Sheffield Theatres artistic director Daniel Evans broke off this week from rehearsals for the Crucible’s Christmas musical, Oliver!, to reveal the 2014 spring season.
At the centre is a Brian Friel season. Following those devoted to David Hare and Michael Frayn, the Irish playwright will be celebrated across all three auditoria with new productions of Afterplay, directed by Róisín McBrinn, Translations, directed by James Grieve, and Wonderful Tennessee, directed by Paul Miller. Translations will be co-produced with English Touring Theatre and the Rose Theatre Kingston and go on tour.
A new dance-theatre adaptation of Kes will be directed and choreographed by Barnsley born Jonathan Watkins, with original music by Alex Baranowski.
Sheffield Theatres will co-produce with the locally based Third Angel on The Life and Loves of a Nobody.
Jonathan Humphreys returns to direct classic farce Boeing Boeing. As well as seeing The Full Monty into the West End, Evans will take charge of community project The Sheffield Mysteries on the Crucible stage .
Among highlights in the Lyceum are a three-week run of Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage, a tour to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the Miners’ Strike of Brassed Off, originally written by Paul Allen especially for the Crucible, and the National Theatre’s award-winning comedy, One Man, Two Guvnors.