Free theatre tickets for Sheffield pupils

Drama or performing arts students studying at Sheffield schools or colleges will be allowed to watch productions at the Crucible thanks to a new scheme launched by Sheffield Theatres.

The scheme, called ‘Ignite’ was created by artistic director Robert Hastie as part of his inaugural season.

Mr Hastie said: “ If you study drama or performing arts in Sheffield, you can come to the Crucible for free.”

Ignite was set up by Sheffield theatres as a statement of support for those students studying drama and performing arts, at a time when the teaching of arts in school is under threat.

He added: “We are saying to young people with an interest in theatre, and to the schools they attend, we share your passion and support it.

“It’s vital that we put our money where our mouths are about the value of live performance.”

At the moment, students will be able to get into free to productions of ‘Julius Caesar’, ‘The Who’s Tommy’, ‘What We Wished For’, ‘Desire under the Elms’ and the ‘Wizard of Oz’.

Ignite cards will be distributed to drama and performing art teachers to reach as many students as possible in the Sheffield region.

Sheffield theatres have yet to announce what schools will be part of the scheme.