Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres, Robert Hastie, has today announced the new Spring/Summer 2020 season, which opens with the world première of Chloë Moss’ new play, Run Sister Run, in a co-production with Paines Plough and Soho Theatre, and directed by Paines Plough’s new co-Artistic Director, Charlotte Bennett.
Tom Bateman then makes his Sheffield Theatres’ debut in the title role of Coriolanus, adapted and directed by Robert Hastie.
In a co-production with Dante or Die, Sheffield People’s Theatre will stage Everybody’s Got to Leave Sometime, and then, continuing their association with Ramps on the Moon, the company will play host to their new production of Oliver Twist, in a co-production with Leeds Playhouse – one of two plays this season by Bryony Lavery.
This will be followed by This is What She Said to Me, written by Oladipo Agboluaje, conceived from an idea by Moji Elufowoju, (who also directs), and presented in a co-production with Utopia Theatre.
Completing the season is Justin Martin’s production of Oscar and the Pink Lady by Bryony Lavery, adapted from the novel by Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt.
Artistic Director Robert Hastie said today:
“In recent months, Standing at the Sky’s Edge and Life of Pi have proved the importance of putting new work at the centre of our programme. Next season sees us continue this commitment to new writing with four world premières across our stages – Run Sister Run; Here’s What She Said To Me; Oscar and the Pink Lady and Everybody’s Got to Leave Sometime. Three are by British writers whose heart and humour leap off the page, and one co-created with Sheffield People’s Theatre, our company of Sheffield citizens whose determination to break new ground with every project is inspirational. It’s also brilliant to partner with Paines Plough, Utopia Theatre, Dante or Die and to continue our association with Ramps on the Moon – pioneering companies who are bringing vital new ideas and new ways of collaborating to our buildings.
We compliment the new, with one of Shakespeare’s greatest plays – Coriolanus, and a society in turmoil. The old ways are being challenged by a new breed of political player, and caught in the middle is a famous soldier whose ambition clashes with his contempt for the people he wants to lead. Beginning my tenure at Sheffield by directing Julius Caesar showed me the power of big Roman plays in the Crucible’s forum-like auditorium. It’s a public stage for big ideas and bold performers, and I’m thrilled to be working with Tom Bateman on Coriolanus as he returns to the stage to play the title role.”
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