Curtain opens on sporting play in run-up to Olympics

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ACTORS went head to head in a running race outside Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre to launch “LeanerFasterStronger”, a new play exploring sportspeople, science and bioengineering, which opens at the theatre today.

Written by Kaite O’Reilly, winner of the Ted Hughes Award for Poetry in 2010, and directed by Sheffield Theatres’ creative producer Andrew Loretto, LeanerFasterStronger is described as a “darkly humorous and provocative theatre experience that explores the limits of what being human means.”

The new show wil run at the Crucible’s Studio Theatre until Saturday, June 2.

A spokesman for the Crucible said: “LeanerFasterStronger tells the story of one man’s pursuit to be the best, asking the question ‘what does it take to achieve our goals?’

“From the boxer battling with his doubts, to the sister who misses her brother on family outings and a gymnast whose 4am alarm calls are starting to take their toll, this brand-new play explores the sacrifices we all make to progress in life – and what it actually does take to be the best.

“Brought to vivid life by four physically dynamic actors, LeanerFasterStronger offers the perfect warm-up to the 2012 Olympic Games, in a race to the finish line we can all connect with.”

Tickets can be purchased from Sheffield Theatres’ box office in person, by phone on 0114 2496000 or online at

Prices range from £10 to £15, although tickets for the public dress rehearsal at 7.45pm tonight cost just £1.