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 Wed, 29 Oct 2014 14:27:23 +0000 Wed, 29 Oct 2014 14:27:23 +0000 Public Dress Rehearsal of Queen Coal - Thursday 30 October http://www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/about/news/news/public-dress-rehearsal-of-queen-coal-thursday-30-o/ Public Dress Rehearsal of Queen Coal on Thursday 30 October. On Thursday 30 October at 7.45pm the dress rehearsal of Queen Coal will be open to the public. Tickets for the performance will go on sale from the Box Office counter at 10.00am tomorrow morning (Thursday) priced only £1.00 per ticket. Tickets will be limited to 2 per person and can only be purchased through in-person booking. Cash only. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/about/news/news/public-dress-rehearsal-of-queen-coal-thursday-30-o/ Public Dress Rehearsal of Queen Coal on Thursday 30 October.

On Thursday 30 October at 7.45pm the dress rehearsal of Queen Coal will be open to the public. Tickets for the performance will go on sale from the Box Office counter at 10.00am tomorrow morning (Thursday) priced only £1.00 per ticket.

Tickets will be limited to 2 per person and can only be purchased through in-person booking. Cash only.

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Stomp To The Beat This November http://www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/about/news/press-releases/stomp-to-the-beat-this-november/ The phenomenon of STOMP comes to the Lyceum Theatre from Tuesday 4 – Saturday 8 November, celebrating over 20 astonishing years of bringing foot stamping, finger drumming, adrenalin-rushing joy to audiences across the globe. Multi award-winning STOMP have been combining sensational rhythm, theatre, comedy and dance in their exhilarating shows since 1991, entertaining audiences of over 14 million people across 50 countries, including a performance in the closing ceremony of the 2012 Olympic... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0100 http://www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/about/news/press-releases/stomp-to-the-beat-this-november/ The phenomenon of STOMP comes to the Lyceum Theatre from Tuesday 4 – Saturday 8 November, celebrating over 20 astonishing years of bringing foot stamping, finger drumming, adrenalin-rushing joy to audiences across the globe.

Multi award-winning STOMP have been combining sensational rhythm, theatre, comedy and dance in their exhilarating shows since 1991, entertaining audiences of over 14 million people across 50 countries, including a performance in the closing ceremony of the 2012 Olympics.

The company have added two new pieces into their astounding show, never before seen on the Lyceum Stage. Trolleys taps into the everyday experience of negotiating a busy shopping aisle with a fully laden supermarket trolley and Frogs explores the bizarre sonic possibilities of a variety of plumbing fixtures – unlike anything you’ve ever heard before!

With high-octane energy and slick choreography, this irrepressible troupe of eight turn brooms, water-cooler bottles and other household items into sophisticated instruments, in a crackling carnival of leaping, spinning, skidding and pounding. This is joyous, thumping, exhilarating bliss for all involved … except the bins!

STOMP returns to the Lyceum Theatre from Tuesday 4 – Saturday 8 November. Tickets are on sale now, priced from £14.00 and can be purchased in person at Sheffield Theatres’ Box Office, by calling 0114 249 6000 or online at sheffieldtheatres.co.uk. A transaction fee of £1.50 (£1.00 online) applies to all bookings made at the Box Office, excluding cash.

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Script Yorkshire bring their new workshop to The Crucible http://www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/about/news/news/new-script-yorkshire-workshop-at-the-crucible/ A new Script Yorkshire event will take place at the Crucible Theatre on Thursday 23 October. From Initial Spark to Opening Scene: Fleshing Out Your Script Idea, will be the first of many workshops held by The Playpen – Script Yorkshire’s Sheffield branch. With The Playpen’s 30 Day Scriptwriting Challenge on the horizon, this workshop is designed to offer practical methods and support to move from that initial spark to a more focused understanding of what you really want to... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0100 http://www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/about/news/news/new-script-yorkshire-workshop-at-the-crucible/ A new Script Yorkshire event will take place at the Crucible Theatre on Thursday 23 October.

From Initial Spark to Opening Scene: Fleshing Out Your Script Idea, will be the first of many workshops held by The Playpen – Script Yorkshire’s Sheffield branch.

