Exciting new season for Sheffield Theatres

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Sheffield Theatres has unveiled its autumn season, which will feature Whitechapel and Quadrophenia star Phil Davis as Fagin in the company’s Christmas musical, Oliver!

Earlier in the season, two highlights take to the Lyceum and Studio stages. A Passionate Woman, written and directed by Kay Mellor and starring Lynda Bellingham (Loose Women, ITV), Christopher Timothy (BBC’s All Creatures Great and Small), Polish film star Mateusz Damięcki and Peter McMillan (Emmerdale) is the Lyceum stage from September 10-21.

This is followed by a collaboration between Sheffield Theatres and double Fringe Festival winners HighTide Festival Theatre on Alexander Masters’ Stuart: A Life Backwards. The play is written by BAFTA award-winning playwright and screenwriter Jack Thorne (Skins and This Is England ‘86) and on it is stage from September 11-28.

Mark Rosenblatt, Associate Director at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds, directs this world premiére production.

In the Studio, the theatre will present the world premiére of Robin Hooper’s new play Love Your Soldiers from October 31 to November 23. Associate Director Richard Wilson will direct this intensely moving drama about two soldiers and the girl they both love. The play asks the question: when those you love are halfway across the world, how impossible is it to tell the truth?

The Crucible Theatre opens with a new production of The Winter’s Tale. Directed by Associate Director, Paul Miller, alongside the Creative Team behind The Daughter-in-Law, Daniel Lapaine will lead the cast as Leontes. Lapaine will be recognisable to audiences as the swimmer that Muriel marries in PJ Hogan’s 1994 cult Australian film, Muriel’s Wedding. The show runs from October 2 to November 2.

Rounding off the autumn season are the company’s three Christmas shows. A new production of Lionel Bart’s multi award-winning musical masterpiece Oliver!, directed by Daniel Evans, will take to the Crucible stage from November 29 January 25.

The Lyceum Theatre welcomes Damian Williams back in the role of Dame alongside Ian H Watkins from Steps in this year’s family pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk (December 6 to January 5).

Tutti frutti return to the Studio Theatre with their latest wintery treat for youngsters aged 3+, The Boy Who Cried Wolf (December 11 to January 4).

The Lyceum continues to present a packed programme of musicals, drama, children’s shows and comedy.

In September comes New Jersey Nights, which follows the musical journey of The Four Seasons September 24-8) and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat returns in November (26-30). Other musical highlights include the sensational dancing and sound of Michael and the Jackson 5 in Thriller Live! (October 21-6) and Priscilla Queen of the Desert (October 29-November 2).

Northern Ballet return from November 5-9 with their heart-warming and popular adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic tale, A Christmas Carol.

Artistic Director Daniel Evans said: “I’m so proud that during these challenging times that we are able to produce more world premières in the Studio Theatre alongside major revivals of works from the classical and musical theatre canon on the Crucible stage.

“I’m also thrilled to welcome renowned writer Kay Mellor to the theatre as she opens the autumn season directing her own poignant play A Passionate Woman and that Phil Davis, an actor I have long held in high esteem, will lead the company of Oliver! this Christmas.

“Finally, I’m so pleased that we continue to welcome some of the best productions currently on tour to the Lyceum stage so that our audiences can enjoy the full variety of drama, dance and musicals this autumn.’

The season will go on sale to theatres members on Saturday (June 15) and to the public on Saturday June 22 from 10am.

For more details and to book tickets, call the Box Office on 0114 249 6000 or visit sheffieldtheatres.co.uk.