Sheffield Theatres - Latest Posts for News http://www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/about/news/ All the latest news from Sheffield Theatres including show confirmations, backstage insights, casting updates and information about activities and events at the theatres. en-gb Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:05:39 +0100 Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:05:39 +0100 Sheffield Lyceum Closes For Refurbishment http://www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/about/news/news/sheffield-lyceum-closes-for-refurbishment/ The Lyceum at Sheffield Theatres closes this week for refurbishment. It is due to reopen with the return of Artistic Director Daniel Evans’ production of Tim Firth’s musical This Is My Family in October ahead of a national tour. The works will see the installation of an auditorium ventilation and cooling system, the refurbishment of balcony seating, and re-carpeting and redecoration of public areas, improving the theatre going experience greatly for audiences, with an aim to increasing a... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0100 http://www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/about/news/news/sheffield-lyceum-closes-for-refurbishment/ The Lyceum at Sheffield Theatres closes this week for refurbishment. It is due to reopen with the return of Artistic Director Daniel Evans’ production of Tim Firth’s musical This Is My Family in October ahead of a national tour.

The works will see the installation of an auditorium ventilation and cooling system, the refurbishment of balcony seating, and re-carpeting and redecoration of public areas, improving the theatre going experience greatly for audiences, with an aim to increasing attendance by 15% in 5 years. The cloakroom will also be moved to the ground floor, allowing space for additional ladies’ toilets, baby changing facilities and a buggy park, key to improving facilities for families.

The work also includes crucial improvements to backstage areas, focusing on the upgrade and enhancement of specialist theatre equipment to allow the company to programme larger scale productions, to improve their in-house capacity for producing their own work, and deliver more performances each year. These vital changes will make the running of the Lyceum more efficient, and enable the company to originate and accommodate more large scale touring work.

Key to the refurbishments is the impact on the building’s environmental performance including the addition of LED lighting, a new building management system and photovoltaic installations. These combined changes will lead to a reduction in overhead costs for the theatre.

This £1.9m redevelopment work has been made possible through a £1m grant from Arts Council England, £500,000 from Sheffield City Council, with the remaining funds raised through Trusts and Foundations, individuals, an exclusive dinner and auction hosted by Associate Director Richard Wilson, a business club, point of sale donations and text fundraising. Further fundraising will now take place to look after the ongoing maintenance of the building and secure its long term future.

To follow updates of the Lyceum Refurbishment follow @SheffieldLyceum

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Sad Loss For Sheffield Theatres http://www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/about/news/news/sad-loss-for-sheffield-theatres/ ‘Tink’ (Chris Naylor), a much-loved and respected member of our production team, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on Tuesday 8 July. ‘Tink’ was a remarkable man who brought a brilliant energy and sense of fun to the Sheffield Theatres team. He will be greatly missed. The funeral service and cremation will take place at City Road Crematorium on Monday July 28 at 12.45pm followed by a wake in the Crucible foyer from 1.30pm. All of Tink’s friends and colleagu... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0100 http://www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/about/news/news/sad-loss-for-sheffield-theatres/ ‘Tink’ (Chris Naylor), a much-loved and respected member of our production team, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on Tuesday 8 July. ‘Tink’ was a remarkable man who brought a brilliant energy and sense of fun to the Sheffield Theatres team. He will be greatly missed.

The funeral service and cremation will take place at City Road Crematorium on Monday July 28 at 12.45pm followed by a wake in the Crucible foyer from 1.30pm. All of Tink’s friends and colleagues are welcome to attend to pay their respects.

Family flowers only please by request but donations if desired for the Kidney Unit at N.G.H (please make cheques payable to S.H.C) these may be sent to John Fairest Funeral Home, 10-56 Penistone Road North, Wadsley Bridge, Sheffield, S6 1LQ.

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Road Closures - Wed 23 July http://www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/about/news/news/road-closures-wed-23-july/ Due to the Sheffield Grand Prix cycle race some roads will be closed in Sheffield City Centre on Wednesday 23 July. Visitors coming to the 7.15pm performance of Mansfield Park may find their journey to the theatre is affected. The following roads are closed on Wed 23 July 5.15pm – 10.30pmPinstone Street (towards Furnival Gate) 5.45pm – 10.30pmPinstone Street (from Furnival Gate to Cross Burgess Street)Furnival Gate, Arundel Gate (towards Norfolk Street)Norfolk Street, Surrey Stre... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0100 http://www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/about/news/news/road-closures-wed-23-july/ Due to the Sheffield Grand Prix cycle race some roads will be closed in Sheffield City Centre on Wednesday 23 July.