With The Playpen’s 30 Day Scriptwriting Challenge on the horizon, this workshop is designed to offer practical methods and support to move from that initial spark to a more focused understanding of what you really want to write, including how and why, so that, come 1 November, you’ll be ready to set sail. Alternatively, if you aren’t planning on undertaking the challenge but still want to explore how to get the ideas for a script out of your head and into a first draft, then this is the workshop for you.

Leading the workshop will be professional playwright and dramaturg Richard Hurford, who has 25 years of experience writing and making theatre both locally and internationally.

The workshop takes place in the Adelphi Room on Thursday 23 October from 7.00pm – 9.00pm. The event is free to Script Yorkshire members or £3.00 to non-members. To book please email info@theplaypenblog.com.

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UK Theatre Award Success For Sheffield Theatres http://www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/about/news/press-releases/uk-theatre-award-success-for-sheffield-theatres/ Sheffield Theatres, English Touring Theatre and the Rose Theatre, Kingston are celebrating today after their production of Translations was named Best Touring Production at the UK Theatre Awards. Translations, directed by James Grieve, opened at the Crucible Theatre in February this year as part of Sheffield Theatres’ Brian Friel Season. It then went on to tour for six weeks across the country. Daniel Evans, Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres said: ‘We are thrilled that Tr... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0100 http://www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/about/news/press-releases/uk-theatre-award-success-for-sheffield-theatres/ Sheffield Theatres, English Touring Theatre and the Rose Theatre, Kingston are celebrating today after their production of Translations was named Best Touring Production at the UK Theatre Awards.

Translations, directed by James Grieve, opened at the Crucible Theatre in February this year as part of Sheffield Theatres’ Brian Friel Season. It then went on to tour for six weeks across the country.

Daniel Evans, Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres said:

‘We are thrilled that Translations has been recognised with a UK Theatre award. We were incredibly proud of this production and this accolade is a testament to the work of the wonderful cast, creative team and production team who not only created a beautiful piece of work on our main stage, but also ensured that the beauty of the show was impeccable on tour throughout the UK.’

Sheffield Theatres has embarked on a number of tours this year and currently has three shows on the road: The Full Monty, This Is My Family and Twelfth Night (the latter is its second co-production with English Touring Theatre). In 2015, Anything Goes (produced in partnership with Stage Entertainment) will embark on a 33 week national tour and The Absence of War, a co-production with Headlong and the Rose Theatre, Kingston, will also take to the road following its run at the Crucible.

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Sheffield Theatres Announces New Season For 2015 http://www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/about/news/press-releases/sheffield-theatres-announces-new-season-for-2015/ Highlights of the season include: • A season dedicated to the work of Sarah Kane• David Hare’s The Absence of War in a co-production with Headlong and Rose Theatre Kingston• A major revival of Playing for Time – Marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and the Centenary of Arthur Miller’s birth• Tamara Harvey directs an adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice• Regional première of Lucy Prebble’s award-winning The Effect• Slung Low c... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0100 http://www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/about/news/press-releases/sheffield-theatres-announces-new-season-for-2015/ Highlights of the season include:

• A season dedicated to the work of Sarah Kane
David Hare’s The Absence of War in a co-production with Headlong and Rose Theatre Kingston
• A major revival of Playing for Time – Marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and the Centenary of Arthur Miller’s birth
Tamara Harvey directs an adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice
• Regional première of Lucy Prebble’s award-winning The Effect
Slung Low collaborate with Sheffield People’s Theatre on Camelot: The Shining City

Also announced:
Charlotte Gwinner joins Richard Wilson as Associate Director

Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres Daniel Evans today announces the company’s new season for 2015. Continuing the company’s tradition for dedicating seasons to playwrights whose work has influenced a generation, this year Sheffield will stage the complete works of the playwright Sarah Kane, with productions of Blasted – directed by Richard Wilson, and Crave and 4.48 Psychosis – directed by Charlotte Gwinner. Alongside this, Evans will direct semi-staged readings of Phaedra’s Love and Cleansed; and a screening of her film Skin.

In the run up to 2015’s general election, Sheffield Theatres, Headlong and Rose Theatre Kingston will co-produce David Hare’s timely play The Absence of War. Reece Dinsdale leads the company as George Jones. The production opens at the Crucible before embarking on a national tour.

