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English Touring Opera to make Sheffield its new home

English Touring Opera (ETO) announces the city of Sheffield as the company’s new home, and will relocate its offices by the end of October 2024 as part of the Arts Council England Transfer Programme.

Sheffield is a major, historic city with a thriving cultural and creative industries sector, accounting for 7.2% of Sheffield’s working population – almost double the national average.

ETO already has existing links with Sheffield, as well as a strong audience in the city built through its regular visits to Sheffield Theatres on its tours.

Cllr Martin Smith, Chair of the Economic Development and Skills Committee at Sheffield City Council, said:

“Sheffield is a city of culture and creativity. We have a vibrant music and arts scene, our grassroots offer is exceptional and we also have nationally acclaimed venues and institutions within our culture sector.

“Outside of London, we have the largest regional theatre district and earlier this year we hosted the MOBO Awards.  There is so much going on in the city in the way of arts and creativity and we are delighted that English Touring Opera will be part of this going forward. 

"I'd like to extend a warm welcome to them on behalf of the Council and the city.” 

The initial move will be to a temporary office base in Sheffield, to be completed by October 2024, allowing ETO to form deeper relationships within the city before moving to a permanent home there in Spring 2025.

Because of the long-term nature of the company’s planning cycle, ETO will continue to rehearse and open its tours at London’s Hackney Empire, with the ambition to rehearse and open in Sheffield from the Spring 2026 season.

Find out more on the English Touring Opera website.