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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.

Sheaf Poetry Festival

Fri. 17 May 2019 — Sun. 26 May 2019

A ten-day celebration of poetry in Sheffield, with walks, films, and lots of readings – from Roger McGough, Andrew McMillan, Imtiaz Dharker, Raymond Antrobus, Denise Riley, Rebecca Tamás and more.

The Vehicle of Nature

Sat. 19 January 2019 — Sun. 26 May 2019

Millennium Gallery

A video installation by Universal Everything, inspired by Leonardo Da Vinci's exquisitely detailed sketches that capture the rushing flow of water.

Acts of Rebellion

Multiple dates

Ever felt like dancing in the street? Or lying down with your legs in the air on Fargate? Laura Page invites you enact small acts of quiet rebellion and record them through photography/video. These workshops will culminate in a screening and talk.

Of Flesh and Blood

Sun. 14 April 2019 — Wed. 29 May 2019

Showroom

A season of films Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda, known for his explorations into how life and relationships are never simple. Ending with the brilliant, Oscar-nominated Shoplifters.

Sheffield Indian Music Ensemble and Guests

Wed. 29 May 2019

The Lescar

Jazz at The Lescar host tabla and santoor player and educator John Ball, leading the Sheffield Indian Music Ensemble, and the multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and composer Vijay Venkat.

Curatorial Insights: Laura Clarke & Zoë Sawyer

Wed. 29 May 2019

Bloc Projects

The second in a series of sessions aimed at demystifying the role of curator. With S1 Artspace's Laura Clarke, and Zoë Sawyer of Eastside Projects in Birmingham.

Seann Walsh

Wed. 29 May 2019

The Leadmill

One of the best observational comedians going, coming to town with his latest tour After This One, I’m Going Home.

Ezra Furman

Thu. 30 May 2019

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

An expert at condensing all parts of American life into three minute, cinematic pop songs that take their cues from Bob Dylan, Lou Reed and Bruce Springsteen.

Foxdog Studios

Thu. 30 May 2019

Kollider, Castle House, Angel Street, S3 8LU

A one-of-a-kind high-tech comedy duo. By day, they're IT consultants. In the evenings, they tour comedy clubs with mechanical monstrosities – including the Robot Chef, which lets audiences collectively cook a hot breakfast using their smartphones.

One Thing That Scares Me

Thu. 30 May 2019

Regather

Sheffield Creative Guild's new monthly social, dedicated to overcoming trepidation and turning challenges into opportunities.

Chores

Fri. 31 May 2019

The Montgomery

Two excitable brothers are definitely, probably, maybe, just about to, almost, at some stage, going to do the chores their mother has asked them to do.

Live Late: The People's Palace of Possibility

Fri. 31 May 2019

Millennium Gallery

Museums Sheffield's Friday night social returns, this time with a utopian inclination. Get your imagination going with John Ruskin-inspired performance, music, film and general dream-weaving creativity.

Wood and Stone, Land and Sea

Fri. 3 May 2019 — Fri. 31 May 2019

Yorkshire Artspace: Exchange Place Studios, Exchange Street, S2 5S

An exhibition of paintings by Paul Dearden and sculpture by Steve Hudson, exploring the memory of location.

Shaping Sheffield

Thu. 30 May 2019 — Fri. 31 May 2019

Winter Garden, Surrey Street, S1 2LH

Join ceramicists Kate Langrish Smith and Sarah Villeneau for a clay workshop considering Sheffield’s landscape and what it means to you.

Abbeydale Picture House fundraiser

Wed. 29 May 2019 — Fri. 31 May 2019

Abbeydale Picture House

Support the magnificent picture house with its restoration work, all while enjoying some classic cinema.

Vessel

Sat. 27 April 2019 — Sat. 1 June 2019

Cupola Gallery

An exhibition from the Northern Potters Association.

Festival of Debate does Question Time

Sat. 1 June 2019

Millennium Gallery

See out this year's festival with a Question Time-style event. You'll have chance to put your questions to political figures and commentators including outgoing Lord Mayor Magid Magid, Novara Media’s Ash Sarkar and openDemocracy editor Adam Ramsay.

