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Sheffield Theatres Annual Review 2012


Sheffield Theatres Annual Review 2012

2012 an outstanding year for sheffield theatres In January 2013, we were delighted and proud to be awarded the prestigious Stage 100 Regional Theatre of the Year Award. The accolade confirms our status as a pre-eminent regional theatre and acknowledges the contribution we make to the life of the city, region and country. It was the culmination of an outstanding year. During 2012 we presented and produced a unique variety of theatre, musicals, new writing and work with and for the communities of Sheffield and the city region. With its three theatres; the Crucible, Lyceum and Studio, Sheffield Theatres is the UK’s largest regional theatre complex and it’s a business which makes a hugely significant contribution to the economy and the quality of life in this city.

In the midst of financial hardship and with the prospect of more to come, we’re very proud that the people of this city and region come together to be moved by the shows on our stages, and that they continue to value and support our work with such generosity. Thank you to everyone who has visited us, brought their children to their first show here or bought a coffee from us in the last year, and thank you to all our staff and volunteers who work hard to provide our audiences with enriching experiences each season. This annual review gives a snapshot of everything that has happened at Sheffield Theatres in 2012. From our own productions to visiting shows and our wide-ranging education and community initiatives, it’s been a busy, highly successful and critically acclaimed year. Dan Bates, Chief Executive Daniel Evans, Artistic Director

chair’s statement 2012 was certainly an extraordinary artistic year for Sheffield Theatres. It was also a year of great challenge; to continue to create exemplary theatre in the city of Sheffield against a backdrop of reduced funding and in a harsh economic climate. Like most publicly funded organisations, we braced ourselves for further cuts throughout 2012. During the last year, we’ve restructured the staff team and made savings across the theatres

Carly Bawden as Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady Photograph by Johan Persson

whenever possible. This puts us in a strong position to continue to deliver extraordinary productions and reach out to audiences across the city and region during 2013 and beyond. However, following announcements made March this year, we now know that we have received a reduction in funding from from Sheffield City Council and further cuts to our grant from Arts Council England. Consequently, our longer term work with communities, young people and emerging talent across the city may be affected.

Our challenge for 2013 and beyond is to continue the excellent work on our stages and to find new, creative ways to underpin the valuable work that happens in communities and in talent developments, on which the rich cultural future of this city and region depends. Neil Adleman, Chair of Trustees

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Sheffield Theatres Annual Review 2012

our mission and values

• Passionate

‘ Sheffield Theatres continues to produce exemplary shows, serving a local and national audience that greatly values its work’

• Enriching

The Stage

We believe that the experience of live art transforms people’s lives. Through our rich, varied and life-enhancing programme, we will engage and provoke all the people of Sheffield and beyond to laughter, tears and thought. Our core values are to be: • Bold

We have consulted with our staff team to create four foundation statements which underpin everything we do: • Sheffield Theatres is a creative, passionate and ambitious organisation whose aim is to excite and inspire all of its customers and teams. • We want to be the best; a leader in our field. Our staff seek continuous improvement and embrace new challenges and opportunities.

From 2012 to 2015 we have four key areas of focus:

Impact on the city and region

Delivering extraordinary productions

‘ Under Daniel Evans the theatre is really roaring’ The Guardian

Growing Audiences

• Our aim is to create an environment which is welcoming, professional and open with a culture of respect, accountability and loyalty. • We aim to communicate our vision clearly in order to create an engaged, united, proactive and informed team who deliver excellence for all our customers.

Barbara Flynn and Henry Goodman in Copenhagen Photograph by Manuel Harlan

Becoming more sustainable

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Sheffield Theatres Annual Review 2012

sheffield: the city and region The local economy Sheffield Theatres plays a vital role in the economy of the city. Selling over 350,000 tickets for our theatre productions each year, along with 45,000 tickets for World Snooker, we’re responsible for generating an estimated £27 million contribution to the local economy. The audiences we bring benefit restaurants, car parks and hotels. The theatres provide employment for over 100 full time and 100 part time staff, as well as more than 160 actors, designers and musicians associated with our productions. Added to this, we provide training and professional development in the many skills that are employed within a theatre; from carpentry to customer services, kitchen staff to costume makers. This is a vibrant, connected part of the regional and city economy.

A national and international player Our new title of Regional Theatre of the Year underlines our national importance to the arts industry. We’re nationally acknowledged as the leader in our field, providing the highest quality theatre offer outside London and making a very significant contribution to the arts ecology. We create, develop, present and tour productions which are seen across the whole of the UK and our work with new writers, directors and emerging artists has an impact across the theatre industry. And it’s not just the theatre on our stages which reaches beyond Sheffield. Our annual hosting of World Snooker reaches an audience of 285 million people across the globe and generates well in excess of £2 million to the local economy.

