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Sheffield Theatres’ October On Sale is its Best Yet? We Think So!

The Crucible and Lyceum Theatres. Photography by Smart Banda.

Having the nation’s biggest, and most beloved, theatre (outside the capital) in Sheffield is a privilege we’ll never tire of. And how could we, when each season their on sale just gets better and better?!

The innovation and masterful production of in-house shows keeps beating itself at its own game, and the Lyceum continues to attract more and more world-class productions on tour. Each ticket booked is an investment into moments you can’t forget and experiences that stay with you forever – and all this excellence is right on our doorstep!

In the words of Sheffield Theatres' CEO Tom Bird, ‘Sheffield Theatres continues to thrive’, and we couldn’t agree more. New shows are already on sale to members, and go on general sale from 10am on Saturday 14th October. So, set your alarms and keep reading for your one-stop-shop of what to book!

Let's break the rest of this groundbreaking on sale down stage by stage…

The Lyceum:

The ornate and ever-wonderful Lyceum is hosting a number of touring productions, both new and returning. Expect to be royally entertained with all the embellishments of a gloriously traditional ‘night at the theatre’.

The winner of the Blue Peter Book Award and the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, The Boy at the Back of the Class is brought to life on stage Tuesday 5th – Saturday 9th March. Ahmet’s classmates hatch a plan to reunite him with his family. An unexpected and often hilarious adventure follows, with a terrific twist.

English Touring Opera bring a season full of big city temptations with new productions of two landmark operas. The dramatic and moving Manon Lescaut by Puccini, directed by Jude Christian, plays on Monday 11th March, then Stravinsky’s brilliantly inventive The Rake’s Progress, directed by Polly Graham, plays on Tuesday 12th March.

Croft House Theatre Company presents Andrew Lloyd Webber’s award-winning musical Sunset Boulevard from Tuesday 19th – Saturday 23rd March, featuring the unmistakable classic songs, 'With One Look', 'As If We Never Said Goodbye' and 'The Perfect Year'. An amateur production by arrangement with The Really Useful Group Ltd.

Join Bluey, Bingo and Mum and Dad Bandit and Chilli with Bluey’s Big Play from Wednesday 27th - Saturday 30th March. A brand-new theatrical adaptation of the Emmy® award-winning children’s television series, join the Heelers in their first live theatre show in the UK. Featuring brilliantly created puppets, this is Bluey as you’ve never seen it before, brought to real life.

From Tuesday 2nd – Saturday 6th April, Northern Ballet’s Romeo and Juliet tells the ultimate tale of forbidden love; two young people who risk everything to be together. Adapted by Christopher Gable and Massimo Moricone from Shakespeare’s masterpiece, Romeo and Juliet is one of Northern Ballet’s most beloved and critically acclaimed productions – and it’s making a long-awaited return to UK stages next spring.

Alfred Hitchcock’s classic spy thriller The 39 Steps is hilariously recreated for the stage in this smash-hit Olivier and Tony Award-winning comedy. Follow the incredible adventures of our handsome hero Richard Hannay, complete with stiff-upper-lip, British gung-ho and pencil moustache as he encounters dastardly murders, double-crossing secret agents, and, of course, devastatingly beautiful women. Four fearless actors. 139 roles. 100 minutes of fast-paced fun. From Tuesday 30th April – Saturday 4th May.

On Tuesday 7th May, Miles Jupp presents On I Bang. Since Miles’ last tour finished at The London Palladium in 2017, he’s been in The Full Monty on Disney Plus, The Durrells and Why Didn’t They Ask Evans?, as well as many episodes of Frankie Boyle’s New World Order and Have I Got News For You. His new show is a tale about surprise, fear, luck, love and qualified medical practitioners.

Cluedo, the hilarious whodunit is back on stage with a new mystery, new house, new suspects, and lot of new bodies with Cluedo 2: The Next Chapter! If you're a fan of the game or enjoyed the hysterical first play - you’re gonna love this! If you missed the first Cluedo, it doesn’t matter – this is a brand new story - for all age groups – so come and have some fun - you’ll love it too! From Tuesday 14th – Saturday 18th May.

Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hip Hippo and those hilarious, plotting penguins as they bound out onto stage in the musical adventure of a lifetime: Madagascar the Musical (have seen our editor Sophie is particularly excited for this one!) Based on the smash DreamWorks animated motion picture and filled with outlandish characters, adventure galore and an upbeat score, you’ll have no choice but to ‘Move It, Move It!’ From Wednesday 22nd – Saturday 25th May.

Based on Khaled Hosseini’s international bestselling novel, The Kite Runner returns to Sheffield from Tuesday 4th – Saturday 8th June. This haunting tale of friendship spans cultures and continents and follows one man’s journey to confront his past and find redemption. The unforgettable theatrical tour-de-force returns to the UK direct from Broadway.

Written by Kay Mellor and directed by Gaynor Faye, The Syndicate runs from Tuesday 11th – Saturday 15th June. Five supermarket employees’ lottery syndicate numbers come in, just as their jobs and livelihoods are under threat. Will a share of the £18million jackpot make their dreams come true or their nightmares a reality? A moving comedy drama based on the first series of the hit BBC TV show, The Syndicate.

Based on the award-winning 80s film which starred Richard Gere, An Officer and a Gentleman runs from Monday 17th – Saturday 22nd June. A timeless story of love, courage, and redemption, be part of the emotional journey of Zack Mayo, a fearless young officer candidate, and the captivating Paula Pokrifki, whose fiery spirit matches his own. Their encounters ignite a spark that transcends boundaries, awakening a passionate love that defies all odds. Featuring the songs of Madonna, Bon Jovi, Cyndi Lauper, Blondie, and many more.

Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s award-winning production of Jesus Christ Superstar runs from Monday 24th - Saturday 29th June. A global phenomenon that has wowed audiences for decades is set against the backdrop of an extraordinary series of events during the final weeks in the life of Jesus Christ, as seen through the eyes of Judas. Reflecting the rock roots that defined a generation, the legendary score includes ‘I Don’t Know How to Love Him’, ‘Gethsemane’ and ‘Superstar’.

Winner of four Olivier Awards including Best New Musical in London and the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical on Broadway, Come From Away makes its Sheffield debut from Tuesday 9th – Saturday 20th July. This smash hit show shares the incredible real-life story of the 7,000 air passengers from all over the world who were grounded in Canada during the wake of 9/11, and the small Newfoundland community that invited these ‘come from aways’ into their lives with open hearts.

The crowning glory of Broadway, the West End and beyond, the international smash hit SIX the Musical makes its royal return to Sheffield from Tuesday 23rd July – Saturday 10th August following its previous sell-out success! From Tudor Queens to Pop Princesses, the six wives of Henry VIII take to the mic to tell their tales, remixing five hundred years of historical heartbreak into an 80-minute celebration of 21st century girl power.

Pretty Woman: The Musical comes to Sheffield from Monday 23rd – Saturday 28th September. Hollywood’s ultimate rom-com is “a dazzling stage show” (Daily Express), starring Amber Davies and Ore Oduba. Direct from the West End, this smash-hit musical is the perfect show for dates and mates, this feel-good love story for the ages guarantees a big night out. Big. HUGE!

Ready to raise a little hell? Winner of Best New Musical at the WhatsOnStage Awards 2023) the West End smash-hit Bonnie and Clyde comes to Sheffield from Tuesday 8th – Saturday 12th October. Two small-town kids from the middle of nowhere became the biggest folk heroes in all America. They craved adventure—and each other. Their names were Bonnie and Clyde. Starring Catherine Tyldesley (Coronation Street), Danny Hatchard (EastEnders), Katie Tonkinson (Bat Out of Hell) and Sam Ferriday (The Cher Show).

The international musical phenomenon Hairspray swings back into Sheffield from Monday 14th – Saturday 19th October. Vivacious heroine Tracy Turnblad has big hair, a big heart, and big dreams to dance her way onto Baltimore TV and into the heart of teen idol Link Larkin. This fun-filled, feel good show is bursting with show-stopping numbers, dazzling costumes, and dizzying dance-routines that you can’t help but shimmy too!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show runs from Thursday 31st October – Saturday 2nd November, having dazzled audiences around the globe for over seven years by faithfully bringing to the stage Eric Carle’s timeless classics. Created by Jonathan Rockefeller, leap onto the page and join an unforgettable journey full of whimsy, nostalgia, and one very hungry caterpillar.