Far Gone

Wed. 29 May 2019 — Sat. 1 June 2019

Theatre Deli

“If I invited you to come with me on a journey, a story, will you come with me?”

Barber Shop Chronicles

Wed. 22 May 2019 — Sat. 1 June 2019

Crucible Theatre

A heart-warming play made up of stories of African men and the anecdotes and arguments they share at the barber's.

The Comedy About A Bank Robbery

Wed. 29 May 2019 — Sat. 1 June 2019

Lyceum Theatre

Ocean’s Eleven meets the Marx Brothers.

The Interlace Project: LOOM_2.0

Tue. 28 May 2019 — Sat. 1 June 2019

Winter Garden, Surrey Street, S1 2LH

Join artist Toni Buckby to create interactive textile pieces using large free-standing frame looms, yarns, threads, wire, LEDs, speakers and touch-sensitive components.

Makers Market

Sat. 1 June 2019

Union St

A creative showcase of over 30 fantastic makers – jewellers, printers, illustrators, ceramicists, and more. Plus chance to get creative at a papercutting workshop.

Wisdom's Special Workshop

Sat. 1 June 2019

Hallam View, Owen Building, Howard Street, S1 1WB

Artist/lecturer Hester Reeves invites anyone interested in wisdom to join in a dialogue and look for meaning that might transform either themselves or the wider Sheffield society.

Big No No Comedy

Multiple dates

Cellar Theatre

A open mic/scratch night in the city centre's newest mini theatre.

Jinkx Monsoon and Major Scales: The Ginger Snapped

Tue. 4 June 2019

Crucible Theatre

Ru Paul's Drag Race favourite Jinkx Monsoon and her pianist-therapist take a biting look at the dark side of drag fame.

If AI Were Cephalopod

Wed. 5 June 2019

Kommune, Castle House, Angel Street, S3 8LS

A video artwork imagining the expansive possibilities of Artificial Intelligence unbound by the limits of human thought processes.

Everybody needs good neighbours

Tue. 30 April 2019 — Fri. 7 June 2019

DINA

Artist Aliyah Hussain's series of bright, abstract compositional studies uses shapes to explore the relationships that form in negotiations of shared space.

Annie

Tue. 4 June 2019 — Sat. 8 June 2019

Lyceum Theatre

It’s a hard-knock life.

Electric Drama

Multiple dates

The Moor Market, 77 The Moor, S1 4PF

Help artists Peter Martin and Jon Cannon invent new definitions for scenarios you experience online, and create new zine dictionaries of these to take away.

A Soft Rebellion in Paradise

Sat. 8 June 2019

Paradise Square, S1 2DE

A film shot and screening in Paradise Square, responding to its history as a site of political activism and questioning the historic silencing of women's voices.

Square Hole Comedy Club

Sun. 9 June 2019

The Red Deer

One of Sheffield’s hidden comedy treasures, tucked into the Red Deer's intimate function room. This month they’ll be headlined by Cheekykita, who is herself a hidden treasure: a larger-than-life clown known for oddball physical performances.

City Within and Without

Sun. 9 June 2019

Millennium Gallery

Use objects and drawings to create cyanotype images revealing your relationship with Sheffield. Artist Joanna Whittle will then create a series of ceramic pieces with the images.

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.

Curatorial Insights: David McLeavy & Alexandra Warder

Wed. 12 June 2019

Bloc Projects

The third in a trio of sessions aimed at demystifying the role of curator – with Bloc's David McLeavy and Alexandra Warder of Bosse and Baum in London.

#BeMoreMartyn

Thu. 13 June 2019

Crucible Theatre

Martyn Hett, AKA the Boy With the Deirdre Tattoo, started trending on Twitter in the hours after the announcement of his death at the Manchester Arena bombing. In this play his closest friends share an insight into what it means to #BeMoreMartyn.

To & Fro

Multiple dates

Theatre Deli

A performance and exhibition from Mafwa, a community theatre company in Leeds, working with refugees, asylum seekers and settled community members to explore how we move through and interact with the cities we now call home.

