Backstage with the man masterminding a new era for the arts in Yorkshire

A first-time collaboration with the National Theatre and a major redevelopment looming. Robin Hawkes tells Sarah Freeman how the curtain is about to go up on a new chapter for Yorkshire arts.

CAREER CHANGE: Andrew Flintoff will make his on-stage debut at Leeds Grand Theatre this year.

Cricket star to make his stage debut at Leeds Grand Theatre

He is recognised as one of the nation’s most talented cricket all-rounders to pull on the England shirt.

The award-winning theatre company 1927 s latest production Golem is at Harrogate Theatre this week.

Harrogate Theatre: New play explores our relationship with technology

The award-winning theatre company 1927 ’s latest production Golem is at Harrogate Theatre this week.

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Review: Mighty Atoms

Review: Mighty Atoms

It is going to be virtually impossible to avoid the cliches, so why resist: this knockout show really does pack a punch.

Ali MacGraw and Ryan O'Neal had been due to tour the UK in Love Letters.

Lightning strikes twice as second Alhambra show hit by illness

Just a week after Sheridan Smith pulled out of Funny Girl having been diagnosed with mumps, Bradford’s Alhambra Theatre has been forced to postpone another hit show.

Aryana Ramkhalawon as Devika, Chance Perdomo as Theo, Keah Walker as Darcy, Archie Rush as Mack and Genesis Lynea as Queenie in Ode to Leeds.

Review: Ode to Leeds, West Yorkshire Playhouse

When James Brining arrived at the West Yorkshire Playhouse as its new artistic director in 2012 he pledged to do more work which reflected the city which gave the theatre its home.

The Alan Bennett season which came afterwards was an obvious and a safe choice, but since then Brining has made good on his word and Zodwa Nyoni may yet prove his secret weapon.

WATER GREAT SHOW: Members of the cast of Mamma Mia! at Leeds Dock. PIC: Tony Johnson

Mamma Mia! cast make a splash in Leeds

mAMMA MIA is continuing to make a splash at Leeds Grand Theatre.

Micky Flanagan returning to Sheffield Arena on Saturday, June 24.

WIN: Tickets to see Micky Flanagan back at Sheffield Arena on June 24

Comedy star Micky Flanagan is celebrating his recent record-breaking appearances at Sheffield Arena with a return this month - and you could see him for FREE.

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Natasha Barnes stepping into Sheridan Smith's shoes in Funny Girl at  Bradford's Alhambra.

Review: Funny Girl, Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

There were no boos, no heckling, but when the audience at Bradford Alhambra’s were told that Sheridan Smith had been forced to pull out due to mumps the sense of disappointment was audible. Natasha Barnes, who stepped into her shoes, no doubt heard it too.

Sheridan Smith has won acclaim for her role in Funny Girl.  Picture by Johan Persson.

Sheridan Smith forced to pull out of Funny Girl tour

Theatre-Goers have been left disappointed after it was announced Sheridan Smith will not appear in this week’s run of Funny Girl at Bradford’s Alhambra Theatre.

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Whispering Wood Folk dare-devil acrobats will be performing at the former Caphouse Colliery near Wakefield.

WIN: Pass It On family tickets at Yorkshire's National Coal Mining Museum

Pass It On...we're giving away tickets to a sensational aerial acrobatics show coming to Yorkshire's National Coal Mining Museum for England.
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Whispering Wood Folk to bring special shows to the National Coal Mining Museum for England  from the 2nd to the 4th of June.

PREVIEW: Pass It On - acrobatic theatrical adventure coming to National Coal Mining Museum

Pass It On...Whispering Wood Folk are to bring aerial acrobatics, taking the audience on an immersive theatrical adventure, to Yorkshire's National Coal Mining Museum for England

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Ex-WWE world champ and UFC star CM Punk offered $1m to return to the ring for UK tour with 5 Star wrestling.

VIDEO: WWE legend offered $1m for UK ring return including 5 Star Wrestling shows in Sheffield and Leeds

WWE legend CM Punk has been offered a staggering $1m to return to the ring in the UK for dates including Leeds and Sheffield.

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Ellen Wang. PIC: Simon Hulme

Making a meal out of a play: Leeds restaurant will host production

A play which looks at the positive impact of Chinese immigration on the UK is set to open… in a Chinese restaurant in Leeds.


VIDEO: WWE superstars bounce in for special basketball game ahead of show at Sheffield Arena

WWE superstars swapped wrestling for basketball when they bounced into Sheffield for a slam-dunk time promoting the forthcoming Special Olympics GB national games coming to the city.
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BREAKING: Britain's Strongest Man TV show coming to Sheffield Arena

The City of Steel is to welcome the men of iron - strongman Eddie 'The Beast' Hall will defend his crown as TV's Britain's strongest Man in Sheffield, it was announced today.
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Chief executive of Leeds Grand Theatre Chris Blyth. Picture by Simon Hulme.

After major fraud and rows over ticket prices, Leeds grand reveals its comeback plan

From fraud to rows about ticket prices, it’s been a rocky 12 months for the Leeds Grand. Now the theatre opens the doors and its accounts to arts correspondent Nick Ahad.

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Superheroes Captain America, Superwoman and Thor at last year's Yorkshire Cosplay Con at Sheffield Arena.

WATCH LIVE AT NOON: Superheroes to take over Facebook Live

Superheroes will be taking over our Facebook Live stream at noon today - Saturday, May 6 - as we talk to organisers and fans promoting next month's Yorkshire Cosplay Con 2017.
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Open air theatre in Yorkshire: The best performances this summer

Open air theatre in Yorkshire: The best performances this summer

Yorkshire's historic attractions are staging 'picnic performances' of popular plays this summer.
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