Photograph of the Lyceum theatre, Sheffield

Lifting the curtain on Sheffield’s Lyceum Theatre following a £1.9 million refurbishment recently was a proud moment for the city and something we were honoured to be a part of.

As part of the theatre’s business community, we were pleased to be able to work with other local companies to provide financial and professional support to help ensure that the heart of the city’s performing arts culture keeps beating.

An important part of our creative heritage

The theatre, which was built in 1897, is the last Edwardian auditorium in Sheffield and has been home to West End productions, contemporary dance and opera, plus amateur dramatics and locally produced shows.

Clearly an arts hub fundamental to Sheffield’s heritage, the Grade II listed building has survived a tumultuous life, once being converted into a bingo hall in 1968 and then in 1975, saved from demolition.

Many key features of the building were transformed in the refurb – from lift and lighting installations, decor and stage equipment, to seats and a state-of-art sound system.

The results mean that bigger and better shows can be accommodated at the Lyceum, bringing more talent and audiences to Sheffield from far and wide.

Why save the Lyceum?

We believe that Sheffield is home to some of the best creative industries in the world and our theatre network, the biggest outside of London, plays a huge role.

With public purse strings being squeezed tighter and tighter, these buildings are imperative to salvage, because once they are gone they are lost forever along with part of our identity.

Our theatres are the lifeblood of performing arts. Testament to this are the audiences of over 230,000 that flock to the Lyceum each year.

Thanks to help from Sheffield businesses, Sheffield City Council, Arts Council England, audiences and other foundations, the Lyceum transformation became a reality.

We’re thrilled to have been able to offer a helping hand in protecting such a beautiful and inspirational place for future generations to enjoy.

Here’s to many more years of the Lyceum.