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The Sheffield culture guide written by in-the-know locals

Theatre picks

Fill your diaries with Sheffield theatre trips. Our theatre picks feature highlights of the shows that are taking to the stage in Sheffield in the coming weeks and months.

Our theatre picks range from musicals at the Lyceum to contemporary drama at the Crucible and improv at Theatre Deli (currently closed for recreation – reopening autumn 2022). Expect exciting new talent at the University of Sheffield Drama Studio and the Makerspace within historic Portland Works, plus comedy and am-dram at the likes of The Montgomery and the Lantern. And in June 2022, the much-missed Library Theatre reopens its doors.

Browse our What's On calendar for more events.

Rock / Paper / Scissors

Thu. 16 June 2022 — Sat. 2 July 2022

Crucible Theatre

Three theatres. Three plays. One cast. All at the same time! This theatrical first brings individual and interwoven stories to the Crucible, Lyceum and Studio theatres.

Secrets of the Stack

Sat. 2 July 2022

Sheffield Central Library

Join broadcaster, historian and after-tea speaker Sheridan Shacklethwaite for a light-hearted, vaguely historical, torch-lit exploration of the basement at Sheffield Central Library.

A Reyt Queer Extravaganza

Sat. 30 July 2022

The Leadmill

Join Andro and Eve for a night of queer performance like no other. With performers from across the north of England, hosted by Rikki Beadle Blair.

New Dawn Fades

Thu. 1 September 2022

The Leadmill

A play about Joy Division and Manchester. New Dawn Fades tells the story of four ordinary lads who, inspired by the 1970s punk revolution, came together to form one of the most influential bands of all time.

Much Ado About Nothing

Fri. 9 September 2022 — Sat. 24 September 2022

Crucible Theatre

An adaptation of Shakespeare’s raucous comedy, with integrated creative sign language, audio description and captioning. Besotted young couple Claudio and Hero are quickly engaged. But not everyone finds romance so straightforward.

Accidental Death of an Anarchist

Fri. 23 September 2022 — Sat. 15 October 2022

Crucible Theatre

At Milan’s police headquarters, Inspector Bertozzo interrogates the fraudster known only as The Maniac. Dario Fo’s 20th century classic is adapted by BAFTA-nominated comedy writer Tom Basden.

Standing at the Sky's Edge

Sat. 10 December 2022 — Sat. 21 January 2023

Crucible Theatre

A musical centred around Sheffield’s Park Hill, with music by the city’s own Richard Hawley. Read our review from its sell-out debut run in 2019, and book now for its return to the Crucible stage.