is back on the road. Expect more of his trademark observational comedy meets consumer technology in a hilarious, inquisitively geeky show.

Tannie & Tannie

Multiple dates

Kollider, Castle House, Castle Street, S3 8LS

A warm-hearted tale of ordinary, hard working people faced with the most difficult decision of their lives, and a bold look at humanity’s place within the environment. From South African born, Sheffield based writer Claudine Bennent.

It's True, It's True, It's True

Thu. 17 October 2019

Theatre Deli

A re-staging of the 1612 trial of Agostino Tassi for the rape of baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi, based on surviving court transcripts. It's the trial that gripped Renaissance Rome, but how much has changed in the last four centuries?

Farming

Fri. 11 October 2019 — Thu. 17 October 2019

Showroom

Based on director Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje's own story, Farming charts the journey of a young fostered Nigerian boy who, struggling to find an identity, falls in with a skinhead gang in 80s England. Part of the Showroom's Black History Month season.

Open Deck

Thu. 17 October 2019

Site Gallery

Join artist Ashley Holmes for an evening of collective listening and conversations exploring our relationships to music and sound. You're invited to bring music along, responding to the theme of Built Environments and City Landscapes.

Making Masterpieces in Sheffield & Venice

Fri. 18 October 2019

Exchange Street, S2 5TR

A big day of mural painting and drawing, followed by an evening of projections, celebrating John Ruskin and Renaissance painter Jacopo Tintoretto – happening simultaneously in Sheffield’s Castlegate and Venice.

Benjamin Grosvenor

Fri. 18 October 2019

Upper Chapel, Norfolk Street, S1 2JD

An evening of pianistic virtuosity.

Binker Golding's Band

Fri. 18 October 2019

Crookes Social Club, Mulhouse Road, S10 1TD

A new group put together by the eponymous tenor saxophonist best known for playing in the MOBO award winning band Binker & Moses, hosted by Sheffield Jazz.

Build a Rocket

Multiple dates

Theatre Deli

A powerful and uplifting play about triumph over adversity.

A Soft Rebellion in Paradise – Chloë Brown and Geraldine Monk

Fri. 18 October 2019

Performance Lab, Arundel Gate, S1 2LQ

As part of the Suffrage 100 celebrations in 2018, artist Chloë Brown made a film recognising the suffragettes as an important part of Sheffield's protesting history. Join Brown and poet Geraldine Monk for a screening, discussion and poetry reading.

The Last King of Scotland

Fri. 27 September 2019 — Sat. 19 October 2019

Crucible Theatre

The premiere of a new production about Idi Amin’s infamous rule in Uganda. Read our review.

On Your Feet!

Tue. 15 October 2019 — Sat. 19 October 2019

Lyceum Theatre

The true love story of Gloria and Emilio Estefan, told in musical form.

Black Men Walking

Mon. 14 October 2019 — Sat. 19 October 2019

Crucible Theatre

Returning to Sheffield after a sell-out run, this is the story of walkers Thomas, Matthew and Richard. Out in the Peaks, they find themselves forced to walk backwards through two thousand years before they can move forwards.

High Rise Mystery – Sharna Jackson

Sat. 19 October 2019

Sheffield Central Library

The UK’s first detective series to feature young black detectives. By Sheffield-based author Sharna Jackson, it follows two streetwise sisters in London who make a chilling discovery and spend the summer holidays getting to the bottom of things.

Alice in Wonderland

Sun. 20 October 2019

The Montgomery

Join the tea party and meet the Mad Hatter, the White Rabbit, Cheshire Cat and the Queen of Hearts.

People on Sunday / The Great White Silence

Sun. 20 October 2019

Abbeydale Picture House

A double-bill of live-scored silent cinema in an atmospheric cinema. People on Sunday follows the lives of five Berliners over the course of one weekend in 1930. The Great White Silence centres on Captain Scott's doomed 1910 race to the South Pole.