To mark the Centenary of Arthur Miller’s birth and the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, Richard Beecham will direct a revival of Miller’s Playing for Time – based on the memoir by Fania Fénelon. Tamara Harvey will then direct a stage adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic novel Pride & Prejudice, adapted for the stage by Simon Reade.

Since becoming Artistic Director Daniel Evans has sought to bring the best of new writing from the capital to Sheffield in new productions, Evans will direct the latest regional première: Lucy Prebble’s award winning play The Effect, first seen at the National in 2012.

Completing the season is Camelot: The Shining City – a unique collaboration between Sheffield People’s Theatre and Slung Low, which will see a cast of over 150 take over the Crucible stage and Tudor Square with a reworking of the tale of King Arthur.

Also announced today, is that Charlotte Gwinner will join the company as an Associate Director. Gwinner previously directed Benefactors as part of the Michael Frayn season, and will play a pivotal role in the forthcoming Sarah Kane season.

Daniel Evans said today, ‘Our spring season is one of our most ambitious yet. We’re announcing 8 plays across the first half of 2015, and there’s so much to celebrate: collaborations with Headlong, Rose Theatre Kingston and Slung Low, a centenary tribute to Arthur Miller and I’m thrilled that the work of female artists will play a prominent role throughout the season. I hope that the opportunity to see Sarah Kane’s work alongside an adaptation of Jane Austen’s most famous novel and a regional première by Lucy Prebble will offer audiences in our city region and beyond a thrilling range of theatre. Having long admired her work, I am also delighted that Charlotte Gwinner will join the team as an Associate Director.’

STUDIO
Sheffield Theatres presents
The Sarah Kane Season
5 – 21 March

Continuing the tradition of producing whole seasons dedicated to the work of one writer, Sheffield Theatres is proud to present three plays by Sarah KaneBlasted, Crave and 4.48 Psychosis. These full productions will be accompanied by two semi-staged readings of Phaedra’s Love and Cleansed – both directed by Daniel Evans, and a screening of her film, Skin.

Sarah Kane (1971 – 1999) was Writer in Residence at Paines Plough and Literary Associate at the Bush Theatre. Her complete works will be staged within this season.

Daniel Evans said: ‘I had the great privilege of knowing Sarah Kane. I got to act in two world premières of her plays. In fact, I actually got to act alongside her when she stepped in at the last moment to take over from the leading lady, who had injured her spine late on in the run. I remember how ‘real’ Sarah’s acting was. She made our acting look fake and theatrical.

Looking back at her brief career fifteen years after her death, I realise that her acting was characteristic of what I remember most about her as a person and as a writer. She was a truth seeker. She believed passionately that there wasn’t anything that couldn’t be represented in the theatre, however beautiful or cruel. If something existed, then it could (and should) be portrayed and discussed. She is undoubtedly one of the most courageous people I’ve known and I’m delighted to be presenting a season of her work here in Sheffield.

In her own way, Sarah Kane’s writing changed the face of British Theatre. Much has been said and written about her death, but it’s important to say that Sarah had a wonderful, dark sense of humour – and a huge heart. Her plays are full of tenderness and a yearning for love. During our season, there’ll be an opportunity to see her complete works – in full productions, in semi-staged readings and also on film.’

Blasted
By Sarah Kane
4 – 21 February
Director: Richard Wilson; Designer: James Cotterill; Lighting Designer: Paul Keogan

Leeds. An expensive hotel room.

A middle-aged man attempts to seduce a young woman. Suddenly, there is a knock on the door and their world turns upside down.

What happens next pushes us beyond the edge of our darkest imaginings, smashes through our comfortable reality and demands that we question our own morality and humanity.

First performed twenty years ago, Blasted’s power remains.

Crave
By Sarah Kane
Director: Charlotte Gwinner; Designer: Signe Beckmann; Associate Designer: Emma Bailey
Lighting Designer: Hartley T A Kemp; Sound Designer: Christopher Shutt
6 – 21 March

In an unknown city, four unnamed voices begin a poetic ode to love. A one act epic, Crave mines the darkest depths of desire and what it means to love and be loved.