Photograph by James Stewart

‘ Sheffield Theatres delivers for the city on many levels. As an ambitious city, we need, and Sheffield Theatres gives us, great theatre that is enjoyed by the citizens of Sheffield but also carries our reputation regionally, nationally and internationally. That is why we support it. We also know, though, that such success is never easy and should never be taken for granted. We believe that the current Sheffield Theatres team is doing an excellent job in running the organisation as well as consistently providing exceptional creative leadership. It feels to us like a true and positive partnership.’


350,000 tickets sold each year


contribution to the local economy



people employed


people watching World Snooker in 80 countries around the world

Councillor Julie Dore, Leader of Sheffield City Council

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Sheffield Theatres Annual Review 2012

extraordinary productions Sheffield Theatres comprises three theatres in the heart of the city; the Crucible, a 900-seat space in which we produce our own work and occasionally present touring shows; the Lyceum which has 1,100 seats in a traditional proscenium design where we present a varied programme of musicals, drama, ballet, opera and family shows; and the Studio, a flexible space with up to 450 seats where we produce new plays and present smaller scale touring shows. Each of these spaces plays a unique part in the overall ecology of Sheffield Theatres, enabling us to present a rich and varied programme with broad appeal to all audiences.

Critical Acclaim In 2012, Sheffield Theatres was nominated for four awards at the Theatre Awards UK; Best New Play, Best Performance in a Musical, Best Musical Production and Best Supporting Performance. Aidan McCardle won the Theatre Award UK for Best Supporting Performance for his role in Michael Frayn’s Democracy.

‘ This is definitely now one of our family’s memories. It couldn’t have happened anywhere apart from the Crucible’ Teresa, audience member




productions by visiting companies


new Sheffield Theatres Productions

We were also nominated for a Award for Best Regional Production for Company and, most importantly of all, were named Regional Theatre of the Year in the Stage 100 Awards.

Dominic West as Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady Photograph by Johan Persson

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Sheffield Theatres Productions

Artistic Highlights for 2012 included: • Our acclaimed revival of Sondheim/ Furth’s Company, directed by Jonathan Munby with Musical Direction by Nigel Lilley, Lighting Design by Neil Austin, and a cast including Francesca Annis and Sheffield Theatres’ Artistic Director, Daniel Evans. The production received nominations in two Theatre Awards UK categories; Best Performance in a Musical and Best Musical Production. • Our second Writer’s Season showcasing the work of Michael Frayn and spanning all three venues simultaneously, with readings of Frayn’s lesser known plays, novels and journalism as well as three full productions of Copenhagen, Benefactors and Democracy. The centrepiece of the season, Democracy, transferred to the Old Vic Theatre, London in June 2012.

• Our world première production of DC Moore’s Straight, a brand new comedy produced in association with the Bush Theatre received widespread critical acclaim both in Sheffield and London. • The year culminated in outstanding reviews for our Christmas 2012 production of My Fair Lady, directed by Sheffield Theatres’ Artistic Director Daniel Evans and featuring Carly Bawden and Dominic West. This was a year in which we worked with some of the finest, most established actors, designers and directors in the UK, along with some of its rising stars. A full list of Sheffield Theatres productions is given at the end of this review, along with lists of casts and creative teams.

‘ a world-class revival’ with ‘ensemble playing of the highest order’ The Daily Telegraph on Company

‘ outstanding performances’ and ‘a hugely satisfying production’ The Daily Express on Democracy

‘ one of the most entertaining evenings currently available in London’ The Guardian on Straight

‘ a glorious staging of an irresistible musical’ The Observer on My Fair Lady

Amy Cudden as Becky in The Village Bike Photograph by Johan Persson

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visiting productions

creative development

The breadth of our programme across the three theatres, and particularly with large-scale visiting productions in the Lyceum Theatre enables us to grow our audiences beyond the scope of most regional producing theatres.

Sheffield Theatres’ Creative Development programme offers opportunities for audiences and artists to develop skills and ideas, with a diverse range of workshops and events.

