Sheffield Theatres

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The best theatre of 2022
In a superb year for the stage, our chief critic gives 10 shows an extra round of applause. Plus, Guardian theatre reviewers each pick their 2022 standout

Arifa Akbar

15, Dec, 2022 @3:00 PM

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Play ‘born of rage’ over Asian female stereotypes lambasts Miss Saigon
Kimber Lee’s award-winning drama, untitled f*ck m*ss s**gon play, will be staged at Manchester’s Royal Exchange while Miss Saigon opens at the Sheffield Crucible

Chris Wiegand Stage editor

22, Nov, 2022 @1:08 PM

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The Contingency Plan review – climate-crisis dramas on a human scale
Updated 13 years after their first showing, Steve Waters’ double bill of plays feels more urgent than before – while their personal dynamics hint at challenges yet to overcome

Catherine Love

23, Oct, 2022 @4:32 PM

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To be or not to be cancelled: how directors deal with Shakespeare’s problematic side
Misogynist gags? Ancient puns? Unethical bed tricks? Theatre-makers discuss how they tackle the Bard’s trickier works

David Jays

27, Sep, 2022 @2:05 PM

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Much Ado About Nothing review – hilarious, heartfelt show is everything
Daneka Etchells is the most compelling Beatrice you might ever see in an exceptional production of the romantic comedy

Nick Ahad

14, Sep, 2022 @11:56 AM

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On my radar: Ian McKellen’s cultural highlights
The actor on the radical joy of the Proms, a fun gay club night and the theatre he treasures most of all

Ian McKellen

23, Jul, 2022 @2:00 PM

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The week in theatre: Rock/ Paper/ Scissors; The Fellowship
Timing is everything in Chris Bush’s theatre-hopping trio of Sheffield plays; the same goes for Roy Williams’s ill-starred new Windrush generation drama

Susannah Clapp

03, Jul, 2022 @9:30 AM

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Rock/Paper/Scissors review – sharp-edged trilogy celebrates a city in flux
Sheffield Theatres
Chris Bush’s audacious production, performed simultaneously by the same cast across three theatres, intertwines comedy, romance and political rage to dazzling effect

Mark Fisher

23, Jun, 2022 @10:35 AM

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Far Gone review – child soldier’s story told with chilling intensity
John Rwothomack, performing his own one-man play, depicts a Ugandan boy terrorised into fighting for the Lord’s Resistance Army with visceral power

Arifa Akbar

23, Feb, 2022 @4:15 PM

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Anna Karenina review – Tolstoy meets Baz Luhrmann in a magnificent spectacle
With hula hoops and giant birthday cake, this show bashes the narrative with disco glitz, but keeps Anna’s tragic journey right at its centre

Nick Ahad

11, Feb, 2022 @10:42 AM

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Human Nurture review – urgent tale of race, identity and privilege
Ryan Calais Cameron’s story of two young men who grew up together in care is flawed yet has a visceral rawness

Nick Ahad

28, Jan, 2022 @11:00 PM

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Sheffield’s Crucible: the revolutionary theatre that was almost snookered
Half a century ago, Colin George faced down the doom-mongers and campaigners to bring the city a radical alternative to proscenium theatre: the open, thrust stage

Michael Billington

30, Nov, 2021 @11:41 AM

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