Evocative and lyrical, Crave plunges the darkest depths of love’s all encompassing power over the individual.

4.48 Psychosis
By Sarah Kane
Director: Charlotte Gwinner; Designer: Signe Beckmann; Associate Designer: Emma Bailey
Lighting Designer: Hartley T A Kemp; Sound Designer: Christopher Shutt
6 – 21 March

A hypnotic meditation where reality and fantasy interweave as love, isolation and the need to escape battle for supremacy.

4.48 Psychosis seizes you and maintains its powerful grip long past its conclusion.

CRUCIBLE
Sheffield Theatres, Headlong and Rose Theatre Kingston present
The Absence of War
By David Hare
6-21 February
Then on UK tour

Cast includes: Reece Dinsdale

Director: Jeremy Herrin; Designer: Garance Marneur
Lighting Designer: Lucy Carter; Sound Designer: Tom Gibbons

Sheffield Theatres, Headlong and Rose Theatre Kingston announce their co-production of David Hare’s searing election play The Absence of War directed by Headlong’s Artistic Director Jeremy Herrin. A prophetic and incisive study, Hare brilliantly captures an epic personal struggle against the high-pressured hysteria of the 1992 General Election.

The Absence of War will tour the UK, opening in Sheffield before travelling to Norwich, Watford, Bristol, Cheltenham, Liverpool, Oxford and completing its run at the Rose Theatre Kingston.

It’s now or never for George Jones. The heavy-smoking, Shakespeare-loving Labour leader needs to get out of opposition and into Number Ten. Plagued by a hostile media, beset by divisions in his party and haunted by his own demons, George has three weeks to convince the Great British Public that he’s their man. But how much compromise is he prepared to make? How can you truly appeal to the man in the street from the Palace of Westminster? And which tie should he wear for Prime Minister’s Questions?

This vigorous new production of Hare’s funny, stinging political drama embarks on a timely national tour during the build up to the 2015 Election.

For more information on Headlong click here.

For more information on the Rose Theatre, Kingston click here.

CRUCIBLE
A Sheffield Theatres Production
Playing for Time
By Arthur Miller
Based on the memoir by Fania Fénelon
12 March – 4 April

Director: Richard Beecham; Designer: Ti Green; Lighting Designer: Richard Howell
Sound Designer Composer, Arranger and Musical Director: Sam Kenyon
Casting Director: Ginny Schiller CDG

Fania Fenelon: Musical maestro. Celebrity singer. Star of the Paris cabaret. Jew.

Arrested by the Nazis and transported east to Auschwitz, Fania’s tragic fate seems sealed. But amidst the horrors of the death camp, there is one small glimmer of hope: an orchestra of women prisoners kept alive to make music for their Nazi captors. Can Fania sing for her survival?

Based upon Fania Fenelon’s autobiographical memoir, Arthur Miller’s masterful stage adaptation is a life-affirming story of the survival of the human spirit in the face of unimaginable horror.

Marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and the Centenary of Arthur Miller’s birth, Sheffield Theatres brings this extraordinary story to life on the Crucible stage.

CRUCIBLE
A Sheffield Theatres Production
Pride & Prejudice
By Jane Austen
Dramatised by Simon Reade
14 May – 6 June

Director: Tamara Harvey; Designer: Lez Brotherston; Composer: Richard Taylor
Casting Director: Lotte Hines

Elizabeth Bennett is quick witted, intelligent and idealistic. In a society bound by class and wealth, she longs to break free from expectation and marry for love, not for financial convenience.

When a wealthy young bachelor and his society friends arrive in the village, her world is turned upside down. Whilst her sister appears to make an instant match, Lizzie’s happiness seems out of reach.

Can she find love or will her own prejudices get in the way?

Jane Austen’s beloved romantic comedy is filled with wit and passion – a perfect escape for summer.

STUDIO
A Sheffield Theatres Production
Regional Première
The Effect
By Lucy Prebble 25 June – 18 July

Director: Daniel Evans; Designer: Amanda Stoodley

Tristan and Connie are strangers who are brought together during a pharmaceutical drug trial. Isolated in a unit, as the dosage increases, so too does their mutual attraction. Very soon, they’re breaking all the rules.

