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 Thu, 21 Aug 2014 12:46:28 +0100 Thu, 21 Aug 2014 12:46:28 +0100 Crucible Corner Card Payments http://www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/about/news/news/crucible-corner-card-payments/ Due to network problems we are currently unable to accept card payments.Cash machines are located directly behind Crucible Corner on Norfolk Street. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0100 http://www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/about/news/news/crucible-corner-card-payments/ Due to network problems we are currently unable to accept card payments.
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The theatre laid bare - the Lyceum Refurbishment 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. The theatre laid bare –... Mon, 18 Aug 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.

The theatre laid bare – the Lyceum Refurbishment

18 August

I’ve had a few days away from the project this week and it’s startling walking back into the building. All of the carpets have now been removed from the foyers, the old signage and poster boards have been taken down and the last of the cracks have been repaired. This, combined with the scaffolding both inside and outside the building mean that it feels like we’re at the peak of the project – that it’s more building site than theatre at the moment.

The houselights have all been converted to LED and I saw them all being checked over the weekend – they look magnificent. Most of the technical installations are now well on the way which is very exciting to see.

Works in the plant room are coming on apace – this is the ‘heart’ of the theatre, providing heat and hot water across the building. Gradually the arteries are being reconnected to this room and over the coming weeks we’ll be a position to fully commission this new equipment.

Back in the office, the planning for the reopening is taking shape. This Is My Family, our award-winning musical comedy by Tim Firth, the writer of Calendar Girls, takes to the stage from Thursday 9 October. We first produced this show in the Studio last summer and it was such a popular and critical success that we’re delighted to now bring it back to the larger Lyceum stage and then take it on to tour across the UK. We want to take the opportunity to really celebrate the transformation of the Lyceum and to thank those of you who have made the refurbishment possible thanks to your generous donations.

Reaching new heights – the Lyceum Refurbishment

11 August

The week started early last Sunday morning with the arrival of an enormous crane to lift the new chiller and PV (Photo voltaic) cells on to the roof of the Lyceum. The chiller, as the name would suggest, is going to allow us to cool the auditorium when it’s too hot – something which is vitally important for audience comfort. Meanwhile, the 66 PV (or solar) panels are going to help us generate our own electricity – which will of course mean a reduction in our energy bills.

The company that supplied the crane is a local family business and I had a great chat with them – they’re huge supporters of the Lyceum and very proud to be part of the project. They were telling me about all of the shows they’ve enjoyed over the years- and some they haven’t – and how much they’re looking forward to the reopening in October. I really enjoy meeting people who are passionate about their work, about the theatre and about this city. This family are just one example – I’ve met countless craftspeople, specialists and suppliers over the last few months, all of whom have been fascinating.

It’s been great to see so many local businesses also reflect their passion for the Lyceum through their support of the Lyceum Business Club. We aimed to attract 25 businesses to the club, generating £10,000 for the project. We’ve now confirmed our 26th member and it’s been so successful, we may not stop there!

Anyway, back to the project – in the auditorium this week, the work on the orchestra pit lift continues. This lift has been very temperamental in the past and it’s going to be a great relief to have a new system in place so that we don’t have to operate it with our fingers crossed! We use this lift almost every week when we’re in full operation, so it’s important that it’s reliable.

The old lift motors

Of course all of the works on heating, lighting, sound and redecoration are ongoing too and the toilets on the lower ground floor have now been remodelled creating more ladies’ loos and additional baby changing facilities in both the gents and the ladies. Throughout the theatre we have had a team of builders examining the plasterwork and chipping into every crack and crevice – I had not appreciated how bad some of the foyers were!

You might have also noticed that more scaffolding has gone up on the Arundel Gate side of the Lyceum. This is to start work on repairing the roof. Water often leaks through into the rehearsal room and dressing rooms and, after this weekend’s weather, that work seems very timely indeed! Repairs to the main façade are going well and the painting has commenced – it’s looking really smart.

Another busy week in prospect..!

Heat and Light – the Lyceum Refurbishment

4 August

So, the second week of the refurbishment has been a big week as we continue to remove obsolete equipment and uncover a few more damp patches around the building.

We have turned our attention to the specialist installation of lighting and sound this week. We have miles and miles of cabling being replaced, reconfigured and repaired throughout the Lyceum – at some point I must make sure I have a good fact about the amount that’s going in – but that’s not for now! In addition, all of the new dimmers for the stage lighting are being installed. These will give us much improved control over the many stage lights and the houselights offering us more functionality.

