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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.

Peddler

Multiple dates

92 Burton Road

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

Julefest

Sat. 7 December 2019

Clifford All Saints Primary School, 108 Psalter Lane, S11 8YU

Scandinavia comes to Sheffield for a Christmas fayre complete with ski lodge, gløgg and lots of hygge.

The Art House & St Matthews Christmas Market

Sat. 7 December 2019

The Art House

Pick up one-of-a-kind pieces by artists who specialist in a range of techniques, including printmaking, painting, ceramics, and more.

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.

Christmas Craft and Flea Sheffield Cathedral

Sat. 7 December 2019

Sheffield Cathedral

Craft & Flea will be back in Sheffield this Christmas, filling the cathedral inside and out with local produce, street food and flea market stalls offering vintage and collectable wares.

The Drawing Room Christmas Market

Sat. 7 December 2019 — Sun. 8 December 2019

The Drawing Room GSA, 1st Floor, 58 Broad Lane, S1 4BT

The Drawing Room is a cosy art space inspired by the work of prolific but unknown abstract artist Gordon Snee. Join them over mince pies and mulled wine at a market with original paintings, prints and cards by a small number of independent artists

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.

Bikehall Winter Maintenance Workshops

Multiple dates

Foodhall

Back by popular demand, Bikehall Winter Maintenance Workshops will give you the opportunity to work on your own bike, fix any issues that have been bothering you and develop DIY bike maintenance skills.

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.

Sorry We Missed You

Wed. 6 November 2019 — Thu. 12 December 2019

Showroom

Director Ken Loach and writer Paul Laverty return with another vital story for our times – a powerful exploration of the contemporary world of work, the gig economy and the challenges faced by one family trying to hold it all together.

The Nightingale

Fri. 29 November 2019 — Thu. 12 December 2019

Showroom

Clare Carroll (Aisling Franciosi) is a young Irish convict, seeking vengeance for the brutal murder of her family with the help of an Aboriginal tracker who agrees to guide her through the bush. A haunting, powerful film from director Jennifer Kent.

Honey Boy

Fri. 6 December 2019 — Thu. 12 December 2019

Showroom

A personal story of a fractured relationship, revolving around a young actor's stormy childhood and early adult years as he struggles to reconcile with his father. An exploration of hope through adversity from director Alma Har'el (Bombay Beach).

So Long, My Son

Fri. 6 December 2019 — Thu. 12 December 2019

Showroom

A tender and at times heartbreaking story, tracing the lives of two families over three decades of social, political and cultural change in 20th century China – showing how human relationships and the evolution of a nation are inevitably intertwined.

Ilona Sagar: Deep Structure

Fri. 11 October 2019 — Sat. 14 December 2019

S1 Artspace

A beguiling film and exhibition inspired by Park Hill’s iconic architecture and its 1960s social experiment, and exploring wellbeing through looking at buildings as organisms. Does social planning have social effect? Read our review.

Vivaldi's Four Seasons at Christmas

Sat. 14 December 2019

Sheffield Cathedral

Sheffield Cathedral will be filled with the music of Vivaldi, Corelli and Bach this December, when Harriet Mackenzie and the Piccadilly Sinfonietta come to town.

Mosaic Mandala with Diana Storey

Sat. 14 December 2019

The Art House

A relaxed, therapeutic class where you can create a beautiful Mandala mosaic of your own design, using a wide range of materials.

Unfortunate: The Untold Story of Ursula The Sea Witch

Tue. 10 December 2019 — Sat. 14 December 2019

Theatre Deli

Disney villain. Octo-woman. Plus-size icon. But who is the woman behind the tentacles?

Vox Lux

Sun. 15 December 2019

Film Unit

A timely and unique examination of modern celebrity, with Natalie Portman giving a sensational performance as a Gaga-esque global superstar.

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.

Andrew O’Neill

Sun. 15 December 2019

The Leadmill

Black magic, black metal and black comedy – Andrew O’Neill’s distinctive high-speed distractathons are an experience to behold. Visceral, intelligent, hilarious. Don’t miss a chance to see his latest touring show, I Am Rich And I Have Many Sons.

Fish Pie

Multiple dates

Cellar Theatre

A surrealist character comedy show set on the seas, with a heady mix of poetry, puppetry, theatre and music. Expect to meet all kinds of weird and wonderful characters – dancing fish, clairevoyant clams, surfer postmen, jazz lobsters, and more.

