Young stars take on a classic opera
show in its studio, the musical was clearly deemed a success as it is coming back to the city – playing at the Lyceum from October 9 to 18 – before going out on tour. It’s the first time the company has taken on a solo tour and demonstrates a real faith in the material.
In September Sheffield Theatres will work for a second time hand-in-glove with English Touring Theatre. Director Jonathan Munby, familiar to Sheffield audiences for his work on productions like Company and A Number, will be bringing Twelfth Night to the stage. Munby is also known around Yorkshire, with his blistering production of ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore causing controversy and impressive r reviews when it came to the W West Yorkshire Playhouse.
Over the past few years a banker for the theatre h has been its Christmas production. Major hits have included Oliver!, My Fair Lady a and Me and My Girl.
This year it is staging the c classic Cole Porter musical Anything Goes. Another coproduction, once it finishes its run at the theatre, it will g go out on the road with Stage E Entertainment.
Taking the shows on the road is a canny way to bring in extra money and share the cost of making big productions. The Lyceum will also play host to popular shows out on tour with the likes of To Kill a Mockingbird, The Snowman, Top Hat and the National Theatre’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time all appearing at the Lyceum. Alongside that, the Crucible will also host a number of one-off events that are expected to generate a lot of interest with Paul Merton, award-winning author of Cloud Atlas David Mitchell and local lad Michael Palin all appearing on stage to talk about their careers.
It appears that Sheffield Theatres is riding the funding storm with a combination of smart partnerships and a varied menu. A YOUNG people’s opera group has won Arts Council Funding to tour with one of Mozart’s masterpieces.
The Young Opera Venture presents The Magic Flute which combines comedy, romance, fantasy and pantomime.
Prize-winning singers will perform with an orchestra of young professional musicians.
They play The Civic in Barnsley on September 13, for tickets call the Box Office on 01226 327000.
And at the Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield on October 22, for tickets call their box office on 01484 430528.