Enjoy a virtual visit from your sofa during Heritage Open Days 2020

Across the UK from 11-20 September, many historic and intriguing buildings are throwing their doors open to the public for unusual levels of access to explore what’s inside.

This year a large number of events have gone online, choosing to provide tours and access virtually, with the benefit that large numbers can participate and enjoy the sessions. As usual a number of theatres are participating, all online except where indicated, including

The Cygnet Theatre, Exeter, Devon

The Roman Theatre, Colchester, Essex

Cheltenham Playhouse, Gloucestershire

The Garrick Theatre in Stockport, Manchester

The Mayflower Theatre in Southampton (not online)

The Theatre Royal Winchester, Hampshire

The Playhouse, Preston, Lancashire

The Y Theatre, Leicester, Leicestershire (not online)

The Little Theatre, Southport, Merseyside

St George’s Theatre, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk

Palace Theatre, Newark, Nottinghamshire

The Blakehay Theatre, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset

Theatre Royal Wakefield, West Yorkshire

You can find out more details about how to take a tour from the comfort of your own sofa by visiting the Heritage Open Days wesbite here

A “clutch” of awards: 1 – UK Theatre Awards 2019 reap big wins for Sheffield Theatres

On Sunday 27 October the UK Theatre Awards, uniquely recognising regional work across the UK, were presented at The Guildhall in London.

Sheffield Theatres were the undoubted big winners of the event, winning a total of five awards. STANDING AT THE SKY’S EDGE won Best Musical Production, while their production of THE LIFE OF PI won four awards- Best New Play (Lolita Chakrabarti, adapted from the novel by Yann Martel), Best Director (Max Webster), Best Performance in a Play ( Hiran Abeysekera) and Best Design ( Nick Barnes, Finn Caldwell, Carolyn Downing, Andrzej Goulding, Tim Hatley and Tim Lutkin).

Other winners included EQUUS (produced by English Touring Theatre and Theatre Royal Stratford East), Nuffield Southampton Theatres’ BILLIONAIRE BOY THE MUSICAL and Nottingham Playhouse’e SWEET CHARITY, which won Best Performance in a Musical for Rebecca Trehearn.

The UK’s Most Welcoming Theatre was awarded to Storyhouse in Chester, and other awards went to Emma Rice for her Outstanding Contribution to British Theatre, and the Gielgud Award for Excellence in the Dramatic Arts was awarded to Sir Cameron Mackintosh.

Many congratulations to all the winners and nominees.

You may also be interested to know that Sheffield Theatres production of THE LIFE OF PI will be coming to London’s West End next year. Details and information here

You can find the full list of awards and nominations here