Council Skies – Pete McKee

Tue. 22 October 2019

Auditorium, University of Sheffield Students' Union, Western Bank, S10 2TG

Based on his legendary status and the fact 10,000 visitors went to his This Class Works exhibition in 2018, it's surprising that Pete McKee only started painting in 2004. This illustrated talk will delve into his upbringing, influences and new book.

George Egg

Wed. 23 October 2019

Sheffield City Hall

The latest show from the anarchist cook. Famous for making pancakes on irons and chips on the back of a spade, this instalment of Egg’s DIY cookery comedy show teaches you how to cook with an engine and turn unexpected road-works into a picnic.

Far Gone

Tue. 22 October 2019 — Wed. 23 October 2019

Crucible Theatre

Follow Okumu on his journey from innocent boy to child soldier in this gripping, physical play.

Dream Babes Zine Readings

Thu. 24 October 2019

Site Gallery

An evening of readings and conversation on the importance of science and speculative fiction for social justice and narratives of hope.

Non-Fiction

Fri. 18 October 2019 — Thu. 24 October 2019

Showroom

A successful publisher hires an ambitious young woman to lead his company (kicking and screaming if necessary) into the digital age, in the latest comedy-drama from Olivier Assayas (Clouds of Sils Maria), starring Juliette Binoche and Guillame Canet.

The Peanut Butter Falcon

Fri. 18 October 2019 — Thu. 24 October 2019

Showroom

A modern Mark Twain-esque adventure. A small-time outlaw turned unlikely coach joins forces with a young man with Down's syndrome, on the run from a nursing home with the dream of becoming a professional wrestler.

Jeff Williams Quintet

Fri. 25 October 2019

Crucible Theatre

Join Sheffield Jazz and Music in the Round for this all-star band led by leading US drummer Jeff Williams.

Off the Shelf

Sat. 5 October 2019 — Sat. 26 October 2019

Sheffield's annual festival of words.

Genevive Pilley: 50 years’ devotion to Ruskin at Meersbrook Museum

Sat. 26 October 2019

Millennium Gallery

Miss Genevive Pilley began working at the Ruskin Museum aged just 20, becoming Museum curator in 1931. Helen Parker provides an account of this exceptional woman who devoted so much of her life to the Museum.

Ten Times Table

Mon. 21 October 2019 — Sat. 26 October 2019

Lyceum Theatre

"The committee from hell… and a fête worse than death!" One of comedy master Alan Ayckbourn’s most hilarious plays.

It Moves Forward

Sat. 20 July 2019 — Sat. 26 October 2019

Graves Gallery

An exhibition of the work of Richard Hamilton, one of the founding fathers of Pop Art.

Leonore Piano Trio

Sat. 26 October 2019

Crucible Theatre

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

Prosaic Mosaic: A Survey of New Painting

Wed. 23 October 2019 — Sat. 26 October 2019

Bloc Projects

A group exhibition of paintings featuring small works from over fifty artists. Seen together, the varied works form a larger picture – a mosaic of contemporary painting practice.

Prosaic Mosaic: Painters' Forum

Sat. 26 October 2019

Bloc Projects

A free public event inviting the Prosaic Mosaic exhibition's participants to talk about their work and the show.

Endland – Tim Etchells in conversation with Tony White

Sat. 26 October 2019

Drama Studio

Artist, writer and director of absurdist theatre company Forced Entertainment, Etchells has spent his career probing the boundaries of every creative medium he can get his hands on. His latest book is a series of cautionary tales for uncertain times.

Celluloid Screams

Thu. 24 October 2019 — Sun. 27 October 2019

Showroom

Our top 3 picks for Sheffield's horror film fest.

The Unknown

Thu. 19 September 2019 — Sun. 27 October 2019

Yorkshire Artspace

How do we visualise the invisible? With this series of paintings and VR landscapes, Arantza Pardo explores the often subtle boundary between art and science. Plus, there's chance to join in a virtual reality painting session.

Photomarathon Sheffield exhibition

Mon. 14 October 2019 — Mon. 28 October 2019

Winter Garden, 90 Surrey Street, S1 2LH

One day in the life of the city, from the perspective of the 349 entrants in this year's Photomarathon photography challenge.

