Passion guaranteed for summer season

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Sheffield Theatres has unveiled its summer season for May to September and highlights include a revival of Kay Mellor’s A Passionate Woman with Lynda Bellingham in the title role.

Opening the Crucible’s summer season in May is Alan Bennett’s play The History Boys, full of one-liners and teenage anxieties.

Stars in Their Eyes presenter and actor Matthew Kelly stars as Hector. Nicholas Day, who has appeared in Lovejoy and Minder, is the Headmaster in Michael Longhurst’s new production.

Artistic director Daniel Evans will direct his second musical This Is My Family, a new musical comedy by Tim Firth, which follows in the huge success of My Fair Lady.

Siân Phillips (I, Claudius) leads the company as May, alongside Bill Champion as Steve, Evelyn Hoskins as Nicky, Terence Keeley as Matt and Rachel Lumberg (The Full Monty, The Way of The World) as Siân.

Kay Mellor will make her Sheffield Theatres debut directing her own play, A Passionate Woman, in a new production opening at the Lyceum from September 10 to 21. Loose Woman Lynda Bellingham plays opposite her All Creatures Great and Small co-star Christopher Timothy as husband Donald,

A Passionate Woman is the second co-production between Sheffield Theatres and David Pugh and Dafydd Rogers, the producers of Calendar Girls and The Full Monty. The production will go on national tour after its Sheffield run.

In the Studio, the theatre will collaborate with Sheffield Hallam University on the world première of Jack Steele and Family from July 12 to 20. The funny and moving play looks at the ties between Jack Steele, his family and Sheffield’s industrial heritage.

The season is completed with a new production of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale in the Crucible from October 2 to November 2, with associate director Paul Miller (The Daughter-in-Law, Democracy).

In the Lyceum, the pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk has the well-loved Damian Williams back in the role of Dame. It runs from December 6 to January 5.

The Lyceum calendar has a packed programme of touring productions In May. The Old Vic’s hit production of Michael Frayn’s backstage farce Noises Off takes to the stage. Later in the month, A Wondrous Place tells four short stories about Sheffield, Liverpool, Manchester and Newcastle.

This is followed in June by Lee Hall’s (Billy Elliot) award-winning play The Pitmen Painters (June 3-8) and a new production of ITV comedy Rising Damp (June 24-29).

The Rocky Horror Show celebrates its 40th year on April 15-20, followed by 9 to 5, a new musical by Dolly Parton (April 22-27). Cole Porter’s classic High Society takes to the stage from June 11 to 15 and Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Evita, starring Wet, Wet, Wet frontman Marti Pellow, is in town from July 1 to 13.

The new season goes on sale to the public on Saturday March 23 from 10am.

Call the Box Office on 0114 249 6000 or visit sheffieldtheatres.co.uk.