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Stars back on boards as Crucible reopens

  • Date: 4 February 2010
  • Area: North
Sir Anthony Sher plays Tomas Stockman in An Enemy of the People at the Crucible

Sir Anthony Sher plays Tomas Stockman in An Enemy of the People at the Crucible. Credit: Photo: Hugo Glendinning

Sheffield's Crucible Theatre reopens this month with a star-studded adaptation of a classic work. The opening follows the completion of its two-year £15.3 million redevelopment scheme, £4 million of which was Arts Council lottery investment.

The opening production is Ibsen's An Enemy of the People adapted by Christopher Hampton and starring multi-award-winning actor Sir Anthony Sher. It is directed by Daniel Evans, Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres, and tells the story of one brave man's struggle to do the right thing and speak the truth in the face of extreme social intolerance.

The production also features the largest community chorus seen on the Crucible stage, comprised of over 30 local residents of Sheffield.

The refurbishment of the theatre included the installation of a new thrust stage and new seats with higher backs for more comfort in the main auditorium, the redevelopment of the front of house area, and wide-scale access improvements. The Crucible's Studio space has improved lighting and the addition of adjacent dressing rooms, and the props and scenic workshop, wardrobe department and Green Room were extensively refurbished.

By investing in energy efficiency during the redevelopment the Crucible has reduced its carbon footprint by 10 tonnes per annum, and where possible recycled materials were used around the building.

As part of its re-launch the Crucible Theatre has also commissioned Madani Younis, Artistic Director of Bradford-based Freedom Studios, to develop and deliver a public artwork for the theatre. Freedom Studios is an Arts Council regularly funded organisation.

Andy Carver, Executive Director, Arts Council England, Yorkshire, said: 'Everyone who has been involved in the redevelopment programme for Sheffield's Crucible Theatre has been eagerly awaiting the moment when world-leading artists once again grace its stages and audiences fill its auditoriums. After two years of transformation they return to a state of the art theatre in which creativity and innovation can thrive, and existing and new audiences can enjoy and participate in some of the most exciting work being presented in Britain today, making a reality of the Arts Council's ambition for great art for everyone'

Other funders for the Crucible Theatre's redevelopment were the European Regional Development Fund, Sheffield City Council and Yorkshire Forward.

An Enemy of the People is at Sheffield's Crucible Theatre until 20 March. For more details Telephone 0114 249 6000 or visit Sheffield Theatres