On the lower ground level, the toilets are coming on a-pace with new walls being built and plumbing underway; in the auditorium, the Balcony is covered in scaffolding as the team gain access to the ceiling to replace lights and speakers as well as being ready to start to paint; meanwhile if you’ve walked past the Lyceum over the last week, newly bedecked with brightly coloured fence panels, you’ll have noticed the work on repairing the external façade is now underway. The team has many cracks to deal with, and the cherry picker, with its two diligent workers, has become something of an attraction over the last week, so some of you will be pleased to know they will be with us for a little longer as they repair the external render.

The most exciting news is that the new heat exchanger has been manufactured and arrived on site this week, so the work on the Plant Room will now commence. Anyone who has come in contact with me over the last 6 months will know that, for me, this room offers one of the strongest arguments for the Lyceum refurbishment. It’s currently home to seven huge tanks which are constantly full of hot water, the average temperature in the room is 95 degrees, and the heat is as intense in mid-July as it is in mid-January – there is currently no mechanism to turn it down or indeed switch it off! This entire room has been stripped out and over the coming week the new more efficient system will be installed – making a massive difference to our long-term energy consumption. You can’t see it, but this is my happy face.

I have been so impressed with the diligence of my team, the support we have had from our main specialist consultants and finally with the care with which our selected contractors are undertaking the work.

Keeping my fingers crossed as this week is a really critical week!

A View From The Lyceum Refurbishment

28 July

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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Local Businesses Take Centre Stage In The Lyceum Theatre Refurbishment http://www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/about/news/press-releases/local-businesses-take-centre-stage-in-the-lyceum-t/ Sheffield Theatres is delighted to welcome 26 businesses from across the region into their new business club; a scheme which has raised over £10,000 towards the cost of the Lyceum Theatre refurbishment. The Lyceum Theatre Business Club launched earlier this year as a strand of the fundraising campaign to raise £1,933,000 for the Lyceum Theatre refurbishment. The campaign has already attracted the support of 26 local businesses from the Media, Financial, Legal and Leisure sectors who have... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0100 http://www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/about/news/press-releases/local-businesses-take-centre-stage-in-the-lyceum-t/ Sheffield Theatres is delighted to welcome 26 businesses from across the region into their new business club; a scheme which has raised over £10,000 towards the cost of the Lyceum Theatre refurbishment.

The Lyceum Theatre Business Club launched earlier this year as a strand of the fundraising campaign to raise £1,933,000 for the Lyceum Theatre refurbishment. The campaign has already attracted the support of 26 local businesses from the Media, Financial, Legal and Leisure sectors who have all donated £400 towards the essential work needed to upgrade the Lyceum Theatre.

Commenting on the success of the Lyceum Theatre Business Club, Dan Bates, Sheffield Theatres’ Chief Executive said: ‘We are delighted with the fantastic response to the campaign from the local business community. I’m thrilled that many of our existing corporate partners, contractors and suppliers are extending their support to this project, and that we’re welcoming a number of businesses who are partnering with us for the first time. This level of support reflects how well-loved the Lyceum Theatre is and how vital its contribution is to the city’s cultural economy.

The Lyceum Business Club is just one of the ways that we’re working with local businesses to create world-class experiences for the people of Sheffield. The work is progressing at a pace – we’re now in our fourth week and many parts of the theatre have already undergone significant changes. I’m looking forward to welcoming our partners for a special event in October when they can all enjoy the freshly transformed, more comfortable and cooler theatre that they’ve played a key role in refurbishing.

The work of refurbishing the Lyceum Theatre started in July. In October, the Lyceum will reopen with the return of Tim Firth’s award-winning musical comedy, This Is My Family.

The money raised from the Lyceum Theatre Business Club, together with funding previously secured from Arts Council England and Sheffield City Council, will transform the Lyceum. Audiences will enjoy a more comfortable experience thanks to air cooling in the auditorium, the refurbishment of the Balcony seating and the addition of more ladies’ toilets. The theatres’ technical equipment is being variously updated, overhauled and replaced with the addition of new LED lighting in the auditorium, replacement of the pit-lift mechanism and a new sound system offering improved capability for producing and presenting the best large scale theatre and musicals. Finally, essential works will be undertaken to update the operational infrastructure and improve the condition of the building including the installation of a new building management system, repairs to the roof and exterior walls and the addition of PV (photovoltaic) panels to the roof. You can read more about the refurbishment by visiting Dan Bates’ blog here.

Membership of The Lyceum Theatre Business Club lasts for twelve months and companies can still sign up to join. Any business interested in becoming a member of the Business Club 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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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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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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