Our Darnall

Sat. 15 June 2019

Darnall Library, Britannia Road, S9 5JG

An afternoon hosted by ​​​​​​​Ignite Imaginations, with live performances, an exhibition of artwork created by local community groups in Darnall, and more.

Jericho’s Rose

Sat. 15 June 2019

Theatre Deli

A show looking at displacement from two perspectives: a grandfather struggling with Alzheimer’s and an artist struggling to stay in the UK. What happens when neither can remember where they belong?

Alice in Wonderland

Multiple dates

Lantern Theatre

Take a trip to Wonderland via Sheffield's most charming theatre in leafy Nether Edge this spring.

Reasons to be Myself

Wed. 12 June 2019 — Sat. 15 June 2019

The Local Theatre

A heart-warming story following Rheya, who is transitioning, as she and her sisters reflect on poignant memories from their pasts and respond to this shift in their family.

The Wall

Sun. 16 June 2019

Theatre Deli

A sociodrama exploration of the role that physical walls – such as the Berlin Wall, the West Bank Barrier, the Hungarian Border Wall and Trump’s Wall with Mexico – have in keeping communities apart.

Mohand and Peter

Sun. 16 June 2019

Theatre Deli

Mohand and Peter travel everywhere and anywhere in a click of their fingers. A backflip in time, a quick hop back home. With humour and visual poetry they'll jump from one character to another – catch them while you can.

Palestine + 100: Stories From A Century After The Catastrophe

Sun. 16 June 2019

DINA

Readings from contributors to an anthology of contemporary Palestinian writing, offering their own spin on science fiction and fantasy as they speculate on the future of their home country.

Immigration Crisis: The Musical

Sun. 16 June 2019

Theatre Deli

Centred on the lives of four women – two migrants, a third-generation migrant, and someone who just moved to Sheffield from the south – and the bond they form around the dinner table in their new house together.

What Do You See?

Sun. 16 June 2019

Millennium Gallery

Join artist Christopher Jarratt on the terrace to re-imagine sections of Sheffield’s city centre. Share your vision by slotting it into the giant viewfinder and seeing what you've created.

Lot

Fri. 31 May 2019 — Sun. 16 June 2019

Sidney + Matilda

An exhibition of new large-scale paintings and intricate collages from David Orme.

Together Workshop Sheffield

Mon. 17 June 2019

Theatre Deli

"How can you help? What do refugees really need? A friend. And fun, lots of fun!" This workshop is a place for people from all backgrounds to meet and have fun together, with no previous theatre experience necessary.

Refugee Tales Vol III

Mon. 17 June 2019

DINA

Join Comma Press for the Sheffield launch of the third volume in their collection modelled on Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.

Routes to Roots

Mon. 17 June 2019

Theatre Deli

The culmination of an eight-week project led by Zimbabwean dancer/drummer/singer Tongesayi Gumbo for young Sheffield-based artists, inspired by stories of migration and journey.

Pizza Shop Heroes

Mon. 17 June 2019

Theatre Deli

Refugee actors take centre-stage, reclaiming their stories and shining a light on masculinity and forced migration.

¡Viva!

Tue. 7 May 2019 — Mon. 17 June 2019

Showroom

The best of new Spanish and Latin American cinema comes on tour to Sheffield.

Over the Margins

Sat. 18 May 2019 — Tue. 18 June 2019

Theatre Deli

A play of vignettes, exploring the theme of barriers, borders, and margins – how people overcome obstacles and cross boundaries, whether physical, geographical or personal.

Three Mothers

Tue. 18 June 2019

Theatre Deli

An uplifting and intertwined story spanning 60 years of three women’s determination to carry on and create new lives – against a backdrop of enforced migration and refugee status.

Nikesh Shukla in conversation with Magid Magid

Tue. 18 June 2019

Crucible Theatre

The unorthodox ex-Lord Mayor of Sheffield joins the best-selling author and compiler Nikesh Shukla (The Good Immigrant) to talk about their experiences with the hostile-environment, Brexit Britain, and the route into an immigrant planet.