Signals

Mon. 28 October 2019

Crucible Theatre

A new dark comedy about human connection, space exploration and Jaffa Cakes.

Little Mix

Mon. 28 October 2019 — Tue. 29 October 2019

FlyDSA Arena, Broughton Lane, S9 2DF

Pop behemoths Little Mix are the most successful girl band of their generation. They’re currently embarking on a worldwide tour in support of their fifth studio album LM5.

Cities of Seven Hills

Multiple dates

Film Unit

A mini-season of films from around the world set in cities built on seven hills, hosted by Rare Giants.

Queens of Sheba

Tue. 29 October 2019 — Thu. 31 October 2019

Theatre Deli

Turned away from a nightclub for being “too black”, four women take to the stage with their own explosive true stories.

Squaring the Circle

Fri. 6 September 2019 — Thu. 31 October 2019

The Circle, 33 Rockingham Lane, S1 4FW

An exhibition of striking work by Stephen Carley and Nick Grindrod – each led by the way materials behave, self-imposed parameters, and intuitive mark-making. Read our Sean's review.

Monos

Fri. 25 October 2019 — Thu. 31 October 2019

Showroom

On a remote mountain, a group of child soldiers watch over a hostage and wait for instruction. With a score by Mica Levi (Under The Skin) and comparisons to Apocalypse Now and Lord of the Flies, Monos is one of most talked-about films of the year.

Get Out

Thu. 31 October 2019

Sheffield General Cemetery

This Halloween, join the Leadmill as they decamp to the Samuel Worth Chapel in the General Cemetery for an 11pm screening of genre-crossing horror Get Out – possibly the most talked-about film of the year upon its release in 2017.

The Unthanks Sing Emily Brontë

Fri. 1 November 2019

Crucible Theatre

Marking Emily Brontë’s 200th birthday, The Unthanks turn a selection of her poems into song.

Now Then 11 – feat. Amy True, Papa Soul, & DJs

Sat. 30 November 2019 — Fri. 1 November 2019

Yellow Arch Studios

Celebrate the magazine's eleven years in print with a multi-room party with some unmissable talent, DJs, and an extensive network of writers, musicians, artists and activists that make Now Then what it is.

Peddler

Multiple dates

92 Burton Road

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

Curtains

Tue. 29 October 2019 — Sat. 2 November 2019

Lyceum Theatre

A hilarious whodunnit packed full of catchy songs, unforgettable characters and plot twists galore.

Jo Whiley's 90s Anthems

Fri. 1 November 2019 — Sat. 2 November 2019

Foundry, Sheffield Students' Union, Western Bank, S10 2TG

Bringing you all the best tracks from the decade. Think Blur vs Oasis, Fatboy Slim, Primal Scream, The Verve, The Chemical Brothers, Faithless, The Prodigy and a whole lot more.

Blade Runner / The Running Man

Sat. 2 November 2019

Abbeydale Picture House

Join Reel Steel for a sci-fi double-bill screening featuring two enduring classics of the genre – each set in the year 2019.

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Ensemble 360

Fri. 8 November 2019

Upper Chapel, S1 2JD

String and piano quartets. Including Robert Schumann’s turbulent Piano Quartet, a piece that has been described as ‘a small piano concerto’ and is one of Ensemble 360’s favourite works.

O'Higgins and Luft play Monk and Trane

Fri. 8 November 2019

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD

Expect swing, fun, grooves and moods from this exciting new collaboration, hosted by Sheffield Jazz.

Secrt Circl

Fri. 8 November 2019

Drama Studio

An interactive, late-night ceremony of life and death, hosted by award-winning shapeshifter Lucy Hopkins.

Illustration Heroes

Fri. 11 October 2019 — Fri. 8 November 2019

Sheffield Institute of Arts Gallery

An exhibition of illustration by over 30 artists, each highlighting their own illustration 'hero' figure.

