Sheffield Theatres has announced that this year’s Christmas show in the Crucible will be Cole Porter’s showpiece of song, dance and romance, Anything Goes.
The uplifting Thirties musical set aboard an ocean liner is following in the wake of two sell-out productions in previous years, the award-winning My Fair Lady and Oliver!
Running from November 28 to January 17, it will once again be directed by artistic director Daniel Evans whose critically acclaimed production of new musical This Is My Family, which premiered in the Studio, will return in the Lyceum Theatre in October before going on national tour.
This year’s Shakespeare is Twelfth Night, to be directed by Jonathan Munby, which will run at the Crucible from September 18 to October 18 and then also go on the road in a collaboration with English Touring Theatre,
In the meantime Sheffield Theatres associate director Richard Wilson will make his Sheffield acting debut in Krapp’s Last Tape from June 25.
Other previously announced shows in the Crucible are Kes – Jonathan Watkins’ dance-theatre adaptation of Barry Hines’ novel - which has been invited to be part of The Yorkshire Festival and opens on March 27, Jonathan Humphreys’ revival of Sixties comedy Boeing Boeing (May 15 to June 7) and local playwright Chris Bush’s The Sheffield Mysteries (July 15-19) which sees Evans direct Sheffield People’s Theatre on the Crucible stage.
The artistic director commented: “It’s a mark of the company’s confidence that there will be two productions touring the country: Twelfth Night (with ETT) and This Is My Family. It’s wonderful to be able to take the work we make in Sheffield to a wider audience across the UK.”
Among touring shows coming soon to the Lyceum Theatre are Brassed Off (May 7-10). A funny and heart-warming drama, Brassed Off features rousing live music and stars John McArdle (Brookside, Prime Suspect) and the National Theatre’s award-winning comedy, One Man, Two Guvnors (May 14-24).
After 28 years apart, Last Of The Duty Free (June 16-21) reunites the original cast of the TV sitcom as Keith Barron, Gwen Taylor and Neil Stacy are joined by Carrol Toyle (BBC’s Life Without George) for one last fling in the sun!
Fans of musical theatre can look forward to a slew of jukebox musicals at the Lyceum this summer with Tonight’s the Night (May 27-31), written by Ben Elton and inspired by the songs of Rod Stewart, Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story (June 9-14) and Let It Be (June 23-28) charting the Beatles’ rise from their humble beginnings in Liverpool’s Cavern Club, through to the dizzy heights of fame.
For families and young people comes Jacqueline Wilson’s Hetty Feather Live On Stage! (June 17-21).
The new season goes on sale to Centre Stage members this Saturday and to the public on Saturday, March 22, from 10am.