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Film and theatre director Sam Yates directs a cast including Olivier award‑winning actor Matthew Kelly (The History Boys) and Evening Standard Theatre Award nominee Aoife Duffin in Nobel prize-winning playwright Eugene O’Neill's haunting tragedy Desire Under the Elms.

When a widower brings home his new young bride it sparks conflict with his youngest son over the ownership of the family farm. But the battle lines soon become blurred when the son embarks on a passionate affair with his father’s wife.

Listen to Matthew Kelly with Michael Ball on Radio 2 here.

Want to know more about Desire Under the Elms? Well you can with our 60-second guide. Simply click here.

If you are studying Performing Arts or Drama in Sheffield you can get a free ticket for Desire Under The Elms. Find out more here.

Running time: TBC

A Sheffield Theatres Production

  • Me'sha Bryan
  • Claudia Cadette
  • Emma Darlow
  • Tim Dewberry
  • Aoife Duffin
  • Colin Haigh
  • Matthew Kelly
  • Theo Ogundipe
  • Sule Rimi
  • Michael Shea
  • Sam Yates Director
  • Chiara Stephenson Designer
  • Jon Clark Lighting Designer
  • Alex Baranowski Composer
  • Nick Greenhill Sound Designer
  • Luke Halls Video Designer
  • Vicky Richardson Casting Director
  • Kevin McCurdy Fight Director

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Associated Events

Acting Workshop: Desire Under the Elms

Learn about acting techniques and the challenges and opportunities of working with a classic text using Desire Under The Elms as a stimulus. Suitab...

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