Stars Maxine Peake and Imelda Staunton bring Alan Bennett's Talking Heads to Sheffield Crucible Theatre

Maxine Peake and Imelda Staunton are the latest exciting additions to the Crucible Theatre’s Together season line-up.

Tuesday, 29th September 2020, 10:00 am

They appear in two Alan Bennett Talking Heads monologues that have been seen on TV this June in a double bill on November 9-11.

Harry Potter villain and The Crown star Imelda Staunton appears in A Lady of Letters, directed by Jonathan Kent.

Shameless and Funny Cow star Maxine Peake performs in Miss Fozzard Finds Her Feet, directed by Sarah Frankcom.

Imelda Staunton, left, and Maxine Peake in Talking Heads

The double bill then moves to Leeds Playhouse on November 12 to 14.

The shows represent a show of solidarity by the performers and the creative teams of both pieces at the Bridge Theatre in London, where they are due to run. As at the Bridge, Alan Bennett has waived his royalty.

Talking Heads will join the Crucible’s Together season, announced last week.

Other productions include the world premiere of Sheffield-based Utopia Theatre’s Here’s What She Said to Me by Oladipo Agboluaje, directed by Mojisola Elufowoju (October 30-November 14).

SBC Theatre's new production, Have Your Passport Ready

Returning to Sheffield following its 2016 sell-out run is Operation Crucible by Kieran Knowles, marking 80 years since the Sheffield Blitz (November 17-28).

Far Gone by John Rwothomack returns following its premiere in the Crucible Studio last year (December 3-4).

Damian’s Pop-Up Panto! will bring together Lyceum Dame Damian Williams and an ensemble of actors together for a festive treat (December 16–January 3).

Sheffield Theatres artistic director Robert Hastie said: “One positive consequence of the pandemic has been greater collaboration and a powerful sense of our inter-connectivity as theatres and theatre-makers.

"I’m thrilled, that thanks to the staunch support of Alan Bennett and our friends at The Bridge, and a commitment by two of Britain’s finest and best-loved performers to playing theatres outside London, Sheffield audiences returning to the Crucible this autumn will be able to enjoy these timeless monologues by one of Yorkshire’s greats.”

Sheffield Theatres box office: sheffieldtheatres.co.uk. Tickets are on sale to members now and go on general sale on October 6. Leeds box office: call 0113 213 7700 or visit leedsplayhouse.org.uk.

*Stand and Be Counted (SBC) Theatre, the UK’s first theatre company of sanctuary who have strong links to Sheffield, have announced 10 projects to mark their 10th anniversary.

The celebrations will begin with the release of Where We Are, a documentary film made in Sheffield with Tafadzwa Muchenje. It tells the real-life story of Taf and the fight against an injustice caused by a Home Office admin error. lt premieres tonight at the UK's first festival of sanctuary, Journeys Festival International.

Have Your Passport Ready (October 23) is a virtual experience that puts the audience directly in the UK's hostile environment. Led by brothers Khaled and Mohammad Aljawad from Syria, now based in Sheffield, it explores an unknown city without an interpreter as audiences become players collecting evidence to prove their right to remain in the UK.

A guest residency at Sheffield Hallam University will explore SBC’s processes and practices for their Ideas into Action module on the BA acting and performance course.

Sheffield, the first City of Sanctuary, played a key role in helping to develop the company and co-founder John Tomlinson is a producer for Sheffield Theatres.

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