Today, Sheffield Theatres announces a new season of exciting shows hitting its stages in 2020 – including two World Premieres, one of Shakespeare’s best dramas, tales of family and the best shows currently on tour.
First in the Crucible is the Shakespeare classic, Coriolanus, adapted and directed by Sheffield Theatres Artistic Director, Robert Hastie, following his critically acclaimed Julius Caesar. Celebrated super soldier Coriolanus is propelled to power, only to lose the trust of the people. Torn down from his pedestal, banished at the height of his fury, he unites with an old enemy to bring down the city he once fought for. A contemporary take on the tale of disconnect between rulers and the ruled, Coriolanus stars Tom Bateman (Da Vinci’s Demons) in the title role and runs from Friday 6 – Saturday 28 March.
In the Studio, the World Premiere of Run Sister Run by Chloë Moss in co-production with Paines Plough and Soho Theatre. Connie and Ursula are sisters, connected by the same beginning but heading in different directions. Spanning four decades up to the present day, nurture competes with nature as the pair navigate their unbreakable bond. This story of family, love and dependence is directed by Charlotte Bennett and runs from Thursday 27 February – Saturday 21 March. Then, in co-production with Utopia Theatre Company, Here’s What She Said To Me by Oladipo Agboluaje and directed by Moji Elufowoju is a kaleidoscope of music, ritual, poetry and movement. Meet three generations of women on two continents and follow their need to connect with each other across time and space. Together they confront the secrets of their past in order to find healing in the present. A story about what it is to be a daughter and a mother, a story of migration and shifting identity, this compelling tale of hope, optimism and resilience in the face of life’s broken promises runs from Thursday 18 June – Saturday 4 July.
Closing the season is the World Premiere of Oscar and the Pink Lady, based on the novel by Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt and adapted for the stage by Bryony Lavery. Oscar is 10. He lives in a children’s hospital. It’s a frantic, magnificent and scary place, and he feels very much alone. Granny Rose is old. She’s a hospital volunteer and knows a lot about wrestling. And she doesn’t mind telling the truth about grown-up stuff. With little time and big questions, Oscar embarks on a fast-forward adventure through life and all of the moves it has to throw at him — first love, responsibility and kissing with tongues. A magical new play, Oscar and the Pink Lady reminds us to live every day like it’s the last. (Friday 26 June – Saturday 18 July.)
Also for 2020, in co-production with Dante or Die, Sheffield People’s Theatre will be bringing a brand new show, Everybody’s Got To Leave Sometime. Following one person’s decision to create a personalised funeral plan, and the repercussions that has on their family, friends and unexpected new connections. This surprising, humorous and personal look at how we deal at the end of life is set to be a unique theatrical experience, with the venue yet to be revealed and a 50-strong cast leading you through this intimate experience. Coming in May 2020, this show will be on sale soon. Auditions are open now for people to join Sheffield People’s Theatre, whether you’re aged 12 to 112, visit our website to find out more.
Finally, from Ramps on the Moon and Leeds Playhouse, the tour of Oliver Twist will visit the Crucible from Wednesday 13 – Saturday 23 May. This classic tale will see every performance featuring the use of integrated creative sign language, audio description and captioning. Ramps on the Moon is a pioneering initiative committed to putting D/deaf and disabled artists and audiences at the centre of their work.
In the Lyceum this season, with musical classics, modern marvels and gripping drama, there’s something for everyone. The favourite The Sound of Music from Tuesday 7 – Saturday 11 April, the multi-award winning production of An Inspector Calls from Tuesday 14 – Saturday 18 April, not for the faint-hearted, the exhilarating Ghost Stories from Tuesday 21 – Saturday 25 April, giving the six wives of Henry VII a chance to make her-story, the sass-filled smash-hit SIX from Tuesday 28 April –Saturday 2 May, the masterclass in suspense that is Dial M for Murder featuring Strictly Come Dancing winner Tom Chambers, English Touring Opera return with two operas from Monday 18 – Tuesday 19 May, prepare for adventure in Peppa Pig’s Best Day Ever from Friday 22 – Saturday 23 May, Matthew Bourne’s critically acclaimed The Red Shoes from Tuesday 26 – Saturday 30 May, David Walliams’ family-favourite Billionaire Boy from Wednesday 3 – Saturday 6 June, the killer West End hit based on the cult-classic 80s movie Heathers from Tuesday 23 – Saturday 27 June, based on the bestselling book The Kite Runner from Tuesday 30 June – Saturday 4 July, , 9 to 5 runs from Monday 14 – Saturday 19 September with laughter as big as Dolly Parton’s personality and bringing soul to the stage it’s The Commitments from Monday 5 – Saturday 10 October.
This season, the Studio is set to host an eclectic range of touring productions, including: Revelations (Tuesday 21 January), Where There’s Muck There’s Bras (Thursday 23 January), Trojan Horse (Tuesday 4 February), The Political History of Smack and Crack (Wednesday 5 February), Forced Entertainment’s To Move In Time (Friday 7 – Saturday 8 February), These Are Our Hills (Tuesday 7 April) and Idol (Wednesday 8 – Thursday 9 April).
The Crucible is also set to play host to some brilliant events, with Michael Parkinson celebrating his career over the years (Monday 10 February), Adam Kay sharing his entries from his diaries as a junior doctor in This Is Going to Hurt (Monday 17 – Tuesday 18 February), and the return of Dillie Keane, Adèle Anderson and Liza Pulman in Fascinating Aïda (Wednesday 19 February).
These shows join the previously announced Guys and Dolls (Crucible, Saturday 7 December – Saturday 18 January), this year’s Pantomime, Cinderella (Lyceum, Friday 6 December – Sunday 5 January) and the currently playing The Last King of Scotland (Crucible, until Saturday 19 October).
Tickets for all new season productions to Centre Stage Members – who enjoy exclusive discounts and priority booking – on Saturday 12 October at 10am. General booking will open on Saturday 26 at 10am.