Sheffield Theatres presents

The Regional Première of


by Caryl Churchill

Director: Caroline Steinbeis; Designer: Max Jones; Lighting Designer: Johanna Town

Sound Designers: Ben and Max Ringham; Casting Director: Anna Cooper CDG; Movement Director: Jenny Ogilvie


Sheffield Theatres Studio

29 June – 14 July 2018

Sheffield Theatres today announces casting for the regional première of Caryl’s Churchill’s, Love and InformationCaroline Steinbeis directs Debbie Chazen, Marian McLoughlin, Mercy Ojelade, Ciaran Owens,Ian Redford and Sule Rimi. The production opens at Sheffield Theatres Studio on Monday 2 July, with previews from the Friday 29 June, and runs until Saturday 14 July.

‘I’ve something to tell you’


‘So you need to look at me’

‘I’m listening’

In this series of encounters, over 100 characters are tasked with making meaning and joining up the dots.

Sheffield Theatres’ Associate Director Caroline Steinbeis directs Caryl Churchill‘s shatteringly inventive snapshot of modern life, love and finding the answer.

Caryl Churchill (b.1938) is one of the UK’s most influential playwrights. Her many plays include Owners, Seven Jewish Children, Drunk Enough to Say I Love You, Top Girls, This is a Chair, Far Away, A Number, The Skriker, Cloud NineSerious Money, Escaped Alone and Pigs and Dogs.

Debbie Chazen returns to Sheffield Theatres, having previously appeared in The Cherry Orchard. Her other theatre work includes The Girls Musical (Phoenix Theatre and tour – Olivier Award nominee for Best Actress in a Musical), A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur (Coronet Print Room), Listen, We’re Family (Wilton’s Music Hall), The Duck House (Vaudeville Theatre), A Little Hotel on the Side (Theatre Royal Bath), Open Court: The President Has Come to See You, Mint, Untitled Matriarch Play and In Basildon (Royal Court Theatre), Calendar Girls (West End & Tour), The Girlfriend Experience (Royal Court/Young Vic/Plymouth), and A Prayer for Owen Meany and Mother Clap’s Molly House (National Theatre). Her television credits include The Last Kingdom, Dead Pixels, Agatha Raisin, Ambassadors, Asylum, Holby City, Sherlock, Trollied, The Spa, Coronation Street, Doctor Who, Tittybangbang, This Is Jinsy, White Van Man, We Are Klang, Psychoville, The Smoking Room, Nicholas Nickleby, Mine All Mine, Murder in Suburbia, Doc Martin, Gimme Gimme Gimme, Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married, Tess of the D’Urbervilles, A Christmas Carol and The Lakes; and for film, Mike Leigh’s Topsy Turvy, Suzie Gold, Tooth and Anton Chekhov’s The Duel.

Marian McLoughlin’s theatre credits include Edmond (Royal Court Theatre), After the Fall (National Theatre), Winter Solstice (ATC Theatre), The Girls (Phoenix Theatre), Henry VBartholomew Fair (National Theatre), The Playboy of the Western World (Riverside Studios) and Milkwood Blues (Lyric Studio, Hammersmith). Her television credits include Doctors, Boomers, Truckers, Born to Run, Thin Ice, William and Mary, Home Time, Grafters, Kinsey and Castles.


Mercy Ojelade’s theatre credits include Richard III (Perth Theatre),The White Devil (Shakespeare’s Globe), They Drink It In The Congo (Almeida Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A Play for The Nation (RSC), Last Dream on Earth (National Theatre of Scotland), Tomorrow (Vanishing Point Theatre), Arabian Nights (Tricycle Theatre), Crash of The Elysium (Punchdrunk/BBC/MIF), Roadkill (UK / US & Théâtre de la Ville), How to Think the UnthinkableThe Man with the Disturbingly Smelly Foot (Unicorn Theatre), The Container (Young Vic & Edinburgh Festival Fringe) and The Walworth Farce (Druid Theatre – Ireland, National Theatre & world tour). For television, her work includes Ørnen and Outlander; and for film, Ezra and Incendiary.