Sheffield Print Fair

Sat. 9 November 2019

St Mary’s Church and Community Centre

Watch printmaking in action and pick up a print or two to take home.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Tue. 5 November 2019 — Sat. 9 November 2019

Lyceum Theatre

Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s magical family musical comes to Sheffield, retelling the Biblical story of Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colours.

The Chimpanzees of Happytown

Sat. 9 November 2019

Crucible Theatre

A concert for families, telling the heartwarming story of Chutney the Chimp and celebrating the importance of love and happiness in everyone’s lives.

Drag King Workshop Weekend

Sat. 9 November 2019 — Sun. 10 November 2019

Theatre Deli

Explore gender as performance and comedy improv at this two-day workshop with Andro and Eve, drag king Louis Cyfer and theatre director Natalie Diddams.

Genetic Automata

Wed. 16 October 2019 — Sun. 10 November 2019

Site Gallery

A new body of works by Larry Achiampong and David Blandy exploring race and identity in an age of avatars, video games, and DNA Ancestry testing.

Alex Hitchcock Quartet

Fri. 15 November 2019

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD

Sheffield Jazz host a saxophonist that Jazzwise describe as part of "the shape of jazz to come".

Joanna Whittle

Sat. 19 October 2019 — Sat. 16 November 2019

Cupola Gallery

A solo exhibition of both real and imagined landscapes by a local painter.

Pauline Rignall

Sat. 19 October 2019 — Sat. 16 November 2019

Cupola Gallery

A solo exhibition of paintings.

Shrek The Musical

Tue. 12 November 2019 — Sat. 16 November 2019

Lyceum Theatre

Turning the world of fairy tales upside down.

Beethoven 250: String Quartets and more

Sat. 16 November 2019

Upper Chapel, Norfolk Street, S1 2JD

The first of Music in the Round's series of concerts dedicated to Beethoven's string quartets, with Ensemble 360. Part of worldwide celebrations of the composer's 250th birthday.

Sam Amidon + Rachel Sermanni

Sat. 16 November 2019

Merlin Theatre, Meadow Bank Road, Nether Edge, S11 9AH

Opus presents two excellent folk/alt/country artists on a rare billing together in a beautiful theatre in Nether Edge.

Yorkshire Artspace Open Studios

Sat. 16 November 2019 — Sun. 17 November 2019

Yorkshire Artspace

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

Sheffield Plant Swap

Multiple dates

Hagglers Corner

Exchange house plants and plant knowledge over a cuppa and cake.

Ingrid & Christine Jensen with the Whirlwind Jazz Orchestra

Fri. 22 November 2019

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD

Over the past twenty years, the Canadian Jensen sisters have each shaped prolific careers in contemporary jazz –  as trumpeter and saxophonist respectively.

My Mother Said I Never Should

Fri. 8 November 2019 — Sat. 23 November 2019

Crucible Theatre

A moving exploration of the lives of four generations of women in one family, shifting back and forth in time through the huge social changes of the past century.

Joe Scarborough: Life in the Big Village

Sat. 17 August 2019 — Sun. 24 November 2019

Weston Park Museum

Over 60 paintings and drawings from the 50-year career of one of Sheffield's best-loved artists.

Ensemble 360 lunchtime concert

Mon. 25 November 2019

Upper Chapel, S1 2JD

An entertaining lunchtime concert for flute, oboe and piano, featuring glorious Baroque music, a charming trio by British composer, actor and cartoonist Madeleine Dring, and champagne cork-popping Italian opera.

Barb Jungr: Bob, Brel and Me

Wed. 27 November 2019

Crucible Theatre

One of the world’s great cabaret singers, performing original arrangements of songs by Bob Dylan and Jacques Brel, as well as some of her own.

Tim Horton

Fri. 29 November 2019

Crucible Theatre

A spellbinding exploration of Schubert’s works for solo piano concludes with an unmissable trilogy of Sonatas.

Daniel Erdmann's Velvet Revolution

Fri. 29 November 2019

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD

Sheffield Jazz host a true European jazz super-group.

