Sheffield Theatres unveil new programme

Premiere: Associate director Jack Ryder and casting director Sarah Bird watch auditions forthe role of Nathan in The Full Monty. Photo: Chris Lawton.

Premiere: Associate director Jack Ryder and casting director Sarah Bird watch auditions forthe role of Nathan in The Full Monty. Photo: Chris Lawton.

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THE full programme of productions to be staged at Sheffield theatres next year has been announced, with The Full Monty expected to be a sell-out.

It is to run at the Lyceum from February 2 until February 23, based on the hit film, set in Sheffield, in which unemployed steel workers become strippers.

Auditions for children were held in the city for four boys to play the role of Nathan, whose father was played by Robert Carlyle in the film.

Sheffield Theatres’ world premiere of Simon Beaufoy’s The Full Monty stars Craig Gazey, who played Graeme Proctor in Coronation Street, who plays Lumper.

Bull, a new play by Mike Bartlett, and This Is My Family, a new musical comedy by Tim Firth and starring actor Bill Champion, are also both to have their premieres in Sheffield.

DH Lawrence’s masterpiece The Daughter-in-Law and Alan Bennett’s The History Boys are also to hit the stage in the city, while Sheffield People’s Theatre will be presenting their second production - 20 Tiny Plays about Sheffield, which is a unique compilation of five-minute plays about the city running between Monday, April 8, and Saturday, April 13.

Sheffield Theatres’ Artistic Director Daniel Evans said: “I’m delighted that our new season sees the Studio Theatre given over entirely to new work – two plays and a brand new musical, while in the Crucible Theatre we produce two masterpieces by titans of the English theatre, DH Lawrence and Alan Bennett.

“I’m also thrilled to welcome Clare Lizzimore and Michael Longhurst, two of the most exciting directors of their generation, to the Crucible – alongside one of my associate directors Paul Miller, whose production of Democracy transferred to the Old Vic Theatre earlier this year.

“I feel honoured to be able to collaborate with two of the most popular writers of our time, Tim Firth and Simon Beaufoy, both of whom seem able to make us laugh and cry in equal measure. Finally, I’m thrilled that we continue to welcome such a variety of productions to the Lyceum stage.”

n For tickets visit sheffieldtheatres.co.uk or call 0114 249 6000.

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