Sheffield Theatres Announce New Season of Exciting Shows

Sheffield Theatres has announced a myriad of exciting new shows set to take to the stage in spring 2018.

The final show of this year’s Christmas line-up will be Rent Party in the Studio. Inspired by the 1920s Harlem Renaissance Rent Parties, Sheffield Theatres invites the audience to come to an immersive party, where you’ll be entertained with dancers, singers, musicians and poets – all of whom will create a picture of what it means to be young, gifted, black, poor and gay.

In the Crucible there will be one regional première, two major modern classics and one world première in 2018. Frost/Nixon opens the season in February, written by Peter Morgan and directed by Kate Hewitt (Tribes).

The first of the major modern classics will be a co-production with the Donmar Warehouse. Sheffield Theatres’ Artistic Director Robert Hastie will direct The York Realist by Peter Gill, starring Ben Batt (W1A, Shameless) and Lesley Nicol (Downton Abbey).

The second will be the stage adaptation of cult classic, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, directed by Resident Associate Director at Sheffield Theatres, Javaad Alipoor.

Finally, the world première of Sheffield People’s Theatre’s production of Songs From the Seven Hills – a brand new musical which brings to life stories inspired by the people of this proud city of steel. Directed by Emily Hutchinson, this heartfelt ode to our vibrant city will run in the Crucible in July.

In the Studio, the season opens with the world première production of Chicken Soup., a witty and poignant story about three women from South Yorkshire working to support the struggling community around them, starting during the Miners’ Strike of 1984. Written by Kieran Knowles and Sheffield’s own Ray Castleton, Chicken Soup. will be directed by Bryony Shanahan (Operation Crucible). Later in the year, Love and Information, a shatteringly inventive snapshot of modern life, love and finding the answer written by Caryl Churchill is directed by Associate Director Caroline Steinbeis.

Following the success of last year’s The Who’s Tommy; Sheffield Theatres presents the latest Ramps on the Moon project: Our Country’s Good. Our Country’s Good will feature the creative use of integrated audio description, captioning and British Sign Language interpretation.

Coming up in the Lyceum Northern Ballet present Jane Eyre, prepare for glitz and glamour with The Rat Pack: Live from Las Vegas, English Touring Opera will bring; The Marriage of Figaro and Il tabarro/Gianne Schicchi and following the success of The Red Shoes, Matthew Bourne presents Cinderella. These new shows complete the season, joining the previously-announced ART, An Officer and a Gentleman and Quartet.

Across the season, the Studio is set to host an extensive range of touring productions, including: From Ibiza to the Norfolk Broads, The Bare Project’s production of On the Outskirts of a Large Event, Up ‘n’ Under – a co-production between fingersmiths and New Wolsey Theatre, the distinct and compelling Sofa, an Eclipse Theatre Company and Royal Exchange Theatre co-production of Black Men Walking, Mountains – The Dreams of Lily Kwok, and, finally, the critically acclaimed Fleabag.

Tickets for all new season productions will go on sale to Centre Stage Members - who enjoy exclusive discounts and priority booking - on Saturday 14 October. Become a Centre Stage member here. General booking will open on Saturday 21 October at 10.00am.


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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.