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Steven Wheeler retires after 17 years with NBT

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Steven Wheeler gave his final performance with NBT on Saturday evening in Sheffield. The company was showing a mixed programme and Steven performed "Man in a Quandry" in one of the company's signature works "A Simple Man" (based on the life and works of LS Lowry). During the curtain calls, a presentation was made to Steven and David Nixon gave a speech thanking Steven for his contribution to the company and celebrating his achievements.

Steven is such a strong actor that it can be easy to forget what a beautiful dancer he is. He is tall, with beautiful and elegant lines and very deft. He has created many character-based roles over the years and David particularly highlighted the role of wardrobe master in his MSND and Sharpless in Madame Butterfly. He was also the most memorable Lord Capulet - his acting was so vivid that you could feel his pain as he is trying to force Juliet into a political marriage with Paris and his grief at her "death" was heartbreaking. Even before this he was a very memorable Rothbart in an earlier version of Swan Lake and the Don in Don Quixote; the NBT production had a much bigger role for the Don as it presented three episodes from the book. Steven's partnering in the Vision scene was exemplary and beautiful to watch.

All his myriad fans will miss him greatly.

Very best wishes to Steven for the future.

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