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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.

Jeffrey Lewis and the Voltage

Tue. 17 September 2019

Picture House Social

Described as ‘the best lyricist working in the US today’ by Jarvis Cocker, Jeffrey Lewis is an anti-folk cult hero and comic book artist whose work has the ability to make you laugh, rile you up, cause you to cry and teach you new things.

Fern Brady: Power & Chaos

Wed. 18 September 2019

The Leadmill

Fern began comedy while studying in Sheffield. Now she’s on Live at the Apollo and making a name for herself as one of the most acerbic comics on the circuit. In this caustic new show she explores sexuality, feminism, power and national identity.

London Astrobeat Orchestra present 50 years of Abbey Road

Wed. 18 September 2019

Yellow Arch Studios

A night of AfroBeatleMania, taking the classic album back to its blues roots to mark its 50th anniversary.

Forj

Wed. 18 September 2019

The Lescar

Jazz at the Lescar welcome to town one of the most exciting new line-ups on the UK jazz scene. Driving, expansive, interactive, purposeful, and intensely grooving yet rhythmically subtle music.

From Peterloo to Orgreave – 200 Years of People Power

Wed. 18 September 2019

Sheffield City Hall

A commemoration of the 35th anniversary of the miners’ strike. With music, poetry, a reading of Barry Hines's recently rediscovered play After the Strike, and special guests including Ray Goodspeed from Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners.

The Last Tree + Q&A

Wed. 18 September 2019

Showroom

Returning from his foster home in rural Lincolnshire to his birth mother in London, Femi struggles with the culture and values of his new environment. An emotionally charged search for self and identity, followed by a Q&A with director Shola Amoo.

For Sama

Fri. 13 September 2019 — Thu. 19 September 2019

Showroom

A message from Syrian journalist Waad al-Kateab to her daughter, For Sama traces her life through the uprising in Aleppo as she falls in love, gets married and gives birth. A rare insight into this conflict and the life and love that survived it.

Frank Skinner

Thu. 19 September 2019

Sheffield City Hall

Frank Skinner won the Perrier award in 1991, beating Jack Dee and Eddie Izzard to the prize before becoming one of the British comedy’s most recognisable faces across the 90s. This is a rare chance to the legendary comedian live in an intimate space.

Composed

Thu. 19 September 2019

​​​​​​​A feminist and playfully subversive investigation into experiences of working in the arts, asking where individuals fit in hierarchical organisations.

The Shock of the Future

Fri. 13 September 2019 — Thu. 19 September 2019

Paris, 1978. In a predominantly male music industry, Ana uses new electronic machines to make herself heard, creating a sound that will mark the decades to come. A brilliant love letter to the unacknowledged women pioneers of French electronic music.

Planet Zogg 19th Birthday

Fri. 20 September 2019 — Sat. 21 September 2019

Yellow Arch Studios

Celebrate 19 years of hyperdelia since Zogg blasted off in 2000.

High Hazels

Sat. 21 September 2019

The Leadmill

Melodic indie rock from Sheffield. The show is in celebration of the band's new album Days of No One – drawing on both their northern roots and moody Americana. Catch these local lads done good at The Leadmill for what’s sure to be a great party.

Endcliffe Park Heritage Walk

Sat. 21 September 2019

Endcliffe Park

Through historical pictures and a guided tour, get to know the history of one of the city's most popular green spaces – from 1885 when it was opened to the public to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Jubilee to the present.

Herdings Heritage & Harvest

Sat. 21 September 2019

Herdings Heritage and Community Centre, Morland Road, S14 1TD

A travel back in time – specifically to 1675. Visit Sheffield’s second oldest building and see what's going on in the garden, where this year’s crops will be harvested and healthy food will be cooked. History, food and fun for all the family.

Heritage Open Days

Fri. 13 September 2019 — Sun. 22 September 2019

Ten days to explore heritage treasures across the city. Go, go, go!

Edward Carpenter Walk

Sun. 22 September 2019

Devonshire Cat, Wellington Street, S1 4HG

A walk around places connected with the life and politics of Edward Carpenter – a vegetarian, sandal-making socialist and gay liberation pioneer.

Birley Spa Bath House

Multiple dates

Birley Spa is Sheffield’s only Victorian bath house with a plunge pool. Learn about this Grade II listed building’s history and its importance to the city’s working class heritage on this tour. With luck, you may even see a kingfisher in the garden.

