A theatre with character. Old fashioned and ornately decorated. The boxes always remind me of The Muppets!
It is the oldest of the four theatres that inhabit Tudor Square (Sheffield has the largest theatre complex outside Londons South Bank!)
It is also the only remaining example of the work of theatre designer William Sprague outside London. Built in 1897, it is a good example of Edwardian architecture.
For decades, Sheffielders were entertained here, with theatrical offerings. It also operated as a Bingo Hall. but gradually, the theatre fell into disrepair and for a period in the late 70's (I think) it closed. It reopened as a live music venue for a while. ( I remember the surreal experience of seeing Gary Moore performing to a packed audience of head banging rockers, in this ornate, but crumbling venue)
Following a £12 million restorative face lift, in 1990, the Lyceum is now a popular theatre again, with audiences of all ages watching well known musicals, plays and dance productions.
It's also possible to get married in The Lyceum or Crucible.
For some reason interior photography is banned, I didn't find out until my last visit (to see Chicago), when after taking a pic, I asked permission to take another closer shot, and was told that it wasn't allowed, but when I'd visited previously (for Singalonga SoundOf Music) everyone was snapping away, in fact it was encouraged! Ah well, my illegal pic is now on view!
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