Your Year Ahead: Coming to a Stage Near You
Theatre, music, comedy and more – there’s plenty worth seeing in Sheff in 2022!
STANDING AT THE SKY’S EDGE
Crucible Theatre // 10 Dec 22 – 21 Jan 23
The heart-wrenching Park Hill classic returns to the Steel City. Winner of the Best Musical Production at the UK Theatre Awards and the 2020 South Bank Sky Arts Award for Theatre, Standing at the Sky’s Edge is a celebration of strength and solidarity across six decades, set to the irresistible sounds of Richard Hawley. Captivating audiences during its sell-out 2019 debut, we cannot wait to see it return to the Crucible stage.
Utilita Arena // 18 March // £40.38 – £54.44
Stormzy has the pleasure of finally confirming his long-awaited rescheduled dates for his biggest ever UK tour. Known for evolving the underground musical landscape, as well as being a perennial political agitator, Stormzy is a true spokesman of empowerment and social activism.
ALAN PARTRIDGE: STRATAGEM
Utilita Arena // 30 April // £41.35 – £63.85
A-HA! The brand-new live show by Alan Partridge “Stratagem” promises to inform, educate and entertain in approximately equal measure. Wearing a head-mic favoured by TED talkers, market hawkers, TV evangelists, backing singers and carnival barkers, Alan combines all these roles and more. It’s a manifesto for the way we can move forward, a roadmap to a better tomorrow, an ABC for the way to be.
STEWART LEE: SNOWFLAKE/TORNADO
City Hall // 29 March // £26
Tornado questions Stew’s position in the comedy marketplace, after Netflix mistakenly lists his show as ‘reports of sharks falling from the skies are on the rise again. Nobody on the Eastern Seaboard is safe. ’Snowflake questions Stew’s worth in a society demolishing the liberal values he has been keen to espouse, in a fairy-tale landscape of winter wonder.
Leadmill // 24 Feb // £16
As seen on Taskmaster (Channel4), Frankie Boyle’s New World Order (BBC2) and his critically acclaimed series Hate Thy Neighbour for Vice, Jamali Maddix is heading out on tour. With a brand new show for 2021 Jamali will be tackling more home truths and universal issues. A master of the craft this latest show is not to be missed.
CRAIG CHARLES FUNK AND SOUL CLUB
Foundry // 25 Feb // £22.25
The legendary actor, host and broadcaster Craig Charles is one of the UK’s most loved Funk and Soul DJ’s. From Robot Wars to Red Dwarf, Craig has now grounded himself as a Funk and Soul icon after 10 years of broadcasting on BBC 6 Music with their primetime Saturday night show.
Studio Theatre // 17-26 Feb
Northern Uganda. When Okumu’s village is attacked by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), he and his brother’s lives are changed forever. Far Gone is a profoundly moving story of a young boy’s journey from childhood innocence to child soldier. Seen through the eyes of those that love him and those that betray him, Okumu’s experience strikes straight at the heart through a powerful one-man performance.
ACCIDENTAL DEATH OF AN ANARCHIST
Crucible Theatre // 23 Sep – 15 Oct // £15-20
On the third floor of Milan’s police headquarters, Inspector Bertozzo interrogates the fraudster known only as The Maniac. Weeks earlier a suspect had fallen to his death from a few floors above. Meeting their match, The Maniac deftly dupes the police into uncovering the collusions and contradictions hiding the truth. Dario Fo’s 20th century classic is adapted by BAFTA-nominated comedy writer Tom Basden.
FANTASTICALLY GREAT WOMEN WHO CHANGED THE WORLD
Lyceum Theatre // 31 May- 4 June // £15-30
The world premiere of a brand-new kick-asspirational pop musical bursts to life on stage as the Fantastically Great Women take to the stage to tell their stories. Join our inquisitive heroine Jade as she breaks away from her class to peek behind the scenes at the not yet open Gallery of Greatness in the local museum. Along her journey she is surprised to meet the original and incredible wonder women: Frida Kahlo, Rosa Parks, Amelia Earhart, Marie Curie, Emmeline Pankhurst to name just a few.
THE GUILTY FEMINIST: LIVE
Octagon Centre // 23 April
Less of a podcast and more of a global phenomenon, The Guilty Feminist, is part comedy, part deep-dive discussion and part activism. Hosted by Deborah Frances-White and featuring a different array of world class guests each night, together, they examine our noble goals as 21st century feminists – and our hypocrisies and insecurities that undermine those goals.
Yellow Arch Studios // 26 Feb // £15.40
K.O.G delivers infectious West African vibes from Ghana via Sheffield, with diverse origins conflating to whip up their signature heady brew of afrobeat, hip hop & soul. K.O.G has been making great music now for seven years alongside his Zongo Brigade and are at the forefront of the UK “Afro-Fusion” scene.
Octagon Centre // 25 March // £19.69
Self Esteem is Rebecca Lucy Taylor, and a project which began with painting and prints and video alongside her day job writing and performing as one half of Slow Club. Since her musical divergence from the band, Rebecca has revelled in unleashing a whole new version of herself with no compromises, no reducing herself, no hesitating.