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Performance cancelled as illness forces second star to quit Sheffield Crucible show

This time the show didn’t go on as a second star has had to pull out of the current production at the Crucible, forcing bosses at the Sheffield theatre to cancel one performance.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest at the Crucible Sheffield

Review: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Inevitably the first consideration on press night was how the late replacement as Nurse Ratched, Jenny Livsey, would cope after only a couple of days notice. The answer is she fitted seamlessly into a first-rate ensemble and you hardly noticed she was still on the book. It helps that a nurse carrying a folder of notes looks quite natural.

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Michael Watson (Frankie Valli) in the UK tour production of Jersey Boys.

Jukebox musical with a dramatic storyline

The music of the Four Seasons was huge in the Sixties and Seventies but at the time very little was known about them as individuals.

Jenny Livsey as Nurse Ratched in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Whirlwind for actress Jenny as she steps into Sheffield Crucible play at last minute

The last few days have been a bit of a rollercoaster ride for actress Jenny Livsey, who stepped in at the last minute to replace an injured cast member in a starring role in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield.
Mind the Gap works in partnership with learning-disabled artists in an effort to give them a voice and create more opportunities in the arts

Leading Yorkshire theatre company championing learning disability arts 30 years on

Europe's leading learning disability theatre company is gearing up for a stellar year of performances and new productions in celebration of its 30th year.

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Lucy Black as Nurse Ratched and Joel Gillman as McMurphy in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Lucy has now bowed out of the show

Last-minute drama at Sheffield's Crucible theatre as replacement found for injured TV actress

The show goes on! Actress Jenny Livsey stepped in at the last minute at Sheffield's CrucibleTheatre when a star of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest was injured.

Emma Williams as Paula Pokrifki and Jonny Fines as Zack Mayo in An Officer and a Gentleman. Photo by Manuel Harlan.

Review: An Officer and a Gentleman

There must have been few, if any, Lyceum Theatregoers at Monday’s opening performance of An Officer and a Gentleman the musical who were unfamiliar with the iconic film, first screened in 1982.

Spend Spend Spend director Claire Harriott of  Handsworth and Hallam Theatre Company, who met the real Viv Nicholson

Preview: Spending spree

Spend Spend Spend, the musical based on the extraordinary life of pools winner Viv Nicholson is being revived by Handsworth and Hallam Theatre Company next week.

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One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest at Sheffield Lyceum from June 7 to June 23. Photo by Sam Taylor.

Hit the road Jack, this is a darker McMurphy

Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is regarded as a cult-classic largely on the basis of the 1975 film starring Jack Nicholson.

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Emma Williams as Paula Pokrifki and Jonny Fines as Zack Mayo in the iconic last scene of An Officer and a Gentleman

Musical up there where it belongs

With its soundtrack of hit songs, An Officer and a Gentleman was a natural to fit the vogue for turning movies into stage jukebox musicals.

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David Hounslow in This House

Review: This House, The Lyceum: Performance masterclass

The government is in turmoil. Political shenanigans are at an all-time high. Can the ruling party survive? Sounds familiar?

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Maddie Rice as Fleabag

Preview: Fleabag returns

The stage version of  Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s BAFTA award-winning BBC series, Fleabag, is coming to the Crucible Studio next week.

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THIS HOUSE by Graham,                       , Writer �' James Graham, Director �' Jeremy Herrin, Designer �' Rae Smith, Lighting �' Paule Constable, West Yorkshire Playhouse, 2018, Credit: Johan Persson - /

How keeping the House in order became a battle

This House, set in the 1970s and showing a government hanging on with a threadbare majority, seems extraordinarily prescient in the current political climate.

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Titanic the Musical (previous cast). Photo by Scott Rylander.

Showing a cross section of life on ill-fated Titanic

Unlike many current shows based on Hollywood movies Titanic the Musical is nothing to do with the 1997 film so don’t expect to see two young lovers embracing on the ship’s prow to the strains of My Heart Will Go On.

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June 14 - June 21 2018

CINDERELLA by Prokofiev ;''Directed by Mathew Bourne ;'Designed by Lez Brotherston ;'at the Saddlers Wells Theatre, London, UK ;'23 November 2017 ;'Credit : Johan Persson /

A fresh take on the Cinderella fairytale

After last year’s success with a brand new ballet, Red Shoes, New Adventures are back in Sheffield next week with one of their greatest hits, Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella.

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Our Country's Good, Ramps on the Moon

Epic story that is right fit for Crucible project

Our Country’s Good, based on the true story of a group of convicts rehearsing and performing a play in the early settlement of Australia, is ideal for the Ramps on the Moon project, according to director Fiona BuffIni.

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The Chandos portrait of William Shakespeare, attributed to John Taylor. Picture National Portrait Gallery

Did you know that these 36 everyday phrases were created by Shakespeare?

April 23 marks the anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death (and potentially his birth, although the exact date of this remains unknown). With this comes the remembrance and celebration of his life and the distinguished works for which he is known by to this very day.
DK Ugonna, Suzanne Celensu, Edd Bower, Cassandra Hodges in new play, Paradise Road

How giving refuge can bring further conflict

A new play about asylum seekers by Sheffield writer James Stone has its professional premiere at the Library Theatre this weekend.

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Danny Mac, Ria Jones and Adam Pearce in Sunset Boulevard

Strictly star steps out on to Sunset Boulevard

Danny Mac is known as a soap actor who nearly won Strictly and now is starring in the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, Sunset Boulevard, which comes to the Sheffield Lyceum next week.

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