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Must-see gigs and shows in West Yorkshire this April

From a variety evening to a night of soul, it's all on offer in our region

Singer Ruby Turner

Easter eggs, school holidays, the first bank holiday of the year... there's lots to be excited about in April.

And to help make your month even more entertaining, we've round up the hot tickets for the month in Huddersfield and across West Yorkshire.

There's loads on offer - from musicals at the Alhambra Bradford to jazz at Huddersfield's Head of Steam, Oscar winning films being adapted for the stage and a top class night of soul in Holmfirth.

Take a look at our listings below, with everything you need to know and booking details.

What's on in April

Tuesday, April 18, to Saturday, April 22

The Wedding Singer, Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

The Wedding Singer - 2017 UK tour. Left to right Cassie Compton, Ray Quinn, Ruth Madoc, Jon Robyns and Roxanne Pallett(Image: Target Live)

It’s the 1980s and rock star wannabe Robbie, a wedding singer, is dumped by his fiancee. What can stop him from making every wedding as disastrous as his own? The musical based on the Adam Sandler film brings music and mayhem to the stage. Tickets are £17.50 to £41 from bradford-theatres.co.uk or 01274 432000.

Wednesday, April 19

Jazz at the Head of Steam

Mike Hall on saxophone and Derrick Harris on guitar entertain at the regular Wednesday slot for jazz, blues and Latin at the Huddersfield town centre pub. Show time is 8.30pm. Tickets on the door are from £2.

Thursday, April 20

The Art of Enamelling, Bronte Lecture Theatre, Huddersfield University

The West Riding Decorative & Fine Arts Society hosts a lecture at 7.30pm by Sally Hoban on the history and techniques of enamelling through the ages. It’s one of a series of monthly talks on the arts. Guest tickets are £5.

Rosencrantz And Guildernstern Are Dead, Penistone Paramount

Daniel Radcliffe and Joshua McGuire in Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead (Image: MANUEL HARLAN)

Daniel Radcliffe stars in a live broadcast of the Tom Stoppard comedy from The Old Vic in London. It is the 50th anniversary of the play that features two minor characters from Shakespeare’s Hamlet. For box office details visit penistoneparamount.co.uk or call 01226 767532.

Saturday, April 22, until Saturday, June 3

Royal Photographic Society exhibition, The Civic, Barnsley

In its 159th year, showing the work of 75 photographers from 16 countries, this annual exhibition is one of the longest-running in the world. It takes the form of a competition and for the first time ever the four medal winners are all female photographers.

Photography enthusiasts are known to travel long distances to view the exhibition. Admission is free.

Running alongside the RPS show, is another photographic exhibition showing the work of Barnsley professional Adrian Ashworth. Best known for his images of Yorkshire and the Peak District he has been documenting the stories of people living with Dementia – inspired by his own father’s struggles with the disease.

Songsational, Batley Town Hall

An evening of song, dance and variety from the 10 performers who make up Songsational. Money raised from the show, which starts at 7.30pm, will go to the Mayor of Kirklees’ Charity The Royal British Legion. Tickets are £8 from kirklees.gov.uk/townhalls or 01484 225755.

Monday, April 24, until Saturday, April 29

La Strada, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

West Yorkshire Playhouse(Image: Nicholas Smale/Flickr)

Federico Fellini’s 1957 Oscar-winning film La Strada comes to life on stage in a new adaptation. It tells the tale of a girl sold by her mother to a brutish sideshow performer and the quest of three lost souls to find meaning in their lives. The stage version has original songs, live music and a multi-skilled cast of performers. Tickets are £13.50 to £30 from wyp.org.uk or 0113 2137700.

Tuesday, April 25, to Friday, April 28

Hello Dolly, Halifax Playhouse

The energetic musical, set in New York City, is brought to the stage by All Souls Amateur Operatic Society. Watch out for iconic songs such as It Takes A Woman and It Only Takes a Moment. Tickets are £5 to £13 from halifaxplayhouse.org.uk or 01422 365998.

Wednesday, April 26

Senior Saxes at the Head of Steam

Another musical evening at the Huddersfield pub – this time with Mike Cox, Bill Charleston, Rod Mason and Jim Corry. Gig starts at 8.30pm. Tickets from £2 on the door.

Friday, April 28

Martha Tilston, The Parish, Huddersfield

Singer Martha Tilston

Launching her seventh album Nomad with a tour that starts in Huddersfield, singer/songwriter Martha Tilson can be seen for one night only at the live music venue. Her album has undertones of country, rock and pop. Tickets are £11.

Ruby Turner, Holmfirth Picturedrome

Singer Ruby Turner

The Jamaican-born soul, gospel and R&B singer – former Culture Club member and featured with Jools Holland at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert – takes to the Picturedrome stage. Doors open at 7.30pm Tickets are £20 from picturedrome.net

Saturday, April 29

Billy Pearce & Friends, Victoria Theatre, Halifax

In a fund-raiser for the Huddersfield-based charity Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice, the entertainer and King of Variety Billy Pearce is joined by Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist Craig Harper, dancers Studio One, singer Shira and vocal group Kix in an evening of comedy, songs and music. Tickets are £16 from victoriatheatre.co.uk or 01422 305952.

Rock ’n’ Roll Night, St Paul’s Church Hall, Shepley

The Honley & Brockholes fundraising branch of the RNLI is hosting a charity gig from 7pm, with appearances by Backbeat Blues Brothers and JB Goode Rock Band. Tickets, at £18, must be booked from honleybrockholesmli.events@gmail.com

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