New theatrical role for Tuckwoods restaurant site

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Once the place for pre-theatre suppers, a former restaurant on Surrey Street is to have a new life as a theatre school.

Performing arts school Carney Academy is to leave its current home at the Lantern Theatre in Nether Edge and take up permanent residency on Surrey Street in what was until recently the London Club restaurant and a favourite haunt of actor Sir Derek Jacobi when he was in Sheffield,

Previously the site was occupied by Tuckwoods, a traditional English restaurant which was famous for its cream teas until it closed after 145 years in 2001.

The school’s new home, which it will fully occupy in July of this year, will allow its pupils to have a fully flexible drama studio, with two other rehearsal spaces for singing, dance and London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) examinations to take place in.

Ruth Carney-Nash, director and founder of Carney Academy, believes the move to the city centre will give better accessibility to students from the whole of Sheffield.

In 2014 Carney Academy intends to start full time, acredited training course for professional actors - the first ever in Sheffield.