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Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield


Norfolk Street/Tudor Square, Sheffield
S1 1DA


0114 249 6000
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Many famous touring productions visit the famous Lyceum Theatre each year.

Originally built in 1847, the Lyceum is the only surviving theatre outside of London designed by the famous theatre architect W G R Sprague, and the last example of an Edwardian auditorium in Sheffield. Proudly standing atop the Lyceum is Mercury, son of Zeus and Maia.

In 1968 the Lyceum theatre was turned into a bingo hall but closed a year later in 1969. Despite being granted Grade II listed status in 1972, planning permission was sought for its demolition in 1975. The building was saved in part due to campaigning by the Hallamshire Historic Buildings Society.

Ownership changed many times over the years, being used for bingo and even a rock concert venue at one point, but by the 1980s the interior was in a state of disrepair.

Sheffield City Council bought the building in 1985 and it was reclassified to Grade II* listed status.

Between 1988 and 1990 the Lyceum was completely restored at a cost of £12 million; the stage was rebuilt and the auditorium was completely restored so that the Lyceum was finally back in business as a proper theatre again after two decades of neglect.

The Lyceum now presents a variety of theatre, including touring West End productions, opera and contemporary dance, as well as locally produced shows as part of Sheffield Theatres Trust.


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