Sheffield Theatres concludes its 2003/2004 season with a month-long celebration of contemporary British playwright Caryl Churchill.

The Churchill festival opens this week in the Studio Theatre with Simon Cox’s double bill of 1982’s Fen and 2000’s Far Away, running from 2 to 19 June 2004 (previews from 26 May). The cross-cast productions feature Kirsty Bushell, Jacqueline Defferary, Alan Drake, Kathryn Drysdale, Valerie Lilley and Cherry Morris.

In the Crucible, Churchill’s Cloud Nine, which launched her onto the international theatre scene in 1978, will run from 8 to 19 June 2004 (previews from 2 June). The cast are Daniel Evans (The Tempest, Merrily We Roll Along), Wendy Nottingham (Abigail’s Party), Paul Ritter, Lucy Briers and Nicolas Tennant.

Cloud Nine will mark the final production of Anna Mackmin as an associate director, with Michael Grandage, at Sheffield. It’s designed by Jonathan Fensom.

One of the UK’s most respected living playwrights, Churchill’s many other plays include Blue Heart, Serious Money, The Skriker, This Is a Chair, Top Girls and, most recently, A Number.

- by Terri Paddock