Artistic Director Daniel Evans today unveils Sheffield Theatres' spring season for 2013, which includes two world premières - Bull, a new play by Mike Bartlett, and This Is My Family, a new musical comedy by Tim Firth; major revivals of D.H. Lawrence's masterpiece The Daughter-in-Law and Alan Bennett's The History Boys, and Sheffield People's Theatre present their second production, 20 Tiny Plays about Sheffield. Full casting for My Fair Lady, the Crucible Christmas musical is also announced today.
Joining Carly Bawden (Eliza Doolittle) and Dominic West (Professor Higgins) for My Fair Lady is Anthony Calf (New Tricks, Upstairs Downstairs) as Colonel Pickering, Richenda Carey (Monarch of the Glen) as Mrs Higgins and Martyn Ellis (Guys and Dolls, Piccadilly Theatre) as Alfred Doolittle. Completing the cast are Carly Anderson (Ensemble), Chris Bennett (Harry), Nick Butcher (Ensemble), Matthew Clark (Ensemble), John Coates (Ensemble), Adam Dutton (Ensemble), Emily Goodenough (Ensemble), Victoria Hinde (Ensemble), Adam Jones (Ensemble), JoAnna Lee Martin (Mrs Hopkins), Matthew Malthouse (Ensemble), Louis Maskell (Freddy Eynsford-Hill), Laura Medforth (Mrs Eynsford-Hill), Carl Sanderson (Jamie), Nicola Sloane (Mrs Pearce), Stephen Whitson (Ensemble) and Anna Woodside (Ensemble).
The spring season then opens in the Studio with Bull, a new play by Mike Bartlett, one of the UK's most exciting young writers. Award-winning theatre director Clare Lizzimore, who previously directed One Day When We Were Young as part of the Theatre's Roundabout Season, returns to Sheffield to direct this razor-sharp new play about office politics.
Taking to the Crucible stage from Wednesday 27 February - Saturday 23 March is D.H. Lawrence's The Daughter-in-Law. One of the greatest plays of the twentieth century, this new production will be directed by Sheffield Theatres' Associate Director Paul Miller (Democracy) and stars Lynda Baron (Open All Hours, Fat Friends) as Mrs Gascoigne and Claire Price (Company, The Pride) as Minnie.
This is followed by Sheffield People's Theatre, who, after the success of their inaugural production, Lives in Art, present a unique compilation of five-minute plays about Sheffield from Monday 8 - Sat 13 April. 20 Tiny Plays about Sheffield, written by twenty local writers and spanning a range of performance genres, will be directed by Sheffield Theatres' Creative Producer Andrew Loretto (Lives in Art, LeanerFasterStronger).
In May, Alan Bennett's award-winning play The History Boys, one of Britain's funniest comedies full of one-liners and teenage anxieties, will be brought to life by director Michael Longhurst (Constellations, Royal Court and Duke of York's Theatre) in a new production which sees the play staged in the city where it is set.
The season is completed with the world première of This Is My Family, a brand new musical comedy by Tim Firth (Calendar Girls) in the Studio Theatre from Wednesday 19 June - Saturday 20 July. Sheffield Theatres' Artistic Director Daniel Evans will direct Bill Champion as Steve, Janie Dee (NSFW, All's Well That Ends Well) as Yvonne, Evelyn Hoskins as Nicky, Terence Keeley as Matt, Rachel Lumberg (The Way of The World) as Sian and Sian Phillips (Cabaret, Little Dogs) as May. This Is My Family, 20 Tiny Plays about Sheffield and Bull are being supported by local law firm, Hill Dickinson, who are funding new writing and projects at Sheffield Theatres.
In the Lyceum Theatre Sheffield Theatres' world première production of Simon Beaufoy's The Full Monty brings the boys home from Saturday 2 - Saturday 23 February, before embarking on a national tour. Directed by Sheffield Theatres' Artistic Director Daniel Evans, the company includes Kenny Doughty (Stella) as Gaz, Craig Gazey (Coronation Street) as Lumper, Simon Rouse (The Bill) as Gerald, Keiran O'Brien (Nine Songs) as Guy, Roger Morlidge (The English Patient) as Dave and Sidney Cole (Absolutely Fabulous) as Horse.