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The Crucible

  Productions at the Crucible Theatre
Technical Information...
Technical Specifications are currently being up-dated. Please call the theatre on 0114 249 5999 for information.
Opened in 1971, the 980-seat Crucible auditorium was designed by Tanya Moiseiwitsch. The Crucible is the main producing venue in the Sheffield Theatres complex, but also receives some touring work as well as hosting the annual World Snooker Championships.

The performance area is a thrust stage which extends into the auditorium, enabling the audience to watch the action on three sides. No member of the audience is ever further than 22 metres from the stage. This versatile space can be adapted by adding a false wall to reduce the capacity or change the playing angle, creating a more intimate atmosphere whilst allowing the production itself to remain large-scale.

The nature of the stage means that productions in the Crucible tend to use minimal scenery so as not to block sightlines, preferring instead to concentrate on attention to detail in props and costumes – vital when the audience is so close to the stage. View the seating plan for The Crucible.

The Lyceum
Designed by WGR Sprague, the Lyceum Theatre originally opened in 1897. A traditional proscenium arch theatre, this 1068-seat listed building is Sprague's only surviving design outside London. Following its closure in 1968, the Lyceum endured spells as – among other things – a bingo hall and a rock venue before undergoing a £12 million renovation and reopening as a Number One Touring Venue in 1991.

Photograph showing the exterior of the Lyceum theatre   Photograph showing the interior decoration at the Lyceum theatre
Outside the Lyceum theatre Lyceum's interior decoration


The Lyceum is the main receiving venue for touring productions in the Sheffield Theatres complex, but following a recent grant from Arts Council England, will be used increasingly to stage Sheffield Theatres' own work. In a diverse programme comprising opera, ballet, contemporary dance and West End hits.

View the seating plan for The Lyceum.

The Studio
Opened in 1971 and refurbished in 1994, the Studio Theatre has a capacity of up to 400, its flexible design allowing the seating to be adjusted to play on one, two or three sides or in the round. Winner of the 2002 Peter Brook Empty Space Award, the Studio hosts a mix of small-scale in-house and touring productions, and is also home to the acclaimed Ensemble 360's tri-annual Music in the Round Festival.

Sheffield Theatres productions have included Tanika Gupta's Gladiator Games, which transferred to the Theatre Royal Stratford East following its run in the Studio, and Samuel West's sell-out production of The Clean House, starring Patricia Hodge and Eleanor Bron. Local touring companies regularly visiting the Studio include Dead Earnest, Third Angel and Unlimited Theatre.

View the seating plan for The Studio.

For a 360 degree view of the Crucible and Lyceum auditoria visit

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