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John Shuttleworth
A Wee Ken To Remember

Saturday 31 Jan, 8.00pm
The versatile singer/organist wants to share fond memories of his favourite past weekends. However, a typo on the poster (‘weekend’ has become ‘wee Ken’) means John is obliged to spend the evening paying homage to his next-door neighbour and agent - the diminutive Ken Worthington. With any luck, John will end up doing both. In this brand new show, Sheffield's funniest man (as heard on BBC Radio 4's John Shuttleworth's Lounge Music) performs classic tunes such as Two Margarines and I Cant Go Back To Savoury Now as well as newer ditties like Whatever Happened to Vince Hill? and Relatives In Rotherham.

“punch the air to character comedy in a class of its own” Sunday Times

£16 (£14 conc)

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  The Complete History of Comedy (abridged)
By The Reduced Shakespeare Company

Wednesday 4 Feb, 7.30pm
They’ve skewered history, the Bible and the world’s most celebrated playwright, now the Reduced Shakespeare Company tackles the subject it was born to reduce. From the high-brow to the low, these 90 rollicking minutes cover comedy through the ages, from Aristophanes and Moliere (is Moliere funny!?) to Vaudeville, Charlie Chaplin and Nick Clegg (is Nick Clegg funny!?) Tickets to the show are far more affordable than tickets to an amusement park, but you’ll come away with the same feeling of nausea and motion sickness. The bad boys of abridgment leave no joke untold as they deconstruct the entire history of comedy.

£16 (£14 conc)

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  Elkie Brooks

Saturday 7 Feb, 7.30pm
Elkie will be celebrating her 70th birthday with a UK tour and new album. Quite simply one of the most successful and popular singers the UK has ever produced. Now in the 5th decade of her career, she is still proving to be one of the most powerful and versatile vocal talents of our generation. Performing some of her classic hits, blues and jazz, Elkie is a stunning performer and whatever she does, she does it best live. Don't miss the chance to see a truly great artist in action.

£23

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Love’s Labour’s Lost
The Royal Shakespeare Company, Live from Stratford Upon Avon

Wednesday 11 Feb, 7.00pm
As part of a season marking the centenary of the First World War, Christopher Luscombe returns to the Royal Shakespeare Company to direct a single company of actors in a fresh pairing of two of Shakespeare’s most sparkling comedies, set in the shadow of war but rejoicing in our capacity to find love in the most unlikely places.

Summer 1914. Dedicating themselves to a life of study, the King and his friends take an oath to avoid the company of women for three years - but then the Princess of France and her ladies-in-waiting arrive. Shakespeare’s sparkling comedy mischievously suggests that the highest of all academic endeavours is the study of the opposite sex. Only at the end of the play is the merriment curtailed as the lovers agree to spend time apart, unaware that the world around them is about to be transformed by war.

The best of British theatre broadcast live the the big screen at Gala.

£15 (£13 conc), £10 Gala Friends

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The Snail & The Whale
By Tall Stories

Fri 13 & Sat 14 Feb, 5.00pm (Fri) & 11.00am & 1.30pm (Sat)
Tall Stories (creators of the Gruffalo and Room on the Broom stage shows) present their latest exciting collaboration with Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. A tiny snail longs to see the world, so she hitches a lift on the tail of a humpback whale. But when the whale gets beached, how will the tiny snail save him? Follow the tiny snail’s amazing journey, as seen through the eyes of a very adventurous young girl, who’d love to be going around the world with her seafaring father. Storytelling, live music and lots of laughs, in a show for everyone aged 4 and up.

“an inventive and charming adaptation” The List

£10 (£36 Family Ticket)

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