Theatre In Sheffield
A night out at the theatre can offer a whole range of
experiences from a matinee full of fun and laughter, to
an evening of thought-proving entertainment, and in Sheffield
you’ll find the whole spectrum on offer.
The city’s three main theatres can be found in Tudor
Square [map] and together create the largest
regional theatre complex outside London, so whatever
your theatrical persuasion you should certainly find something
to enjoy in Sheffield.
Sheffield’s largest theatre is The Lyceum [map] and many of the big touring West End productions end up
here. Its eclectic programme of events covers everything
from opera to popular musicals, drama to comedy.
The Lyceum Theatre originally opened in 1897, but over
the years became a bingo hall and rock venue before being
refurbished and restored to its original purpose as a
theatre. Designed by WGR Sprague, it is now a Grade II
listed building and is the only example of his work outside
Just across from the historic Lyceum Theatre is one of
Sheffield’s major landmarks, The Crucible [map].
Although touring productions can be seen here, The Crucible
is mainly a producing theatre that creates original performances
Opened in 1991, The Crucible offers a much more modern
space for performances and typically productions here
use a bare or minimally dressed stage so you can really
focus on the performers. However it also means that the
space is versatile enough to host all sorts of events,
including the World Snooker Championships.
The Crucible building also houses another theatre called The Studio [map]. This is a smaller venue than the main
Crucible theatre space, which is used for local productions
and works by new writers. The programme here includes innovative dance and drama performances as well
as touring Edinburgh Fringe productions.
As well as entertainment The Crucible offers education
through a programme of workshops and adult courses for
those who want to learn more about theatre. There’s
also the Crucible Youth Theatre and the Young People’s
Forum to encourage young people and children to get involved
in various aspects of theatre.
To support amateur dramatics productions in Sheffield
you can go to the Lantern Theatre [map] on Kenwood
Park Road, or the Merlin Theatre [map]. Both
are in the Nether Edge part of town and offer budding
thespians the chance to try their skills in a friendly
community production, and for theatre lovers to enjoy
some ground roots productions.
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