What’s On (Mar 30 – Apr 1): Beauty and the Beast, Four Poofs And A Piano, Sesame Street and more
The classic fairytale Beauty and the Beast is being brought to life by Northern Ballet at Hull New Theatre. Perfect for adults and children alike, the performance features a live score played by the Northern Ballet Sinfonia including music by Bizet, Debussy, Poulenc and Fauré.
Until Saturday, March 31 (2.30pm Saturday, 7.30pm). Hull New Theatre. Tickets: £15.50-£32. Call 01482 300300 to book.
William Shakespeare’s timeless love story, Romeo & Juliet, is given a modern take at Hull Truck Theatre. This production of the classic tale of a forbidden romance in the streets of Verona is an ideal introduction to the world of Shakespeare for teenagers and, at the same time, will delight established fans of the Bard’s most famous play.
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VIDEO: Trailer for ‘Romeo & Juliet’ at Hull Truck Theatre
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Until Saturday, April 7 (Friday, March 30 2pm, 7.45pm; Saturday, March 31 7.45pm). Hull Truck Theatre. Tickets: £15-£18.50 (£3 discount for concessions). Call 01482 323638 to book.
The Fantasist’s Waltz is the fascinating tale of an isolated man who disappears into a dream world for solace. A live original score and physical performances bring to life the story of man who is fighting for survival in a world which has seemingly forgotten him.
Friday, March 30 (8pm), Saturday, March 31 (8pm). Hull Truck Theatre. Tickets: £12 (£10 concessions). Call 01482 323638 to book.
One of Europe’s leading Neil Diamond tribute acts, John Hylton, brings Real Diamond to Hull Truck Theatre. Paying homage to the iconic singer’s illustrious career, John Hylton, together with his live band, perform Neil’s music on a rollercoaster of emotion, playing it the way it is supposed to be played.
Sunday, April 1 (7.45pm). Hull Truck Theatre. Tickets: £17.50. Call 01482 323638 to book.
The frisky footwork and musical madness of Four Poofs And A Piano comes to The Spa Bridlington. After spending sixteen series as the resident house band on BBC’s Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, the foursome have taken their infectious humour and harmonies around the country with sell-out successes at the likes of the Edinburgh Festival and return to the stage again with Back to Business.
Friday, March 30 (7.30pm). The Spa Bridlington. Tickets: £17.50. Call 01262 678258.
More than 40 years after the TV show’s debut, the classic characters of children’s favourite Sesame Street remain as popular as ever and now they’re heading to The Spa Bridlington in Elmo Makes Music. Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, Cookie Monster, Abby Cadabby, Bert, Ernie and, of course, Elmo take to the stage to share their love of music and have a lot of noisy fun in the process.
Saturday, March 31 (2pm). The Spa Bridlington. Tickets: £11 (£40 family ticket – 2 adults, 2 children). Call 01262 678258.
The East Riding Youth Dance Platform sees groups from Beverley, Bridlington, Goole, Hornsea and Pocklington and the East Riding’s very own County Company join together to showcase their work with exciting jazz, modern, hip hop, contemporary and break dance.
Sunday, April 1 (6pm). The Spa Bridlington. Tickets: £6 (£3.50 concessions). Call 01262 678258.
What is Hullness? That is the question a new exhibition at Arc in Hull investigates. Whether you think the spirit of the city lies in its unique quirks such as the famous cream telephone boxes or in its friendly, no-nonsense residents, it promises plenty for Hull folk to see and talk about.
The first in a season of four classical concerts by the Filarmonica della Scala orchestra will be broadcast live in high definition and 5.1 surround sound from Milan’s famous Teatro all Scala venue at Cineworld in Hull on Sunday.
This weekend’s performance sees Christoph Eschenbach, one of the most influential maestros on the international music scene, conduct a programme including Mozart’s Jupiter symphony and Brahms' Symphony No. 1.
Pick of this week’s cinema releases is The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists. This latest adventure from Wallace & Gromit creators Aardman, sees a return to their stop-motion roots following their foray into computer-animated features with Flushed Away and Arthur Christmas.
Based on the book by Gideon Defoe, the story sees The Pirate Captain (Hugh Grant) and his crew setting out on a mission to defeat his rivals Black Bellamy (Jeremy Piven) and Cutlass Liz (Salma Hayek) for the Pirate of the Year Award. Along the way they encounter the likes of Queen Victoria (Imelda Staunton) and join forces with Charles Darwin (David Tennant).
VIDEO: Trailer for ‘The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists’ (U)