Simm revisits past with return to Crucible stage

Welcome return: Henry Goodman, above left in Fiddler on the Roof, is returning to the Crucible stage.
Welcome return: Henry Goodman, above left in Fiddler on the Roof, is returning to the Crucible stage.

SHEFFIELD’S Crucible Theatre has announced its line-up for the spring season – and there will be familiar faces taking starring roles.

Henry Goodman and John Simm will be returning to the Sheffield venue – and they will be joined by Deborah Findlay, who appeared as Miss Tompkinson in BBC1 costume drama Cranford and Ben Lloyd-Hughes, who plays Rob McAloon in the BBC’s Young James Herriot. May to December star Rebecca Lacey and Garrow’s Law’s Aidan McArdle are also scheduled to take to the stage.

John Simm as Hamlet at Crucible Theatre'THEATRE EVANS

John Simm as Hamlet at Crucible Theatre'THEATRE EVANS

The Way of the World, William Congreve’s Restoration comedy, opens the spring season in February. The cast includes Lloyd-Hughes and Findlay, as well as Samuel Barnett, one of the original History Boys.

Coming to the stage in May is Betrayal, featuring Life on Mars star Simm, last seen on the Crucible stage in Hamlet last year.

Sheffield Theatres will also present a festival dedicated to the work of multi-award-winning playwright Michael Frayn in March.

The season includes major revivals of Copenhagen, Benefactors and Democracy.

Copenhagen, the Tony Award-winning play based on the real-life events of two eminent scientists, brings renowned stage actor Goodman back to Sheffield following his performance in Fiddler on the Roof in 2006.

In Benefactors, an Olivier award-winning comedy about idealism, realism and human relations, Abigail Cruttenden (Kate Weedon in Benidorm) joins Lacey in the Studio.

Completing the Frayn season is Democracy, an Olivier Award-winning play about an inspirational man featuring McArdle and renowned stage star Richard Hope. Full casting for the Frayn season and Betrayal will be announced in the New Year.

Tickets are on sale now from Sheffield Theatres’ Box Office for all the productions in the season. For details, call 0114 2496000.