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Theatre in Sheffield A night out at the theatre can offer a whole range of experiences from a matinee full of fun and laughter, to an evening of thought-proving entertainment, and in Sheffield you’ll find the whole spectrum on offer.

The city’s three main theatres can be found in Tudor Square [map] and together create the largest regional theatre complex outside London, so whatever your theatrical persuasion you should certainly find something to enjoy in Sheffield.

Sheffield’s largest theatre is The Lyceum [map] and many of the big touring West End productions end up here. Its eclectic programme of events covers everything from opera to popular musicals, drama to comedy.

The Lyceum Theatre originally opened in 1897, but over the years became a bingo hall and rock venue before being refurbished and restored to its original purpose as a theatre. Designed by WGR Sprague, it is now a Grade II listed building and is the only example of his work outside London.

Just across from the historic Lyceum Theatre is one of Sheffield’s major landmarks, The Crucible [map]. Although touring productions can be seen here, The Crucible is mainly a producing theatre that creates original performances in-house.

Opened in 1991, The Crucible offers a much more modern space for performances and typically productions here use a bare or minimally dressed stage so you can really focus on the performers. However it also means that the space is versatile enough to host all sorts of events, including the World Snooker Championships.

The Crucible building also houses another theatre called The Studio [map]. This is a smaller venue than the main Crucible theatre space, which is used for local productions and works by new writers. The programme here includes innovative dance and drama performances as well as touring Edinburgh Fringe productions.

As well as entertainment The Crucible offers education through a programme of workshops and adult courses for those who want to learn more about theatre. There’s also the Crucible Youth Theatre and the Young People’s Forum to encourage young people and children to get involved in various aspects of theatre.

To support amateur dramatics productions in Sheffield you can go to the Lantern Theatre [map] on Kenwood Park Road, or the Merlin Theatre [map]. Both are in the Nether Edge part of town and offer budding thespians the chance to try their skills in a friendly community production, and for theatre lovers to enjoy some ground roots productions.

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