NEWS: World Premiere for Fisherman’s Friends: The Musical Announced

The new musical based on the true story of the Cornish singing sensations and the 2019 film will premiere this Autumn.

(c) Chris Hewitt

This new musical is set to premiere at Hall for Cornwall in Truro for a limited season this Autumn.

With tickets going on sale soon, Fisherman’s Friends: The Musical will reopen the Hall for Cornwall after being closed for a multi-million pound renovation.

When a group of Cornish fishermen came together to sing the traditional working songs they’d sung for generations, they hoped to raise a few quid for charity.  Nobody, least of all the fishermen, expected the story to end on the Pyramid stage of Glastonbury.  Packed with sea shanties, Fisherman’s Friends is a feel good voyage about friendship, community and music.

Fisherman’s Friends is set to be directed by James Grieve (former Joint Artistic Director of Paines Plough and former Associate Director of the Bush Theatre) and written by Brad Birch (Tremor, Black MountainThe BrinkGardening for the Unfulfilled and AlienatedThe Endless Ocean, Tender Bolus).It is designed by Lucy Osborne with musical supervision from David White.

Talking about the news, the real Fisherman’s Friends said: “Blimey me how did that happen! We are so proud that that Musical based on our unexpected voyage will be launched down here in the heart of Cornwall.”

Meanwhile, Julien Boast, Chief Executive and Creative Director of Hall For Cornwall, said: “We think there’s no better way to raise the curtain on Hall for Cornwall following our major transformation. Fisherman’s Friends: The Musical is a perfect tonic to lift us from recent events which have impacted all our lives and a great celebration of people, passion and possibilities which are at the heart of our new theatre. The show will form the foundation of our inaugural launch season, with more details being announced in the spring.”

The story of the Fisherman’s Friends was made into a film in 2019 and a sequel to it is set to begin filming later this year.

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