Visitors coming to the 7.15pm performance of Mansfield Park may find their journey to the theatre is affected.

The following roads are closed on Wed 23 July

5.15pm – 10.30pm
Pinstone Street (towards Furnival Gate)

5.45pm – 10.30pm
Pinstone Street (from Furnival Gate to Cross Burgess Street)
Furnival Gate, Arundel Gate (towards Norfolk Street)
Norfolk Street, Surrey Street (from junction of Norfolk Street towards Pinstone Street)
Leopold Street

For more information on the road closures please click here.

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A Horridly Perfect Family Treat This Month http://www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/about/news/press-releases/a-horridly-perfect-family-treat-this-month-at-the/ See history come to life on the Lyceum stage later this month with Birmingham Stage Company’s Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain, featuring all new amazing 3D BoggleVision from Tuesday 15 July to Saturday 19 July. Can you beat battling Boudicca? What if a Viking moved in next door? Would you lose your heart or head to horrible Henry VIII? Can evil Elizabeth entertain England? Will Parliament survive gunpowder Guy? Should King Charles keep his head? Dare you stand and deliver to dastardly Di... Mon, 07 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0100 http://www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/about/news/press-releases/a-horridly-perfect-family-treat-this-month-at-the/ See history come to life on the Lyceum stage later this month with Birmingham Stage Company’s Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain, featuring all new amazing 3D BoggleVision from Tuesday 15 July to Saturday 19 July.

Can you beat battling Boudicca? What if a Viking moved in next door? Would you lose your heart or head to horrible Henry VIII? Can evil Elizabeth entertain England? Will Parliament survive gunpowder Guy? Should King Charles keep his head? Dare you stand and deliver to dastardly Dick Turpin? Move to groove with party Queen Victoria and prepare to do battle in the frightful First World War.

It’s the history of Britain with the nasty bits left in!

Barmy Britain is adapted by Terry Deary and Neal Foster from Deary’s best selling Horrible Histories books. Terry Deary is the world’s best selling non-fiction author for children and one of the most popular children’s authors in the country. He has written 200 books which have been translated into 40 different languages. His 50 Horrible Histories titles have sold over 25 million copies worldwide from China to Brazil!

Horrible Histories – Barmy Britain is a great treat for all the family. It will entertain all ages with its journey through two thousand years of history from the Romans to the First World War. You’ll meet fascinating characters, discover funny facts that teachers never tell you about and be blown away by amazing 3D effects.

Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain comes to the Lyceum Theatre from Tuesday 15 – Saturday 19 July. Tickets are on sale now, priced from £12.00 – £15.00 and can be purchased from Sheffield Theatres’ Box Office in person, by calling 0114 249 6000, and online here. A transaction fee of £1.50 (£1.00 online) applies to all bookings made at the Box Office, excluding cash.

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Full Cast Announced For This Is My Family http://www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/about/news/press-releases/full-cast-announced-for-this-is-my-family/ Following a critically acclaimed, award-winning run last year in the Studio, Daniel Evans’ production of Tim Firth’s musical This Is My Family returns to Sheffield Theatres from Thursday 9 – Saturday 18 October, ahead of a national tour to Royal & Derngate Northampton, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, Liverpool Playhouse and The New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich. Clare Burt (Yvonne), Bill Champion (Steve), Evelyn Hoskins (Nicky), Terence Keeley (Matt) and Rachel Lumberg (Sian) reprise their r... Fri, 04 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0100 http://www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/about/news/press-releases/full-cast-announced-for-this-is-my-family/ Following a critically acclaimed, award-winning run last year in the Studio, Daniel Evans’ production of Tim Firth’s musical This Is My Family returns to Sheffield Theatres from Thursday 9 – Saturday 18 October, ahead of a national tour to Royal & Derngate Northampton, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, Liverpool Playhouse and The New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich.

Clare Burt (Yvonne), Bill Champion (Steve), Evelyn Hoskins (Nicky), Terence Keeley (Matt) and Rachel Lumberg (Sian) reprise their roles from the original run, and are joined by Marjorie Yates as May to complete the company.

‘This is my family.’ That was the competition. All Nicky had to do was describe her family and she could win a dream holiday. OK, so she lied through her teeth and made them all sound perfect, but who cares!? She won! She could take them to Rio! To Florida! Acapulco!

Instead, thirteen year-old Nicky Perry chooses pretty much the last holiday her family were expecting…

This fast-moving, laugh-out-loud and hugely moving new musical from the writer of Calendar Girls goes to the heart of the question: what exactly is the point of family in the modern age?

