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Sheffield Theatres visit

Members of SI Hallamshire recently went to Sheffield Theatres for a ‘behind the scenes’ visit.

We were welcomed with a cup of coffee. Our guide gave us an  introduction about the history of the theatres. Our tour started in the Crucible Theatre. Here, we watched a technical rehearsal. This was followed by a backstage visit. In the wardrobe department we saw the machinists making costumes for an upcoming production. Our tour guide also showed us some of the costumes from previous productions.

We then visited the Tanya Moiseiwitsch Playhouse (formally The Studio). This small theatre has been renamed in honour of a theatre designer who played an important role in the history of the theatre complex. The Crucible complex is thirty years old this year. During our visit we were shown the newly refurbished reception area.

Finally, we moved across to the Lyceum Theatre. We looked at recent renovations and also learnt about the history of this more traditional theatre building.

We all enjoyed  our visit. It was informative and interesting. Our members learnt a little more about the city of Sheffield.

The morning was completed with a lunch in a local restaurant.