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The Lyceum Theatre
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The Lyceum is a 1068-seat theatre in the City of Sheffield, England. Built in 1897 to a traditional proscenium arch design, it is the only surviving theatre outside of London designed by the famous theatre architect W.G.R. Sprague and the last example of an Edwardian auditorium in Sheffield. The theatre closed in 1968 and, despite being granted Grade II listed status in 1972, planning permission was sought for its demolition in 1975. The building was saved in the large part due to campaigning by the Hallamshire Historic Buildings Society. Over the years the building changed hands many times, being used as a bingo hall and a rock concert venue. By the 1980s the interior was in a state of disrepair. The City Council bought the building in 1985, it was reclassified to Grade II* listed status, and between 1988 and 1990 was completely restored at a cost of £12 million. The theatre reopened in 1991 and now serves as a venue for touring West End productions as well as locally produced shows. It is part of the Sheffield Theatres complex with the neighbouring Crucible Theatre and Studio Theatre Sheffield under the artistic director Samuel West.
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