Die Hard

Tue. 17 December 2019

The Leadmill

The best of all Christmas films. Cop John McClane (Bruce Willis) finds himself trapped in a skyscraper taken over by terrorists led by Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman). Leadmill Xmas screenings come with themed cocktails, free hats, plus full decoration.

Artistic Development with John Kerr and Mark Beachell

Wed. 6 November 2019 — Wed. 18 December 2019

The Art House

A seven-week course offering a practical approach to developing all aspects of artistic development in a wide range media.

Introduction to Oil Painting with Marcin Szuba

Wed. 20 November 2019 — Wed. 18 December 2019

The Art House

A fun five-week course introducing oil painting – suitable for all abilities.

Pink Wall

Fri. 13 December 2019 — Wed. 18 December 2019

Showroom

A modern romance showing six moments over six years that define a relationship. Inventively told through defining points in Jenna and Leon's journey together, it explores how friendship and resentment can grow with passing time and changing ideals.

Eyes Wide Shut

Fri. 13 December 2019 — Wed. 18 December 2019

Showroom

Delivered just days before his passing, Stanley Kubrick's mesmerising tale is the ultimate alternative festive film. It returns to the big screen for its 20th anniversary, accompanied by a short doc recalling this final chapter of Kubrick's career.

Bethlehem Boys Club III

Thu. 5 December 2019 — Thu. 19 December 2019

Sidney + Matilda

A seasonal group show providing an alternative take on the season of goodwill. Over thirty regional, national and international artists share work that tackles themes of religion, politics, ritual, identity and consumer culture.

Peter Barber: 100 Mile City and Other Stories

Fri. 22 November 2019 — Fri. 20 December 2019

Sheffield Institute of Arts Gallery

An exhibition by acclaimed British architect Peter Barber, who has dedicated much of his working life to designing social housing. Exploring issues presented by the housing crisis, and the role architecture might play in creating a more humane city.

Home Alone

Sat. 21 December 2019

Abbeydale Picture House

The Village Screen pop-up cinema returns to the Abbeydale Picture House for an enchanted Christmas cinema. With festive fave Home Alone, screening amongst magical decor, sparkling Christmas trees, festive tunes, street food, and mulled wine.

MiniFest Christmas Special

Multiple dates

Theatre Deli

MiniFest is a fun musical experience for children that adults will love too!

It's a Wonderful Life

Fri. 13 December 2019 — Tue. 24 December 2019

Showroom

Released in 1946, this black and white iconic film is the heart-warming treat you need on a chilly December night.

The Muppet Christmas Carol

Fri. 20 December 2019 — Tue. 24 December 2019

Showroom

Charles Dickens’ Christmas Carol can sometimes be a bit of a grizzly tale (especially when the Ghost of Christmas Yet-to-Come appears on the scene), but the Muppets brighten the Christmas tale right up.

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.

Knives Out

Fri. 29 November 2019 — Tue. 24 December 2019

Showroom

A witty whodunit with an all-star cast including Chris Evans, Daniel Craig, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette and LaKeith Stanfield. When a renowned crime novelist is found dead after his birthday, detective Benoit Blanc is enlisted to investigate.

Birdsong in Winter

Sun. 8 December 2019 — Tue. 24 December 2019

Yorkshire Artspace - Exchange Place Studios, Exchange Street, S2 5TR

An exhibition of work in mosaic and wood by Diana Storey and Henk Littlewood.

Elf

Sat. 14 December 2019 — Tue. 24 December 2019

After realising he doesn't fit in with the other elves, Buddy sets out to find a place where he belongs – in search of his dad in New York City. You have several chances to catch this festive fave at the city's cinemas and popup events this December.

Handmade for Christmas

Fri. 25 October 2019 — Sun. 29 December 2019

Millennium Gallery

Millennium Gallery's annual Christmas shop returns. With gift ideas for everyone, from over 70 skilled artists, designers and craftspeople.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Thu. 19 December 2019 — Thu. 2 January 2020

The final part to the Skywalker saga and the culmination of over 40 years of storytelling since Star Wars landed in cinemas in 1977. A story the likes of which had never been seen before – see its conclusion with Rey, Finn, Poe Dameron and Kylo Ren.

