Top 12 shows to see in Sheffield this December

Our equivalent of the 12 days of Christmas, these are our top 12 shows to see in Sheffield this December and anyone whose true love gives them tickets to all of these 12 are in for a very merry, and very busy festive season. As always they are in date order, so here we go:

Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain – 3 December, City Hall

Put off by the words “ukulele” and “orchestra”? So was I until my other half persuaded me to stay to see these at last year’s Underneath The Stars Festival and now I booked my tickets as soon as they went on sale. Expect fantastic and unique covers offering something for everyone, hilarious comedy and fun audience participation. For further information and to book visit

Very Big Christmas Party – 7 December, Edison & Co

The only comedy on this month’s list and the perfect improvised alternative or remedy to the traditional work Christmas party, guaranteed to put the “ho, ho, ho” into the festive season. For further information and to book visit

Guys & Dolls – 7 December to 18 January, Crucible Theatre

For many residents of the Steel City December wouldn’t be December without Sheffield Theatres’ annual West End quality musical and this year’s show will be no gamble for audiences as it transfers you from South Yorkshire to the Big Apple. “Luck Be A Lady” (or a gentleman) for anyone with a ticket. For further information and to book visit

The Overtones Christmas Party 2019 – 9 December, City Hall

Last year we were delighted to interview these guys (click here). A year on they have a new band member and have released a cover of our favourite disco track so we are delighted they are bringing their Christmas party, packed full of their smooth versions of classic songs and good time greats back to Sheffield. For further information and to book visit

Strike! – 10 to 12 December, Library Theatre

The miners strikes and the battle of Orgreave is a period of modern British history I’m passionate about so I’m of course excited by this musical, promising 12 new songs, which should be essential watching for anyone interested in the events that made the region what it is today. For further information and to book visit

Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys – 11 December, The Greystones

These are my favourite folk band, guaranteed to get everyone up dancing, I have “The Close Shave” and “Angeline the Baker” in my head as I type this. This gig should not be missed by folk fans, those who always wanted to give folk a chance and those who want to discover who the new faces of folk are. For more information and to book visit

Little Shop of Horrors – 13 & 14 December, Montgomery Theatre

The observant of you will have spotted that this is the third time we have recommended seeing versions of this musical in the last 12 months, but when a cult musical is this great we can’t do anything else, and this version comes only two weeks after the company’s sell out run of Legally Blonde so shouldn’t be missed. For further information and to book visit

O’ Hooley & Tidow Winter Folk – 19 December, Library Theatre

If Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys are my favourite folk band, then O’ Hooley & Tidow are my favourite folk duo, with one of them even being the namesake for our daughter. When we were in the audience for last year’s BBC Folk Awards they were nominated and, in our opinion, sadly missed out on Best Folk Duo and they were songwriting and singing about Gentleman Jack long before the BBC commissioned the drama (check out their song playing over the closing credits). For further information and to book visit

Kiss Me Kate – 20 & 21 December, Sheffield Hallam University Students Union

Whether you are a “Tom, Dick or Harry” or whatever you are called don’t have “another opinion, another show” and miss this musical from the students of Sheffield Hallam who have a history of putting on great productions of many of our favourite musicals, and we expect to be “so in love” with this Cole Porter musical too. For further information and to book visit

Winter Solstice with Andy Whitehouse & Summerisle – 21 December, Bishops House

There is an ongoing campaign to shop local but why not also support local music as well by joining this Sheffield based talented singer-songwriter and musician in his annual celebration of the shortest day of the year. For further information and to book visit

Dick Whittington – 27 December to 5 January, City Hall

It’s not Christmas without a pantomime and, if you want to avoid the z-listed celebrities and hyped up ticket prices whilst still enjoying a top quality family friendly show with all the essential aspects of a good panto, this is the show for you. For further information and to book visit

The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club – 31 December, O2 Academy

Whether you are a Red Dwarf fan, avid listener of Craig Charles Radio 2 show or just love amazing funk and soul music that makes you want to dance the night away, we can’t think of a better way to see in the New Year. For more information and to book visit

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