17 May 2022 / Events

Designing the Crucible Theatre

Wordville cordially invites you to join the co-author of Stirring Up Sheffield, Tedd George, in discussion with the Crucible Theatre’s original architect, Nick Thompson. Hosted by Sheffield Theatres, this event will raise funds for Sheffield’s beloved theatre, the Crucible. An unmissable event for architecture aficionados, theatre lovers and history buffs.

To help us celebrate 50 years of the Crucible we are going back to where it all began with a discussion with the theatres’ architect, Nick Thompson.

Tedd George and Nick Thompson

You are invited to join us at 5.30pm on Monday 23 May in the Crucible for this exclusive insight event.  Nick Thompson will discuss the design and building of the Crucible with Tedd George, son of the theatres’ founding artistic director, Colin George.  They will explore the original plans for the theatre, why it was decided to adopt a revolutionary thrust stage, and how this creative vision was transformed into an architectural design and an engineering reality.

Their discussion will lead the audience through the design process; from the original sketches of the thrust stage right through to the brilliant engineering solutions devised, highlighting the amazing work of individuals and teams involved in creating this unique building.

Nick and Clare Thompson,early 1970s

Nick and Tedd will also share little-known facts about the Crucible; including why the backstage area is located under the stage, how Agamemnon’s tomb at Mycenae influenced the enormous doors to the auditorium and what secrets lie hidden under the buildings’ structure.

There will be plenty of opportunities for you to ask your questions and share your knowledge, views and experiences of the Crucible.

The event runs from 5.30 to 7pm with refreshments on arrival before the discussion in the Crucible auditorium. Tickets cost £10 and can be booked online using the link below.  By purchasing a ticket to this event you will be helping Sheffield Theatres to keep being bold and brilliant in everything we do for the next 50 years and beyond!

If you’d like to grab a copy of Stirring Up Sheffield – an insider’s account of the battle to build the Crucible Theatre, visit Wordville for your copy.