Highlights in our visiting productions programme of 2012 included: • Large scale musicals The King & I, Legally Blonde and Chicago, which played to capacity houses • The acclaimed Opera North returned to the theatre for the first time since 2007 with their production of Ruddigore • Northern Ballet continued to delight audiences with their blend of high quality ballet and contemporary storytelling, this year showcasing their versions of Madame Butterfly and Beauty and The Beast • Our popular programme of family shows continued in the Lyceum and Studio Theatre’s with the interactive stage version of Horrible Histories and The Tiger Who Came To Tea for younger families • We continued to introduce our audiences to smaller scale touring work and fringe theatre in the Studio with shows including The Oh F**k Moment, The Price of Everything, I, Malvolio, and Starving Artists Take Me With You

Photograph by Chris Saunders

Major projects in 2012 included: • Sheffield People’s Theatre: Supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Sheffield People’s Theatre offers opportunities for non-professional and emerging artists of all ages to work with professional theatre practitioners. An inter-generational project, the members of Sheffield People’s Theatre range from 12 years to 84 years old During 2012, Sheffield People’s Theatre has worked with writers, both established and new, to create 20 Tiny Plays about Sheffield which will be performed in the Studio Theatre in April 2013

‘ it’s the measure

of a thriving regional theatre that it can follow prestige events such as an Othello with a mammoth community play whose production standards are every bit as impressive’ The Guardian on Lives in Art

• Two trainee directors are working with the theatre as part of the MFA Theatre Directing course at Birkbeck College • Sheffield Theatres is home to two resident theatre companies, Eclipse and Third Angel Sheffield People’s Theatre is supported by

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Sheffield Theatres Annual Review 2012

growing audiences

Our audience base is strong and growing. A strategic approach to audience development, along with a range of discounts and initiatives such as First Time Fridays, enabling first time bookers to see a performance for only 40p, have helped us to build our audiences further in 2012 across all three theatres. In 2012 we sold 356,340 tickets and an average of over 7,000 people visited us each week, though on our busiest days in the Christmas period this was often over 5,000 visitors each day. 15,000 young people came to the theatres as part of a school trip and 97 schools visited our 2012 production of Macbeth alone (with 27 from Sheffield schools). 80% of our audience comes from within an hour’s drive of the theatre though the remaining 20% sometimes travel from great distances – our audiences this year included visitors from Japan and Canada, making us a theatre with a firm regional focus but a national and international reach and perspective.

Photograph by James Stewart

Christmas 2012 was a particularly successful time for us. Our three productions of My Fair Lady (Crucible Theatre), Cinderella (Lyceum Theatre) and Rapunzel (Studio Theatre) together provided 139 performances and we welcomed a total of nearly 88,000 visitors through our doors. We’re especially proud that over 25% of these visitors were new to Sheffield Theatres, widening our audiences significantly for 2012 and giving us a strong base of support through the city and region.


visitors to our Christmas productions


young people visited for school trips


new customers in 2012

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Sheffield Theatres Annual Review 2012

becoming more sustainable ‘ Our long-term

Our Finances Sheffield Theatres’ turnover in 2012 was £9.5 million. We generate 83% of our income from ticket sales and ancillary income (bars, catering, merchandise etc) and receive 17% from public funding. The opportunities offered by the three theatres are considerable, giving us scope to manage our revenue creatively and maintain the quality and breadth of our programme alongside developing new and innovative work.



Public Funding

£ 1,795,815 17%

Productions Costs

£ 5,309,119 51%

Productions Income

£ 6,382,701 61%

Trading Costs


Fundraising & Commercial Income £ 2,167,637 21%

Staff Costs

£ 3,061,437 29%

Other Income


Marketing & Fundraising Costs





£ 10,435,319

Premises & Administration





£ 10,426,923






partnership to support Sheffield Theatres’ New Writing Initiative is extremely rewarding. The benefits include the great local profile and the many opportunities for us to engage clients and staff with our sponsored plays. The welcome we have had from Sheffield Theatres leaves us in no doubt that we are greatly appreciated for providing support which would otherwise be hard to find’ Giles Searby Partner, Hill Dickinson LLP

With the support of Arts Council England’s Catalyst programme, we have restructured our fundraising team during 2012, strengthening our skills and enabling us to build on the many excellent relationships we have with individual audience members and corporate supporters across the city and region. In 2013 we will launch a new programme of individual giving and philanthropy as well as working to develop our relationships with trusts, foundations and corporate sponsors. Developing our Centre Stage membership programme will be another key area of focus.

Henry Pettigrew as Lewis and Philip McGinley as Waldorf in Straight Photograph by Robert Day

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Sheffield Theatres Annual Review 2012

creative partnerships

Sheffield Theatres is home to two companies-in-residence, an important part of our role as a National Portfolio Organisation in supporting smaller scale companies and the work that they do.

Eclipse Theatre

Third Angel

Eclipse moved into offices at Sheffield Theatres in 2010.

Third Angel were established in Sheffield in 1995 and became residents at Sheffield Theatres in 2012.

The only Black-led national touring company delivering annual middle-scale tours to regional theatres, the company has worked with Sheffield Theatres on a co-production, of One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show, and other creative development projects since arriving in Sheffield.