Little Women

Thu. 26 December 2019 — Thu. 2 January 2020

Showroom

A refreshing adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's beloved novel from writer-director Greta Gerwig, that's both faithful to its beautiful source material and strikingly original. With an incredible cast, it's set to be one of 2019's cinema highlights.

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.

Symbol

Sat. 23 November 2019 — Sat. 4 January 2020

Cupola Gallery

Cupola's Christmas exhibition – featuring a wonderful array of work from 55 artists responding to the theme of ‘Symbol’, with paintings, ceramics, printmaking, sculpture, photography, installation, glassware and jewellery.

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.

Develop Your Illustrative Ideas with Carl Flint

Sat. 11 January 2020

The Art House

Do you have an idea for an illustrated children’s book or an illustrated cartoon series but can’t quite seem to get it moving? Join local illustrator Carl Flint for a one-day crash course in illustrating your own story.

I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue

Tue. 14 January 2020

Sheffield City Hall

A parody of the panel format, in which contestants are given things to accomplish or perform with no rhyme or reason, that has been on the airwaves since 1972. This is a show for fans of the British absurdist comedy tradition; long may it continue.

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, at this year's Crucible Christmas Musical.

Dover Quartet

Sat. 18 January 2020

Crucible Theatre

“One of the world’s finest young string quartets” according to the New Yorker, the Philadelphia-based quartet has paired Hindemith’s concise and passionate Third Quartet with Brahms’s Quartet in B flat for this recital.

Jean Toussaint Quarter

Sat. 18 January 2020

Crucible Theatre

Seriously exciting music from a saxophonist of international stature and his excellent band.

Revelations

Tue. 21 January 2020

Crucible Theatre

An epic story about friendship, faith, life, death, foxes, snow buddies, and trying to do the right thing even when it involves taking all your clothes off.

Where There's Muck There's Bras

Thu. 23 January 2020

Crucible Theatre

Acomic and thought-provoking show about the real Northern Powerhouse, Northern Women – the sung and the unsung!

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.

Jordan Brookes

Thu. 30 January 2020

Regather

One of the defining voices of contemporary comedy, whether you like it or not. His show, I've Got Nothing, is a deconstructivist disasterpiece and 2019 Edinburgh Comedy Award winner. If you like your comedy weird and postmodern, go and see this show.

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.

Trojan Horse

Tue. 4 February 2020

Crucible Theatre

Trojan Horse was a story in the national press, accusing ‘hardline’ Muslim teachers and governors of plotting extremism in Birmingham schools. This play looks at a community torn apart by racial division, ‘British values’ and the culture of Prevent.

The Political History of Smack and Crack

Wed. 5 February 2020

Crucible Theatre

Tracing Mandy and Neil's lives from the 1981 riots to their present day survival on the streets of Manchester, this show is an angry, funny love-song to a lost generation inspired by the playwright's own experience in jail and rehab.

Ensemble 360 and James Gilchrist

Thu. 6 February 2020

Crucible Theatre

Featuring works by Howard Skempton, Beethoven, and Vaughan Williams. With poems are sung by tenor James Gilchrist, praised by The Times as an interpreter of English song who is “in a class by himself”.

To Move In Time

Fri. 7 February 2020 — Sat. 8 February 2020

Crucible Theatre

A brand-new monologue written by Tim Etchells for performer and collaborator Tyrone Huggins, in which an unnamed protagonist speculates playfully about what he’d do if he were able to travel backwards and forwards in time.

An Evening With Sir Michael Parkinson

Mon. 10 February 2020

Crucible Theatre

Celebrating the life and career of a man who has interviewed over 2000 of the most important cultural figures of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Beethoven 250: String Quartets and more

Tue. 11 February 2020

Upper Chapel, Norfolk Street, S1 2JD

An evening of music that takes us to the extremes of Beethoven’s character.

Pots for the Kitchen with Charlotte Berry

Wed. 8 January 2020 — Wed. 12 February 2020

The Art House

Hand build functional pots for your kitchen using a variety of hand building techniques such as coiling, slabbing and pinching.

Sculptured Head and Shoulders

Sat. 15 February 2020

The Art House

Make your own stylised ceramic human head/bust using pottery handbuilding techniques.

