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Sheffield's Crucible celebrates 40 years of theatre

  • Date: 10 November 2011
  • Area: North
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Sculpture installation by Sarah Staton at the Crucible theatre, Sheffield. Credit: Jerry Hardman-Jones

A series of one-off shows has been organised to mark 40 years of the Arts Council-funded Crucible theatre in Sheffield.

The productions, many of which include local actors and artists, will celebrate the story of the theatre and its place in the city.

The actual day of the anniversary, next Wednesday, will see the Passing Through community promenade performance make its way to the Crucible via the Winter Garden. This is choreographed by Millennium Galleries' Caroline Lamb.

Leading up to that sees a return by Fanfared: Echoing Fanfare, the theatre's first show in 1971, as well as an Invisible Flock performance.

Community ensemble the Sheffield People's Theatre also takes to the stage with Lives In Art, while That Night Follows Day sees the English-language premiere of a piece written by Tim Etchells, the group's Artistic Director.

Another show is In My Shoes, performed by city hip-hop act Rationale on Tuesday. This looks at age and culture using a family therapy session.

TV, theatre and film critic Mark Lawson hosts a panel discussion with current and former Crucible artistic directors Deborah Paige, Colin George, Michael Rudman and Peter James.

The Crucible is part of Sheffield Theatres, which will be in our National portfolio in April 2012. Find out more about Sheffield Theatres.