(Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury, Jan 23-25)

Crammed full of adventure, romance, comedy and of course one or two rather brilliant deductions, The Sign of Fur is Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's epic second Sherlock Holmes tale, a breath-taking yarn brought to life in this spectacular new stage adaptation.

When Mary Morstan arrives at 221B Baker Street to request help with the mystery of her missing father, Holmes takes the case and together with his companion Dr Watson enters a murky world of deception and trickery, unravelling a complex plot involving murder, corruption and stolen jewels.

Don't miss Blackeyed Theatre's stunning world premiere of Sherlock Holmes: The Sign of Four.

Original live music, stylish theatricality and magical story-telling combine for an unforgettable theatrical experience. The game's afoot!

n Tickets are from £17-22 with shows at 7.30pm with a 2.30pm matinee on Thursday. Call 01743 281281 or email


(Crewe Lyceum, Jan 18)

Hal’s literally filled our screens recently on Have I Got News For You, The Apprentice: You’re Fired, Bake Off: Extra Slice, and Live at the Apollo.

He was nominated for the Best Newcomer Award at the 2002 Edinburgh Comedy Festival and is a regular on the comedy beat in the UK.

His daughters chose the title of his new stand-up show. He’s now on a diet.

n The show is aimed at 14 plus and tickets cost £21.50. For more details, call 01278 368 242.


(Theatr Clywd, Mold, Jan 12)

Soprano Anna Netrebko joins the ranks of Renata Tebaldi, Montserrat Caballé, and Renata Scotto, taking on—for the first time at the Met—the title role of the real-life French actress who dazzled 18th-century audiences with her on-and offstage passion.

The soprano is joined by tenor Piotr Beczała as Adriana’s lover, Maurizio. The principal cast also features mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili and baritone Ambrogio Maestri. Gianandrea Noseda conducts.

Sir David McVicar’s staging, which sets the action in a working replica of a Baroque theatre.

n Tickets are £17 or £15 for concessions and for more details, call 01352 701521 or email