A backstage story

All dressed up: A party of visitors got to look behind the scenes at the Crucible and even try on costumes.               Pictures: Steve Parkin.

All dressed up: A party of visitors got to look behind the scenes at the Crucible and even try on costumes. Pictures: Steve Parkin.

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A PEEK behind the scenes at Sheffield’s Crucible and Lyceum theatres was enjoyed by groups of eager playgoers.

The rare chance to go backstage was part of a special Theatre Experience Day which saw the visitors seeing areas seldom seen by members of the public.

All dressed up: A party of visitors got to look behind the scenes at the Crucible and even try on costumes.               Pictures: Steve Parkin.

All dressed up: A party of visitors got to look behind the scenes at the Crucible and even try on costumes. Pictures: Steve Parkin.

The event was billed as ‘a chance for the local community to experience first hand what it is like to work in the largest theatre complex outside London’.

Throughout the day industry professionals hosted workshops and gave talks and demonstrations at both Tudor Square venues.

A Sheffield Theatres spokesman said the event had been a great success.

“People learned about all aspects of what goes on behind the scenes in a busy working theatre, including production, set design, set building, the costume department, the publicity office and much more.

“The day was based around Racing Demon, the critically-acclaimed show which has been showing at the Crucible as part of the David Hare season.”

It was a first chance to look round the Crucible since it was reopened in February last year by the Earl of Wessex following a two year £15.3 million refurbishment programme.

The upgrade included a complete refurbishment of the main auditorium including the installation of a new stage and seating and upgraded dressing rooms.

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