Sheffield theatre

Home to Sean Bean, Eddie Izzard and Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker, it’s fair to say that Sheffield has more than its fair share of theatrical stars. Fittingly, the city has one of the most vibrant theatre communities in the UK, and boasts the second largest theatre complex outside of London. Home to four top-quality theatres, including the world-renowned Crucible, Sheffield really is at home on the boards.


Crucible Theatre

Best known for its association with the World Snooker Championship, the Crucible also houses dozens of theatrical performances each year and recently underwent a £15 million refurbishment, and has hosted opera, classical concerts and musicals during its 46-year history.

Set in the heart of the city on the corner of Norfolk Street and Arundel Gate, the Crucible Theatre offers free one-hour parking vouchers for audience members, redeemable at nearby Q Park Charles Street. The Q Park has 530 spaces, including disabled, and parent and toddler spaces, and is accessible for wheelchair users. An eight-minute walk from our Angel Street hotel, the Crucible Theatre is also a 10-minute walk from the train station and 50 metres from the nearest bus stop on Arundel Gate.

Stock up on pre-theatre food and drink at the in-house Crucible Corner, an all-day restaurant where you might even spot a few famous cast members. For an up-market pre- or post-theatre meal, head to VeroGusto, one of the best restaurants in Sheffield and said by many to be the best Italian in the city. If you’re in a hurry, order the Fritto Misto and the chocolate cheesecake, or go for the sea bass linguine or lasagne if time isn’t a problem. The Head of Steam is another nearby alternative, stocked with beers from across the world, a laid-back atmosphere and some very decent pub grub.

Held every April, the world’s best snooker players congregate in Sheffield for a fortnight-long competition. The Crucible has hosted the World Championships for 40 years, as 32 snooker players duel it out on the baize in front of a packed crowd and a TV audience of millions. Stephen Hendry remains the most successful player in its history with seven victories, while Ronnie O’Sullivan and Mark Selby have won eight titles between them in recent years. With recent total prize money nudging £1.75 million and a winner’s cheque of £375,000, this is snooker’s premier competition and is fiercely competitive – just ask Graeme Dott and Peter Ebdon, who battled until 1am on Monday morning to decide the 2006 final (Dott won!).

Crucible Theatre

Crucible Theatre


Lantern Theatre

Another historic venue – but this time located on the outskirts of the city centre, a mile from our City Centre Angel Gate hotel – the Lantern Theatre dates back to 1893, and is the city’s oldest purpose-built theatre.

With just 84 seats, it’s the cosiest theatre in the city, offering excellent views for its theatre, music and comedy shows. With a strong connection to the local amateur and youth theatre movements, the Lantern regularly hosts high-quality amateur productions as well as welcoming touring shows from across the country. If you’re looking for the next Sean Bean or Eddie Izzard, it’s likely you’ll find them strutting their stuff at this much-loved, intimate but highly professional local theatre.


Sheffield Library Theatre

Part theatre and part bomb shelter during World War II, Sheffield Library Theatre has a rich and varied history.

The theatre flourished in the 50s and hosted Sheffield’s first-ever TV broadcast in 1953. With 264 seats and a varied booking programme that welcomes film screenings, dance, folk, travelling circus groups, magic, stand-up shows, stand-up comedy and more, the Art Deco theatre is a real hive of activity. Located in the heart of the city centre next to the Lyceum and The Crucible, and just half a mile from our City Centre Angel Street hotel, there are a host of nearby bars, cafés and restaurants.


Lyceum Theatre

Best known for its association with the World Snooker Championship, the Crucible also houses dozens of theatrical performances each year and recently underwent a £15 million refurbishment, and has hosted opera, classical concerts and musicals during its 46-year history.

Set in the heart of the city on the corner of Norfolk Street and Arundel Gate, the Crucible Theatre offers free one-hour parking vouchers for audience members, redeemable at nearby Q Park Charles Street. The Q Park has 530 spaces, including disabled, and parent and toddler spaces, and is accessible for wheelchair users. An eight-minute walk from our Angel Street hotel, the Crucible Theatre is also a 10-minute walk from the train station and 50 metres from the nearest bus stop on Arundel Gate.

Lyceum Theatre


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