New shows have been announced for Sheffield Theatre’s 2023 season as well as further details for their 50th anniversary season this year.
Sheffield Theatre will present a new production of Bertolt Brecht’s The Good Person of Szechwan running in the Crucible Theatre from 11 March until 1 April 2023. The production will mark the 80th anniversary of Brecht’s popular play; this new version by writer Nina Segal is directed by Sheffield Theatres RTYDS Associate Artistic Director Anthony Lau (Anna Karenina). The play is commissioned by ETT and co-produced by Sheffield Theatres, ETT and Lyric Hammersmith Theatre.
Birds and Bees, a brand-new play by Charlie Josephine about the real-world consequences of virtual life and going viral will run in the Studio Theatre from 25 January until 11 February 2023. The piece will be directed by Rob Watt.
Updates to this year’s 50th anniversary season include :
The Contingency Plan: On the Beach and Resilience, the extraordinary climate change double bill by Steve Waters will now be staged at Sheffield’s Crucible theatre this Autumn. The plays, directed by Caroline Steinbeis and Chelsea Walker, were originally scheduled for March and postponed due to the effect of the rise in Omicron at the beginning of the year.
How a City Can Save the World will run from 3-6 August in the Studio Theatre. Celebrating 10 years of Sheffield People’s Theatre with a new play developed with Stockroom, Sheffield Theatres’ intergenerational theatre company for anyone aged 12+ will be directed by Tess Seddon. Five strangers get into a lift in Sheffield, and when the doors open, they find themselves in 2116 in the very different city of Sheffuld.
Accidental Death of an Anarchist by Dario Fo and Franco Rame, adapted by comedy writer Tom Basden will run from 23 September 2022 until 15 October 2022 in the Studio Theatre. Directed by Daniel Raggett and stars Daniel Rigby (Black Mirror) as The Maniac.
They join other productions announced in the 2022 50th Anniversary season including ROCK / PAPER / SCISSORS by Chris Bush (Thursday 16 June – Saturday 2 July 2022, Crucible, Lyceum and Studio Theatres),Much Ado About Nothing (Friday 9 – Saturday 24 September 2022, Crucible Theatre and touring) andStanding at the Sky’s Edge by Richard Hawley and Chris Bush (Saturday 10 December 2022 – Saturday 21 January 2023, Crucible Theatre).
Robert Hastie, Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres, said:
“Our 50th year is all about putting bold work on our stages, telling important stories from Sheffield and beyond, and sharing in the unique opportunities and atmosphere that only live theatre can give us. And we’re only just halfway through this birthday year. We are about to open our centrepiece productions: ROCK / PAPER / SCISSORS, written by the inimitable Chris Bush. The three plays are alternate visions of the future and a witty and heartfelt exploration of how the past can help or hinder our fates.
Today we’re adding more shows to our anniversary season. The first is Birds and Bees, in co-production with Theatre Centre – the team behind the brilliant Human Nurture, which had a huge impact in the Studio and in local schools at the beginning of the year. Birds and Bees is anew play by Charlie Josephine, directed by Rob Watt,andexplores the real-life consequences of the virtual world.
Then into spring, we’re staging The Good Person of Szechwan, adapted by Nina Segal. Marking the 80th anniversary of Bertolt Brecht’s popular play, we are very excited to be co-producing this story of moral compass with ETT and Lyric Hammersmith Theatre, also commissioned by ETT. Following his epic retelling of Anna Karenina, Sheffield Theatres RTYDS AssociateArtisticDirector Anthony Lau directs this play performed by a company of actors predominantly of East Asian heritage.
Tickets are now on sale.