See inside new-look Crucible - VIDEO

THE covers are pulled from one of the most ambitious developments in South Yorkshire theatre this weekend when The Crucible completes its first phase of rejuvenation with a debut 'test event'.

Tomorrow the world-famous Sheffield theatre hosts a family feature called Journeys Day, the first of a series of events planned during a temporary re-opening before the venue continues its 15.3m 'the next stage' redvelopment.

From noon until 6pm visitors will have an opportunity to share in the work of the theatre's year-long oral history project Journey To The City. On Thursday the Tudor Square building will host The Crucible Awakes, a one-off extravaganza of light, sound and entertainment to mark the end of the first phase.

The evening will include familiar faces, stars from the West End, comedy and music and tickets are limited - visit for information.

Next Friday features he Comedy Store Players and on Saturday night The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain. Three more test events follow ahead of the World Snooker 2009 in April and May before The Crucible closes for phase two in time for a gala re-opening in November 2009.

Chief Executive Angela Galvin added: "We are celebrating this pivotal point with a series of exclusive events giving people the opportunity to see what we have done so far."

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