Or, for that matter, for a night at the theatre, which is exactly what they had planned. This is Sheffield's Crucible Theatre, and I'm ready to start work for the evening. I'm the theater firefighter, which sounds impressive, but I'm really just an usher with a fire safety certificate. I help keep audiences safe by showing them where to sit and stand during performances.
The theater opened on Saturday, February 5, 1990, after more than a year of construction. It was built as a replacement for the now-demolished Victoria Hall, which stood from about 1877 to 1990. The new Crucible has 1,763 seats (in addition to 50 seats in the bar area), making it the largest professional theater in Yorkshire. It is managed by a company led by actor Kevin Spacey and director Michael Grandage.
During its first season, the theater played host to several famous faces. These included Sir Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, and Roger Daltrey from Yes; as well as Christopher Lee, Karl Urban, and Michael Rooker from _Star Trek_. In fact, the original plan was for the theater to be called "Sheffield's Galaxy Theater" but when these names weren't enough, they decided to add the word "Crucible" to make themselves sound more important. Though now known as the Crucible Theatre, it still uses the same dressing rooms as the old Galaxy did before it reopened last year.
The practical and artistic interpretation of a theatrical screenplay or musical score is the job of a theatre director. You'll be a part of the entire process, from the design and pre-production stages to the final performance. In larger productions, there may be more than one director involved.
The director's role is to create an atmosphere that is comfortable for actors to perform in, while at the same time offering audience members an experience they will not forget. They plan out each scene by deciding where key players are located on stage, what actions they should take, and how these actions connect to other scenes or acts. The director also might choose to change or omit certain details written into the script in order to better fit their vision for the production.
Some examples of tasks performed by a theatre director include: creating a setting that feels right for each scene (e.g., a living room or a battlefield), choosing how characters interact with one another (e.g., physically or through speech bubbles), and determining how much detail to include in each scene (e.g., opening doors or turning on lights).
A good director ensures that the story is told clearly and effectively without boring or confusing the audience.
Crucible Theatre/Age, 50c, 1971. The original design for this theatre was by Kenneth Grange who also designed The Royal Albert Hall. It opened in 1971 with four performances a week of mainstream drama and music concerts.
The building is constructed of glass, steel, and concrete with an exterior made up of 2,722 panels and an interior dominated by its dome which rises 165 feet above the stage. The shape of the dome is that of a cooking pot or crucible and it provides all the lighting for the theatre. The top of the dome is lined with 952 light bulbs that are replaced every three years as part of annual maintenance work. There are also several large video screens mounted around the outside of the dome that can be used to display images from private companies or government agencies. These make up the largest single screen display in Europe.
The building is located on Gower Street in London's West End and is one of Britain's most popular theatre destinations. More than 1.5 million people visit the theatre each year. It has been called "the most British of all British theatres" because of its emphasis on tradition and history with special attention paid to detail.