‘In our two and a half years of residence in Sheffield Theatres, we have continued to pursue our shared ethos of high quality theatre that appeals to diverse audiences. This has included the successful coproduction of One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show plus workshops, discussions and work with local artists. We look forward to future projects together’

The company makes work that encompasses performance, theatre, live art, installation, film, video art, documentary photography and design, all supported by an active Creative Learning programme for students, artists and audiences. Third Angel presented their production of George Perec’s The Machine in the Studio Theatre in December 2012 – their first production here since they became residents.

‘ Moving in to the Crucible has been good for Third Angel. Six months into our residency and exciting plans are in place for creative learning, mentoring and producing projects together’

‘ Hosting smaller companies and supporting their creative development is an important part of our role as a buildingbased organisation. These partnerships are also key to our own development, helping to make sure that we are diverse and open to new ideas’ Dan Bates Chief Executive, Sheffield Theatres

Alexander Kelly Co-Artistic Director, Third Angel

Dawn Walton Artistic Director, Eclipse Theatre Company

Jocelyn Jee Essien as Myra in One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show Photograph by Keith Pattison

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Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim Book by George Furth Originally produced and directed on Broadway by Harold Prince

The annual Christmas pantomime, co-produced with Evolution productions, starred Margi Clarke, Sid Sloane and Damian Williams.

By William Congreve

Sheffield Theatres’ Artistic Director, Daniel Evans took the lead role of Robert in the Crucible Christmas musical. Directed by Jonathan Munby, the production was later nominated for Best Musical Production and Best Performance in a musical for Daniel Evans in the Theatre Awards UK and Lighting Designer, Neil Austin, won a Knight of Illumination Award.

‘panto magic’ The Stage

 The Daily Telegraph, Mail on Sunday, Sunday Express and

Creative Team: Paul Hendy (Director, Writer and Producer) Emily Wood (Producer) Alistair David (Choreographer) Alan Woodhouse (Voice Coach) Terry Parsons (Set and Costume Designer) Helga Wood (Set and Costume Designer) Gary Longfield (Lighting Designer) Nick Greenhill (Sound Designer) Andy Booth (Musical Director)

 The Guardian, The Times, The Independent and The Sunday Times ‘world-class revival’ The Daily Telegraph ‘…enough star voltage in the cast to blow the mains ring of the Crucible’ The Guardian Creative Team: Jonathan Munby (Director) Christopher Oram (Designer) Nigel Lilley (Musical Director) Lynne Page (Choreographer) Neil Austin (Lighting Designer) Paul Arditti (Sound Designer) Simon Hale (Orchestrator) Cast: Francesca Annis, David Birrell, Anna Jane Casey, Rosalie Craig, Steven Cree, Daniel Evans, Jeremy Finch, Ian Gelder, Damian Humbley, Lucy Montgomery, Claire Price, Kelly Price, Samantha Seager, Samantha Spiro Stage Management Team: Maria Gibbons (Stage Manager) Lynsey Fraser (Deputy Stage Manager) Lucy Topham (Assistant Stage Manager) Photograph by Ellie Kurttz


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‘Sheffield’s annual offering remains not only Premiership but has nudged into the Champions League placings’ Sheffield Star ‘Flashes, bangs, pyros, glitter and gallons of water…this year’s panto at Sheffield Lyceum has splash-hit written all over it’ Derbyshire Times

Cast: Ian Chaplain, Margi Clarke, Kerry De’Ath, Joshua Edgington, Christopher Hall, Jordana Lloyd-Bailey, Alison Longdale, Jo Parsons, Anthony Ray, Dani Rayner, Sid Sloane, Damian Williams Stage Management Team: Christopher Rooney (Stage Manager) Rachel Gillard (Deputy Stage Manager) Charlie Clodfelter (Assistant Stage Manager) Photograph by Robert Day

Directed by Sheffield Theatres’ Associate Director Lyndsey Turner, this new production opened the spring 2012 season in the Crucible Theatre.  The Times and The Sunday Times Creative Team: Lyndsey Turner (Director) Naomi Wilkinson (Designer) Rick Fisher (Lighting Designer) Tom Mills (Composer and Sound Designer) Alistair David (Choreographer) Cast: Richard Attlee, Samuel Barnett, Leo Bill, Lucy Briggs-Owen, Deborah Findlay, Joel Gillman, Richard Goulding, Daisy Lewis, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Rachel Lumberg, Sinéad Matthews, Harry Waller, Kirsty Woodward Stage Management Team: Cath Booth (Stage Manager) Andrew Reed (Deputy Stage Manager) Lucy Topham (Assistant Stage Manager) Photograph by Johan Persson

THE MICHAEL FRAYN SEASON In March Sheffield Theatres staged a festival dedicated to the work of multi award-winning playwright Michael Frayn. Three plays on each of the Theatres’ stages: Copenhagen (directed by David Grindley) at the Lyceum, Benefactors (directed by Charlotte Gwinner) in the Studio and Democracy (directed by Paul Miller) in the Crucible, alongside rehearsed readings and an In Conversation event with Frayn himself. Democracy later transferred to The Old Vic Theatre in London.




