Sheffield set to welcome big names for new theatre season

The cast of Jesus Christ Superstar, fronted by Glenn Carter'Pic by Pamela Raith
The cast of Jesus Christ Superstar, fronted by Glenn Carter'Pic by Pamela Raith
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Two classic plays will be revived in the Crucible as part of Sheffield Theatres company’s new season of work.

In September, Freddie Fox will make his Sheffield Theatres debut as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, while the timeless masterpiece Show Boat will come to the Crucible at Christmas.

The new season also includes a regional premiere of Deborah Bruce’s The Distance, in the Studio Theatre.

Alongside Sheffield Theatres’ own productions – which also include Pride and Prejudice, The Effect, Camelot: The Shining City, and Presumption – the theatres welcome a wide variety of the best UK touring productions.

Highlights will include Jesus Christ Superstar, starring X Factor favourites Rhydian Roberts and Rachel Adedeji alongside West End star Glenn Carter. Other productions coming to Sheffield are Shrek the Musical, The Full Monty, and Puttin’ On The Ritz – a tribute to the Golden Age of Hollywood featuring Strictly Come Dancing star Trent Whiddon.

Further ahead, theatre fans can also look forward to several top productions later in the year, including Lord of the Flies and The Bodyguard – The Musical starring Alexandra Burke.

Meanwhile, young theatregoers will enjoy The Octonauts and the Deep Sea Volcano Adventure, Horrible Histories and Sing-a-long Frozen.

Sheffield Theatres’ artistic director, Daniel Evans, said: “I’m thrilled to announce our autumn season.

“Freddie Fox will star in Jonathan Humphreys’ new production of Romeo and Juliet – the first at the Crucible in 20 years.

“Meanwhile I’m looking forward to directing a seminal work of American musical theatre, Show Boat, our most ambitious Christmas production to date.

“I’m delighted that we’re continuing our strand of regional premieres with Deborah Bruce’s play The Distance, which was a smash hit for the Orange Tree Theatre last year. And finally, we’re so happy to be celebrating Sheffield theatre company Third Angel’s 20th birthday by co-producing one of their early successes, Presumption.”

The new season will go on sale to Sheffield Theatres’ ‘Centre Stage’ members on Saturday and to the public on March 21 from 10am. For more details and to book tickets call 0114 249 6000 or visit sheffieldtheatres.co.uk