GAZE: A Retrospective of Portraits by Lorna May Wadsworth

Sat. 9 November 2019 — Sat. 15 February 2020

Graves Gallery

Portraiture from the 25-year career of Sheffield-based artist Lorna May Wadsworth, challenging the constraints of what we think a portrait is. Read our review.

This Is Going To Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor

Mon. 17 February 2020 — Tue. 18 February 2020

Crucible Theatre

Award-winning comedian Adam Kay shares entries from his diaries as a junior doctor in an evening of stand-up and music.

Fascinating Aida

Wed. 19 February 2020

Crucible Theatre

Dillie Keane, Adèle Anderson and Liza Pulman are heading out on tour with a selection of old favourites, songs you haven’t heard before and some you wish you’d never heard in the first place.

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

Sat. 8 February 2020 — Sat. 29 February 2020

Lyceum Theatre

The homecoming of Sheffield Theatres' smash hit musical.

Wetlands

Tue. 19 November 2019 — Sat. 29 February 2020

DINA

An earthy and sensual collection of figures, fauna and horses by London-based artist Jessica Jane Charleston in DINA Diner – comprised of the largest linocuts she's printed yet, alongside small jewel-like oils on board.

Ensemble 360

Tue. 3 March 2020

Upper Chapel, Norfolk Street, S1 2JD

A lunchtime concert featuring two of the most glorious works for violin and piano of the later Romantic period: Polish composer Karol Szymanowski’s Myths and César Franck’s majestic Sonata.

Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

Mon. 2 March 2020 — Sat. 7 March 2020

Lyceum Theatre

An adventure of self-discovery, sassiness and acceptance.

Ensemble 360

Tue. 10 March 2020

Upper Chapel, Norfolk Street, S1 2JD

This lunchtime concert features two of the most glorious works for violin and piano of the later Romantic period.

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.

Beethoven 250: Wind & Piano

Fri. 20 March 2020

Upper Chapel, Norfolk Street, S1 2JD

A joyful showcase of Beethoven and more from the wind players of Ensemble 360.

Concerteenies with Music in the Round (1 and 2 yr olds)

Fri. 20 March 2020

Channing Hall (Upper Chapel), 45 Surrey Street, S1 2LG

Ensemble 360 performs two relaxed concerts for young children and their grown-ups.

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.

Run Sister Run

Thu. 27 February 2020 — Sat. 21 March 2020

Crucible Theatre

Spanning four decades up to the present day, nurture competes with nature as a pair of sisters navigate their unbreakable bond.

Beethoven 250: Harmoniemusik

Sun. 22 March 2020

Kommune, Castle House, Angel Street, S3 8LS

Join Music in the Round for a leisurely Sunday of music, all while enjoying refreshments from the many independent outlets in Kommune.

Beethoven 250: Come & Play

Sun. 22 March 2020

Kommune, Castle House, Angel Street, S3 8LS

Come and play along with friendly musicians from Ensemble 360 and Hallam Sinfonia. You'll play through the first movement of Beethoven’s greatest symphony, No. 5 (da-da-da-DUUUUMMM).

Interior Design with Mark Beachell

Thu. 27 February 2020 — Thu. 26 March 2020

The Art House

A course designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills to approach any interior design project with confidence.

Beethoven 250: The Final Sonatas – Steven Osborne

Fri. 27 March 2020

Upper Chapel, Norfolk Street, S1 2JD

A trio of beautifully balanced and contrasting works, played by a thrilling performer.

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.

Coriolanus

Fri. 6 March 2020 — Sat. 28 March 2020

Crucible Theatre

‘What is the city but the people?’ This contemporary take on Shakespeare’s play about the disconnect between the rulers and the ruled follows Sheffield Theatres' Artistic Director Robert Hastie’s critically acclaimed Julius Caesar.

Tomorrow's Stars Today

Fri. 3 April 2020

Crucible Theatre

American rising stars, violinist Randall Goosby and pianist Jonathan Ware, make their Crucible Studio debut supported by the Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT).

Maya Youssef Trio

Fri. 3 April 2020

Crucible Theatre

Damascus-born Maya Youssef is hailed as ‘the queen of the qanun’, a traditional Syrian 78-stringed plucked zither.