 The Guardian, Financial Times and The Sunday Times

 The Guardian and The Financial Times

 The Daily Mail

Creative Team: Charlotte Gwinner (Director) Signe Beckmann (Designer) David Holmes (Lighting Designer) Tom Mills (Composer and Sound Designer)

‘a masterly production of a modern classic’  The Daily Telegraph

Cast: Abigail Cruttenden, Rebecca Lacey, Simon Wilson, Andrew Woodall Stage Management Team: Julia Crammer (Stage Manager) Lynsey Fraser (Deputy Stage Manager) Clare Heath (Assistant Stage Manager) Photograph by Manuel Harlan

‘dramatic gold’  The Times Creative Team: David Grindley (Director) Jonathan Fensom (Designer) Jason Taylor (Lighting Designer) Gregory Clarke (Sound Designer) Cast: Barbara Flynn, Henry Goodman, Geoffrey Streatfeild Stage Management Team: Maria Gibbons (Stage Manager) Sarah Jenkins (Deputy Stage Manager) Photograph by Manuel Harlan

 The Guardian and The Sunday Times Creative Team: Paul Miller (Director) Simon Daw (Designer) Mark Doubleday (Lighting Designer) Ben and Max Ringham (Music and Sound) Cast: Andrew Bridgmont, David Cann, Patrick Drury, Richard Hope, William Hoyland, Ed Hughes, David Mallinson, Aidan McArdle, James Quinn, Rupert Vansittart Stage Management Team: Ben Tyreman (Stage Manager) Donna Reeves (Deputy Stage Manager) Claire Jowett (Assistant Stage Manager) Photograph by Manuel Harlan

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A Sheffield Theatres and Chol Theatre Co-Production in association with imove

John Simm returned to Sheffield Theatres in May to play Jerry opposite Ruth Gemmell and Colin Tierney in Harold Pinter’s Betrayal, directed by Nick Bagnall.

The autumn 2012 season opened with Sheffield Theatres’ Artistic Director Daniel Evans directing a new production of Macbeth. The Crucible Theatre was transformed into an in-the-round venue with an extra section of tiered seating built behind the current stage to allow audiences to sit on all sides of the action.

In May Sheffield Theatres co-produced the world première of Kaite O’Reilly’s new play with Chol Theatre in the Studio, which formed part of iMove, a Yorkshire Cultural Olympiad programme. Creative Team: Andrew Loretto (Director) Shanaz Gulzar (Designer) Gary Longfield (Lighting Designer) Shane Durrant (Composer and Sound Designer) Lucy Cullingford (Movement Advisor) Cast: Ben Addis, Kathryn Dimery, Morven Macbeth, Christopher Simpson Stage Management Team: Catherine Gibbs (Stage Manager) Jenny Crowder (Assistant Stage Manager)

 Daily Telegraph, The Times and The Sunday Times ‘superb’  The Mail on Sunday Creative Team: Nick Bagnall (Director) Colin Richmond (Designer) Peter Mumford (Lighting Designer) Alex Baranowski (Composer and Sound Designer) Cast: Ruth Gemmell, John Simm, Colin Tierney, Thomas Tinker Stage Management Team: Cath Booth (Stage Manager) Lynsey Fraser (Deputy Stage Manager) Lucy Topham (Assistant Stage Manager)

Photograph by Amanda Crowther Photograph by Robert Day

 Financial Times, The Mail on Sunday and ‘Outstanding performances’, ‘scintillating’  The Independent Creative Team: Daniel Evans (Director) Richard Kent (Designer) David Plater (Lighting Designer) Richard Taylor (Composer and Sound Designer) Terry King (Fight Director) Barbara Houseman (Voice Coach) Imogen Knight (Movement Director) Cast: Ross Anderson, Claudie Blakley, Ethan Carley, John Dougall, Joseph Drake, David Ganly, David Hounslow, Andrew Jarvis, Victoria Lennox, Christopher Logan, Charlie Norburn, Jay Olpin, Joseph Pass, Sophie Roberts, Marlene Sidaway, Geoffrey Streatfeild, Sandra Voe, Ashley Zhangazha Stage Management Team: Cath Booth (Stage Manager) Lynsey Fraser (Deputy Stage Manager) Samantha Greenfield (Assistant Stage Manager) Photograph by Johan Persson


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A regional première of Penelope Skinner’s hilarious play opened in the Studio Theatre in October, directed by Jonathan Humphreys.

