Conservation and Renewal

The Crucible, Sheffield

The Crucible, Sheffield

RICS Pro-Yorkshire Awards 2011: Community Benefit Award: Shortlisted

LABC South Yorkshire and Humber Building Excellence Awards 2011 Best restoration and conversion


The Crucible Theatre opened in 1971 and was designed by RHWL & Associates with Consulting Engineers Ove Arup & Partners. Tanya Moiseiwitsch advised on the design of the world-renowned Guthrie thrust stage in the 980-seat Crucible main auditorium. The Crucible has recently been listed Grade II, cementing its status as  one of the most significant theatres of its generation. The Crucible is the main producing venue in the Sheffield Theatres complex, comprising a 400-seat studio theatre (for drama and music) as well as the main 980-seat auditorium. It also hosts the annual World Snooker Championships.


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The thing about the Crucible is that so many people fall in the love with the place. Whether they are audience members or actors or directors, or snooker players, there are strong feelings about the place.
— Daniel Evans, Artistic Director, The Crucible
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Burrell Foley Fischer have worked closely with Sheffield Theatres Crucible Trust to develop an extensive modernisation, improvement and extension strategy for the theatre, taking account of the need to minimise the closure period. In particular, there has been a critical need to reopen the venue each April/May for the televised World Snooker Championships. The front of house areas have been extended, providing a new and welcoming frontage onto Tudor Square. New function rooms have been provided and the box office has been moved from the bowels of the building closer to the main entrance. The integrity of the original design has been reinstated and the auditoria and back of house areas have been refurbished. Access has been improved to all facilities within the Crucible.


The re-opening of the Crucible is a major boost for the city and the region. The theatre will once again be of huge benefit to the public with an excellent set of new facilities and new programme of dynamic and exciting work.
— Dan Bates, Chief Executive, Sheffield Theatres Trust