Sheffield-set play 'one of top five shows' to see in New York

The cast of Operation Crucible.
The cast of Operation Crucible.

A play set during the Blitz of Sheffield is wowing audiences stateside and has become one of top five shows to see in Manhattan.

Operation Crucible is set on the night of December 12, 1940, when Nazi bombs reduced parts of the city to rubble and claimed the lives of about 600 people.

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It tells the story of four men who find themselves huddled together in the cellar underneath the Marples Hotel in Fitzalan Square which took a direct hit from the Luftwaffe.

The play is currently wowing audiences at 59E59 Theaters in New York as part of the Brits Off Broadway season.

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The New York Times has now highlighted the performance as one of the top 'five shows to see in New York'.

Reviewer Ben Brantley praised the production and said: "I had the good fortune to catch this efficiently harrowing production in London at the tiny Finborough Theater, and it wasn’t just the size of the house that induced a vivid sense of entrapment."

Operation Crucible was the first play to be written by Kieran Knowles, who also stars in the production.

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The play was first performed at the Finborough Theatre, London, in 2013 and also wowed audiences at the Crucible in 2016.

Kieran is also currently adapting it for Radio Four.