Following a hugely successful 2017, in which Sheffield Theatres welcomed new artistic director Robert Hastie, was named Regional Theatre of the Year at The Stage Awards and enjoyed huge success with new musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, 2018 is set to be even bigger for Sheffield Theatres.
In the new year, the Crucible will host one regional première, two major modern classics and one world première. Frost/Nixon opens the season from Wednesday 21 February – Saturday 17 March. Starring Jonathan Hyde and Daniel Rigby, Frost/Nixon is the compelling dramatisation of the post-Watergate TV interviews between former U.S President, Richard Nixon and international socialite and famous chat show host, Sir David Frost.
Two modern classics will show at Sheffield Theatres in 2018, the first of which will be The York Realist ( 27 March – 7 April) by Peter Gill, directed by Robert Hastie and starring Ben Batt (W1A and Shameless) and Lesley Nicol (Downton Abbey). The second will be the stage adaptation of cult classic, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Thursday 7 June – Saturday 23 June), directed by Javaad Alipoor, Resident Associate Director at Sheffield Theatres.
From Thursday 8 February – Saturday 3 March The Studio will host the word premiere production of Chicken Soup - a witty and poignant story about three women from South Yorkshire working to support the struggling community around them, starting in the Miners’ Strike of 1984.
In a second world premiere, 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 will run in the Crucible from Wednesday 18 July – Saturday 21 July.
Following the success of 2017’s The Who’s Tommy, Sheffield Theatres presents the latest Ramps on the Moon project: Our Country’s Good, from Saturday 12 May – Saturday 19 May. Telling the extraordinary true story of a group of convicts and a young officer who rehearse and perform Australia’s first theatrical production. Our Country’s Good will feature the creative use of integrated audio description, captioning and British Sign Language interpretation.
A number of touring productions, including ballet, opera, musicals, and some of the best plays on the UK theatre circuit, will be showing at The Lyceum and the Crucible’s Studio throughout 2018.
For the full programme of events, see the Sheffield Theatres website.