Rebecca Ferguson: Since her time on X Factor in 2010, Rebecca Ferguson has become a household name. She brings her new album, Lady Sings the Blues, based on the songs of Billie Holiday, to York Barbican. 0844 8542757, yorkbarbican.co.uk
Shafted: A new play by John Godber, Shafted tells the story of Harry and Dot in the 30 years since the Miners’ Strike, with new battles to fight. Shafted is at Theatre Royal, Wakefield until Feb 6. 01924 211311, theatreroyalwakefield.co.uk
Annie: This family favourite will brighten up January as the touring production reaches Sheffield Lyceum Theatre. Birds of a Feather star Lesley Joseph is the tyrannical Miss Hannigan making the orphan’s life a misery as they belt out classics such as Hard Knock Life and Tomorrow. To Jan 23. 0114 249 6000, sheffieldtheatres.co.uk
Mark Thomas: Political campaigner and comedian Mark Thomas is back at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds with his usual mix of theatre, stand up, and activism. 0113 213 7700, wyp.org.uk. He will also be at Square Chapel in Halifax on Feb 13.
Emma Johnson: Described as England’s best clarinet player and renowned for her lyrical freshness, Emma Johnson will be joined by celebrated pianist John Lenehan at Bradford Cathedral. 01274 432000, bradfordtheatres.co.uk