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The Merlin Theatre to celebrate 50 years with Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night

A brand new production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night is coming to the Merlin Theatre on 20 – 21 April, marking the theatre’s 50th anniversary.


The Merlin celebrates the past 50 years with a production of the classic comedy Twelfth Night and, reminiscent of 1969, the Merlin has cast local actors to enrich the surrounding community. This version of Twelfth Night (set in Sheffield) explores varied subject matter including identity, transgender, and the sheer importance of popularity and adoration set against the modern day backdrop Britain today, encompassing our social and economic pressures.

The Merlin Theatre reopened to the community in January 2018 following considerable water damage, as a social enterprise offering the students of Ruskin Mill Trust an opportunity to gain qualifications and valuable work experience within a working Theatre environment.

On 23 April 1969 (Shakespeare birthday) the Merlin Theatre opened to the public with a production of Henry V, where the newly formed Merlin Players group focused on producing plays from all genres and provided local schools the opportunity to embark on storytelling. It was in 2005 that Freeman College took over the Theatre and grounds in order to maintain its historic beauty and connection to community, and in doing so created a magnificent space, fitting to the delivery of the Ruskin Mill Trust method of Practical Skills Therapeutic education (PSTE).


Tickets start from £12.50, and can be bought here.


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