The smallest of the trio of venues that make up Sheffield Theatres, the Tanya Moiseiwitsch Playhouse is an intimate space that lets you get close to the action.
Based within the Crucible building and formerly known as the Studio, the Playhouse took on its new name in 2022. It pays tribute to the hugely influential theatre designer Tanya Moiseiwitsch. Moiseiwitsch worked on the Crucible ahead of its opening in 1971 and was behind its iconic thrust stage. 50 years later, it seems only right that Sheffield Theatres name the Playhouse after her. In the words of Sheffield Theatres' artistic director Rob Hastie: "Tanya Moiseiwitsch was a pioneer. Innovative, imaginative and a ground-breaker in her profession."
As well as honouring the inspirational designer, the theatre's name also commemorates the Crucible's predecessor the Sheffield Playhouse. In doing so, it cements this former venue's place in the history of theatre in the city.
In its former life as the Studio, this theatre welcomed to the stage the beloved likes of Victoria Wood, Alan Rickman and Richard Wilson. Today, the Playhouse is where you can expect to find comedy, up-and-coming talent, and shows that lean a little towards the experimental side.
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