Casting has been announced for the West End transfer of the Sheffield Theatres production of Standing at the Sky's Edge. The winner of 2023 Olivier Awards for Best New Musical and Best Original Score or New Orchestrations will transfer to London's Gillian Lynne Theatre beginning February 8, 2024.
Reprising their roles will be Samuel Jordan (Masters of the Air) as Jimmy, Baker Mukasa (Tina: The Tina Turner Musical) as George, Alastair Natkiel (Line of Duty) as Marcus, and Rachael Wooding (Pretty Woman: The Musical) as Rose.
Joining the cast are Elizabeth Ayodele (Small Island) as Joy, Joel Harper-Jackson (Kinky Boots) 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. Additional casting will be announced.
Written as a love letter to Sheffield and as an ode to the Park Hill Estate, Standing at the Sky’s Edge features songs by Richard Hawley, a book by Chris Bush, and direction by Sheffield Theatres Artistic Director Robert Hastie. The musical, which reveals the history of modern Britain through the stories of this iconic housing estate, charts the hopes and dreams of three generations over the course of six decades.
Director Hastie says, “I’m thrilled that many of the company who created Standing at the Sky’s Edge
in Sheffield and at the National Theatre are continuing to tell this important story in the West End, and equally excited that a brilliant new group of actors are joining the cast to bring new perspectives and fresh takes on Chris’s characters and Richard’s songs. 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
had its world premiere at the Crucible Theatre in 2019. Following a sold-out run, it returned to the Crucible Theatre in
December 2022, before making its London premiere in
the National Theatre’s Olivier in early 2023.
The creative team will include set and costume designer Ben Stones, choreographer Lynne Page, music supervisor, arranger, and orchestrator Tom Deering, lighting designer Mark Henderson, sound designer Bobby Aitken, wigs, hair, and make-up designer Cynthia De La Rosa, and casting director Stuart Burt.