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

Theatre picks

Fill your shiny new 2019 diaries with theatre trips, with our picks of the shows that are taking to the Sheffield stage this January and February – from a conspiracy-theory detective story by Sheffield’s most forward-thinking theatre company Third Angel, to a powerful folk opera telling the story of trade unionist Mary Reid Macarthur, to puppetry, a cabaret, and lots more.

Browse our What's On calendar for even more theatre events.

The Department of Distractions

Fri. 25 January 2019 — Sat. 2 February 2019

Crucible Theatre

A conspiracy-theory documentary-exposé detective story for the 21st century that asks: what aren’t you looking at? From the ever innovative Third Angel.

good dog

Thu. 7 February 2019 — Fri. 8 February 2019

Crucible Theatre

An early-2000s story of growing up in a multi-cultural community, and the everyday injustices that drive people to take back control.

The Cabinet of Madame Fanny Du Thé

Fri. 8 February 2019 — Sat. 9 February 2019

Theatre Deli

Reach into her cabinet and join Fanny on a musical, riotous voyage of hilarity and curiosity.

Gypsy Queen

Sat. 9 February 2019

Crucible Theatre

A love story about two men who find each other in the most unlikely of worlds.

Bi-Curious George and Other Sidekicks

Wed. 13 February 2019

Theatre Deli

A father-daughter show, in which an artist and her Punch and Judy-performing dad explore their relationship through recollections of all the times they've performed together.

A Reyt Queer Do: Electric Dreams Edition

Sat. 16 February 2019 — Sun. 17 February 2019

Theatre Deli

Join Andro and Eve as they glide on a dry ice cloud back to the 80s, with queer cabaret performances hosted by drag king Louis Cyfer and a DJ set from Chardine Taylor-Stone.

Pink Lemonade

Fri. 22 February 2019

Theatre Deli

An exploration of masculinity and lesbianism in Black womxn, performed to a backdrop of verbatim, poetry and sound.

Rutherford and Son

Fri. 8 February 2019 — Sat. 23 February 2019

Crucible Theatre

Githa Sowerby’s celebrated classic about the struggle for supremacy, legacy and deciding one’s own destiny.

Stripey Honey... is very yummy!

Wed. 27 February 2019

Theatre Deli

A touching and funny play for young audiences, using music, puppetry, song and dance to tell a story of tigers, bees and honey collectors learning to live and play together.

Baby Face

Thu. 28 February 2019

Theatre Deli

Following her hit success at the Edinburgh Fringe, performance artist Katy Dye brings to town her show about the infantilisation of women.

Rouse, Ye Women

Tue. 26 February 2019 — Sat. 2 March 2019

Lantern Theatre

A powerful folk opera telling the story of trade unionist Mary Reid Macarthur, who in 1910 led the women chain makers of Cradley Heath to victory in their fight for a minimum wage.


Thu. 21 February 2019 — Sat. 9 March 2019

Crucible Theatre

debbie tucker green’s provocative and haunting play about a victim turning the tables on a perpetrator.