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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.

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.

Photomarathon Sheffield exhibition

Mon. 14 October 2019 — Fri. 25 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.

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.

Louis Koseda – A Patch of Grass

Tue. 22 October 2019 — Sat. 26 October 2019

Foodhall

Inspired by the history of the struggle for collective land ownership, Foodhall founder and award-winning social architect Louis Koseda invites people to a share their experiences on a patch of grass.

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.

Propellor – Making Miniatures workshops

Multiple dates

Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet

Join members of Propellor for a 'making miniatures' workshop. Take a wander around Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet to gather inspiration, photographs and field recordings then develop musical or visual responses to the gathered materials.

Signals

Mon. 28 October 2019

Crucible Theatre

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

Haunted Houses Pottery

Mon. 28 October 2019

The Art House

Build your own ceramic haunted house at this family workshop.

Spooky Cauldrons and Critters workshop

Mon. 28 October 2019

The Art House

A creepy crawly family pottery workshop to make your own cauldron filled with spooky creatures.

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.

Mike De Souza

Wed. 30 October 2019

The Lescar

Intricate compositions and energetic improvisation influenced by Radiohead and Deerhoof, as well as jazz legends like Pat Metheny.

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.

Jonny & The Baptists

Thu. 31 October 2019

The Leadmill

Musical-activist-comedians, Jonny & The Baptists return to Sheffield with a message of love and optimism to combat the throes of an increasingly divided society. Expect songs, socialism and solidarity.

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.

Illuminate the Gardens

Fri. 1 November 2019 — Sun. 3 November 2019

Sheffield Botanical Gardens

Three spectacular nights of fireworks, street food, and family fun.

Sheffield Artist Editions Fair

Fri. 1 November 2019 — Sun. 3 November 2019

Bloc Projects

A presentation of artist editions and original artworks by Bloc Projects, Site Gallery and S1 Artspace.

A Warning to the Curious

Mon. 4 November 2019

Drama Studio

A terrifying M. R. James ghost story, told by candlelight.

The Mysterium

Wed. 6 November 2019

Drama Studio

Radio presenter David Bramwell brings you his one-man show, exploring some of the strangest stories of the modern age.

Director's Cut

Thu. 7 November 2019

Drama Studio

A brand new tale of haunted Hollywood hilarity. Noises Off meets The Exorcist, Carrie meets Singin’ In The Rain.

Nick Helm

Thu. 7 November 2019

The Leadmill

The star of the BBC smash hit Uncle, Nick Helm returns to Sheffield! Sweaty and screaming, Helm will bring his trademark bombastic petulance in full force in this whole new show, Phoenix from the Flames.

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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.

Sh*t-Faced Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Fri. 8 November 2019

The Octagon Centre, Clarkson Street, S10 2TQ

These productions revolve around a simple premise: a full rendition of Shakespeare, with classically trained actors, where one cast member spends four hours prior the performance getting absolutely hammered – turning every production into a comedy.

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.

In Loyal Company

Sat. 9 November 2019

Drama Studio

The incredible true story of missing World War II soldier and prisoner of war Arthur Robinson, written and performed by his great-nephew David William Bryan.

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.

The Art of Being an Idiot

Sat. 9 November 2019 — Sun. 10 November 2019

Drama Studio

Get in touch with your magnificent inner idiot, take a risk and find the pleasure in following your impulses in this two-day performance workshop.

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.

Propellor – Loom

Multiple dates

The Octagon Centre, Clarkson Street, S10 2TQ

Jon Boden (Bellowhead) joins cross-genre ensemble Propellor. Expect virtuosic compositions, live electronics and video projection blending folk, contemporary classical, electronic and jazz with field recordings and spoken word.

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.

The Marriage of Kim K

Wed. 20 November 2019

Drama Studio

A Mozart opera and a Kardashian musical – at the same time.

Magic Lantern

Wed. 20 November 2019

The Lescar

Unique expressive music from a singer and songwriter known for his songs of warmth, simplicity and heart-felt lyricism.

Sentinel

Thu. 21 November 2019

Drama Studio

A layered perspective on the planet's most urgent issue. Using synths, live vocals, laser, video and data on forced migration to look at the present and future effects of global warming.

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.

Women-Wise

Fri. 22 November 2019

Drama Studio

Seven women share stories of finding confidence through comedic and thought-provoking dance theatre.

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.

The Band

Sat. 23 November 2019

Drama Studio

A humorous tale of desperate ambition and blind affection, told through dance, physical theatre and circus, and set to a lively soundtrack.

Exploring Circus Dance Workshop

Sat. 23 November 2019

Drama Studio

A fun and energetic workshop focusing on lifts, acrobatic ways of supporting an using weights in duets and groups.

The True Historie of Mr William Shakespeare

Thu. 21 November 2019 — Sat. 23 November 2019

Theatre Deli

A brand new farce, billed as "a very silly show about some very serious theatre" – taking aim at culture’s greatest prize and those who yearn after it.

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.

Universal Time

Wed. 27 November 2019

The Lescar

Simply beautiful lyrical music, bringing together European jazz-rock influences, free playing, textured harmonies and arching melodies.

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.

Xhosa Cole Quartet

Wed. 4 December 2019

The Lescar

Winner of the 2018 BBC Young Jazz Musician of the
Year, tenor sax player Xhosa Cole is joined by a quartet of some of finest UK-based talent.

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.

Festive Gifts and Decorations

Wed. 6 November 2019 — Wed. 11 December 2019

The Art House

Join pottery tutor Charlotte Berry to make a series of festive gifts from clay over this six-week pottery course held each Wednesday.

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.

Darren O'Brien – Sharrow Vale and the Antiques Quarter

Sat. 14 December 2019 — Sun. 15 December 2019

Abbeydale Picture House

A weekend-long exhibition and an afternoon of talks in the Picture House's Fly Tower, launching local photographer Darren O'Brien's new photo book documenting life in Sharrow Vale and the Antiques Quarter.

Mapping Sheffield

Tue. 1 October 2019 — Tue. 24 December 2019

Sheffield Central Library

Explore Sheffield’s rich history through the magic of maps, dating from 1610 to the present day.

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.

The Folk Forest

Sat. 18 July 2020 — Sun. 19 July 2020

Endcliffe Park

An oasis of calm between the trees. With music, arts and crafts market, heritage craft workshops, and more.