Originally opened in 1971, the Crucible is a world-famous theatre and iconic landmark set in the heart of Sheffield City centre. The venue is home to world-class productions, ground-breaking local theatre, and famously hosts the annual World Snooker Championship.
The Crucible’s distinctive architecture creates a beautifully intimate venue, and the lighting plays a crucial role in bringing the very best from a wide range of performances. In close collaboration with the renowned theatre projects team at BaileyBertschinger, GDS set about delivering something unique to the Grade II listed building.
After careful consideration of the venues needs, it was clear that there was not a product on the market that could satisfy this bold vision. A custom solution was required, and the Starfield was born. A highly innovative fixture boasting an ultra-narrow spotlight, variable colour temperature, and a vivid RGBW accent ring.
GDS’ ability to adapt to the needs of the end-user and consultant was critical in this instance. The result is a ground-breaking fixture that brings unrivalled flexibility to this extraordinary venue. The Starfield gives Sheffield Theatres the ability to effortlessly elevate an array of performances and events, significantly enhancing the experience for both the live, and television audiences alike.
The solution is further enhanced by GDS’ revolutionary Drive Hub system. Configured to the venues exacting requirements, Drive Hub is the most reliable, efficient, and accessible high-capacity drive system available anywhere in the world.
The Crucible is now home to one of the most impressive, and adaptable lighting installations anywhere in the UK.
Head of Lighting (Sheffield Theatres)