Six of the Best: Upcoming shows for Autumn 2016

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The start of a new academic year chimes with the launch of the new arts season, so as the nights begin to lengthen, here are half a dozen shows to give you something satisfying to fill them with


Gary Lucy fronts the cast of The Full Monty which opens its new national tour at the Grand Theatre, Blackpool in September

Gary Lucy fronts the cast of The Full Monty which opens its new national tour at the Grand Theatre, Blackpool in September

The ultimate game of cat and mouse, Sleuth is a Tony award‑winning thriller by Anthony Shaffer where nothing is quite as it seems. Andrew Wyke is a rich and successful mystery writer whose obsession with playing games is in danger of losing him everything.

Luring his wife’s lover Milo to his country pile, Andrew persuades him to take part in a specially created challenge.

Before long their power struggle descends into a sinister and deadly duel of wits, where nothing is off limits. I

Sept 28-Oct 15, tickets £13.50-£30, call 0113 213 7700


Based on his smash hit film and adapted for the stage by Oscar-winning writer Simon Beaufoy, this hilarious production stars Gary Lucy, Joe Absolom, Andrew Dunn, Louis Emerick, Chris Fountain, Kai Owen and a cast of 14. Not only has the play been getting standing ovations every night, it was also voted best touring production by the UK Theatre Awards.

Featuring songs by Donna Summer, Hot Chocolate and Tom Jones you really should... drop everything.

Top comedian Ross Noble.

Top comedian Ross Noble.

Nov 28-Dec 3, tickets £13-£38.50, call 0844 848 2700


The show the world can’t stop talking about. This is stand-up comedy with no talking, drama with no acting and punch lines with no words.

Pulp Fiction

starring John Travolta & Samuel L Jackson

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Pulp Fiction starring John Travolta & Samuel L Jackson �Buena Vista International Inc

The artist formerly known as The Boy with Tape on His Face brings you a multi-award winning, multi-hyphenate spectacle that needs to be seen to be believed. Join Tape Face as he conjures uproarious & moving tableaux using only the most everyday of objects and the most popular of songs.

Oct 18, tickets £16 (£14 concessions), admission from 7.30pm, call 0113 376 0318


As always Ross has lots of stuff backing up in his head and it’s time to let it all out. Famed for his super quick freewheeling style and highly imaginative flights of fancy, a Ross Noble show is always an unmissable event. Noble started in comedy 25 years ago, at the age of 15, and has established a loyal audience as one of the world’s best live stand-ups. Come and be part of this truly unique live experience. Join Ross as audience and performer come together for a massive Brain Dump.

Nov 30, 8pm, tickets £25, age 15+, call 0113 376 0318


Starting this month, Showcase Cinemas (Birstall) will be showing a series of classics films. The initiative, titled Flashback, will show one a month.

Labyrinth: Sept 13, 7.30pm, Sept 18, 2pm

The Exorcist: Oct 31, 8pm, Nov 4, 10pm

Pulp Fiction: Nov 22, 7.30pm, Nov 25, 10pm

It’s a Wonderful Life – Dec 13, 7.30pm, Dec 18, 2pm

Taxi Driver : Jan 17, 7.30pm, Jan 13, 10pm

Casablanca: Feb 14, 7.30pm, Feb, 2pm

For more information visit


As darkness falls, get ready to see the city in a new light…

This year marks the 12th anniversary of Leeds’ biggest free annual multi-arts event, a night-time spectacular which transforms the city and this year will take place over two nights.

See the city come alive with spectacular light projections, as well as film, dance, music, theatre, exhibitions and street performances to dazzle, delight and amaze.

Follow them on facebook and twitter to make sure you don’t miss out on all the latest news and updates for this event.

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