Friday, 16 October 2015

Sheffield Theatres announce new season

Ashley Zhangazha
Sheffield Theatres has announced its most ambitious season to date.

Following the company’s revival of Show Boat this Christmas, the new year sees the first of three world premières with Partus – a co-production between Third Angel and Sheffield Theatres, following their recent collaboration on The Life and Loves of a Nobody.

Dawn Walton directs a major new revival of A Raisin in the Sun in a co-production between her company Eclipse, Sheffield Theatres and Belgrade Theatre Coventry. 

The production sees the return of Ian Charleson Award-winning Ashley Zhangazha to Sheffield Theatres to play Walter Lee Younger. He is joined by Llewella Gideon as Lena Younger. This is followed by a major revival of Samuel Beckett’s masterpiece Waiting for Godot, directed by Associate Director of Sheffield Theatres Charlotte Gwinner.

Ahead of the World Snooker Championships at the Crucible in April, Associate Director Richard Wilson directs the première of Richard Bean’s new comedy thriller set in the world of snooker. Award-winning actor Jack O’Connell leads the company in his Sheffield Theatres’ debut.

Artistic Director Daniel Evans directs Flowers for Mrs Harris – a new British musical by Richard Taylor and Rachel Wagstaff based on the novel by Paul Gallico. Clare Burt returns to Sheffield Theatres, where she appeared in the award-winning This Is My Family, to play Mrs Harris.

Following the recent success of Sheffield Theatres’ UK Theatre and Olivier Award-winning production of Mike Bartlett’s Bull, the company will stage the regional première of his play Contractions which sees Lisa Blair make her directorial debut. Finally Sheffield People’s Theatre will perform Chris Bush’s new play A Dream – a modern day mash up of Shakespearean romance.

Artistic Director Daniel Evans said today: "This is, without doubt, our boldest season to date. We’re announcing 7 original productions: three new plays, a new British musical, a regional première and two major revivals of 20th century classics. We’re delighted to be working in partnership with our resident companies Eclipse, the country’s foremost black theatre company, and Third Angel, a local company with an international profile. 

"We’re looking forward to welcoming actors of the calibre of Jack O’Connell, Ashley Zhangazha and Clare Burt to the Crucible to collaborate with us and I’m thrilled that Lisa Blair makes her directorial debut with us this summer with Mike Bartlett’s Contractions. As preparations begin for Christmas at Sheffield Theatres, I’m overjoyed that spring and summer hold so much in store for audiences in our city region."

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