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Workers' playtime: Fine Time Fontayne and Neil Gore in The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists
Workers' playtime: Fine Time Fontayne and Neil Gore in The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists
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SHEFFIELD’S tiny Lantern Theatre has a big new season of events featuring theatre, music, comedy and film.

Highlights include work from Hull Truck Theatre, who bring a new adaptation of Charlotte Bronte’s classic gothic novel Jayne Eyre.

Thunder Road Theatre Company bring a new swashbuckling version of Alexandre Dumas’ classic adventure novel The Count of Monte Cristo in May and Yorkshire-based company Reform Theatre bring writer Nick Lane’s new play Me and Me Dad in April.

In Me and Me Dad, Dave Lees’ dad Pete is the sort of bloke who needs a recipe for toast.

So when Dave’s mum dies, Dave puts his failing acting career on hold and moves back home to teach his dad how to cook.

Audiences who were unable to see the sell-out run of The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, which stars Sheffield’s Finetime Fontayne, will have the opportunity again in April, as this sensational adaptation of Robert Tressell’s classic book returns.

Brit Award-winning producer Ethan Johns, who has worked with Kings of Leon, plays an intimate gig and Grammy Award-winner Guy Pratt, session musician for Madonna, Michael Jackson, The Smiths and Pink Floyd, plays an exclusive one-off performance.

Former Bluetones frontman Mark Morriss will play songs from his new album alongside classics from the band’s back catalogue.

Comedy is from award-winning comedian Owen O’Neill and star of TV’s Eight Out of Ten Cats and Mock The Week Alun Cochrane.

After the huge success of his previous production of The End at the Lantern in 2011, artist Michael Pinchbeck returns with The Beginning on Friday January 25.

Inspired by Shakespeare’s romantic comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Beginning is the second in a trilogy of works deconstructing Shakespearean stage directions.

The Beginning takes place between a rehearsal and a performance, dreaming and being awake and asks how we might begin a career, a relationship or a life.

Hull Truck Theatre, who made their first appearance at the theatre this year, bring the classic story of Jayne Eyre and her dark Mr Rochester on February 26-28.

From a harsh childhood controlled by unfeeling adults, Jane Eyre has to rely on her own courage and convictions to make her way in the world.

Employed as a governess, she travels across the bleak Yorkshire moors to the mysterious Thornfield Hall – a house of locked doors with a dangerous secret.

There she meets the strange, sardonic and intriguing Mr Rochester. Can the constraints of society and the dark past be overcome? Should Jane trust her head or follow her heart?

Ethan Johns appears as part of a tour in support of his debut album If Not Now Then When on Saturday, February 9.

Guy Pratt appears on Friday February 22 in his one-man show celebrating 30 years as the bass player of choice for the heavyweights of rock and pop.

Mark Morriss returns after his sold-out show this year on Friday May 10, performing songs from his new album alongside classics from the Bluetones’ back catalogue.

Comedian Owen O’Neill is Struck By Lightning on Friday February 8 and Alun Cochrane appears on March 9.

Films include Chico & Rita, set in Cuba and following Chico, a young piano player with big dreams, and Rita, a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and romantic desire unites them, but their journey – in the tradition of the Latin ballad, the bolero – brings heartache and torment.

The film is in a double bill with Harold and Maude, their cult 1971 romantic comedy.

Young, rich, and obsessed with death, Harold is changed forever when he pairs up with lively septuagenarian Maude.

Tickets are now on sale for the new season.

Contact the box office on 0114 2551776 or online at

The theatre is also launching a new £5 young person’s ticket scheme for 14 -to-24-year-olds to enable young people to see innovative and exciting new work at an affordable price.