TWO of TV’s cult detective heroes will hit Sheffield’s most prestigious stage this autumn – including a homecoming role for city-born Dominic West.
Now a major name thanks to cop drama The Wire, he will appear at The Crucible Theatre alongside fellow series star Clarke Peters, in a major revival of Othello.
The Shakespeare classic is one of the gems in an exciting new autumn season for Sheffield Theatres, unveiled by Artistic Director Daniel Evans today.
It includes events and projects to mark the Crucible’s 40th birthday.
The Lyceum Theatre, meanwhile, has lined up a strong programme featuring some of the best productions currently touring the country, including West Side Story, Buddy, Legally Blonde and Annie, starring David McAlister and Su Pollard, as well as Olivier Award-winning Tracie Bennett reprising her role as Judy Garland in critically-acclaimed musical End Of The Rainbow, which tells the story of Garland’s comeback performance in London in 1968.
Alan Ayckbourn’s classic comedy drama Season’s Greetings starts the festive feel early in October with EastEnders stars Glynis Barber and Ricky Groves and veteran actor Christopher Timothy. In November, David Grindley’s multi award-winning production of R. C Sherriff’s masterpiece Journey’s End will tell the author’s story of his time in the trenches of World War I.
Othello will take to the Crucible stage in September and alongside West performing as Iago and Peters as Othello, original Crucible Artistic Director Colin George will return to Sheffield to join the cast as Brabantio and Grantiano.
Stephen Sondheim’s musical Company will complete productions on the Crucible stage this autumn starring Daniel Evans in the lead role of Bobby, one of two pending returns to Crucible stages since becoming creative boss.
The show is packed with rousing songs such as Getting Married Today, The Ladies Who Lunch and Being Alive.
Daniel – who previously appeared there in The Tempest – is a double Olivier Award-winner for his performances in Sondheim’s Sunday In The Park and Merrily We Roll Along.
In the Studio, Sheffield Theatres will co-produce the European première of Don Evans’ One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show with Eclipse Theatre, the first time the two companies have co-produced since Eclipse became resident at Sheffield Theatres and prior to a six-week national tour.
The Studio will also be transformed into an in-the-round auditorium when Sheffield Theatres present the Roundabout Season with Paines Plough, featuring three new plays about the realities of love, life and the world. One Day When We Were Young, Lungs and Untitled will be performed by the same company of four actors.
November sees the Crucible mark its 40th with the whole building hosting events and projects celebrating its history and looking to the future.
Sheffield People’s Theatre will be launched this summer, a new community ensemble open to anyone aged 12+ working as a creative hub for training and nurturing the aspirations and skills of communities and artists through one-off projects and collaboration, including first production Lives In Art.
Alongside that will be Fanfared, an all-age interactive theatrical experience promising a journey into the Crucible’s history and named after the opening show at the theatre in 1971, Forced Entertainment’s That Night Follows Day and The Crucible Celebrates, a birthday party featuring discussions with alumni from the theatre’s past.
Also as part of the birthday offering, Sheffield Theatres will launch East Midlands Trains First Time Fridays. The new scheme will offer people who have never previously attended the Crucible the opportunity to enjoy selected work for just 40p - 40 of the tickets for Othello, Lives In Art and Company will be available to first time Crucible bookers each Friday during the birthday year.
Adding to the Lyceum’s list of Corrie legends is Beverley Callard, aka Liz MacDonald, who dons her Wicked Witch costume for the panto Sleeping Beauty from December 9 alongside CBeebies’ Sid Sloane and favourite dame Damian Williams – who before then brings his one-man show My Dog’s Got No Nose to the Lyceum as part of Grin Up North.
Other new Lyceum highlights include Hamlet, Fascinating Aida, The Comedy Store Players, The Nutcracker and The King And I.
Barnsley-born chat show legend Michael Parkinson brings his one-man show Parky’s People to the Crucible on October 19.