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Sheffield Crucible theater reopening under way

Refurbished U.K. stage will feature Ibsen's 'An Enemy of the People'

Antony Sher heads a cast of 53 in Ibsen’s “An Enemy of the People,” which will reopen the Sheffield Crucible in February in the Brit theater’s first season under artistic director Daniel Evans.

A Tony-nominated actor for the 2008 revival of “Sunday in the Park With George,” Evans will helm the Ibsen drama in an adaptation by Christopher Hampton. The new season follows a two-year, £15.3 million ($25 million) refurbishment of the Crucible, the largest of three auditoria that come under the Sheffield Theaters umbrella.

The rebuild — expanded front-of-house space, onstage and backstage facilities and auditoria, improved access — is nearing completion. The venue will open with a preparatory “housewarming” season in November ahead of February’s full opening. Evans says his aim during the company’s 40th anniversary year is to return Sheffield to the forefront of U.K. regional theater.Also on the docket for the a.d.’s inaugural season are two world-premieres: “Sisters,” actor-turned-writer Stephanie Street’s verbatim play examining the lives of Muslim women in modern Britain, running March 11-27; and “Alice,” Laura Wade’s modern-day take on Lewis Carroll’s classic “Alice in Wonderland,” playing June 17-July 24.

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