New Crucible role for Daniel

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THIS summer Daniel Evans will take on his first stage role at the Crucible since becoming artistic director of Sheffield Theatres just over a year ago.

He will be directed by Richard Wilson in The Pride, which was announced among the final plays to complete his second season leading the company.

They also include a revival of classic northern comedy Hobson’s Choice by Harold Brighouse, directed by Christopher Luscombe, in the Crucible Main House from May 26.

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of its first production, Happy Days by Samuel Beckett takes to the Studio stage from May 20.

The comic masterpiece will feature Pauline McLynn, best known as Mrs Doyle from TV’s Father Ted, and Peter Gowen as wife and husband Winnie and Willy.

It will be directed by Jonathan Humphreys, who is working at Sheffield Theatres as part of the Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme.

Rounding off the 2010/11season, The Pride is in the Studio from June 23. It is the English Regional premiere of Alexi Kaye Campbell’s debut play for the Royal Court, contrasting the gay experience from the Fifties to the Noughties depicted through two love triangles.

Under the direction of associate director Richard Wilson, Daniel Evans be performing for the first time since taking up the reins at Sheffield Theatres, although he has acted here before in Cloud Nine and The Tempest.

In the spring the Crucible will stage a co-production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, a modern American classic.

Edward Albee’s explosive Sixties play is ferociously funny and emotionally raw journey into the darkest depths of love and marriage .

The first collaboration between Sheffield Theatres and Northern Stage, who regularly tour to the city, it will be directed by Eric Whyman, artistic director of the Newcastle-based company who previously directed The Birthday Party at the Crucible.

Daniel Evans declared: “It’s been a wonderful year for Sheffield Theatres. Since the reopening of the Crucible, we have welcomed over half a million people through our doors.

“As we begin our most ambitious project to date, the David Hare Season, I’m delighted to announce the remaining plays of our spring/summer season.

“We’re also looking forward to celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Crucible in November 2011.

“During this time of uncertainty in the arts sector, this landmark birthday will not only celebrate our iconic building but also the essential role we play in the city and the region’s cultural, economic and spiritual life.”