Cinema set to be star of the show...

Grand: The Adelphi in 1967
Grand: The Adelphi in 1967
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AND from a historic bus project to a historic cinema...

Sheffield Theatres, the creative powerhouse behind the Lyceum and Crucible, is hoping to bring the Attercliffe Adelphi alive again. Sort of.

The company is to use the iconic Vicarage Road building - a 1920 cinema turned bingo hall turned nightclub turned derelict site - in one of its most ambitious plays ever undertaken.

And if you ever worked or played at the iconic venue they want your help.

The project is part of a mammoth theatre show, previously revealed in The Diary, which will see dance, song and story performed down the entire length of the Sheffield Canal. The audience will be taken along by boat.

Now researchers are looking into the history of the Adelphi, located a short walk from the waterway, to include it in the show - scheduled for summer 2014.

“We don’t envisage the building itself being physically used,” says creative producer Andrew Loretto “But this was such a key building in Attercliffe that we believe its history should inform our creative process and be involved in the script somehow. So we’re looking for anyone with a connection or any memories to come forward and share them.”

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