Sheffield Theatres’ season to include regional premiere of Frost/Nixon

Robert Hastie, new artistic director of Sheffield Theatres. Photo: James Stewart Robert Hastie, artistic director of Sheffield Theatres. Photo: James Stewart
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Artistic director of Sheffield Theatres Robert Hastie has announced his new season for 2018, which will include Peter Morgan’s Frost/Nixon.

Hastie has announced eight new productions for the season, which also features a co-production with the Donmar Warehouse – where Hastie is also an associate director.

Peter Gill’s The York Realist will first run at the Donmar before transferring to Sheffield Theatres to complete its run.

Frost/Nixon’s run marks the first time the play has been performed outside London, in the UK.

Other productions in the upcoming season include the world premiere of Ray Castleton and Kieran Knowles’ Chicken Soup, as well as One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest directed by Javaad Alipoor.

Caryl Churchill’s Love and Information, directed by Caroline Steinbeis, will also feature as a celebration of Churchill’s 80th birthday.

Hastie said: “In the regional premiere of Frost/Nixon we have a play that speaks powerfully to the moment while connecting us with a pivotal period in our collective history, and in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest we explore the complexities of mental health and masculinity at a time when those issues feel particularly pressing.”

The theatre has also announced two new initiatives aimed at inclusivity. The first, New Roots, will aim to reach a more “diverse younger audience” through providing the opportunity for young people to produce and perform a play, alongside theatre professionals.

The second project announced is Launch Pad, an initiative which will run theatre workshops for adults with learning disabilities, culminating with a performance on June 19.

The season at a glance:

Rent Party by Cheryl Martin and Darren Pritchard

Directed by Darren Pritchard
December 13 to 23, with press night on December 14

Chicken Soup by Ray Castleton and Kieran Knowles

Directed by Bryony Shanahan
February 8 to March 3, with press night on February 14

Frost/Nixon by Peter Morgan

Directed by Kate Hewitt
February 21 to March 17

The York Realist by Peter Gill

Directed by Robert Hastie
March 27 to April 7, with press night on March 28

Our Country’s Good by Timberlake Wertenbaker

Directed by Fiona Buffini
May 12 to 19

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Dale Wasserman

Directed by Javaad Alipoor
June 7 to 23, with press night on June 12

Love and Information by Caryl Churchill

Directed by Caroline Steinbeis
June 28 to July 14, with press night on July 2

Songs from the Seven Hills by John Hollingworth, Claire McKenzie and Scott Gilmour

Directed by Emily Hutchinson
July 18 to 21, with press night on July 18