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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.

Sheffield Bricktropolis Giant Mosaic Build

Multiple dates

Sheffield City Hall

Help make a huge mosaic from LEGO in the beautiful City Hall ballroom.

The Invention Station

Multiple dates

Kelham Island Museum

Take inspiration from Sheffield's industrial story, and have a go at building, designing and experimenting. Make your own buffer girl puppet, handle and draw objects from the collection, invent the machines of the future, and more.

Clock Off: Drop in Wheel Throwing

Multiple dates

The Art House

Experiment and have fun throwing on the wheel at this hour-long pottery session every Tuesday and Thursday.

Creative Works

Multiple dates

Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet

Design your own clock like Benjamin Huntsman, make a miniature crucible pot out of clay, and lots more, at this series of family activities inspired by Sheffield's industrial heritage. Each Wednesday this summer.

elegies

Wed. 21 August 2019

The Lescar

Magical and expressive music inspired by jazz, folk and improvisation.

Perspective

Fri. 16 August 2019 — Wed. 21 August 2019

Gage Gallery

An exhibition of paintings and drawings by Katherine Maher, exploring perspective both thematically and visually.

Amythyst Kiah

Wed. 21 August 2019

The Greystones, Greystones Road, S11 7BS

Sad songs from the hills of East Tennessee. Describing herself as "Southern Gothic", Kiah commands the sounds of alt-country and blues with jaw-droppingly powerful vocals and heart-on-sleeve lyrics.

RESOLVE Collective Closing Party

Thu. 22 August 2019

S1 Artspace

Bringing together various aspects of RESOLVE’s two-month gallery residency at S1 Artspace, the closing party will showcase some of the stories, projects and relationships RESOLVE have found and made during their time in Sheffield.

Holidays Under 5s

Multiple dates

Weston Park Museum

Join Weston Park Museum every Friday during the summer holidays for a session especially tailored towards under-5s, with no big kids to get in their way.

Art & Wonder Discovery Days

Multiple dates

Millennium Gallery

Inspired by the themes of the exhibition John Ruskin: Art & Wonder, Millennium Gallery is hosting drawing and painting sessions looking up-close at some of the wonders of the natural world.

Site Gallery Summer Camp

Wed. 21 August 2019 — Fri. 23 August 2019

A three-day series of creative activities/workshops for 12-16 year olds, programmed by Sheffield-based artist Ashley Holmes. Each day a different artist will share their creative process and give you opportunity to develop your own work and ideas.

Dimitri

Fri. 23 August 2019

Delicious Clam

The album release party for dance music’s man of mystery. Combining Italo-electro, disco, minimalist house and acid bass, DIMITRI produces “sophisticated commentary of a notable lifestyle” over addictive beats and hypnotic grooves.

Makers Mark

Sat. 13 July 2019 — Sat. 24 August 2019

Cupola Gallery

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

RESOLVE Collective: The Garage

Multiple dates

S1 Artspace

A conversation with Akil, Gameli and Seth from RESOLVE Collective about their interdisciplinary design methods, social impact, and the "living archive" they're creating at S1 Artspace this summer.

Movement, Space and Choreography Family Workshop

Sat. 24 August 2019

Site Gallery

Join artists Siân Williams and Takako Hasegawa for a free, fun and energetic family workshop exploring space, movement, and choreography in Site Gallery's Project Space this summer.

The Man Who Fell to Earth

Multiple dates

Showroom

David Bowie plays a highly intelligent alien who finds himself trapped on our planet, in this cult sci-fi classic. See it on the big screen in a beautiful 4K restoration as part of the Showroom's season dedicated to the films of Nicolas Roeg.

Sheffield Fayre

Mon. 26 August 2019

Norfolk Heritage Park, Guildford Avenue, S2 2PL

Bringing horticultural and family fun to the beautiful Norfolk Heritage Park for the seventeenth time this August bank holiday. Expect street entertainers, a massive horticulture show, classic cars, kite flying, woodland crafts, and tons more.

Star Wars (1977)

Mon. 26 August 2019

Abbeydale Picture House

See where it all began, with the original unforgettable adventure across the galaxy in the beautiful surroundings of the 1920s picture palace.

Hey Diddle Diddle

Tue. 27 August 2019

The Montgomery

Join flying cows, jazzy cats and runaway crockery in this new take on the magical classic nursery rhyme – featuring original songs and puppetry.

Landscapes of the imagination

Tue. 27 August 2019

The Art House

Invent your own world in this large scale, mixed media workshop for 13-to-17-year-olds.

Watercolour Lanterns

Tue. 27 August 2019

The Art House

What happens when you combine the stained-glass effects of watercolours and your own imagination? Answer: magic lanterns! Get creative at this family workshop.

