Hi! I’m Julia White. It has to be said I’m continually amazed by the quality of the work coming to, or created in the city. Here are my recommendations for the best stage-shows to catch in Sheffield in May 2017. As you can see, there are some incredible opportunities to see great theatre this month!
1. – Julius Caesar
The Crucible, Tudor Square, S1 2LG
Thurs. 18 May – Sat. 10 June
Tickets: £15 – £30. Buy tickets here.
Robert Hastie opens his first season as Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres with his fast paced, gripping version of Julius Caesar at The Crucible from 18 May. The production looks to update the Shakespearean text of power, murder and betrayal bringing it into the modern world. As the global, political situation hangs tentatively onto an increasingly unstable power balance, Rob Hastie’s production is ever more enthralling. With a fantastically talented cast including: Elliot Cowan, Pandora Colin, Chipo Chung and Lisa Caruccio Came, as well an award winning back stage team, the production is a must-see.
2. – The Red Shoes
The Lyceum, Tudor Square, S1 2LG
Tues. 30 May – Sat. 3 June
Tickets: £20.50 – £43. Buy tickets here.
Britain’s most successful choreographer, Matthew Bourne presents his production of The Red Shoes at The Lyceum from 30 May. The classic Danish Fairy Tale and Academy award winning film of an adopted young girl, enchanted shoes, obsession, compulsion and one girl’s dream to be the greatest dancer in the world make for a decisively dramatic and wonderfully choreographed production. Matthew Bourne’s enchanting adaptation is set to a new musical score arranged by Terry Davies who has used the hypnotic and slightly bewitching music of the original filmic composer Bernard Herrman (famous for his collaborations with Hitchcock and Orson Welles). The outlandish designs by Lez Brotherston (set and costumes), Paule Constable (lighting) and Paul Groothuis (sound), pull the audience through the enchanted story, making it truly unmissable!
3. – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Moor Theatre Delicatessen, The Moor, S1 4PF
Tues. 30 May
Tickets: £10.99 – £13.09. Buy tickets here.
The gloriously eccentric boys on bikes are back again this year. On their way up to the Edinburgh fringe The HandleBards will be pulling into Sheffield to present their latest production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Theatre Delicatessen on the 30 May. The HandleBards are the world’s first cycling theatre company. Before touring their ‘beautifully bonkers’ production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream around the world, they pedalled it 1500 miles around the UK by bicycle, with all the necessary set, props and costume in tow. Now, the show is back by popular demand – and, in usual HandleBards style, we can expect riotous amounts of energy, a fair old whack of chaos, and a great deal of laughter. I have seen The Handlebards performed on a number of occasions; most recently I saw the girls production (as there is also a merry band of girls on bikes who tour alongside the boys) of Romeo and Juliet also at Theatre Delicatessen. The pop-up nature of the shows that quite literally spring out of their panyas are perfectly matched to the unusual cavernous spaces that make up Theatre Delicatessen. Having performed here regularly on their way up to Edinburgh, tickets won’t last long!
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