Sheffield Theatres to provide free kids’ tickets

Sheffield's Lyceum and Crucible theatres will be involved in the scheme. Photo: David Dixon
Sheffield's Lyceum and Crucible theatres. Photo: David Dixon
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Sheffield Theatres has teamed up with shopping centre Meadowhall to provide free tickets to schoolchildren who have rarely or never been to the theatre.

Meadowhall has agreed to support the theatre company in a drive to boost theatre engagement and cultural education among young people.

Under the partnership’s first initiative, Meadowhall will fund 100 free theatre tickets to children at schools in east Sheffield – where arts engagement in the city is lowest.

Sheffield Theatres chief executive Dan Bates welcomed the partnership between what he described as two of Sheffield’s “flagship” organisations.

“Meadowhall’s support will help enable us to share the joy of live theatre with children who may not ordinarily get the chance,” he added.

Meadowhall centre director Darren Pearce said: “We’re very proud to be linking up with our city’s well established and award-winning theatres.

“Our aim is to engage a more diverse audience and, who knows, perhaps inspire some performers of the future.”

Last month Sheffield Theatres scooped five prizes at the UK Theatre Awards – more than any other venue or company.