Daniel Evans has announced his final season at the helm of Sheffield Theatres, which will include a new production of Irving Berlin's classic Annie Get Your Gun, plus the brand-new musical Everybody's Talking About Jamie and a new stage adaptation of Lady Chatterley's Lover.
In a press statement, he commented, "I'm delighted that my final season at Sheffield will combine new and classic plays and musicals. It’s particularly edifying that two of our productions - a new adaptation of the classic novel Lady Chatterley's Lover and a brand new musical, Everybody's Talking About Jamie - will come to the stage after many years of development work. Our Christmas musical, which has become something of a tradition now in Sheffield, will also continue to thrive in the wonderful hands of director Paul Foster and choreographer Alistair David who this year will stage Annie Get Your Gun. We shall soon be announcing news of my successor, but in the meantime, I want to thank everyone at Sheffield Theatres – staff, partners and audiences - for the most joyful seven years."
Evans will leave the theatre at the end of June, with this season in place for his successor to inherit.
D.H. Lawrence's once-banned Lady Chatterley's Lover will be adapted and directed by Phillip Breen, beginning performances September 21 prior to an official opening September 26 for a run through October 15 in the Crucible Theatre. It is co-produced with English Touring Theatre, who will launch an extensive U.K. tour of the production after it plays in Sheffield.
Irving Berlin's Annie Get Your Gun will begin performances December 8 prior to an official opening December 14, for a run through January 14, 2017. Paul Foster directs with choreography by Alistair David; Anna-Jane Casey, previously seen at Sheffield in Company, Sweet Charity and Piaf, returns to play the title role of Annie Oakley. Extensive West End credits include Forbidden Broadway, Billy Elliot and Spamalot.
Everybody's Talking about Jamie, a new musical by Dan Gillespie Sells and Tom MacRae, will begin performances February 8 prior to an official opening February 13, for a run through February 25. The show is based on an idea by Jonathan Butterell, who also directs. It is described as a coming-of-age story with a twist, revolving around Jamie New, who is 16, and from Sheffield. He doesn't quite fit in at school. His dad has left home. He is about to sit his GCSEs. The future is terrifying. With his brilliant mum behind him, will Jamie be brave enough to stand up for who he really wants to be?
Sells is best known for being the lead vocalist and principal songwriter in The Feeling.
Butterell has been represented on Broadway by The Light In The Piazza, Assassins and Fiddler On The Roof and at Lincoln Center Theater's Off-Broadway Mitzi E. Newhouse by A Man Of No Importance.
To book tickets, contact the box office on 0114 249 6000 or visit www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk for further details.