In October Sheffield Theatres presented a major revival of Shelagh Delaney’s influential play in the Crucible Theatre, its first professional outing since the writer’s death last year.

Produced in association with the Bush Theatre

  The Sunday Times ‘Gleeful’  The Guardian Creative Team: Jonathan Humphreys (Director) Fabrice Serafino (Designer) Natasha Chivers (Lighting Designer) Alex Baranowski (Composer and Sound Designer) Anna Morrissey (Movement Director) Cast: David Bark-Jones, Amy Cudden, Caroline Harker, Christopher Harper, Sean McKenzie, Alice Selwyn Stage Management Team: Sarah Gentle (Stage Manager) Lucy Topham (Deputy Stage Manager) Kirsty Louise Airlie (Deputy Stage Manager)

 The Sunday Times ‘glowing central performance’ The Guardian Creative Team: Polly Findlay (Director) Soutra Gilmour (Designer) Peter Mumford (Lighting Designer) Ben and Max Ringham (Music and Sound Design) Aline David (Movement Director) Richard Ryder (Voice and Dialect Coach) Cast: Christopher Hancock, Andrew Knott, David Judge, Eva Pope, Katie West Stage Management Team: Charlotte Warner (Stage Manager) Andrew Reed (Deputy Stage Manager) Kate Stoney (Assistant Stage Manager)

Photograph by Johan Persson Photograph by Johan Persson

Directed by Richard Wilson, the world première of DC Moore’s Straight opened in November, swiftly transferring to the Bush Theatre in London. ‘expert comedy timing’  ‘sharp-witted comedy’  Daily Telegraph ‘snappy, snarky; properly present-day’ The Times Creative Team: Richard Wilson (Director) James Cotterill (Designer) Johanna Town (Lighting Designer) Michael Bruce (Composer) Cast: Philip McGinley, Henry Pettigrew, Jenny Rainsford, Jessica Ransom Stage Management Team: Sarah Gentle (Stage Manager) Kirsty Louise Airlie (Deputy Stage Manager) Lucy Topham (Assistant Stage Manager) Photograph by Robert Day

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Book and Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner Music by Frederick Loewe Adapted from George Bernard Shaw’s Play and Gabrial Pascal’s motion picture ‘Pygmalion’ Original production directed by Moss Hart

The annual Christmas pantomime, co-produced with Evolution productions, starred Damian Williams, Sue Devaney, Jonathan Ansell and Ben Faulks.

My Fair Lady, with Dominic West as Professor Higgins and Carly Bawden as Eliza Doolittle played to sell out audiences and huge critical acclaim in December 2012 and January 2013

‘spectacular production’ Sheffield Star

‘visually gorgeous, skillfully choreographed and lovingly orchestrated’  The Independent

Creative Team: Paul Hendy (Director) Emily Wood (Producer) Aaron Francis (Choreographer) Andy Booth (Musical Director) Helga Wood (Set and Costume Designer) Gary Longfield (Lighting Designer) Nick Greenhill (Sound Designer)

‘dazzling’  The Daily Telegraph ‘the stage is awash with great performances’  The Daily Express ‘this is a glorious staging of an irresistible musical’ The Observer Creative Team: Daniel Evans (Director) Paul Wills (Designer) Alistair David (Choreographer) Nigel Lilley (Musical Director) Tim Mitchell (Lighting Designer) Simon Baker (Sound Designer) Richard Ryder (Dialect Coach) Cast: Carly Anderson, Carly Bawden, Chris Bennett, Nick Butcher, Anthony Calf, Richenda Carey, Matthew Clark, John Coates, Adam Dutton, Martyn Ellis, Emily Goodenough, Victoria Hinde, Adam Jones, Joanna Lee Martin, Matthew Malthouse, Louis Maskell, Laura Medforth, Carl Sanderson, Nicola Sloane, Dominic West, Stephen Whitson, Anna Woodside Stage Management Team: Cath Booth (Stage Manager) Lynsey Fraser (Deputy Stage Manager) Lucy Topham & Sam Kearley (Assistant Stage Manager) Photograph by Johan Persson


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‘panto perfection’ The Stage

‘Christmas cracker of a show’ British Theatre Guide ‘fun for all the family’ The Yorkshire Times

Cast: Jonathan Ansell, Michael J Batchelor, Lee Bridgman, Tom Caley, Kirsti Cox, John Dempsey, Sue Devaney, Ben Faulks, Georgia Greene, Lewis Mallam, Kate Quinnell, Emily Reaney, Ian Smith, David Westbrook, Damian Williams Stage Management Team: Spencer K Gibbons (Company Manager) Ben Brayshaw (Deputy Stage Manager) Tom Caley (Assistant Stage Manager) Photograph by Robert Workman

staff Chief Executive Dan Bates Artistic Director Daniel Evans Senior Management Team Business Resources Director Bookey Oshin Sales and Communications Director Claire Murray Interim Communications Director (maternity cover) Kate Sanderson

