The Way of the World

Public Dress Rehearsal

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Talkback

Audio Described

Captioned

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Presented at Crucible

Running time: Approx. 2 hours 20 minutes plus an interval of 20 mins

When you live in a world of extravagant parties, outrageous fashion and scandalous gossip, image is everything.

So when Mirabell, a man with a reputation for wine, women and song, decides to go after the girl of his dreams, he knows it won’t be easy. For one, he’ll need the consent of the formidable Lady Wishfort before he can make his match. And to get that, he’ll have to resort to what he does best: deceit, slander and seduction…

A fresh new staging of William Congreve’s classic Restoration Comedy about morals, money and everything in between.

Thu 2 Feb 7:30pm Public Dress Rehearsal Call Box Office: 0114 249 6000
Fri 3 Feb 7:30pm Preview
Sat 4 Feb 7:30pm Preview
Mon 6 Feb 7:30pm Preview
Tue 7 Feb 7:30pm
Wed 8 Feb 7:30pm
Thu 9 Feb 7:30pm
Fri 10 Feb 7:30pm
Sat 11 Feb 2:30pm
Sat 11 Feb 7:30pm
Tue 14 Feb 7:30pm
Wed 15 Feb 2:30pm
Wed 15 Feb 7:30pm
Thu 16 Feb 7:30pm Talkback, Audio Described
Fri 17 Feb 7:30pm
Sat 18 Feb 2:30pm Captioned
Sat 18 Feb 7:30pm
Tue 21 Feb 7:30pm Signed
Wed 22 Feb 2:30pm
Wed 22 Feb 7:30pm
Thu 23 Feb 7:30pm
Fri 24 Feb 7:30pm Call Box Office: 0114 249 6000
Sat 25 Feb 2:30pm
Sat 25 Feb 7:30pm

4 stars The Times 4 stars The Sunday Times

‘brilliantly alert’
‘Outstanding are Deborah Findlay’s plaintive matriarch, Lucy Briggs-Owen’s plush misery and Leo Bill’s sulky loser’
The Sunday Times

‘Lyndsey Turner’s modern-dress revival of William Congreve’s 1700 classic proves highly pleasurable’
‘glossy, highly handsome’
‘(Deborah) Findlay…provides an object lesson in comic playing’
‘Samuel Barnett as an extravagant fop… sets the house on a roar’
The Guardian

‘Turner has assembled a fine cast’
‘winning performances’
The Daily Telegraph

‘TWOTW is nourishment for the eyes and ears’
The Star

‘The Way of the World, struts into the Crucible on killer heels’
‘a restoration comedy that fashion designer Alexander McQueen would have been proud of’
The Stage

‘Together with her talented cast, Turner – who has to be one of the most exciting young directors around – has cleverly brought Congreve’s infrequently-performed play bang up to date’
‘The ensemble cast really are superb’
‘delightfully contemporary whilst also evoking an air of the 17th century’
Exeunt Magazine

‘Congreve’s dialogue sparkles with witty gems that come thick and fast’
Sheffield Telegraph

The Cast

Richard Attlee

Richard Attlee

Waitwell

Samuel Barnett

Samuel Barnett

Witwoud

Leo Bill

Leo Bill

Fainall

Lucy Briggs-Owen

Lucy Briggs-Owen

Mrs Fainall

Deborah Findlay

Deborah Findlay

Lady Wishfort

Joel Gillman

Joel Gillman

Petulant

Richard Goulding

Richard Goulding

Sir Willful Witwoud

Daisy Lewis

Daisy Lewis

Mrs Marwood

Ben Lloyd Hughes

Ben Lloyd Hughes

Mirabell

Rachel Lumberg

Rachel Lumberg

Foible

Sinead Matthews

Sinead Matthews

Millamant

Harry Waller

Harry Waller

John

Kirsty Woodward

Kirsty Woodward

Betty/Mincing

Creatives

Lyndsey Turner

Director

Naomi Wilkinson

Designer

Rick Fisher

Lighting Designer

Tom Mills

Composer & Sound Designer

Alistair David

Choreographer

Crucible

The Crucible is the main producing venue in the Sheffield Theatres complex. On occasion, the Crucible hosts touring work. The Crucible is also the home of the annual World Snooker Championship.
The performance area is a thrust stage which extends into the auditorium, enabling the audience to watch the action on three sides. No member of the audience is ever further than 22 metres from the stage, and the sightlines are excellent, offering equality of experience across the auditorium.

  • 55 Norfolk St, Sheffield, S1 1DA, South Yorkshire , United Kingdom
  • Box Office: 0114 249 6000
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