What’s On


Wednesday 27 August - Saturday 6 September 2014

Dickens' classic tale of the poor street urchin Oliver Twist is brought to life in this famous musical which features Lionel Bart's hugely successful score.

On The Piste

Wednesday 10 September - Saturday 20 September 2014

Join ski instructors Tony, Isobel, Michelle and Marie in an avalanche of laughs as they take us on the piste in Chamonix. From first time brits to the champagne set, join them on the slopes and in the sauna as the ski novices try to impress.

Dr Jonathan Foyle: A Bed of Roses

18 September 2014

In 2010, an old bed was bought at auction. It proved to be an astonishing discovery. Research showed it to have been made in 1485 and that it was most likely commissioned after Henry VII’s accession to celebrate his marriage to Elizabeth of York and the end of the War of the Roses.

Jackie Kay with Zaffar Kunial

19 September 2014

Scottish born Poet and Writer Jackie Kay reads from a selection of her most recent works.

Roger McGough

Saturday 20 September 2014

A new book of poems by Roger McGough is always an event and As Far As I Know is truly a cause for celebration.

Ossett Story Walk with Susanna Meese

20 September 2014

Join Susanna Meese on a story walk for tales of courage, community and remembrance.

Book in a Day with Ian Clayton - Workshop

20 September 2014

In celebration of 150 years of printing in Ossett, Ian Clayton, writer and broadcaster, will work with the people of the town to create a 'Book in a Day'.

Hallam Writers: To Do or Not to Do?

20 September 2014

Best-selling and prizewinning graduates read their fiction and discuss their individual successes post Sheffield Hallam’s acclaimed MA in Writing

Under Milk Wood

Saturday 20 September 2014

Marking the centenary of the birth of Dylan Thomas, St Austin’s Players will be performing a rehearsed reading of what is probably his most famous work, ‘Under Milk Wood’.

Poems in a Playful City

Sunday 21 September 2014

A unique chance, open to new and experienced poets alike, to work with Simon Armitage, one of the UK’s leading poets alongside other poetry workshop leaders.

Simon Armitage

Sunday 21 September 2014

This year celebrates the 25th anniversary of Simon Armitage’s first collection Zoom...

Solved! The Wakefield Wireless Mysteries

Sunday 21 September 2014

Wakefield’s renowned Mystery Plays presented in modern language. Seed Fund event.

This Sporting Life

Monday 22 September

Released in 1963, This Sporting Life is film based on a novel of the same name by Wakefield-born author David Storey who also adapted the screenplay.

The Liars' League

Monday 22 September 2014

Writers write; actors read; audience listens; everybody wins. That’s the philosophy behind the Liars’ League, the wildly successful storytelling project

Every Photo Tells a Story

Monday 22 September 2014

Join writer John Irving Clarke and Curator John Whitaker to explore how photographs can act as a powerful stimulus in writing.

Poem Portraits

Monday 22 September 2014

Come along and learn how to write a Poem Portrait, then take it away as a gift for the subject!

Stephen May

Monday 22 September 2014

Stephen will be talking about his third novel ‘Wake Up Happy Every Day’, published by Bloomsbury earlier this year and the broader world of writing and literature.

Watery Wanderings

Monday 22 September 2014

Enjoy diverse local, historical and contemporary water related readings, whilst being guided around the pleasant lake and woodlands at Newmillerdam

Christine McMahon

Tuesday 23 September 2014

Christine McMahon is a vibrant storyteller with an international reputation and a love of traditional folktales, particularly those with a link to her Northern roots.

On Tenterhooks

Tuesday 23 September 2014

Christine Mcahon brings her own special warmth and humour to suspenseful stories from our own backyard.

A Defence Against the Dark Arts

Wednesday 24 September 2014

What stops us from writing? In this practical, hands-on workshop, York novelist N.E.David will help you formulate a strategy to overcome Writers’ Block

John Sunderland

Wednesday 24 September 2014

Wakefield born John Sunderland, author of ‘On My Way to Jorvik’, reveals with great Yorkshire wit how he came to design the original Jorvik Viking Centre. 


Wednesday 24 September 2014

Scriptophilia is a celebration of music, words, and what they can get up to together...

