We're excited to announce two world premieres, two classic revivals and a five-star favourite.
Opening the new season in the Crucible is the World Premiere stage adaptation of the award-winning novel by Giles Foden and Oscar-award winning movie, The Last King of Scotland. Idi Amin is the self-declared President of Uganda. When Scottish medic Nicholas Garrigan becomes his personal physician, he is catapulted into Amin’s inner circle. A useful asset for the British Secret Service, is Garrigan the man on the inside, or does he have blood on his hands too? Directed by Gbolahan Obisesan (Cuttin It) and adapted for stage by Steve Waters, this electrifying thriller the about corruption and complicity runs from Friday 27 September – Saturday 19 October.
Our Crucible Christmas musical will be Guys and Dolls, directed by Artistic Director Robert Hastie. To settle a bet, high-roller Sky Masterson pursues straight-laced Sergeant Sarah Brown, only to fall head over heels for his unlikely love. This spectacular musical comedy is a high energy riot of breath-taking dance and features all-time favourite songs including: Luck Be a Lady, Guys and Dolls, and the irresistible Sit Down You’re Rocking the Boat. Guys and Dolls runs from Saturday 7 December 2019 – Saturday 18 January 2020.
In the Studio, the season opens with the World Premiere of Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig. This play is the first theatrical adaptation of Matt’s frank and funny bestselling book, which tells the true story of his journey out of crisis. With text written by April de Angelis, this is a co-production between English Touring Theatre (ETT) and Sheffield Theatres, this production has been imagined for stage and will be directed by Jonathan Watkins (Northern Ballet’s 1984) and is a profoundly uplifting exploration of living and loving better. Reasons to Stay Alive runs from Friday 13 – Saturday 28 September.
Then, a co-production between fingersmiths and Sheffield Theatres, My Mother Said I Never Should by Charlotte Keatley is a moving and funny exploration of the lives of four generations of women in one family. Directed by Jeni Draper, this contemporary classic will feature a cast of d/Deaf and hearing actors presented in British Sign Language and spoken English. This multi-award winning play is in the Studio from Friday 8 – Saturday 23 November.
In the Lyceum we’re delighted to be opening the UK tour of Sheffield’s very own Everybody’s Talking About Jamie from Saturday 8 – Saturday 29 February 2020. Also in the Lyceum will be Educating Rita, starring Stephen Tompkinson, from Monday 22 – Saturday 27 July, and Northern Ballet’s Cinderella from Tuesday 24 – Saturday 28 September. Audiences will be gripped by one of Britain’s biggest and scariest hits, The Woman in Black, from Monday 7 – Saturday 12 October. The story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan will have audiences dancing when On Your Feet! runs from Tuesday 15 – Saturday 19 October. Curtains – the musical whodunit- starring Jason Manford is in Sheffield from Tuesday 29 October – Saturday 2 November. The Andrew Lloyd Webber classic, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will delight audiences from Tuesday 5 – Saturday 9 November, and, finally, the sensational West End hit Motown the Musical is bringing its unique sound to Sheffield from Tuesday 19 – Saturday 30 November.
The Studio is set to host an extensive range of touring productions, including: A Hundred Different Words for Love (Tuesday 21 May), The Audit (Wednesday 22 May), Custody (Wednesday 29 May), #BeMoreMartyn (Thursday 13 June), Under the Stars’ King Lear Re-told (Tuesday 2 July), Electrolyte (Friday 5 July) and Really Want to Hurt Me (Thursday 11 July).