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Cosy up at the Theatre: What’s On This Winter

As we’ve now entered the colder months, we all want to get cosy, stay warm and be entertained. What better way to do that than by entering the comforting world of theatre?

There's so many shows to catch this winter, so to make it easier to decide what to see, here's our rundown of all of the amazing shows you can see this winter at Sheffield Theatres' Crucible, Lyceum and Playhouse.

Beauty and the Beast

Friday 8 December – Sunday 7 January


Sheffield’s annual pantomime at the Lyceum opens this week, and it will be staying for a whole month! Acclaimed writer and director of pantomimes, Paul Hendy, will be retelling and bringing to life the classic story of Beauty and the Beast that we all know and love.

With a star-studded cast you won't want to miss, including Blue's Duncan James, CBeebies' Squashbuckle's Jennie Dale and Sheffield panto legend Damian Williams, this Evolution Pantomimes and Sheffield Theatres production is guaranteed fun for all the family.

White Christmas

Saturday 9 December – Saturday 13 January


Based on the Paramount Pictures film, this feel-good musical is perfect to get into the Christmas spirit, featuring the classic, ‘White Christmas’.

White Christmas centres around former soldiers turned successful showbiz duo, Bob and Phil, who are on the lookout for a new act and come across sisters, Betty and Judy. The four wind up performing a gig together at a remote ski resort, and discover that the hotel is owned by the boys’ old army commander. But the place is on the verge of bankruptcy thanks to an unseasonal lack of snow.

Sit back and watch the group perform their own Christmas miracle as they attempt to make the resort flourish again. Will the snow fall?

A Town Called Christmas

Friday 15 – Saturday 30 December


A brand new show brought to you by Gala Durham and Yorkshire’s own, Wrongsemble, A Town Called Christmas really is that - a magical town called Christmas!

Except, that magic has faded and it’s up to our protagonist, Clementine to bring it back.

Clementine dreams of a place where gingerbread houses glow under twinkling fairy-lights, where the streets are filled with snow-ball fights, and laughter hangs like baubles in the air! The happiest place on Earth - or it used to be. When Clementine crash-lands into the crumbling town of Christmas, where only the long-gone stories, foul-tempered caretaker, and a glitching robot remain, the motley crew must work together and gather the Christmas spirit to return the town to what it used to be.

A Town Called Christmas will bring magic, music, and mayhem to the stage that will bring joy to all ages and groups.

The Nutcracker

Tuesday 9 – Saturday 13 January


The magical family favourite, The Nutcracker, is back at the Lyceum for the new year! Adapting E. T. A. Hoffmann's 1816 short story, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, this magical score tells the enchanting tale of Clara’s adventures with her Nutcracker Prince.

The international dancers bring Tchaikovsky’s piece to life with classical ballet, a live orchestra, and a magical performance.

I Should Be So Lucky

Tuesday 16 – Saturday 20 January


Bringing the soundtrack of a generation to the stage is I Should Be So Lucky, featuring the music of Kylie Minogue, Rick Astley, Jason Donovan, Bananarama and many more.

Both funny and touching, I Should Be So Lucky is about family, friends, love and having fun. Using classic pop anthems, the musical tells the original story of Ella and Nathan, a young couple, madly in love, and about to take the biggest step of their lives – marriage. Until it all goes wrong. Will they be together forever, or will he make her cry and say goodbye?

Wish You Weren't Here

Wednesday 24 January – Saturday 10 February


A heart-warming new comedy about the beach, bonding, and body image, Wish You Weren't Here explores an intimate mother-daughter relationship, the agony of growing up, single parenthood and navigating the world as a woman.

The play follows Mila and her mum, Lorna, as they go on holiday to the British seaside for some quality time together. Once there, they discover that the seaside town, which was their annual sunny escape, could really use some attention - just like their relationship.

Opening up, facing uncomfortable truths, and having a laugh might just help them find their way.