Every Photo Tells a Story

Wednesday 24 September 2014

Join writer John Irving Clarke and Curator John Whitaker to explore how photographs can act as a powerful stimulus in writing.

Steel Magnolias

Thursday 25 - Saturday 27 September 2014

The quintessential story of friendship and trust, Steel Magnolias serves up a southern slice of life that's as warm and comforting as sweet potato pie!

Joanne M. Harris

Thursday 25 September 2014

'The Gospel of Loki' is a brilliant first-person narrative of the rise and fall of the Norse gods...

How to Get Published

Friday 26 September 2014

An afternoon packed with information for anyone interested in writing fiction and getting it published. Led by local crime author Christina James and Jim Bennett, her editor.

Beautiful Sentence

Friday 26 September 2014

Celebrate the power of the spoken word with Leah Thorn, an Artist and Activist who has worked extensively within prison settings. 

Dirty Pigeon Presents...

Friday 26 September 2014

Dirty Pigeon are a new arts collective debuting at Wakefield Lit Fest presenting a piece of theatre looking to unearth the ridiculous actions of modern society.

Dark Wood to Heavenly City

Friday 26 September 2014

Professor Claire Honess, will lead an evening of selected readings and commentary from Dantes's 'Divine Comedy'.

Dylan Thomas Centenary

Saturday 27 September 2014

Join Beam Director Robert Powell for an intriguing walk around Wakefield, with some special guests and some very special readings celebrating the life and work of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas.

Readers Group including Meet the Author

Saturday 27 September 2014

Join us at Wakefield Library and Museum for a day celebrating reading. In the morning, meet Jo Baker who will be talking about her novel ‘Longbourn’.

Are We Happy?

Saturday 27 September 2014

Join Academy of Urbanism Poet in Residence Ian McMillan, Beam Director, Robert Powell and other experts for a panel discussion exploring the connections between happiness and place, wellbeing and playfulness, writing and identity.

The Literary Pub Quiz

Saturday 27 September 2014

Do you know your Helen Walsh from your Zoe Pilger? You do! Would Jane Eyre have been happy had she not travelled? She wouldn’t? Great, then this is the quiz for you! 

Wakefield Wordwalk 2014

Sunday 28 September 2014

Be transported from Wakefield city centre on our special bus to Sandal Castle, where you will encounter epic tales of fantasy, romance, feuds, and maybe some dangers that lurk in the moat…

Ben Aaronovitch

Monday 29 September 2014

In the fifth of his bestselling PC Grant series, Ben Aaronovitch takes Peter Grant out of whatever comfort zone he might have found and takes him out of London - to a small village in Herefordshire.

Stuart Maconie

Monday 29 September 2014

Spend an evening in the company of this popular and prolific TV and radio presenter, journalist, columnist and author as he talks about his new book and epic radio series, 'The People's Songs'.

The Lindisfarne Story

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Lindisfarne was Tyneside's best-loved band for over thirty years and The Lindisfarne Story is a celebration of the group's music and achievements.

Poetry Wrap Party

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Celebrate the final night of the 2014 Lit Fest by attending the Poetry Wrap co-hosted by the Black Horse Poets and the Red Shed Readings.

Rationale Triple Bill

Thursday 2 October 2014

Through exhilarating and witty choreography, Rationale are set upon taking storytelling to the next level, bridging the gap between old and young.

The Magic Flute

Friday 3 October 2014

Mozart’s final masterpiece has become one of the best-loved operas in history. It combines comedy, pantomime, love story, fantasy and philosophy in marvellous music which includes many famous and hummable tunes, deeply expressive arias, wonderful ensembles and, for the Queen of the Night, the highest notes in all opera!

Omid Djalili

Saturday 4 October 2014

He's back on tour with a new show, following a sell-out four week West End residency and a sold out season at the Edinburgh Festival.

Stones In His Pockets

Wednesday 8 October 2014

Following a sell-out run on Broadway, four and a half years in the West End and on tour, the worldwide sensation Stones in His Pockets returns with Ian McElhinney, the original director at the helm.

Ha Ha Hood!

Thursday 9 October 2014

Irreverent and funny, this brand new romp will take you on an hilarious adventure through the heroic and daring world of Sherwood Forest, led by Hood and his merry men (in tights!)

