The Crucible and the Lyceum, late evening

The Crucible and the Lyceum, late evening

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The Crucible and the Lyceum are Sheffield’s best known theatres and could not be more different to look at architecturally.  The Lyceum was designed by the Edwardian architect W.G.R. Sprague and is the only surviving example of his work outside of London.  In spite of being Grade II listed, the Lyceum narrowed missed being demolished in 1975, after falling into a state of disrepair.  In 1985 it was bought by Sheffield City Council and renovated at a cost of £12 million.  The Crucible was first opened in 1971 and is famous for being the home of World Snooker Championship .  It too has Grade II listed status and has also undergone extensive refurbishment, at a cost of £15 million, and was fully reopened in 2010.