202 Eyre Street, S1 4QZ Sheffield South Yorkshire
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Between the cosy Victorian surrounds of the Lantern Theatre in Nether Edge, and the UK’s biggest theatre complex outside London stretched across Tudor Square, Sheffield doesn’t do too badly for plays. But where do you put the ideas that are too ambitious for a suburban community stage when they don’t have the commercial chops for one of the city’s shinier arts spaces either?
Theatre Deli turn disused spaces into experimental arts venues and creative hubs. The project began in London in 2007 and after setting up a series of venues in the capital, the team came up to Sheffield in summer 2014 to stage an outdoor production in a park. While in town, Theatre Deli got wind of the former Woolworths building lying empty on The Moor and realised it would make the perfect venue for their first northern outpost.
After a successful couple of years in the old Woolies, the Deli is on the move. From October 2017, it'll fill the building that was once Mothercare on Eyre Street, on the edge of the city centre.
Programming at Theatre Deli focuses on new talent, with a leftfield streak that wouldn’t necessarily get a look in elsewhere. Its network of artists form a supportive community of emerging writers and performers – so far, shows have included everything from touring productions fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe to immersive theatre, improv comedy to celebrations of LGBTQ culture.
The new Theatre Deli will launch with a cracking autumn programme on Friday 20 October. Sheffield-based experimental theatre pioneers Forced Entertainment are putting on the first show in the new space: Tomorrow's Parties, followed on the same evening by We Are Ian, plus DJ sets. The next night, on Saturday, there's To Walk in Your Shoes and another chance to catch We Are Ian.
The rest of the season plays out with shows from Third Angel, plus other great theatre companies from across the country – see more in our stage picks.
And Theatre Deli have big plans for the future in their new home. They're working with architecture students from the University of Sheffield on a new bar, The Umbrella Factory, which they hope to open in early 2018, and, of course, there'll be even more great theatre to look forward to.