Funny Girl

Tue. 31 March 2020 — Sat. 4 April 2020

Lyceum Theatre

A celebration of the underdog made good, this iconic musical is based on the life and career of real-life Broadway star, film actress and comedienne Fanny Brice.

These Hills Are Ours

Tue. 7 April 2020

Crucible Theatre

Do you ever want to run away from it all? Dan and Boff did exactly that. These Hills Are Ours uses story and song to tell what they found out on their journeys.

Idol

Wed. 8 April 2020 — Thu. 9 April 2020

Crucible Theatre

A daring and unapologetic examination of religion, pop culture and Black representation.

The Sound of Music

Tue. 7 April 2020 — Sat. 11 April 2020

Lyceum Theatre

One of the greatest musicals of all time returns to the stage in a magnificent production to enchant and enthral the young and the young at heart.

An Inspector Calls

Tue. 14 April 2020 — Sat. 18 April 2020

Lyceum Theatre

The National Theatre's multi award-winning production returns after a sell-out London season and American tour.

Ghost Stories

Tue. 21 April 2020 — Sat. 25 April 2020

Lyceum Theatre

See the international stage phenomenon, direct from the West End, in its first ever UK Tour.

Six

Tue. 28 April 2020 — Sat. 2 May 2020

Lyceum Theatre

Nominated for five Olivier Awards including Best New Musical, the sell-out international smash hit Six comes to Sheffield.

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.

Dial M For Murder

Tue. 12 May 2020 — Sat. 16 May 2020

Lyceum Theatre

Can you ever get away with the perfect crime?

English Touring Opera

Mon. 18 May 2020 — Tue. 19 May 2020

Lyceum Theatre

Giulio Cesare (Julius Caesar), one of Handel’s most celebrated operas: a story of passion and revenge. And Così fan tutte by Mozart, a glorious music and farcical story of young love and fidelity.

Peppa Pig's Best Day Ever

Fri. 22 May 2020 — Sat. 23 May 2020

Lyceum Theatre

Peppa Pig is excited to be going on a special day out with George, Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig – it’s going to be her best day ever!

Oliver Twist

Wed. 13 May 2020 — Sat. 23 May 2020

Crucible Theatre

Born into poverty and misfortune, Oliver Twist escapes the workhouse for a life of adventure where he joins the Artful Dodger, Fagin and their mischievous gang of pick pockets.

The Red Shoes

Tue. 26 May 2020 — Sat. 30 May 2020

Lyceum Theatre

Matthew Bourne’s triumphant adaptation of the legendary film returns after winning two Olivier Awards and dazzling audiences across the UK and the USA.

Billionaire Boy

Wed. 3 June 2020 — Sat. 6 June 2020

Lyceum Theatre

Joe Spud is twelve years old and the richest boy in the country. He has his own sports car, two crocodiles as pets and £100,000 a week pocket money! But what Joe doesn't have is a friend.

Heathers

Tue. 23 June 2020 — Sat. 27 June 2020

Lyceum Theatre

Greetings and salutations! Welcome to Westerberg High, where popularity is so very a matter of life and death, and Veronica Sawyer is just another of the nobodies dreaming of a better day.

Here's What She Said To Me

Thu. 18 June 2020 — Sat. 4 July 2020

Crucible Theatre

Meet three generations of women on two continents and follow their need to connect with each other across time and space.

The Kite Runner

Tue. 30 June 2020 — Sat. 4 July 2020

Lyceum Theatre

Based on Khaled Hosseini’s international bestselling novel, this haunting tale of friendship spans cultures and continents and follows one man’s journey to confront his past and find redemption.

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.

Oscar and the Pink Lady

Fri. 26 June 2020 — Sat. 18 July 2020

Crucible Theatre

Oscar is ten. He lives in a children’s hospital. It’s a frantic, magnificent and scary place, and he feels very much alone.

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.

9 to 5

Tue. 15 September 2020 — Sat. 19 September 2020

Lyceum Theatre

9 to 5 the Musical tells the story of three workmates pushed to boiling point by their sexist and egotistical boss.

The Commitments

Mon. 5 October 2020 — Sat. 10 October 2020

Lyceum Theatre

The story of Jimmy Rabbitte, a young working class music fan, who shapes an unlikely bunch of amateur musicians and friends into an amazing live act, the finest soul band Dublin has ever produced.