Seyed Ali Jaberi and the Hamdel Ensemble

Wed. 19 June 2019

Abbeydale Picture House

All Because of Love is a new production bringing the poetry of Persia’s beloved mystic poet Rumi to life in the magificent Picture House – with hauntingly beautiful Sufi music, dance and poetry.

Made in Spain

Wed. 19 June 2019

Cellar Theatre

An evening of foot stomping comedy with Sonia Aste, a Spaniard living in the UK who believes "cultural differences are like Sangria – a mix that leaves a headache, but we always ask for more."

Tales Of Whatever

Multiple dates

Shakespeare's

Sheffield’s resident true storytelling night, in which well-known comedians are invited to the stage alongside other artists and performers to tell true stories of their lives which are funny and heartwarming in much the same way.

You, Me and Those Who Came Before

Thu. 20 June 2019

Theatre Deli

A celebration of the rich and vibrant lives of migrants in Sheffield and around the world.

Storytelling Workshop

Fri. 21 June 2019

Theatre Deli

Alim Kamara brings the campfire to the stage. Gather round!

Benjamin Zephaniah & The Revolutionary Minds

Fri. 21 June 2019

The Leadmill

An evening of reggae-poetry from one of the greatest poets of his generation, strongly influenced by the music and poetry of Jamaica and what he calls “street politics”. With support from Sheffield’s first poet laureate Otis Mensah.

Home is not the Place

Fri. 21 June 2019

Theatre Deli

A solo show by Annie George, telling an intimate story of personal and political independence.

Migration Matters

Fri. 14 June 2019 — Sat. 22 June 2019

Celebrating culture, creativity and companionship in our city of sanctuary.

Kinky Boots

Tue. 11 June 2019 — Sat. 22 June 2019

Lyceum Theatre

A joyous story of Brit grit to high-heeled hit, powered by the music of Cyndi Lauper.

Origins

Sat. 15 June 2019 — Sat. 22 June 2019

Theatre Deli

A series of images by Nadjet Ben Maghnia capturing different parts of Algeria, born from curiosity and nostalgia for the artist's motherland.

Love From Syria

Sat. 15 June 2019 — Sat. 22 June 2019

Theatre Deli

An innovative audio adventure created by Syrian refugee families in Bedford and singer-composer Roshi Nasehi.

Outside/Inside

Mon. 17 June 2019 — Sat. 22 June 2019

Theatre Deli

A showcase of work by three artists from different countries, backgrounds, cultures and religions, exploring how they overcome barriers through their work.

Barang! with Nídia

Fri. 21 June 2019 — Sat. 22 June 2019

DINA

A night of global adventures in bass, welcoming to town Nídia all the way from Lisbon.

Parson Cross Community Celebration

Sat. 22 June 2019

Parson Cross Library, 320 Wordsworth Avenue, S5 8NL

An afternoon of art, crafts, music and food, celebrating the community of Parson Cross.

Daylight Come

Multiple dates

The Library Theatre

A story from the Windrush generation – revealing the racial prejudice faced by people who responded to the government's calls to come and rebuild postwar Britain, alongside the lived experiences of love, laughter and the music of the 1950s.

The Past in the Present

Sat. 22 June 2019

Showroom

Short films by three Palestinian filmmakers in different locations, looking at different points in time. On the 1929 launch of the Palestinian women's movement, children's lives/dreams in the West Bank, and the history of photography in Gaza.

Stories Of Sanctuary

Sat. 22 June 2019

Theatre Deli

An evening of songs by people seeking sanctuary in County Durham, coming to Sheffield on tour.

Dib Dab Dob Cabaret

Fri. 28 June 2019

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

A Scout-themed cabaret held in an actual Scout hut, hosted by Sheffield's finest poet-comedian Stan Skinny.

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

Fri. 28 June 2019 — Sat. 29 June 2019

The Montgomery

A mischievous celebration of play, based on the much-loved book by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury.

