There’s no doubt about it, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. What, you haven’t heard? It’s only the return of the smash-hit musical to its hometown of Sheffield, after an incredibly successful run in London. Not ringing any bells? It stars Eastenders’s Shane Ritchie and West End hero Layton Williams, and tells the story of 16-year-old Jamie who doesn’t quite fit in with his council estate surroundings. You know the one – funny, fabulous and feel-good, with an original score of catchy pop tunes? Enough. Head to Sheffield’s Lyceum Theatre this week to find out what all the fuss is about.
Anyone else obsessed with Taskmaster? Or a hardcore listener of the BudPod podcast? Maybe you just can’t deny the attraction of stupidly smart, yet ingeniously daft comedy? If any of the above are true, Phil Wang’s your man. Having made a name for himself by exploring sex, romance, politics, as well as his mixed British-Malaysian heritage, Phil’s last stint at the Edinburgh Fringe sold out well in advance. Now he’s trialling new material all about morality and the modern sense of self ahead of this year’s festivities. Do you really want to miss him at Hull Truck Theatre on Wednesday?
We don’t think there’s anyone in the North East who hasn't heard of Sam Fender. The local lad is currently the toast of the region, and with good reason. With a debut album that soared straight to number one, enough interest in his gig merch to warrant his own pop-up shop in Newcastle, and now hot on the heels of having performed a duet with the Rocketman himself, Sam really is living his best life. Playing twice this week at Newcastle’s O2 Academy on Monday and Wednesday (shows rescheduled from December), you’d be mad to miss him.
Fans of musical comedy, heed our words: multi-award winning duo Flo & Joan are coming to The Witham in Barnard Castle on Tuesday and this is not a drill. The side-splitting, singing stand ups have a brand new show filled with dark, waggish songs they simply can’t wait to parade about the place. And if you’ve never seen them live yet, be warned – while their intricately-crafted musical numbers can have you howling laughter one minute, they’ll also have you wiping away a tear the next.