It’s electrifyin’! Grease is back from Tuesday 12th – Saturday 16th November. After a whirlwind summer romance, leather-clad greaser Danny and girl-next-door Sandy are unexpectedly reunited when she transfers to Rydell High for senior year. But can they survive the trials and tribulations of teenage life and find true love once more?

The Crucible:

There really isn’t a bad seat in the house in Sheffield's famous thrust stage auditorium, and we can’t wait to see how the space transforms for these brilliantly varied productions:

Anthony Lau directs Arthur Miller’s classic, The Crucible and it runs Saturday 2nd – Saturday 30th March. We’ll see why Miller’s greatest play and the Crucible Theatre are made for each other, and it’s not just for the obvious reason that they share a name…

Miller’s epic story of the Salem Witch Trials gathers us together in the public forum of the theatre to bear witness to the consequences of allowing fear and dishonesty to govern our society. Staged by the team that made Sheffield Theatres fizz with their dazzlingly creative takes on Anna Karenina and The Good Person of Szechwan, this promises to be unmissable. After the National Theatre’s storming production of The Crucible, now in the West End, we are so excited to see how Mr. Lau stamps his signature style onto this unforgettable work of canon.

Theatre Re presents The Nature of Forgetting on Wednesday 31st January – Thursday 1st February. Tom is living with young onset dementia. We meet him as he prepares for his 55th birthday party and past memories come flooding back. Following sold-out performances across the globe, Theatre Re brings its explosive, powerful and joyous piece about what is left when memory is gone, back to the UK.

Join David Suchet for Poirot and More: A Retrospective on Friday 2nd February. For over 25 years David Suchet has captivated millions worldwide as Agatha Christie’s Poirot. Meet the actor behind the detective and the many characters he’s portrayed over a career spanning five decades. This retrospective will have you witness some of his most beloved performances in a new and intimate light.

The Tanya Moiseiwitsch Playhouse:

Artistic Director, Robert Hastie, has said: ‘The Playhouse continues to offer our audiences thrilling new writing and theatrical adventures.’ He’s very right and here they are!

Wish You Weren’t Here is a new play by Katie Redford directed by Theatre Centre Artistic Director Rob Watt (Human Nurture, Birds and Bees) about growing up, single parenthood and finding your way in the world as women. Co-produced by Sheffield Theatres and Theatre Centre, it runs from the 24th January – 10th February and will then be touring, so be sure to catch it.

Lines is an exciting production created by Junaid Sarieddeen, John Rwothomack, Fidaa Zidan and Alexandra Aron with additional writing by Asiimwe Deborah Kawe. This new play asks what connects five prisons over five decades in Uganda, Palestine, and the UK? A look through the bars of post-colonial life as told through stories in these diverging yet parallel worlds. Co-produced by Sheffield Theatres and Roots Mbili Theatre, running from Tuesday 27th February – Saturday 9th March.

Howerd’s End is coming to The Playhouse on Tuesday 6th February. Frankie Howerd was one of Britain’s most loved comedians. But he had a secret, and his name was Dennis. This play by Sheffield-born Mark Farrelly explores their relationship.

Join Little Bear and Dad Bear for Can Bears Ski? on Wednesday 7th February, as they learn how there are many ways to find your place in the world. Based on the book by poet Raymond Antrobus.

Luna Loves Library Day: The Musical plays on Saturday 17th February. Go on an adventure among the library shelves in this exciting new musical for families. Based on the beloved book by Joseph Coelho and Fiona Lumbers.

China Plate and Staatstheater Mainz present A Family Business. How do ordinary people communicate about urgent issues? A show that explores the hidden threat of nuclear weapons. Created and performed by Chris Thorpe. Running Monday 19th – Tuesday 20th February.

James Rowland’s Piece of Work on Saturday 30th March is a remarkable road trip mixing music, comedy and storytelling to paint a picture of our country in all of its beauty, grime, pain and kindness.

Tickets for all of these productions are already on sale for members, you can purchase membership here. General sale begins at 10am on Saturday 14th October, book early for the best tickets at the best prices.

Live for 5 tickets (£5 tickets for 16-26 year olds) are available on the majority of productions as soon as tickets go on general sale. Sign up for Live for 5 by creating an account on the Sheffield Theatres website, and make sure to input your date of birth.


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