Lucy Prebble’s award-winning play, which premièred at the National Theatre in 2012 winning the Critics’ Circle Award for Best New Play, explores the psychology of love, the mysteries of the brain and what really makes us who we are.

CRUCIBLE THEATRE AND TUDOR SQUARE
A Sheffield People’s Theatre and Slung Low co-production
Camelot: The Shining City
by James Phillips
9 – 18 July

Director: Alan Lane; Designer: David Farley; Sound Designer: Matt Angove

A contemporary reworking of the myth of King Arthur, by Sheffield People’s Theatre and Slung Low.

Slung Low, specialists in spectacular theatrical experiences, will collaborate with a huge cast of more than 150 to bring Camelot: The Shining City to breathtaking life. An epic story told in three parts and three places, prepare to journey from the Crucible stage, out into Tudor Square and then on into the City itself for the battle to end all battles.

Dress for the weather and bring a bold heart ready for adventure.

For more information on Slung Low click here.

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Sheffield Theatres Announce Naming Rights For Newly Refurbished Lyceum http://www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/about/news/press-releases/sheffield-theatres-announce-naming-rights-for-newl/ As the refurbishment of the Lyceum Theatre nears completion, Sheffield Theatres has announced new naming rights partners whose support has helped to complete the project fundraising. A five year partnership with Neil MacDonald and Graham Royle, local businessmen and passionate supporters of the theatre, will see the Hepworth Room renamed to become the MacDonald Room, whilst the Stalls Bar will become the GRI Bar and the Circle Bar will be renamed the Royle Bar. In a further agreement, curr... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0100 http://www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/about/news/press-releases/sheffield-theatres-announce-naming-rights-for-newl/ As the refurbishment of the Lyceum Theatre nears completion, Sheffield Theatres has announced new naming rights partners whose support has helped to complete the project fundraising.

A five year partnership with Neil MacDonald and Graham Royle, local businessmen and passionate supporters of the theatre, will see the Hepworth Room renamed to become the MacDonald Room, whilst the Stalls Bar will become the GRI Bar and the Circle Bar will be renamed the Royle Bar. In a further agreement, current corporate partner, The University of Sheffield, has signed a three year deal to sponsor the theatre’s safety curtain. This will see the university’s logo displayed below the much-loved painted design, which remains unchanged.

The Lyceum, which re-opened on 9 October with Tim Firth’s award-winning musical This Is My Family, has undergone an extensive £1.9 million refurbishment over the past 12 weeks. The many improvements include a new cooling system and state-of-the-art sound system in the auditorium, more bathroom and cloakroom facilities and the building has become more energy efficient, with LED house lighting and solar panels on the roof.

To make this project possible, Sheffield Theatres secured funding from Arts Council England and Sheffield City Council. The remaining funds have been raised through public donations, trusts, foundations and local business support through the creation of the Lyceum Business Club.

Neil MacDonald is a long standing supporter of Sheffield Theatres. In addition to his business interests, he holds the position of Deputy Chair of Sheffield Theatres Trust and has worked extensively on the Lyceum refurbishment in his role as Chair of the Lyceum Refurbishment Steering Group.

He commented: ‘It gives me enormous pride to have been closely involved with this project. The Lyceum is a hugely important part of the cultural life of our city and I sincerely believe that by investing in it now, future generations of theatre-goers will be able to enjoy the majesty and grandeur of this wonderful theatre.’

Entrepreneur Graham Royle is Chairman and Chief Executive of Sheffield based GRI Group and earlier this year became a Trustee of Sheffield Theatres’ Board.

Dan Bates, Chief Executive of Sheffield Theatres also added: ‘I am overwhelmed by the amount of local support we have received during this project. The passion and enthusiasm from everyone has been inspiring. We are incredibly fortunate to have individual supporters like Neil and Graham, along with corporate partners, who have committed to a long-term business relationship and are proud to be associated with Sheffield Theatres. I look forward to raising a glass with them on opening night to celebrate our partnership.’

Any business interested in supporting Sheffield Theatres should contact Jessica O’Neill, Corporate Partnerships Officer, on 0114 201 3868 or by email at j.oneill@sheffieldtheatres.co.uk.

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