Ciaran Owens  theatre credits include Tumulus (Vault Festival), Abigail’s Party (Theatre Royal Bath), The Brink(Orange Tree Theatre), Disco Pigs (JMK Winner – UK & Ireland tour), So Here We Are (Royal Exchange/HighTide), The Crocodile (Invisible Dot/Manchester International Festival), King John (Shakespeare’s Globe),  A Handful of Stars (Theatre503/Trafalgar Studios), Oh What A Lovely War (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Candide, Titus Andronicus and A Mad World My Masters (RSC), Our Country’s Good (Out of Joint) and Mercury Fur (Old Red Lion/Trafalgar Studios). Television credits include The Last KingdomStrike BackCrazyheadArthur & GeorgeSpotless, Wallander and The Inbetweeners; and for film his credits include Red Joan and Where Hands Touch.

Ian Redford’s previous theatre credits include Our Country’s Good, Shopping and F**king, Some Explicit Polaroids, The Permanent Way (Out of Joint), Laughing Matter, She Stoops to Conquer, Love The Sinner, Mother Clap’s Molly House (National Theatre), Candide, A Mad World My Masters, The Roaring Girl, Arden of Faversham, The Witch of Edmonton, The Alchemist (RSC), Linda (Royal Court Theatre), Antigone, Dr Faustus, A View from the Bridge (Royal Exchange Manchester), The Secret Theatre, Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare’s Globe), ‘M’ Butterfly (Shaftesbury Theatre) and Chapter Two (Gielgud Theatre). For television his credits include Foyle’s War, New Tricks, and as series regular Keith Appleyard in Coronation Street. His film credits include The Remains of The Day, Antonia and Jane, Mary and Martha, Getting it Right, Annie 2, Three Men and a Little Lady and The Man with The Iron Heart.

Sule Rimi returns to Sheffield Theatres, where he previously appeared in Desire Under the Elms. Other theatre work includes Barber Shop Chronicles (National Theatre/West Yorkshire Playhouse /international tour), The Suicide (National Theatre), Hamlet, Who’s There? (Flute Theatre/ ETT), Mary Stuart, They Drink it in the Congo(Almeida Theatre), The Odyssey: Missing, Presumed Dead (English Touring Theatre/Liverpool Everyman), The Rolling Stone (Royal Exchange/West Yorkshire Playhouse/Orange Tree Theatre) and Bordergame (National Theatre Wales). For television his credits include Tourist TrapThe Forgiving Earth, Death in Paradise, Bobble, First DegreeUnforgotten, Stella, Crash, Caerdydd and Scrum IV: Operation; and for film, Pink Wall, Indifferent, The Machine, Elfie Hopkins: Cannibal Hunter, Night of the Living Dead Resurrection, Panic Buttons and Starter for Ten.

Caroline Steinbeis was the recipient of the 2009 JMK Award. She was previously on attachment at the National Theatre and in 2008 completed the Director’s Course at the NT Studio. She was International Associate at the Royal Court under Dominic Cooke, developing and directing workshops and new plays from all over the world. As a director, her credits include Edward II (Arts Theatre, Cambridge), The Tempest (Royal and Derngate), The Crucible, Brilliant Adventures (Royal Exchange), We Want You to Watch (National Theatre), The Broken Heart (Shakespeare’s Globe), Show 6 of Secret Theatre (Lyric Hammersmith), Talk Show, Mint, A Time to Reap (Royal Court), Earthquakes in London (National Theatre as Associate, and the UK tour director), Fatherland (Gate Theatre and Radical Jung Festival, Munich), and Caryl Churchill’s Mad Forest (BAC for which she won the 2009 JMK Award).

Sheffield Theatres


Crucible Lyceum Studio 55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, S1 1DA                              


Box Office 0114 249 6000 – Mon – Sat 10.00am to 8.00pm

On non-performance days the Box Office closes at 6.00pm.


Twitter: @crucibletheatre @SheffieldLyceum

Sheffield Theatres:


8 June – 23 June

Press night: 12 June



By Caryl Churchill

29 June – 14 July

Press night: 2 July



18 July – 21 July

Press night: 18 July


West End:


Apollo Theatre

Until April 2019