The production is set to begin performances at the Gillian Lynne Theatre from the 8th February 2024.
Initial casting has been confirmed for the production arriving in the West End following runs at the Crucible in Sheffield and the National’s Olivier stage. This revival of the musical will see Samuel Jordan (Masters of the Air) as Jimmy, Baker Mukasa (The Comedy of Errors) as George, Alastair Natkiel (Line of Duty) as Marcus and Rachael Wooding (Pretty Woman: The Musical) as Rose all reprising their roles. Meanwhile, joining them will be Elizabeth Ayodele (Small Island) as Joy, Joel Harper-Jackson (Cock) as Harry, Sharlene Hector (A Strange Loop) as Grace, Mel Lowe (Orlando) as Connie, Laura Pitt-Pulford (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers) as Poppy and Lauryn Redding (Bloody Elle) as Nikki. Further casting has yet to be announced.
The musical is described as “written as a love letter to Sheffield, charting the hopes and dreams of three generations over the course of six tumultuous decades, navigating universal themes of love, loss and survival.”
Director Robert Hastie said: “Getting the casting right is central to any show’s success, but with this show it feels particularly crucial. The characters in this show might be fictional, but they represent real people’s lives, so the actors who embody these roles need to take pride in telling these beautiful human stories, and I’m confident that this incredible cast will do exactly that.”
Standing at the Sky’s Edge features songs by Richard Hawley and book by Chris Bush. It won the Olivier Award for Best New Musical earlier this year.
The creative team behind the show also includes: set and costume designer Ben Stones, choreographer Lynne Page, orchestrator, arranger and originating music supervisor Tom Deering, lighting designer Mark Henderson, sound designer Bobby Aitken and wigs, hair and make-up designer Cynthia De La Rosa. Casting is directed by Stuart Burt.
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