Six Degrees

Saturday 11 October 2014

Six Degrees will take you on a journey from Ballet to Burlesque, Street Dance to Song and Dance; a fabulous evening of entertainment from some of the 5 Towns finest young talent, ranging from 3yrs upwards.

Shakespeare Schools Festival

Monday 13 & Thursday 16 October 2014

Theatre Royal Wakefield is delighted to mark Shakespeare's 450th birthday by throwing him the biggest party he has ever seen with the largest Shakespeare Schools Festival to date.

Stephen K Amos

Friday 17 October 2014

The maestro of feel-good comedy is back on tour with his new show. Fresh from sell-out tours of Australia and New Zealand, as heard on BBC Radio 4 Life: An Idiot’s Guide and What Does the K Stand For?

Magic of the Beatles

Saturday 18 October 2014

Join the authoritative Beatles live concert show, celebrating the Golden Anniversary of A Hard Day’s Night. The film, album and hit single of the same name propelled John, Paul, George and Ringo to worldwide stardom.


Monday 20 October 2014

GHOST is a timeless fantasy about the power of love. Walking back to their apartment one night, Sam and Molly are mugged, leaving Sam murdered on a dark street. Sam is trapped as a ghost between this world and the next and unable to leave Molly who he learns is in grave danger.

Andy & Mike's Tick Tock Time Machine

Monday 27 October 2014

Andy Day, star of Andy’s Wild Adventures (CBeebies) and BAFTA nominated BBC presenter, stars alongside comedy partner, Mike James. Their trademark infectious energy and their irrepressible sense of fun, promise to make the show a treat for the whole family.

Red Hot Kisses

Tuesday 28 October 2014

Get hot under the collar whilst the stars burn up the stage in ‘Red Hot Kisses’ the brand new show for 2014.

Dance Dance Dance

Friday 31 October - Saturday 1 November

A live show is the best show with a combination of Dance, Drama and Song. Featuring some of your Favourite Fun and Singalong Songs including Frozen, Matilda, modernised Cinderella, Irish Dancing and much more!

The Man Who Thought The Moon Would Fall Out Of The Sky

Monday 3 November 2014

A RIOTOUS event filled with laughter, live music and a magical story that may or may not be true.

The Nutcracker

Wednesday 5 November 2014

The Russian State Ballet and Opera House will burst onto the stage again with a new and exciting performance of The Nutcracker, and will bring with them all the colour, enthusiasm and vibrancy that one would expect.

Let's Hang On

Thursday 6 November 2014

Following huge demand after their performance here last year, Let’s Hang On returns to take you on a musical journey through the history of one of the most successful bands of all time – Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons!


Saturday 8 November 2014

Bizet’s masterpiece is the tale of the captivating Carmen who seduces the naive Don José and whisks him off on a journey of love, loss, betrayal and jealousy...

Blackadder Goes Forth

Tuesday 11 - Saturday 15 November

Wakefield Little Theatre presents this poignant and timeless comedy in 2014, the centenary of the beginning of the first World War from the original scripts with paid royalties going to Comic Relief.

A Yuletide with Gervase Phinn

Sunday 16 November 2014

Spend a heart-warming evening with one of Britain’s best-loved comic writers and raconteurs. Share with him hilarious and sometimes poignant stories, anecdotes, poems and readings on the theme of Christmas.

Sing! Dance! Act!

Tuesday 18 November 2014

A chance to see some of the most talented young performers in West Yorkshire as Theatre Royal Wakefield’s Performance Academy hits the stage for their annual showcase.

Beauty and the Beast

Thursday 27 November 2014 - Sunday 4 January 2015

Wakefield's Very Own Pantomime!

Christmas Brass

Sunady 14 December 2014

nce again, the Wakefield Metropolitan Brass Band is here to offer you the opportunity to ‘kick start’ the Festive season. This will be the Band’s 25th Christmas Brass, a concert that has become a tradition in the Band’s calendar over the years.

Tim Vine

Saturday 25 April 2015

First stand up tour in 4 years, the punslinger returns with lots of new jokes, silly songs and twitchy dancing.

69 Shades of Black

Thursday 25 June 2015

Since landing his dream job at one of the country’s top advertising agencies, things have taken a nipple twisting turn for the shocking. Christina Black, the company director, has taken a shine to our William and attempts to seduce him with an indecent proposal.