Major Sheffield theatres to close over COVID-19 social contact advice

Sheffield Theatres are to close following government advice that people in the UK should limit social contact, it has been announced.

Monday, 16th March 2020, 9:01 pm
Updated Wednesday, 18th March 2020, 12:31 pm

As members of the UK Theatres group, the three theatres run by Sheffield Theatres will close their doors indefinitely with immediate affect.

This includes The Lyceum, The Crucible and Studio.

The Society of London Theatre (Solt) and UK Theatre, the industry body that represents nearly every British theatre, announced that, as of tonight (Monday, March 16), all members would close their doors.

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The Crucible and The Lyceum will be among those that close.

The groups represent about 50 London theatres and around 250 others throughout the UK.

Julian Bird, chief executive of Solt and UK Theatre, said the decision would have a “severe impact” some 290,000 people working in the industry.

“Those who can afford to do so are encouraged to donate the cost of their ticket to show support for the theatre industry,” he said.