Girl on the Train

Mon. 24 June 2019 — Sat. 29 June 2019

Lyceum Theatre

The gripping story of a woman who finds herself as witness and suspect in a mystery, based on the hit novel and film.

Chance to Dance

Sat. 29 June 2019

Peace Gardens, Tudor Square, Barkers Pool, Winter Garden, The Moor

One big day of music and movement in the city centre.

Festival of Debate

Fri. 19 April 2019 — Sun. 30 June 2019

Get informed, inspired and filled with ideas for positive change.

A Corner of Paradise

Sat. 29 June 2019 — Sun. 30 June 2019

Millennium Gallery

You’re invited to re-imagine Paradise, for an exhibition of ideas, art and photos.

King Lear: Retold

Tue. 2 July 2019

Crucible Theatre

A modern interpretation of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy from Under the Stars, a group of adults with learning disabilities.

Electrolyte

Fri. 5 July 2019

Crucible Theatre

A powerful piece of gig-theatre exploring mental health through live music and storytelling.

Uncertain Spaces: Kenopsia

Sat. 8 June 2019 — Sat. 6 July 2019

Cupola Gallery

A solo exhibition of realist paintings by Andy Cropper.

Hair

Mon. 1 July 2019 — Sat. 6 July 2019

Lyceum Theatre

Welcome to the Age of Aquarius.

This Life is so Everyday

Sat. 30 March 2019 — Sat. 6 July 2019

Graves Gallery

A an exhibition on the home in British art from 1950 to 1980, looking at the ways we're shaped by the space behind the front door.

The Folk Forest

Sat. 6 July 2019 — Sun. 7 July 2019

Endcliffe Park

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

Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair

Multiple dates

Millennium Gallery

A fabulous opportunity to pick up work from over 70 of the UK’s best established and emerging artists and designer-makers.

Little Miss Sunshine

Tue. 9 July 2019 — Sat. 13 July 2019

Lyceum Theatre

A new musical comedy based on the Oscar-winning film, celebrating the quirks of every family and the power of overcoming our differences.

Tom J Newell: Endless Toil

Tue. 18 June 2019 — Sun. 14 July 2019

The Viewing Room, Castle House, Angel Street, S3 8LS

A solo exhibition of pieces from the pen of one of Sheffield's most distinctive artists.

Goldsmiths North

Fri. 12 July 2019 — Sun. 14 July 2019

Cutlers' Hall, Church Street, S1 1HG

The magnificent Cutlers' Hall plays host to a fair bringing together over 60 independent silversmiths and jewellery makers.

Glenn Moore

Sun. 14 July 2019

New Barrack Tavern, 601 Penistone Road, S6 2GA

An Edinburgh Fringe preview from a Sheffield alumni. Expect notes, deviation, uncertainty and a lower price than you’ll get after August – at preview shows, there’s magic in watching the primordial potential take shape in front of your eyes.

Life of Pi

Fri. 28 June 2019 — Sat. 20 July 2019

Crucible Theatre

A dazzling theatrical adaptation of an epic journey of endurance and hope, based on Yann Martel's extraordinary and much-loved novel.

Horrible Histories

Wed. 17 July 2019 — Sat. 20 July 2019

Lyceum Theatre

Bringing historical figures and events back to life in incredible ways.

Tramlines Fringe

Fri. 19 July 2019 — Mon. 22 July 2019

Bungalows and Bears

This year's Bungalows lineup features Yazmin Lacey, Galaxians, Baba Naga and more – all for free.

Nordic By Nature: Modern Design and Prints

Sat. 4 May 2019 — Sun. 28 July 2019

Weston Park Museum

A small piece of Scandinavia has come to Sheffield.

Avenue Q

Mon. 29 July 2019 — Sat. 3 August 2019

Lyceum Theatre

The naughtiest puppets around are heading to town for a hilarious musical with a warm (and fuzzy) heart.

Makers Mark

Sat. 13 July 2019 — Sat. 24 August 2019

Cupola Gallery

A group show bringing together a mix of artists, works and mediums.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Cinderella

Fri. 6 December 2019 — Sun. 5 January 2020

Lyceum Theatre

Panto time!

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.