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 Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:57:30 +0100 Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:57:30 +0100 Summer Opening Hours http://www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/about/news/news/summer-opening-hours/ Box Office, Crucible Corner and Café Crucible will have different opening times over the Summer period. Box OfficeMonday – Saturday 10.00am until 6.00pm Café Crucible Monday – Saturday10.00am until 6.00pm Crucible CornerMonday – SaturdayFrom 11.00amFood served until 7.00pm Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0100 http://www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/about/news/news/summer-opening-hours/ Box Office, Crucible Corner and Café Crucible will have different opening times over the Summer period.

Box Office
Monday – Saturday
10.00am until 6.00pm

Café Crucible
Monday – Saturday
10.00am until 6.00pm

Crucible Corner
Monday – Saturday
From 11.00am
Food served until 7.00pm

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A view from inside the Lyceum refurbishment by Dan Bates http://www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/about/news/blogs/refurbishment-roundup-week-1/ Dan Bates, Chief Executive of Sheffield Theatres, has spearheaded the campaign for the refurbishment of the Lyceum over the last two years. Now, thanks to funding from Arts Council England, Sheffield City Council, several trusts and foundations, the local business community and our audiences, the £1.9 million capital project is underway. Here, and for the next ten weeks Dan gives us a unique insight into the work that’s taking place behind the hoardings. Well, finally, after years of... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0100 http://www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/about/news/blogs/refurbishment-roundup-week-1/ Dan Bates, Chief Executive of Sheffield Theatres, has spearheaded the campaign for the refurbishment of the Lyceum over the last two years. Now, thanks to funding from Arts Council England, Sheffield City Council, several trusts and foundations, the local business community and our audiences, the £1.9 million capital project is underway. Here, and for the next ten weeks Dan gives us a unique insight into the work that’s taking place behind the hoardings.

Well, finally, after years of discussions, planning and six months of fundraising, the Lyceum refurbishment has begun. We’re now a week in to the work, and I’ve been persuaded to write this blog to give you an insight into this exciting project.

It’s hard to describe the feeling I had when the Lyceum was handed over to the builders. I’m obviously incredibly excited that the work is underway, however that excitement was tinged with a little sadness; there’s always a certain sadness about an empty theatre, but having spent so much time in the Lyceum over the last few months, I suppose it’s a little like saying goodbye to an old friend. This magnificent building is now in the hands of teams of electricians, stone masons, engineers, scaffolders, builders and our own Project Management team, and I can hardly believe that in a few months this theatre will be transformed into the cooler (that’s air temperature!), more comfortable, energy efficient and technically improved building that we’ve been dreaming of for two years!

So, I hope if you’ve got this far you’re interested to know how it’s going? Well, the timescale is tight, so things have had to get off to a flying start! There are lots of different contractors working all over the building, but the two pieces of work that I have most looked forward to have been: the demolition of the cloakroom on the lower ground floor and the start of work in the Balcony. The cloakroom area will be reconfigured to make way for a new gents’ and an extension to the ladies’ toilets that will give us more ladies cubicles – something that many of you have asked for in your feedback to us.

Meanwhile, in the auditorium, the removal of the Balcony represents the start of the final phase of the auditorium seating work (the Stalls seating was refurbished in 2011, the Circle in 2012). The seats have now gone off for refurbishment and will be returned to us next month.

It’s great to see so much work so far advanced at the end of the first week. And frankly, it’s also a relief that the demolition work hasn’t revealed anything too unexpected – there’s always a risk with a building the age of the Lyceum!

I can’t end my first blog without a thank you note. So many of you have made donations over the last 12 months – from adding £1.00 when buying tickets, to texting your support, to sending in cheques. We really couldn’t have realised this project without your support – thank you! You’ll notice that we’re continuing to ask for donations to the Lyceum. The fundraising is almost complete, but we’re still looking for a 25th business club member to bring the total raised from local businesses to an impressive £10,000 (it’s only £400 for the year, a small but vital contribution to the work), and we still need your generosity to fully realise our vision for the Lyceum. If you can help, please find out more about how to donate here.

Well, we’ve both survived my first blog! I’ll be back in a week’s time with more news from the building site, in the meantime, wish us luck as we embark on our second week.

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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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