In a press statement, Evans commented, that the theatre's "celebration of our youngest and brightest actors continues when Freddie Fox stars in Jonathan Humphreys’ new production of Romeo &Juliet – the first at the Crucible in 20 years. Meanwhile I’m looking forward to directing a seminal work of American musical theatre, Show Boat, our most ambitious Christmas production to date."
Romeo and Juliet will begin performances Sept. 17 prior to an official opening Sept. 23, for a run through Oct. 17. Jonathan Humphreys will direct a cast that includes Freddie Fox, who is currently to be seen in TV's "Cucumber" and "Banana." He was also recently seen in "Pride" and "The Riot Club." Previous stage credits include The Judas Kiss (Almeida and Duke of York's), Hay Fever (Noel Coward Theatre), and Cause Célèbre and A Flea in Her Ear (both Old Vic).
Show Boat will begin performances Dec. 10 prior to an official opening Dec. 16, for a run through Jan. 16. The production will be be presented in a version originally produced by Goodspeed Musicals. It will be directed by artistic director Daniel Evans, designed by Lez Brotherston and choreographed by Alistair David.
In the Studio, Evans will also direct the regional premiere of Lucy Prebble's The Effect, beginning performances June 25 prior to an official opening June 30, for a run through July 18. Originally premiered at the National Theatre in 2012, when it was won the Critics' Circle Award for Best New Play, it explores the psychology of love, the mysteries of the brain and what really makes us who we are.
Also in the Studio, Charlotte Gwinner will direct the regional premiere of Deborah Bruce's The Distance, beginning performances Oct. 29 prior to an official opening Nov. 3, for a run through Nov. 14. Premiered at the Orange Tree last October, where it was also directed by Gwinner, it is described as a play about motherhood and fatherhood, keeping control and letting go. To book tickets, contact the box office on 0114 249 6000 or visit www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk