Theatres in Sheffield
Sheffield has three theatres in one place, clustered around the old Lyceum theatre building which has been lovingly restored to grandeur with proscenium arches and a beautifully decorated exterior.
The Crucible Theatre is well known perhaps for the World Snooker championships which are televised from there every year, and is a modernist theatre built in the 1960s at a time when theatre in Sheffield was at its lowest ebb. The other theatre clearly visible from the pedestrian access at the end of the Winter Gardens is the Library Theatre, a space for hire from the Sheffield Council and the third theatre to be run by the Sheffield Three Theatres group is the Studio Theatre, a small space designed for innovation and development of new plays.
What kind of shows can you see in Sheffield? Well there are usually a variety of shows on offer which can include modern plays, dance, touring versions of London West End musicals, children’s shows, one-off specials and long running favourites. People in Yorkshire come to Sheffield for the cultural activities in its compact city centre as well as to enjoy the large number of cafes restaurants and bars which are constantly shifting around. There is a particularly good range of east Asian restaurants clustered together with Japanese and Vietnamese now represented as well as the more usual Chinese and Thai.
Yorkshire Theatre Breaks
Yorkshire theatregoers also have the choice of going to Leeds, Bradford, York and other towns in the region to see plays and musicals so there is usually an opportunity even for regular attendees to see something new in one place or another at any time of year without leaving the county but some will also want to go down to London and see a West End show at least once a year, as part of a theatre break with the Hotel and possibly London travel included. It has been suggested that there may be two different types of Yorkshire people, the ones that like to stay in Yorkshire to see a play at a local theatre, just as a regular night out because they are interested in Art and performance, they follow a local theatre group or they like to socialise with other people they know who regularly go to the theatre, that’s one group – and then the ones who like to get a group together and go to London for a weekend out on the town, to paint the West End red and visit the clubs, bars and shops with a good old fashioned West End Musical thrown in. The reality of course, is much more nuanced with an overlapping section who fit into both groups at different times and also a large number of statistical outliers who would shudder at the thought of being pigeonholed into one demographic or another.
When Yorkshire people in general and from Sheffield in particular do decide to go down to London then it isn’t that big of a deal these days. There are, I think, about thirty one trains from Sheffield to London St Pancras every day and the journey can be as short as just over two hours. There are also regular Coach breaks to London theatre weekends with pickup points including Barnsley, Bradford, Bridlington, Chesterfield, Cleethorpes, Clitheroe, Corby, Darlington, Derby, Doncaster, Grimsby, Harrogate, Huddersfield, Hull, Leeds, Long Eaton, Rotherham, Scarborough, Scunthorpe, SHEFFIELD, Wakefield, Whitby, Worksop and York.