Rafe's Dilemma

Wed. 28 August 2019

The Lescar

Mixing jazz, electronic music, spoken word and improvisation to bring you the story of a family on the edge.

Plates: Girl Gang

Wed. 28 August 2019

Foodhall

Join Girl Gang and Foodhall for an evening of tasty treats and summer vibes. Everyone is welcome and no one will be turned away due to lack of funds.

Watercolours with Verve

Wed. 28 August 2019

The Art House

A workshop for 13-17-year-olds. Discover how watercolours can capture the beauty and energy of life to create images that contain a freer and more lyrical form of expression.

Hail Satan?

Sun. 25 August 2019 — Thu. 29 August 2019

Showroom

Satanism may evoke images of devil worship, but this film is here to challenge all preconceptions. It introduces the Satanic Temple, whose aim is not to raise hell but to provoke people to think about the role of religion in a supposedly secular USA.

Once Upon A Time... In Hollywood

Wed. 14 August 2019 — Thu. 29 August 2019

Showroom

Quentin Tarantino's provocative ninth feature film. A star-studded fairy-tale fantasy tribute to Hollywood’s golden age with a classic soundtrack.

Pain and Glory

Sun. 25 August 2019 — Thu. 29 August 2019

Showroom

An evocative, semi-autobiographical journey of self-reflection from prolific Spanish writer-director Pedro Almodóvar. Starring regular collaborators Penélope Cruz and Antonio Banderas.

A Summer of Family Classics

Mon. 29 July 2019 — Fri. 30 August 2019

Showroom

A weekly-changing lineup of family classics with the likes of The Goonies, Babe, and Neverending Story. Plus there's the added bonus that when the heatwave comes, there's no place better to cool off than a cinema screen.

Summer of Crafts and Living History

Wed. 31 July 2019 — Fri. 30 August 2019

National Emergency Services Museum

As well as all the usual vehicles to climb on and uniforms to climb in, this August kids can get hands-on with activities each Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Make your own beach flag, discover the story of water rescue and climb on board a lifeboat.

Lucy Freeman

Mon. 1 July 2019 — Sat. 31 August 2019

DINA

Lucy merges the traditional crafts of embroidery and printmaking with vibrant contemporary design, fresh colour palettes and lush botanical imagery. She's exhibiting work and running a pair of workshops in DINA Diner this summer.

Under The Jolly Roger

Wed. 28 August 2019 — Sat. 31 August 2019

The Local Theatre

Two young people find themselves in world of piracy and mystery. You control their destiny, in this high sea adventure for ages 8+.

The Adventures of Robin Hood

Sat. 31 August 2019

Stoneface Creative, Storrs Lane, S6 6GY

Join Sensoria for a unique outdoor screening of the 1938 Technicolor swashbuckler in Loxley valley woodland. There'll also be a bar, pizza, and Robin of Loxley booklets and limited edition prints by Tom J. Newell and Anja Uhren for sale.

Kaputt

Sat. 31 August 2019

Delicious Clam

Scottish post-punk. This six-piece combine stop-start hypnotic rhythms with spiky guitar and saxophone-driven melodies to create a well ordered racket. 

Platform 2019

Thu. 8 August 2019 — Sun. 1 September 2019

Site Gallery

Highlights of work by the first five artists on the Freelands Artists Programme, an initiative supporting emerging artists in Sheffield City Region.

B L A K E

Fri. 26 July 2019 — Sun. 1 September 2019

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

A solo show by Peter Blake, AKA the Godfather of British Pop Art.

Summer of Buttons

Wed. 24 July 2019 — Sun. 1 September 2019

National Videogame Museum

A family-friendly programme of playable exhibits and workshops dedicated to the humble button.

Sloth Racket

Wed. 4 September 2019

The Lescar

Fiery free jazz and heavy riffs, hosted by Jazz at the Lescar.

Peddler

Multiple dates

92 Burton Road

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

Boyzlife

Sun. 15 September 2019

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

Members of two of the biggest boybands in history, Boyzone and Westlife, perform their biggest chart hits.

John Ruskin: Art and Wonder

Wed. 29 May 2019 — Sun. 15 September 2019

Millennium Gallery

An exhibition of artworks, books and artefacts exploring John Ruskin's thinking on art and natural history, 200 years on from his birth.

Foodhall Community Carnival

Sat. 14 September 2019 — Sun. 15 September 2019

Foodhall

Join the fantastic Foodhall for a family-friendly weekend of FUNdraising over live music, local vendors, veggie/vegan food, drinks, DJ sets, pottery workshops and more.

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.

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.

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.

Heritage Open Days

Fri. 13 September 2019 — Sun. 22 September 2019

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Signals

Mon. 28 October 2019

Crucible Theatre

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.