A Reyt Queer Do #5

Sat. 30 November 2019

Theatre Deli

A night of queer performance, dancing and cake, hosted by Andro and Eve.

Motown

Tue. 19 November 2019 — Sat. 30 November 2019

Lyceum Theatre

The hit West End musical brings the story of the record label's founder and legendary artists to the Sheffield stage.

Ensemble 360 lunchtime concert

Tue. 3 December 2019

Upper Chapel, Norfolk Street, S1 2JD

Spend your lunchtime in the company of Music in the Round, and the sounds of a Brahms’s cello sonata and a piece for violin by Joseph Joachim.

Laura van der Heijden and Tom Poster

Fri. 6 December 2019

Upper Chapel, S1 2JD

Cellist Laura van der Heijden and pianist Tom Poster present a fascinating programme of the full range of tones and colours from cello repertoire spanning 200 years. Followed by an informal Q&A session.

Fabled

Fri. 6 December 2019

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD

Sheffield Jazz bring to town Fabled – the brainchild of saxophonist/clarinettist Sam Rapley, who has assembled a group of the UK's most exciting young musicians.

Concerteenies with Music in the Round

Sat. 7 December 2019

Crucible Theatre

Cellist Laura van der Heijden and outstanding pianist Tom Poster lead two relaxed concerts for young children and their grown-ups, with bubbles, percussion and props.

Ilona Sagar: Deep Structure

Fri. 11 October 2019 — Sat. 14 December 2019

S1 Artspace

A new film and exhibition by artist Ilona Sagar, exploring the links between architecture, health and community wellbeing through the lens of Sheffield’s Park Hill estate.

The Elves and the Shoemakers

Thu. 5 December 2019 — Sat. 4 January 2020

Crucible Theatre

A festive treat for all the family, with live music and puppetry.

The Nutcracker

Tue. 7 January 2020 — Sat. 11 January 2020

Lyceum Theatre

Tchaikovsky’s enchanting score comes to life in a suitably festive show from Saint Petersburg Classic Ballet.

Guys and Dolls

Sat. 7 December 2019 — Sat. 18 January 2020

Lyceum Theatre

Roll the dice and fall in love under the bright lights of New York city.

My Cousin Rachel

Mon. 20 January 2020 — Sat. 25 January 2020

Lyceum Theatre

A menacing psychological thriller by Daphne du Maurier, adaptated by Joseph O’Connor.

Rewriting The Future

Fri. 27 September 2019 — Sun. 26 January 2020

Site Gallery

Exploring alternative narratives on gender, power, ecology and community.

Peter Pan Goes Wrong

Tue. 28 January 2020 — Sat. 1 February 2020

Lyceum Theatre

Mischief Theatre return with their riotous spin on a timeless classic.

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

Sat. 8 February 2020 — Sat. 29 February 2020

Lyceum Theatre

The homecoming of Sheffield Theatres' smash hit musical.

Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

Mon. 2 March 2020 — Sat. 7 March 2020

Lyceum Theatre

An adventure of self-discovery, sassiness and acceptance.

A Monster Calls

Tue. 10 March 2020 — Sat. 14 March 2020

Lyceum Theatre

Patrick Ness’s A Monster Calls is brought to life by visionary director Sally Cookson. A dazzling insight into love, life and healing.

Cabaret

Tue. 17 March 2020 — Sat. 21 March 2020

Lyceum Theatre

The award-winning landmark musical comes to town – show-stopping choreography, dazzling costumes, iconic songs, and all.

Geisha

Tue. 24 March 2020 — Sat. 28 March 2020

Lyceum Theatre

Two young women, bound by vows of friendship, find themselves in the midst of a collision between East and West in this ballet based on a true story.

Once

Tue. 5 May 2020 — Sat. 9 May 2020

Lyceum Theatre

A spell-binding and uplifting story of hopes and dreams centred on two lost souls: a Dublin street busker and a Czech musician.

Derren Brown: Showman

Tue. 14 July 2020 — Sat. 18 July 2020

Lyceum Theatre

The master of mind control and psychological illusion returns to the stage with a brand new live show.