New season at Sheffield TheatresPosted by: Richard Abbey
The Lemon Table by Johan Persson
Theatre is - thankfully - back on the agenda and there's lots to look forward to in the coming months.
Sheffield Theatres has announced its latest programme of work, featuring new productions in the Crucible in the autumn, Christmas 2021 and into the spring of 2022, alongside a bumper season of visiting productions in the Lyceum and Studio.
Beginning the new season in the Crucible is Typical Girls by Morgan Lloyd Malcolm from Friday 24 September – Saturday 16 October 2021. A new punk musical play co-produced with Clean Break and directed by the company’s Joint Artistic Director Róisín McBrinn. In a mental health unit inside a prison, a group of women form a punk rock band to allow an outlet for their frustration. They find remedy in revolution, but in a system that suffocates, can rebellion ever be allowed?
Directed by Michael Grandage, Sheffield Theatres’ former Artistic Director, The Lemon Table is co-produced with Malvern Theatres, Wiltshire Creative and HOME in association with MGC, and plays in the Crucible from Tuesday 26 – Saturday 30 October. In The Lemon Table, Julian Barnes brings his unsentimental, wryly comic, perspective to the complicated business of ageing, with its attendant, and often bizarrely, fluctuating emotions.
For Christmas, Artistic Director Robert Hastie directs the romantic comedy She Loves Me, from Saturday 11 December 2021 - Saturday 15 January 2022. From the writers of Fiddler on the Roof and based on the story that inspired the movie You’ve Got Mail, the musical focuses on two parfumerie clerks who clash at work but, unbeknownst to them, both live for the anonymous love letters they exchange.
After Christmas, Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme Associate Artistic Director Anthony Lau directs Anna Karenina, adapted by Helen Edmundson. This bold new production of Tolstoy’s epic masterpiece about desire, duty and defiance runs from Saturday 5 – Saturday 26 February 2022.
Robert Hastie, Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres said: "We’re so excited to announce new productions. Making theatre again for our audiences and with our communities, working with talented artists and brilliant partners, is what we’re here for, and what everyone who loves theatre in Sheffield has striven so hard to protect."
At Christmas - together with She Loves Me in the Crucible - this year’s pantomime Sleeping Beauty will be back in the Lyceum with Sheffield legend Damian Williams at the helm for more laughs, adventure and family fun, from Friday 3 December 2021 through to Monday 3 January 2022. Completing the festive programme, Little Angel Theatre Company’s The Pixie and the Pudding takes centre stage in the Studio – a magical delight for children and adults alike to enjoy from Saturday 11 December – Sunday 2 January.
Tickets for all new and rescheduled shows will be going on sale to Centre Stage Members at 10am on Saturday 10 July and on general sale at 10am on Saturday 17 July. Accessible performances are available on the majority of productions. Sheffield Theatres will continue to offer at least one socially distanced performance for each production taking place in the Crucible. Tickets can be booked through the Box Office in person, over the phone on 0114 249 6000 or at sheffieldtheatres.co.uk.
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