Administration Team HR Manager Michael Bailey* HR Officer Charlotte Anderson Assistant to Chief Executive and Artistic Director Jackie Pass

Box Office Team Sales and Systems Manager Caroline Laurent Sales Supervisors Kate Fisher, Claire Fletcher*, Louise Renwick, Paul Whitley Senior Sales Assistants Ian Caudwell*, Christine Monaghan* Sales Assistants Jenny Allsop, Becky Birch, Sue Cooper*, Alistair Eades, Sally Field, Anne Hazelhurst, Tina Herft, Pat Holland, Sarah Kaye, David Parker, Christine Smith, Irene Stewart, Katy Wainwright, Lisa Wilmot

Communications Team Communications Manager Emily Clarke Senior Communications Officer Rachel Nutland Communications Officer (Media) Rebecca Willett Communications Officer (Print) Heidi Riley Communications Officer (Digital) Abi Hynes Communications Assistant Judi Ellard Programmer Cara Given Honorary Archivist John Higgins

Creative Development Team Creative Producer Andrew Loretto Creative Projects Manager Emily Hutchinson

Customer Services Team General Catering and Bars Manager James Anderson Deputy Catering and Bars Managers Andrew Cooper*, Archie Ward House Manager Debbie Smith* Catering and Bars Shift Leaders Kris Addy, Sally Longden, Andy Nelson Café Supervisor Joanne Murrison Customer Services Supervisors Andrea Eades, Claire Parkinson, Adrian Tolson Commis Chef Toby Marples, Lauren Taylor Cellar Person Robin Atkinson Catering and Bars Team Leaders Louise Sanderson, Andrea Suter, Gareth Williams Customer Services Assistants Tatjana Andrajeva, Steve Athey, Norma Barson, Belinda Beasley, Jean Bennett, Marianne Bolton, Tom Booth, Hannah Borkin, Holly Brooks, Jenny Bulloss, Mari Bullock, Ann Butler, Hannah Bowley, Kara Cantrell, Leslie Cooper, Gillian Crossland, Daniel Cully, John Daggett, Susan Downer, Harry Duce, Alistair Eades, Sandra Eddison, Malika Eisenhut, Judi Flint, Maureen Foster, Eoghan Gannon, Paige Gardiner, Sara Godbehere, Julija Golubeva, Hannah Grove, Joanne Hall, Jessica Harrod, Kate Harrod, David Hayes, Martin Harte, Denise Hobart, Lucy Hockney, Abigail Jackson, Stacey Jackson, Sue Jones, Hannah Joyce, Holly Keable, Zoe Knight, Hannah Knowles, Alex Lamb, Diane Lilleyman, Margaret Lindley, Emily Lyons, Rebecca Moules, James Morris, Sylvia Mortimer, Soraya Nabipour, Susie Newman, Cat Oldham, Jim O’Shea, Liz Owen, Susanne Palzer, Ann Phenix, Lucy Procter, Richard Rawson, Leah Reid, Emily Robinson, Jonathan Robinson, Liz Sayles, Ellen Scott, Kyle Short, Richard Sidebottom, Chris Shaw*, Dagmara Starczewska, Ruth Stone, Carol Ann Taylor, Bev Turner, Tim Turner, Richard Wain, Tracy Waldron, Alison Ward, George Webster, Jack Weston, Laura Whiteley, Julie Wilkinson, Annette Williamson, Elaine Williamson, Stuart Williamson, Julie Wood, Tony Wood

Facilities Management Team Buildings Manager John Bates Facilities Officer Angela Platts Maintenance Supervisor Julian Simpson* Maintenance Technician Richard Powell-Pepper House Supervisor Rob Chapman House Assistants Tom Booth, Robert Godley, Joanne Harrison, Martha Lamb, Thomas Shallaker, Richard Winks* Receptionist/Telephonist Angela Ridgeway* Head Cleaners Jenny Hardy*, Karen Walker* Cleaners Kelly Baxter, Susan Baxter, Tracey Bourabaa, Beverley Cairns, Louisa Cottingham, Yvonne Dwyer*, Dean Fox, Lynn Highton, Tina Kayani, Diane Sayles, Andrew Wild

Finance Team Finance Manager Kathy Gillibrand Finance Officer Lesley Barkworth-Short* Payroll & Finance Officer Jean Deakin* Finance Assistants James Hancock, Pam Murphy, Mathew Williamson

