New season unveiled at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre

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Labour politics, the Holocaust and Jane Austen are among the ingredients in a meaty season of drama planned at the Crucible in the new year.

David Hare’s political drama The Absence of War, centring on fictional Labour leader George Jones and loosely based on the 1992 election rally in Sheffield, kicks things off in January.

Arthur Miller’s Auschwitz-set play Playing For Time will be staged in March, based on the memoirs of French Jewish singer and telling the story of the camp’s orchestra.

The wit and wisdom of Jane Austen is expected to attract big audiences to Pride and Prejudice in May in an adaptation for the stage by Simon Reade.

In July a reworking of the King Arthur legend will entertain audiences both in the theatre and outside in Tudor Square with Camelot: The Shining City, which will boast a cast of over 150.

And The Studio will be presenting the complete works of Sarah Kane in February and March, with productions of Blasted, Crave and 4.48 Psychosis.

Artistic director Daniel Evans said: “Our spring season is one of our most ambitious yet. We’re announcing eight plays across the first half of 2015.”

Tickets go on general sale from November 15.