NEWS: Olivier Award Winning Standing at the Sky’s Edge to Transfer to the West End

The musical, which recently won Best New Musical at this year’s Olivier Awards, will transfer to the Gillian Lynne Theatre in February 2024.

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The National Theatre and Various Productions have confirmed that Standing at the Sky’s Edge will be transferring to the West End’s Gillian Lynne Theatre in 2024. As well as Best New Musical, the production also won Sheffield singer-songwriter, Richard Hawley and Tom Deering Best Original Score and New Orchestrations at the Olivier Awards last week.

Dates, including assisted performances, casting and booking information to be announced. 

Originally written as a love letter to Sheffield and an ode to the iconic Park Hill Estate, the musical is directed by Sheffield Theatres’ Artistic Director, Robert Hastie, featuring songs by Richard Hawley and with book by Chris Bush, it charts the hopes and dreams of three generations over the course of six tumultuous decades.

Standing at the Sky’s Edge was originally commissioned by Sheffield Theatres and Various Productions and it had its world premiere at the Crucible Theatre in 2019.  Following a hugely successful, sold-out run, it returned to the Crucible Theatre in December 2022, selling out again, before making its London premiere in the National Theatre’s Olivier theatre in early 2023.

Director, Robert Hastie said: “We’ve all been thrilled by the response to Standing at the Sky’s Edge during great runs at the Sheffield Crucible and the National Theatre.  It’s a massive achievement by everyone involved to have told this story with such passion and commitment that we’re now able to announce this transfer to the Gillian Lynne, the perfect theatre for this story’s next chapter.  I’m enormously proud and excited.”

The creative team behind the production also includes: set and costume designer, Ben Stones; choreographer, Lynne Page; music supervisor, arranger and orchestrator, Tom Deering; lighting designer Mark Henderson; sound designer, Bobby Aitken and wigs, hair & make-up designer, Cynthia De La Rosa.

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