Lavery writes new play for Crucible

editorial image

Sheffield Theatres is to present the world premiére of a play by Bryony Lavery, Queen Coal, next Autumn.

The writer of Frozen and Beautiful Burnout’s new work tells a powerful story of an industry in turmoil and one woman’s struggle at the front of the picket line.

Directed by Robert Shaw Cameron, the production will take to the Studio stage from October 30 to November 22 and then go on tour.

Artistic Director Daniel Evans said: “I am thrilled that Bryony Lavery has created Queen Coal for us. The impact of the miners’ strike still resonates in the Sheffield region and this play examines the crucial role that women played during that intense period of British history.”

It has also been announced that in an unprecedented development for the company three of their productions in the forthcoming season going on tour, enabling their work to reach as wide an audience as possible.

One is Tim Firth’s musical comedy This Is My Family, directed by Daniel Evans, which will reopen the Lyceum Theatre from October 9-18. Twelfth Night, a co-production with English Touring Theatre, will begin a six-date national tour following its run at the Crucible from September 18 to October 18.

Finally the company’s Christmas show, Daniel Evans’ production of the classic musical Anything Goes, will embark on a nationwide tour with Stage Entertainment after it ends its run at the Crucible on January 17.

Multi award-winning Theatre Ad Infinitum’s Ballad of the Burning Star (September 17-18), Ade Solanke’s tragic-comedy about a British-Nigerian family in turmoil, Pandora’s Box (September 19-20) and Forced Entertainment’s The Notebook (October 10-11) will provide Studio audiences with thought-provoking theatre this season.

Tours to the Lyceum include Rock of Ages (October 27 to November 1) starring Ben Richards from Oliver and Noel Sullivan.