Paying tribute to Colin George, founding Artistic Director of the Crucible Theatre

It was with great sadness that Sheffield Theatres received news of Colin George’s death earlier this week. Colin was the founding Artistic Director of the Crucible Theatre; he took the lead in advocating for what was, at the time, a radical proposal to build a theatre with a thrust stage in the heart of Sheffield.

Appointed Artistic Director of the Sheffield Playhouse Theatre in 1965, Colin George led a team who in 1966, succeeded in getting funding for a new theatre in the city centre.

Speaking of Colin’s death, Robert Hastie, Artistic Director commented: ‘Colin was a visionary and I, along with all the Artistic Directors of this theatre, past and future, will be will be forever indebted to him for his passion and commitment to constructing this remarkable building and stage. As an actor and later a director, Colin understood the remarkable connection that performing on a thrust creates. It is an ongoing tribute to him that thousands of people come to the Crucible every year to see work on this incredible stage and I am privileged to be a trustee of his legacy.’

In 2011 Colin George returned to the Crucible to perform in Othello directed by Daniel Evans. This gave Colin a final opportunity to experience the thrill of the relationship between actor and audience on the stage that he so passionately championed forty years earlier.


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Sheffield Theatres is the largest theatre complex outside London. Across our three auditoria: the Crucible, the Lyceum and the Crucible Studio, we offer a huge variety of home-grown and touring productions, as well as a thriving programme of participatory events and activities.