The redeveloped Crucible Theatre, 2010. Also visible is the Lyceum theatre (right) and the redeveloped Tudor Square (bottom)
Address 55 Norfolk Street City Sheffield Country England Designation Grade II listed building Architect Tanya Moiseiwitsch Owned by Sheffield Theatres Capacity 980 Type Thrust Stage Opened 1971 www.SheffieldTheatres.co.uk
The Crucible Theatre is a theatre built in 1971 and located in the city centre of Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England. As well as theatrical performances, it is home to the most important event in professional snooker, the World Snooker Championship.
The Crucible Theatre opened in 1971 replacing the Playhouse Repertory theatre in Townhead Street. In 1967 Colin George, the founding Artistic Director of the Crucible, recommended a thrust stage for Sheffield, inspired by theatres created by Sir Tyrone Guthrie. Tanya Moiseiwitsch, who had been involved in designing Guthrie’s theatres, was the designer. The architects Renton Howard and Wood were engaged and the building itself began to take shape in 1969. It was completed in two years, on time for the opening performance in November 1971 of Fanfare an evening’s entertainment comprising -children participating in an improvised scene, Chekhov’s Swan Song with Ian McKellen and Edward Petherbridge and a Music Hall Finale with a Sheffield Brass Band.
This demonstrated the versatility of the stage, which has since been adapted to Dance, Musical performance, as well as classical and modern theatre, and receives touring productions as well as hosting squash and spectacularly, the World Snooker Championship.
The audience sits on three sides but no member is more than the length of a cricket wicket - 22 yards (20 metres) - from the performer, or indeed a snooker ball. Consequently although it seats 980 people the spectator has a intimate relationship with the activity on stage. Colin George and the Administrator David Brayshaw persuaded the Gulbenkian Foundation to finance for the first time the building of a professional theatre - the 400 seat Studio, which opened with the main house.
The building went through a £15 million refurbishment between 2007 and late 2009 – opening during that period only for the 2008 and 2009 World Snooker Championships.
Players with 1000 frames played at the Crucible
- Stephen Hendry (7-time tournament champion),
- Steve Davis (6-time tournament champion),
- Jimmy White (6-time tournament finalist),
- John Higgins (4-time tournament champion),
- Ronnie O'Sullivan (3-time tournament champion),
- John Parrott (1991 tournament champion).
Players with 1000 frames won at the Crucible
- Stephen Hendry
- Crucible Theatre, Sheffield: A Model Theatre in the Tradition of the Juvenile Drama, Michael D Everett, MDE Pubns (1981), ISBN 0906933013
- The acoustical design and performance of the Sheffield Crucible Theatre, D. J Oldham, Dept. of Building Science, Faculty of Architectural Studies, University of Sheffield (1973), ASIN B0007BLZYW
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