One-time Hollywood heartthrobs Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal will grace the stage of the Sheffield Lyceum this autumn.
The reunion of the Love Story stars in Broadway play Love Letters is among the line-up of upcoming shows Sheffield Theatres has announced which also includes West End hit Beautiful The Carole King Musical, EastEnder Rita Simon in Legally Blonde and Mamma Mia! on its first ever UK tour.
Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal made their names in the 1970 tearjerker romance with a famous tagline, “Love means never having to say you’re sorry”.
Last year they made their comeback on Broadway in a revival of Love Letters, AR Gurney’s enduring romance about first loves and second chances, which will tour the UK this year, playing Sheffield from October 23-28.
It will be followed by Legally Blonde from October 30 to November 4.
But fans will have to wait until next year for the first Sheffield appearance of the Abba extravaganza that is Mamma Mia!, February 27 until March 17, as well as Beautiful The Carole King Musical, charting the rise of talented schoolgirl to singer song-writing superstar (February 6-10).
Other musicals on their way are Olivier Award-winning Madness tribute Our House (August 14-19), Grease (September 18-23), with The Wanted’s Tom Parker, Over The Rainbow winner Danielle Hope and EastEnders’ Louisa Lytton, Crazy for You with Strictly Come Dancing champions Caroline Flack and Tom Chambers and the return of Hairspray (January 29 to February 3).
For younger audiences there is Babe, The Sheep-Pig (July 25-29) and a mind-expanding Jurassic dino-mite adventure in Dinosaur World (August 21-23).
Families of all ages can take a trip Around the World in 80 Days (September 26-30).
Northern Ballet bring their new production of Hans Christian Anderson’s The Little Mermaid from November 28 to December 2.
The Studio Theatre plays host to a series of one-nighters; Life By The Throat (May 16), the story of one man’s life, written and performed by a woman; the hilarious and heart-wrenching Every Brilliant Thing (May 17); Edinburgh Fringe hit They Built It, No One Came (May 23) and the tender and honest boy-meets-girl story Tell Me Anything (May 25).
Tickets go on sale to Sheffield Theatres’ Centre Stage Members this Saturday, March 18, and are available to the general public on Saturday, March 25. Sheffield Theatres