24 things to do in York this weekend, May 9-10 2015

Ready to entertain, Forties-style – the Hotsie Totsies
8 May 2015 @ 5.27 pm
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mix-six-logo-rightYork gets the Shakes, crafty shopping opportunities, and battle stations at the air museum are among our picks. Get the full lowdown via our rather lovely What’s On Guide

York Shakespeare Festival

Party time… the Romeo And Juliet cast in St Olave's Church, Marygate. Photographs: Richard McDougall
Party time… the Romeo And Juliet cast in St Olave’s Church, Marygate. Photograph: Richard McDougall
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By, that Will Shakespeare – he could write a bit, couldn’t he? And to prove it, the first ever York International Shakespeare Festival (or York Shakes for short) is showcasing the Bard’s versatility. One of the highlights is the all-woman version of Romeo And Juliet by stage innovators the Flanagan Collective – at St Olave’s Church, Marygate, until May 23more here.

More Shakespeare

Event Venue Time
Shedspeare King’s Manor Sat @ 11am-3pm
H(2)O Various Until Mon
Prince H Universe Friargate Theatre Sat @ 5pm
Hamlet: Drama of Vengeance Jack Lyons Hall Sat @ 7.30pm
Two Shakespeare Heroines De Grey Rooms Till Sun @ 7.30pm
Pyramus & Thisbe NCEM Sun @ 4pm

York Makers Spring Fair

Among those at the craft fair are Halfpinthome, who created this lovely print
Among those at the craft fair are Halfpinthome, who created this lovely print
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Browse (and very probably buy) local handmade goods at a fair organised by York Makers, a group of talented artists and craftspeople. Stalls include everything from vintage-style dresses to handmade chocolate, and there are workshops too. At Clements Hall on Saturdaymore here.

More craft fairs

Event Venue Time
YSJ Handmade York St John’s Sat @ 10am-4pm
Coffee & Craft Fair Acomb Parish Hall Sat @ 10.30am-12.30pm

Ralph McTell

Stories in song… Ralph McTell
Stories in song… Ralph McTell
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How can you tell me you’re lonely – when Ralph McTell’s in town? The singer celebrates 50 years in music with a headlining performance at Poppleton Live on Saturday. The fest also features music from Jez Lowe, Gilded Thieves, Deborah Rose, Keegan Snaize, Grand Old Uke of York and Zak Ford – more here.

More music

Event Venue Time
King No-One Fibbers Sat @ 7.30pm
Moonshine Creek Volunteer Arms Sat @ 7pm
The East Coast Vagabonds Roman Bath Sun @ 8pm
Last Night of the Proms NCEM Sun @ 6.30pm
Bach at Cöthen Part I NCEM Sat @ 12.30pm
Mr Bigstrums The Ainsty Sat @ 9pm

Battle stations

Ready to entertain, Forties-style – the Hotsie Totsies
Ready to entertain, Forties-style – the Hotsie Totsies
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Battlegroup North is a three-day, family-friendly demonstration of all things military, including aircraft displays, trade stalls and NAAFI food and hospitality. Entertainment comes from the Hotsie Totsies. Saturday and Sunday at the Yorkshire Air Museummore here.

More family fun

Event Venue Time
Bubble Football Tournament Huntington School Sat @ 10.15am
Raindale Mill Family Day Castle Museum Sat 11am-3pm

Theatre at the NRM

Theatre at the railway museum
Theatre at the railway museum
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There’s free theatre at the National Railway Museum as the Theatre Royal begins its residency there. This Is A Public Announcement sees York University students perform original plays based on interviews and documentary material, offering a ‘platform’ for local and national voices. Three performances a day until Saturdaymore here.

More theatre

Event Venue Time
A Century of Musicals Grand Opera House Sat @ 7.30pm

Reginald D Hunter

Funny and brave… Reginald D Hunter
Funny and brave… Reginald D Hunter
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One of comedy’s best-known performers, Reginald D Hunter brings his distinctive take on subjects including race and sexuality to York Barbican on Saturday. His work can be brutally honest, but it’s meticulously thought out and very funny – more here.

More comedy

Event Venue Time
Saturday Night Lounge Duchess Sat @ 8pm