Fundraising Team Corporate Partnerships Officer Jess O’Neill Corporate Partnerships Assistant Abi Walton Individual Giving Officer Leah Woffenden

Producing Team Associate Directors Paul Miller, Lyndsey Turner, Richard Wilson Associate Producer Matthew Byam Shaw General Manager Sarah Nicholson Assistant Directors (Birkbeck College Placement) Jonathan O’Boyle, Jon Pashley Production Managers Alison Fowler, Dan Franklin Company Manager Andrew Wilcox Stage Manager Cath Booth Deputy Stage Manager Lynsey Fraser Assistant Stage Manager Lucy Topham Head of Wardrobe Sally Wilson Deputy Head of Wardrobe Debbie Gamble Cutters Sil Devilly, Chris Wilson Wardrobe Assistants Mandy Lock, Imogen Singer Wardrobe Mistress Valerie Atkinson Dresser Emma Shore Head of Lighting Gary Longfield Deputy Head of Lighting Chris Brown, Nick Johnson Assistant Electricians Scott Hadfield, Kati Hind, Tink Naylor Head of Sound Nick Greenhill Sound Assistant Andy Sulley Head of Workshop John McCall Workshop Assistants Abe Ahmed, Grizwold Pedley Head of Stage Julius Wilson Wolfe* Deputy Head of Stage Dave Pumford, James Turner Stage Technicians Tim Dickson, Tom Hatfield, Julius Wilson-Wolfe Jnr Casual Crew Dan Alexander, Matt Birch, Matthew Bloor, Pete Conn, Rob Davies, Kevin Faulkner, Leah Garratty, Samantha Gray, Kate Harrison, Stephen Kalemeera, Paul Minott, Chris Platts, Wayne Sanderson, Dan Stephens, Tom Whittaker

Audio Describers Alison Boyce, Jane Ensell, Pauline Hill, Lucy Morris, Sue Ogley, Gill Stanley, Jean Thornton *Members of staff who have worked for Sheffield Theatres for 20 years or more

Companies in Residence

Sheffield Theatres Trust Board

Eclipse Theatre Artistic Director Dawn Walton Producer Richard Oyarzabal

Neil Adleman (Chair), Cllr Ben Curran, Dr Camilla Jordan, Holly Kendrick, Suzanne Liversidge, Neil MacDonald (Vice Chair), Cllr Patricia Midgley, Angela Morrison, Clare Morrow, Robert Noble, Claire Pender, Tony Pedder, Carol Pickering, Patricia Stubbs

Third Angel Co-Artistic Director Alexander Kelly Co-Artistic Director Rachael Walton General Manager Hilary Foster

Lyceum Theatre Board Cllr Janet Bragg, David Brown, Catherine Davison, Dee Desgranges, Cllr Jackie Drayton, Veronica Hardstaff, David Heugh (Chair), Dr Norma Hird, Margaret Little, Rick Plews, Mike Pye, Chris Tattersall, Albert Uttley, Kathy Welsh, Norman White, Brian Wrigley Sheffield Theatres Annual Review 2012


Sheffield Theatres’ Corporate Sponsors

Sheffield Theatres’ Corporate Supporters enjoy tailor–made, personally managed packages including best–seat tickets, employee benefits, invitations to exclusive events, print and online crediting and publicity, access to private bar for show hospitality and special rates on exclusive function spaces. To find out more about corporate memberships or sponsorship, please contact Jess O’Neill on 0114 201 3868 or email j.o’neill@

Our Partners

Trusts & Foundations

AES Seal Charitable Trust The Foyle Foundation The Freshgate Trust Foundation Preferred Restaurant Partner

The Garfield Weston Foundation HSBC Charities Committee The J G Graves Charitable Trust

Preferred Car Parking Partner

Neil MacDonald Sheffield Town Trust The Wolfson Foundation

Preferred Taxi Partner

Production Partner

Preferred Florist

Production Partner

Sheffield Theatres Crucible Lyceum Studio Box Office 0114 249 6000 Admin 0114 249 5999 Sheffield Theatres Trust is a Registered Charity No. 257318 and is a company limited by guarantee No. 932254. Sheffield Theatres Crucible Trust is a Registered Charity No. 1120640 and is a company limited by guarantee No. 6035820. City of Sheffield Theatre Trust is a Registered Charity No. 1121284 and is a company limited by guarantee No. 6308382.


Sheffield Theatres Annual Review 2012

This Theatre has the support of the Pearson Playwrights’ Scheme sponsored by Pearson plc.

Sheffield Theatres Annual Report 2012  
Sheffield Theatres Annual Report 2012  

Sheffield Theatres Annual Report 2012