Sheffield's got TalentPosted by: Richard Abbey
Sheffield Theatres has announced the cast and date for its new production, Victoria Wood's Talent.
Taking place from Wednesday 30 June to Saturday 24 July, Talent will star Richard Cant (The Country Wife), Daniel Crossley (Me and My Girl), Jamie-Rose Monk (Dick Whittington), Jonathon Ojinnaka, (Coronation Street), James Quinn (Democracy) and Lucie Shorthouse (Everybody’s Talking About Jamie).
Originally scheduled for the summer of 2020, Talent tells the story of a young woman with dreams of showbiz glory and is directed by Paul Foster (Kiss Me, Kate).
Robert Hastie, Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres anticipates the opening of the play at the Crucible: "Victoria Wood was - and remains - unrivalled in combining wit, heart and musical brilliance in her comedy, and Talent reminds us that as a playwright she was every bit as skilled creating characters and songs for the stage as she was for the screen.
"This was her debut play, which she wrote for Sheffield Theatres Studio in 1978 at the age of 25. It makes me proud of Sheffield’s long history of supporting emerging artists, which we continue today, and I’m excited to be bringing Talent back to the Crucible as we welcome audiences returning to live theatre. This play will be a delight for everyone who’s missed that feeling of togetherness you get from sharing laughter and music at a live performance."
Alongside Talent, Sheffield Theatres has also announced two new and three rescheduled productions. Tell Me On A Sunday tells the romantic misadventures of an English girl in New York during the heady days of the 1980s. This iconic musical features Andrew Lloyd Weber’s wonderful score and includes an intimate post-show chat with Jodie Prenger (The Band Plays On, A Taste of Honey) charting her life, love and experience playing the role of ‘Emma’.
Bedknobs and Broomsticks debuts in October: the much-loved story of the three orphaned Rawlins children evacuated from wartime London to live with the mysterious Eglantine Price. With the help of a bewitched broomstick and an enchanted bed, they embark on a series of fantastical adventures from Portobello Road to the depths of the beautiful briny sea. Following their rescheduling, the chilling mystery Looking Good Dead plays in August, and dark high-school comedy Heathers and Mischief Theatre’s latest rollick Groan Ups take the stage in September.
Talent will run at the Crucible theatre from Wednesday 30 June to Saturday 24 July 2021, with the performance on Wednesday 7 July live-streamed and available to watch online. Tickets for all productions listed can be booked online from Wednesday 5 May for members and Wednesday 12 May 2021 for non-members at sheffieldtheatres.co.uk. The Together Season has been generously supported by the Victoria Wood Foundation. Click here to find out more.