Standing at the Sky’s Edge announces West End Transfer

The 2023 Olivier Award-winning musical Standing at the Sky’s Edge has announced that it will transfer to the Gillian Lynne Theatre from February 2024.

Standing At The Sky's Edge
Rachel Wooding (Rose) and Robert Lonsdale (Harry). Photo: Johan Persson

The critically claimed musical Standing at the Sky’s Edge is to transfer from the National Theatre to the Gillian Lynne Theatre in London’s West End in February 2024.


The new British musical won ‘Best New Musical’ with Sheffield singer-songwriter, Richard Hawley and Tom Deering winning ‘Best Original Score and New Orchestrations’ at last night’s 2023 Olivier Awards ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall.

Standing at the Sky’s Edge was originally written as a love letter to Sheffield and an ode to the iconic Park Hill Estate. 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. Revealing the history of modern Britain, through the stories of this iconic housing estate, Standing at the Sky’s Edge, is a heartfelt exploration of the power of community and what it is we all call home.

First commissioned by Sheffield Theatres and Various Productions, Standing at the Sky’s Edge 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 where it continued to sell out and receive standing ovations.

Composer, Richard Hawley said: “In all honesty I never really thought this story would leave the inside of our minds but to see it blossom and grow from a heartfelt set of ideas exchanged in a Sheffield pub to sell-out shows at the Crucible and National theatres every single night has been a very powerful experience. The drive, focus and determination to allow the voices and history of Park Hill to be heard at last by everyone involved has been equally mind-blowing. This would’ve been more than enough for me to say the least…but the West End?…next you’ll be telling me Sheffield Wednesday are going up this season!”

The musical has also won ‘Best Musical Production’ at the UK Theatre Awards in 2019 and the 2020 South Bank Sky Arts Award for Theatre.

Hastie is joined by 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.

Read our review of Standing at the Sky’s Edge at the National Theatre.

The original live cast recording is available to stream via Spotify here.



Gillian Lynne Theatre
166 Drury Lane
London WC2B 5PW

Running Time:
2 Hours and 50 Minutes

Season Dates:
8 February – 3 August 2024

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