Richard Hawley‘s musical Standing At The Sky’s Edge is ready to return to London’s West Finish in 2024.
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Following a current profitable run on the capital’s Nationwide Theatre, from subsequent February the present, which options basic songs by Hawley to painting “a love letter to Sheffield and ode to the long-lasting Park Hill Property”, will transfer to the Gillian Lynne Theatre. For extra info and pre-sale entry head right here.
It made its debut on the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield in 2019 and returned in 2022 earlier than it went on to make its London premiere in February this yr.
Talking concerning the transfer to the West Finish, Hawley stated in a press launch: “In all honesty I by no means actually thought this story would depart the within of our minds however to see it blossom and develop from a heartfelt set of concepts exchanged in a Sheffield pub to promote out reveals on the Crucible and Nationwide theatres each single night time has been a really highly effective expertise.
“The drive, focus and willpower to permit the voices and historical past of Park Hill to be heard ultimately by everybody concerned has been equally mind-blowing. This could’ve been greater than sufficient for me to say the least…however the West Finish?…subsequent you’ll be telling me Sheffield Wednesday are going up this season!”
— WhatsOnStage (@WhatsOnStage) April 3, 2023
Final night time (April 2), Standing At The Sky’s Edge picked up Greatest New Musical and Greatest Authentic Rating and New Orchestrations’ at 2023 Olivier Awards on the Royal Albert Corridor.
Talking to NME forward of the present’s debut in February, Hawley stated: “It’s fucking thrilling stuff. The nice take a look at will likely be how effectively it travels. Like Henderson’s Relish and native beer, it may not make it that far south! I hope it does, and it’s nice that The Nationwide Theatre have given it the prospect.
“There’s all the time been the drive for me to do it, and it isn’t cash or success, however to guarantee that these folks’s voices are heard. The those that lived on Park Hill have been mainly forgotten. They have been left to rot after which pressured out.”
After at first discovering the concept of a musical of his songs to be “ludicrous”, Hawley then got here round and handed his songs over to “the true geniuses” of director creative director Robert Hastie and playwright Chris Bush.
“I wasn’t very valuable about something and I believed it might be attention-grabbing to see what one other artistic staff would do with the songs,” he stated. “I used to be concerned, however Chris and others’ contribution was far greater than mine.”
He continued: “There are particular guidelines I laid down. I stated, ‘No fucking jazz arms and no fucking wafting about’. I additionally stated, ‘In the event you pull a punch with the story and attempt to soften the story from what it truly is, I’ll stroll’. To their credit score, the artistic staff haven’t performed that. There hasn’t been any cowardice and the story is absolutely uncooked and true.
“I didn’t wish to make it political band standing or finger-wagging. You get to the morality simply by telling the story.”
In the meantime, the singer-songwriter additionally just lately criticised the Tory authorities, describing at this time’s politicians as “narcissists”.