A guide to making the most of your week in Leeds… Featuring The Queen’s visit, Avenue Q, Middleman, Best of British, Open air Shakespeare, Sarah Lucas, Wine Masterclass, On The Edge Festival, Opera in the Park and Robots at The Royal Armouries.
Her Majesty The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh are visiting Leeds on Thursday 19th July as part of the Diamond Jubilee Tour of the UK. They will be attending the Topping Out ceremony at Leeds Arena and visiting the City Varieties Music Hall as well as doing a walkabout on Briggate. If you want to catch a glimpse of the Royals, head to Briggate before 11am. Space is limited!
Avenue Q has enjoyed enormous success both on Broadway and in London, delighting audiences with mischief, bad behaviour and political incorrectness. Don’t miss the fun this week when it comes to Leeds Grand Theatre. Showing from 16th - 21st July. Tickets from £17 - £31.50.
Fresh from an extensive tour of Europe, Middleman return home to Leeds with new songs to play The Brudenell Social Club on Wednesday 18th July. Upbeat fun guaranteed. Support on the night comes from The Wind Up Birds, Imp and Apathetic Excuse. Tickets are just £4.50
Best of British is the latest exciting exhibition to come to White Cloth Gallery, a humorous and affectionate celebration of the nation’s naughty side. The venue’s co-founder Peter Dench, presents his England Uncensored series and The London Festival of Photography will be exhibiting a selection of work from The Great British Public exhibition at the same time. White Cloth Gallery, 19th July - 17th September. There is a private view evening launching the exhibition on 19th July, tickets are £10 in support of St Gemma’s Hospice.
The Lord Chamberlain’s Men return to Harewood this week with their open air production of Shakespeare’s classic, Macbeth. You’re advised to go prepared for all weather conditions and take a picnic rug or chair for comfort. Bring your own refreshments or buy on-site. Harewood House Estate, Thursday 19th July. Tickets from £10 - 15.
In Ordinary Things, Sarah Lucas transforms familiar items such as tights, clothes hangers, food and breezeblocks, into plain-speaking work that confronts assumptions about gender through the traditions of sculpture. Henry Moore Institute, 19th July - 21st October.
Harvey Nichols Fourth Floor Café presents a Wine Masterclass for Spanish and Portuguese wine on Friday 20th July. Karen Hardwick from the Northern Wine Academy will be on hand to guide you through a fun and educational evening showcasing the fine selections of wines. Tickets are priced at £20 and include the masterclass and the tasting of 6 wines.
On the Edge aims to bring both new performers and audience members to Leeds; to shine a spotlight on the talent that lies in its varying communities; to fly the flag for the arts and to celebrate this wonderful city with music, theatre, art and poetry. Temple Works Leeds, Friday 20th - Sunday 22nd July. Tickets are £5.
Opera in the Park this year features a performance by Lesley Garrett, music by the universally-acclaimed Orchestra of Opera North and Leeds Philharmonic Chorus, and concludes with a firework finale. Temple Newsam Park, Saturday 21st July. Tickets are £10.
Also on Saturday the 21st, Baker Street Recording presents: A Boat and a BBQ. The event starts at 3pm with a boat ride around Leeds, then continues the party at Musiquarium from 6:30pm onwards. It’s a total of 11 hours of music and 9 different DJs. Boat tickets are limited but either way you can still join the party at the Musiquarium which is free entry before 7.30pm or £5 thereafter.
Look out this weekend, as we’re expecting an invasion of Robots at The Royal Armouries Museum! There will be demonstrations from makers, photo opportunities with Storm Troopers and Daleks, games to play and film screenings to enjoy including the heart-warming favourite WALL-E. Kenny Baker (R2D2 in Star Wars) is making a personal appearance on Saturday and robot will battle it out in the Robots Live show on Sunday. From Saturday 21st –Sunday 22nd July. Free entry (Robots Live show £3-£5)