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The Lantern is Sheffield's oldest surviving theatre. At over 120 years years old, and as a grade II listed building, it is a vital and unique part of Sheffield's heritage. There aren't many theatres quite like it. Built as a gift by the original owner for his daughters to perform for their friends and family, and with only 84 seats, it is an intimate and atmospheric space.
At The Lantern we look to engage at a local level to foster a deep and diverse appreciation of creativity and performance.
The Lantern is owed by The Dilys Guite Players (DGP) who are also the in-house community theatre group. They ensure those with a passion for performance, writing and production can develop and showcase their skills. The DGP produces up to ten shows a year, and the annual New Writing Festival is a fantastic opportunity for writers to see their work performed on stage.
The Lantern is passionate about high quality, varied, theatre and is an exciting venue for select professional touring companies who have built a relationship with us over many years. Our reputation for offering unmissable theatre continues to grow each season. The venue also hosts local groups featuring young performers, giving them the opportunity to perform in a real theatre with dramatic lighting and sound.