Making a scene: Tedd George tells of his father’s quest to build Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre

‘The ordeal of getting the Crucible built was one of the most testing periods of my father’s theatrical life.’

‘My father’s creative work with the Quakers gets to the heart of what he believed.’ | Photo: David Brayshaw and Colin George watch the Crucible Theatre rise out of the ground, Sheffield, July 1970

On 9 November 2021, Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre celebrated its fiftieth anniversary. On the same day, my sister and I published Stirring Up Sheffield: An insider’s account of the battle to build the Crucible Theatre. The book is based on the manuscript written by our late father, Colin George, who was the theatre’s first artistic director and the figurehead of the daring enterprise to build a ‘thrust’ stage theatre in Sheffield.

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