Tim Firth’s work for theatre includes Calendar Girls, Sign of the Times, Our House, The Flint Street Nativity, Absolutely Frank, The Safari Party, Neville’s Island and A Man of Letters. For television, his credits include Trapped, Cruise of the Gods, Border Cafe, Preston Front, The Rottentrolls, Once Upon a Time in the North and All Quiet on the Preston Front; and for film, The Wedding Video, Kinky Boots, Calendar Girls and Blackball.

Majorie Yates plays May. Her theatre credits include Untold Stories (West Yorkshire Playhouse), A Day In The Death Of Joe Egg (Liverpool Everyman/Kingston), Orpheus Descending (Royal Exchange), This Happy Breed, Another Door Closed (Theatre Royal Bath),Ahasverus (RSC/Hampstead), Origin Of The Species (Arcola), Twelfth Night, The Master Builder (RSC), Three Tall Women (Oxford Playhouse), Honeymoon (Royal Court), Star Quality (Apollo Theatre), The Daughter-in-Law (Young Vic), An Inspector Calls (Garrick Theatre), Stages (National Theatre), and The Glass Menagerie (Bristol Old Vic). For television, her work includes Cabbage and Pat, Above Suspicion, Massive, Shameless (as series regular Carol), Sons and Lovers, Danny’s Story, Annie’s Bar, Guardians, The Governor, Fighting for Gemma, Underbelly, Boon and June; and for film, Edge, The Long Day Closes, Soulboy, and Wetherby.

Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres Daniel Evans directs. As director, he previously directed The Sheffield Mysteries, Oliver!, This Is My Family (UK Theatre Award for Best Musical Production), The Full Monty (UK Theatre Award for Best Touring Production – also national tour and West End), My Fair Lady, Macbeth, Othello, Racing Demon as part of The David Hare Season, and An Enemy of the People – the opening production of his inaugural season. As an actor, his previous work for the company includes Company, The Pride, Cloud Nine and The Tempest. An award-winning actor and director, Evans’ work includes Sunday in the Park with George (Menier Chocolate Factory, Wyndham’s Theatre and Broadway) – a role for which he won the Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical (his second Olivier Award, the first being for Merrily We Roll Along in 2001) and a Tony Award nomination. His extensive credits include work with the Donmar Warehouse, RSC, Royal Court Theatre and National Theatre. Evans is a Fellow of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Tickets for This Is My Family, supported by Hill Dickinson Lawyers, are priced from £14.00 – £24.00 and are on sale now from Sheffield Theatres’ Box Office in person, by calling 0114 249 6000 and online here (A transaction fee of £1.50 (£1.00 online) applies to all bookings made at the Box Office, excl. cash).

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Celebrate Summer With Funky Jazz At Sheffield Theatres http://www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/about/news/press-releases/celebrate-summer-with-funky-jazz-at-sheffield-thea/ Sheffield Music Hub, JazzNorth and Sheffield Theatres present Jazz@theHubClub, a brand new summer jazz spectacular taking to the Crucible stage on Saturday 5 July at 3.00pm. Award-winning jazz pianist Ashley Henry, Simon Read (bass) and Sam Garden (drums ), who together form the Ashley Henry Trio, will perform a mix of classics and modern originals from the likes of Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Miles Davis. They will be joined on stage by the Sheffield Youth Big Band, twent... Thu, 03 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0100 http://www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/about/news/press-releases/celebrate-summer-with-funky-jazz-at-sheffield-thea/ Sheffield Music Hub, JazzNorth and Sheffield Theatres present Jazz@theHubClub, a brand new summer jazz spectacular taking to the Crucible stage on Saturday 5 July at 3.00pm.

Award-winning jazz pianist Ashley Henry, Simon Read (bass) and Sam Garden (drums ), who together form the Ashley Henry Trio, will perform a mix of classics and modern originals from the likes of Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Miles Davis.

They will be joined on stage by the Sheffield Youth Big Band, twenty five local and exceptionally talented young jazz musicians aged 13 – 18 years, under the direction of Dave Joyce, for an exciting concert full of surprises.

With something for all music fans to enjoy, Jazz@theHubClub is on stage at the Crucible on Saturday 5 July. Tickets can be purchased from Sheffield Theatres’ Box Office in-person, by phone on 0114 249 6000 or online at sheffieldtheatres.co.uk and are priced £5.00 (Concessions are available). A transaction fee of £1.50 (£1.00 online) applies to all bookings made at the Box Office (excluding cash).

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