Tudor Open Day

Sun. 22 September 2019

Manor Lodge

Explore the ruins of the place known for being where Mary Queens of Scots was held prisoner. Take a tour around the turret house and gardens, have fun enjoying the lavender labyrinth, take a picture in the stocks, and visit Sheffield’s oldest toilet!

Archipelago x J Frisco

Wed. 25 September 2019

The Lescar

A superband bringing together two of the most exciting and innovative bands from the northern creative music scene. Mixing jazz-rock rhythms, explosive improvisation and minimal melodic lines.

Sheffield Makes Music

Thu. 26 September 2019

One big day of music – bringing amazing sounds to unexpected places and transforming the city centre into a stage for Sheffield's talents.

Ad Astra

Wed. 18 September 2019 — Thu. 26 September 2019

Showroom

Astronaut Roy McBride (Brad Pitt) travels to the outer edges of the solar system to find his missing father and unravel a mystery that threatens the survival of our planet. His journey uncovers secrets that challenge the nature of human existence.

The Farewell

Fri. 20 September 2019 — Thu. 26 September 2019

Showroom

In this uplifting comedy-drama, Chinese-born, US-raised Billi reluctantly returns to her hometown in China. Her grandmother has been given weeks to live, though the family has decided not to tell her – gathering under the joyful guise of a wedding.

Sammartino

Fri. 27 September 2019

Bishops' House

"Hymns for the internet age" from Sheffield’s premier masked synth-pop artist. Expect an experience that’s equal parts disturbing, hilarious and incredibly fun, in the 16th-century timber surroundings of Bishops' House.

George Fitzgerald, Paranoid London, Willow, Batu, Nazira, Metrist

Fri. 27 September 2019

Hope Works, 1A Sussex Road, S4 7YQ

​​​​​​​Hope Works is celebrating its 7th birthday with a massive weekend of events that will feature some of the biggest names in the business along with new and emerging talent.

Photomarathon Sheffield

Sat. 28 September 2019

Winter Garden, 90 Surrey Street, S1 2LH

Ready, set, snap! Booking opens on Monday 29th July at midday – with a limited number of free places for under-16s.

Reasons To Stay Alive

Fri. 13 September 2019 — Sat. 28 September 2019

Crucible Theatre

A theatrical adaptation of Matt Haig's frank and funny bestseller, celebrating what it means to be alive.

Cinderella

Tue. 24 September 2019 — Sat. 28 September 2019

Lyceum Theatre

An enchanting winter wonderland with Northern Ballet’s beautiful re-imagining of Cinderella.

Russell Howard

Sat. 28 September 2019

FlyDSA Arena, Broughton Lane, S9 2DF

Cheeky and wry observational comedy. Following a Netflix special, a hit Sky One show and a record-breaking 2017 tour, Russell Howard is one of the UK’s biggest comedy names right now and requires no introduction from me. Grab tickets while they last.

What is the Matter?

Thu. 12 September 2019 — Sun. 29 September 2019

Kelham Island Museum

An exhibition of sculptural works by women artists from the Material Voice collective, responding to artefacts and stories from the museum’s displays and collections.

Sheffield Half Pint Marathon

Sun. 1 September 2019 — Mon. 30 September 2019

Explore the city through 13 of its favourite independent pubs, all while raising money for charity. Ready, set, go!

Têtes de Pois

Wed. 2 October 2019

The Lescar

A seven-piece band from Leeds, bringing a mix of jazz, soul and funk to their own original and vibrant music. Hosted by Jazz at the Lescar.

Philip Thomas plays Feldman

Wed. 2 October 2019

Upper Chapel, Norfolk Street, S1 2JD

Hypnotic and endlessly fascinating piano music, complementing documentary films on two of the US’s greatest visual artists: Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning.

Salon 19: In Conversation with Alex Farrar

Wed. 2 October 2019

Bloc Projects

To coincide with his new exhibition 'The exhibition will be titled after its installation', artist Alex Farrar will be in conversation with Bloc Projects Director, David McLeavy.

Tasmin Little & Piers Lane

Fri. 4 October 2019

Crucible Theatre

Tasmin Little, BBC Music Magazine’s Personality of the Year 2019, and her recital partner Piers Lane, visit Sheffield for Tasmin’s last ever recital with Music in the Round before she retires from the concert platform.

