What’s On: April

The Damned United West Yorkshire Playhouse, Wednesday 28th March until Saturday 7th April

1974. Brian Clough, the enfant terrible of British football, tries to redeem his career and reputation by winning the European Cup with his new team. Leeds United. The team he has openly despised for years, the team he hates and which hates him. Don Revie’s Leeds. Adapted from David Peace’s brilliant and ingenious novel, The Damned United  takes you inside the tortured mind of a genius slamming up against his limits, and brings to life the beauty and brutality of football, the working man’s ballet.

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Merrion Street Festival Merrion Street, Sunday 1st April

Verve, Mean-Eyed Cat Bar, MOJO and The PIT are joining forces once again to transform Merrion Street into a hive of chilled bank holiday entertainment. The guys at the bars have been busy working with their friends at Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey to create some limited edition cocktails, and curate a very special stage lineup of acts throughout the day. 

The Not So Late Show The Wardrobe, Wednesday 4th April

The Not So Late Show with Ross and Josh, the UK’s finest chat show and alternative comedy cabaret returns to the Wardrobe with some very special guests. Lazy Susan are a comedy duo nominated for the Best Newcomer Award at the 2014 Edinburgh Festival. Celeste Dring and Freya Parker revolve a variety of comedy sketches described by the Mirror as ‘everything sketch shows should be – odd, inventive, silly and lots of fun’.

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Dancing Bear West Yorkshire Playhouse, Friday 6th and Saturday 7th April

Dancing Bear is a new musical exploring faith, sexuality and gender identity with a multi-talented cast including the fabulous Divina De Campo, tell real-life LGBTQ+ stories through incredible songs with powerful choreography. Entertaining, inspiring, deeply personal and uplifting, Dancing Bear will have you laughing, crying, singing and dancing in the aisles.

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Leeds Vintage Market Leeds Markets, Saturday 7th April

Scarborough-based AdVintageous are returning to Leeds Market to bring us the best of all things vintage. Leeds Market will become the home to over forty stalls of vintage clothing, accessories and other goodies from some of the best vintage traders around. There will also be the opportunity to get your dancing shoes on, with 1940s DJs The Andersons on the decks!

Our Country’s Good West Yorkshire Playhouse, Wednesday 11th to Saturday 21st April

In 1787, ships with over 700 convicts on board set sail on an eight month voyage. When they arrive in Australia, their survival is by no means certain: supplies are running out, the convicts are stealing food or trying to escape and the guards are threatening mutiny. Our Country’s Good tells the extraordinary true story of a group of convicts and a young officer who rehearse and perform a play – Australia’s first theatrical production. With a reluctant and illiterate cast, opposition from the officers and a leading lady who may be hanged, the odds are stacked against them.

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Cats Leeds Grand Theatre, Tuesday 17th April to Saturday 21st

Leeds Amateur Operatic Society present an all new staging of this Andrew Lloyd Webber classic, with new breathtaking choreography and a score with one of the most ‘memorable’ songs in musical theatre. Cats is award winning all over the world. Adapted from TS Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, the groundbreaking production fuses magic with dance and drama like no other. It tells the story of one mystical night when an extraordinary tribe of cats gathers for their annual Jellicle Ball, to decide which one of them will be chosen to go up to the Heaviside Layer and be reborn.

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Sunshine on Leith West Yorkshire Playhouse, Friday 20th April to 19th May

Returning from war overseas, servicemen Davy and Ally find their way in their hometown of Edinburgh in this funny and moving story. They embark upon intertwining journeys of life and love, set to the timeless songs of the much-loved band The Proclaimers, including I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles), Letter from America and of course the emotive Sunshine on Leith, as they question what ‘home’ really means. Originally a stage musical before being transformed into the 2013 feature film adaptation, this feel-good, dazzling new production will leave you asking how many miles you would walk for love?

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Wes Anderson Party Wardrobe, Friday 20th April

Remake Remodel invite you to a Wes Anderson themed party in celebration of his new movie Isle Of Dogs. The scene will be set with installations inspired by the best Wes Anderson movies, and Wes-esque fancy dress is highly encouraged, with prizes for the most inspired looks, so have your beanies and berets at the ready. DJs will be spinning tracks from the best Anderson soundtracks, everything from Bowie to Blondie and the Beach Boys, as well as some Remake Remodel favourites from over the years like The Doors and T Rex.

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Record Store Day Crash Records, Saturday 21st April

Record Store Day is the one day of the year when over 200 independent record shops all across the UK come together to celebrate their unique culture. Crash Records will be participating once again, selling limited edition special vinyl releases that have been made exclusively for the day. Crash Records will open at an earlier time of 8:30am for one day only and all special releases are sold first-come-first-served so make sure you set your alarms if you’re wanting one!

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LCOM Postgraduate Showcase Leeds College of Music, Wednesday 25th April

If you want to discover the very best home grown musical talent, LCoM is the place to do it. Leeds College of Music will be opening their doors once again to present a showcase of their current students’ work and projects.

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Leeds International Festival Various, Saturday 28th April to Saturday 12th May

Leeds is about to go global once more as the city gears up for the second Leeds International Festival. From Friday 27th April for two weeks, the city will become a platform for discovery and exchange for new ideas, showcasing local home grown talent alongside compelling world class names and growing communities by bringing people together. This metropolitan festival will see 52 events happen over 15 days under one banner.

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