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Ten tip top things to do in Leeds this week

Written by
Rob Martin

Are you over the long weekend? Don't rest too much, there's still plenty to do in Leeds this week...

Twelve Angry Men, Leeds Grand Theatre, until Sat Apr 11, £18.50-£34
The play based on the classic black and white film starring Henry Fonda sees an all make jury with a prejudice or two overcoming their views on race to reach a verdict. Tom Conti and Denis Lill star.

Build a Toy Time Machine, Leeds City Museum and various venues, until Tue Apr 14, free
Who can argue with some free family craft activity whereby the young ones get to build their own time machine toy before stepping back in time themselves? Not us, that's for sure!

Jimmy Webb, City Varieties Music Hall, Tue Apr 7, £23
Never heard of him? You know LOADS of his songs. From 'MacArthur Park' to 'Witcheta Lineman', this man has written some the greatest songs for some of the greatest singers in the world. Hear him perform them himself and tell some amazing showbiz stories. We love a good showbiz story.

King Lear, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Wed Apr 8 - Sat Apr 18, £12-£28
The combination of Northern Broadsides, a theatre company renowned for making the language of Shakespeare accessible, and director Jonathan Miller, should make this one of the season's major productions. It's easy to describe something as unmissable, but this warrants the description.

Barry Rutter as King Lear

Barry Rutter as King Lear

Balthazaar, Belgrave Music Hall, Wed Apr 8, £7
The Belgian indie poppers have been going since 2004 with various line ups, and their award winning rock pop style has won them legions of fans. With a new record on the way, you could do worse on a Wednesday night than to check them out. And it's nly £7. 

Demob Happy, Brudenell Social Club, Thu Apr 9, £5
If you can't stretch to £7 to see a band you may not know so well, how's a fiver? New singles mean new tours, and this lot even have their own label putting it out! 

Nicki Minaj, First Direct Arena, Thu Apr 9, from £39.50 
A big night out is in store for those liking their music brash and rappy, and features special guest Grammy Award-nominated R&B superstar Trey Songz.

Comedy Sessions, HiFi Club, Sat Apr 11, £12 (£10 in advance)
This week the laugh-o-rama at HiFi features Justin Moorehouse, Rob Rouse and Sean McLaughlin.

Girl Friend, Brudenell Social Club, Sun Apr 12, free
Fancy something for nothing? Well yes, but only if it's any good. Lucky you, as Girl Friend, a Manchester based band inspired by the likes of Bowie, Prince and other pretty boys, bring their brand of clever indie pop to the Brudenell for zero pounds and nought pence. Now that's a fine way to end the weekend.

New releases this week include 'John Wick', in which Keannu Reeves kicks more ass than he has since 'The Matrix', the Ryan Gosling directed 'Lost River' and the one we've all been waiting for, 'Hot Tub Time Machine 2'. Although actually the first one was great fun... Check out all of the latest film releases and find out what's on where in Leeds.

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