Peddler

Multiple dates

92 Burton Road

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

Sensoria

Fri. 27 September 2019 — Sat. 5 October 2019

Sensoria Music and Film Festival returns for 2019, presenting a unique mix of live performance, film screenings, installations, exhibitions and music industry activity.

We Will Rock You

Mon. 30 September 2019 — Sat. 5 October 2019

Lyceum Theatre

Queen and Ben Elton's mega hit comes to the Sheffield stage.

Creep Show

Sat. 5 October 2019

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

Sensoria host the premiere live performance by a group made up of John Grant and the dark analogue electro of Wrangler (Stephen Mallinder, Phil Winter, Benge).

Sheffield Gin and Rum Festival

Sat. 5 October 2019

Trafalgar Warehouse, 120 Trafalgar Street, S1 4JT

You'll be spoilt for choice when this nationally touring festival makes its Sheffield stop at Trafalgar Warehouse, with over 60 different gins and 60 rums.

Terror From the Skies

Sat. 5 October 2019

Theatre Deli

A solo storytelling show questioning the impact of big business capitalism on local communities, and asking questions about the other myths that unite and divide us in our shared spaces.

Ensemble 360

Tue. 8 October 2019

Crucible Theatre

An evening of two Octets. Schubert's fuses the intimacy of delicate chamber music with grand outbursts on an orchestral scale, while Widmann's was conceived as its companion piece.

Women Invent The Future

Tue. 8 October 2019

Site Gallery

Join Site for a talk and workshop with Rachel Coldicutt, the editor of an anthology of speculative fiction from feminist perspectives.

Preview – Ilona Sagar: Deep Structure

Thu. 10 October 2019

S1 Artspace

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

Quentin Collins Sextet

Fri. 11 October 2019

Crookes Social Club, Mulhouse Road, S10 1TD

Drawing inspiration from the rich tradition of three-horn frontlines, evoking The Jazz Messengers, McCoy Tyner and Wynton Marsalis. Hosted by Sheffield Jazz.

Beyond The Real

Sat. 31 August 2019 — Sat. 12 October 2019

Cupola Gallery

A group show bringing together a variety of works in different mediums.

NSFW

Sat. 31 August 2019 — Sat. 12 October 2019

Cupola Gallery

A group show, bringing to Cupola a mix of works on the theme of Not Safe For Work.

The Woman in Black

Mon. 7 October 2019 — Sat. 12 October 2019

Lyceum Theatre

Susan Hill’s acclaimed ghost story comes to the Sheffield stage, with the story of a lawyer who becomes convinced that his family are cursed.

The exhibition will be titled after its installation: Alex Farrar

Fri. 13 September 2019 — Sat. 12 October 2019

Bloc Projects

A landscape of disaster, created by artist Alex Farrar and inspired by 19th-century painter John Martin's apocalyptic visions.

No Bounds

Fri. 11 October 2019 — Sun. 13 October 2019

A weekend of bleeps, beats and sweaty grins. Bringing together music, visual art, poetry, and workshops.

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.

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?

Making Masterpieces in Sheffield & Venice

Fri. 18 October 2019

Exchange Street, S2 5TR

A big day of creative activities and 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.

The Last King of Scotland

Fri. 27 September 2019 — Sat. 19 October 2019

Crucible Theatre

The first stage adaptation of the novel that inspired the Oscar-winning movie, The Last King of Scotland is an electrifying thriller about corruption and complicity set in Uganda.

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.

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.

Introduction to Sculpture

Tue. 17 September 2019 — Tue. 22 October 2019

The Art House

Join potter Krishna Alageswaran for a six-week pottery course exploring abstract or figurative work in your own personal style.

Pots for the Home

Wed. 18 September 2019 — Wed. 23 October 2019

The Art House

Join this pottery course and create a number of functional objects to come in handy around the home.

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.

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.

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.

Signals

Mon. 28 October 2019

Crucible Theatre

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

Children's Pottery Experience

Tue. 29 October 2019

The Art House

Use a potter’s wheel and make a small hand-built pot or model, which you can then decorate and have fired in the kiln.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Cinderella

Fri. 6 December 2019 — Sun. 5 January 2020

Lyceum Theatre

Panto time!

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.