The show can’t go on at Sheffield Theatre

Sheffield Theatre's Production of Oliver!''Tom Edden as 'Fagin with the Blue team ensemble
Sheffield Theatre's Production of Oliver!''Tom Edden as 'Fagin with the Blue team ensemble
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Hundreds of theatre-goers were disappointed when a performance of the Crucible’s hit version of Oliver! had to be cancelled at short notice.

A couple of key members of the cast are understood to have been hit by illness and a late decision was taken to cancel the show on Tuesday night.

Last night’s performance was set to go ahead as normal.

A lot of the audience turned up for the show, only to hear the news on their arrival at the Crucible.

Many went across Tudor Square to try to get in to see The Nutcracker by Moscow City Ballet.

The famous musical adaptation by Lionel Bart of Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist, directed by Sheffield Theatres artistic director Daniel Evans, has been very popular with audiences.

Stars include Ben Richards of Footballers Wives as Bill Sikes, Hayley Gallivan as Nancy and Tom Edden as Fagin.

Sheffield Theatres chief executive Dan Bates said: “It was with regret we took the decision to cancel Tuesday evening’s performance of Oliver! at short notice due to illness in the cast.

“We endeavoured to notify audiences of the cancellation as quickly and efficiently as possible, although the late notice meant most people had already arrived to see the show.

“All customers who had booked have the opportunity to exchange their tickets for another evening performance of the production, or to claim a full refund for the tickets they had purchased.

“Our Box Office team are currently working through calls to process customer requests as quickly as possible.

“I would like to apologise to everyone who was inconvenienced and disappointed by last night’s cancellation.

“We do not take a decision of this kind lightly and I assure you that if we could have avoided cancelling we would have done so.”

n To contact the box office, visit the Crucible or call 0114 249 6000.