The Wizard of Oz

Tuesday 30 January – Saturday 3 February


The dazzling new production of one of the most beloved musicals is coming to Sheffield, starring RuPaul's Drag Race UK's The Vivienne as the Wicked Witch of the West.

Join Dorothy, Toto, and friends on the classic adventure down the yellow brick road to the land of Oz.

Featuring the iconic original score from the film, this production includes Over The Rainbow, Follow The Yellow Brick Road and We're Off To See The Wizard, along with many more new hits!

The Nature of Forgetting

Wednesday 31 January – Thursday 1 February


Developed with UCL’s Neuroscience Professor, Kate Jeffery, and the Alzheimer’s Society, The Nature of Forgetting is an uplifting and empowering journey into a weakening mind, where broken does not mean defeated.

The production follows Tom, who is living with young onset dementia. We meet him as he prepares for his 55th birthday party and past memories come flooding back.

Theatre Re combine original live music with visual theatre to create a moving, non-verbal production about human challenges and vulnerability.

Fleeting as a memory, the show is only on for 2 days so get your tickets now.

Drop The Dead Donkey: The Reawakening!

Tuesday 6 – Saturday 10 February


Starring the original cast of the British sitcom, Drop the Dead Donkey, the comedy makes its return live on stage 30 years later, reimagined in this topical commentary on the cutthroat world of 24 hours news.

With razor-sharp wit and classic British humour, this hot new production will leave you in stitches. Written by the same writing team as the 90s show, Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin, Drop The Dead Donkey: The Reawakening! exposes the dark side of the broadcasting industry in all its chaos.

Howerd’s End

Tuesday 6 February


On for one night only, Howerd’s End pays homage to British comedy legend, Frankie Howerd. Sheffield’s own, Mark Farrelly, explores the development of Frankie’s comedy, and the secret union which made it all possible: his forty-year relationship with his lover, friend and anchor Dennis Heymer, whose existence was guarded from the public in Frankie’s lifetime.

More than just a tribute, Howerd’s End portrays the relationship that tried to defy all odds, and the journey through love, life, and grief.

2:22: A Ghost Story

Tuesday 13 – Saturday 17 February


Fresh from the West End, and stopping off in Sheffield on it's UK tour, 2:22: A Ghost Story comes with an all-star cast of Jay McGuiness (The Wanted, BIG! The Musical, Rip It Up), Fiona Wade (Emmerdale, Silent Witness), George Rainsford (Call the Midwife, Casualty) and Vera Chok (Hollyoaks, Cobra).

Written by Northerner Danny Robins, 2:22: A Ghost Story tells the story of Jenny, who believes her new home is haunted. Her husband Sam isn’t having any of it, and thus ensues their argument with their first dinner guests. Belief and skepticism clash, but something feels strange and frightening, so they’re going to stay up… until 2:22… Then they’ll know for sure.

Peter Pan Goes Wrong

Monday 19 – Saturday 24 February


Following their multi award-winning sell-out success with The Play That Goes Wrong, The Comedy About A Bank Robbery and the BBC TV series The Goes Wrong Show, Mischief return with their riotous spin on a classic, Peter Pan.

The crew are back on stage, battling technical hitches, flying mishaps and cast disputes on their way to Neverland as they attempt to present J.M Barrie’s timeless tale. Buckle in for an evening of chaos and wondering if the Lost Boys will even make it to Neverland at this rate.


Wednesday 28 February – Saturday 9 March


More relevant than ever, Lines looks through the bars of post-colonial life as told through differing narratives in these diverging yet parallel worlds.

Centred around five prisons in Uganda, Palestine and the UK, Lines over the span of five decades. A homeowner struggling to keep ancient land; a queer woman teaching in Kampala; the son of Idi Amin’s general; all connected yet unaware of one another. Though worlds apart, the long-term impact of colonialism remains prevalent on each individual, explored in these powerful stories.


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