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Richard Hawley to write Park Hill musical

Sheffield Theatres have announced that local legend Richard Hawley will be writing music for upcoming show Standing at the Sky’s Edge, a musical written by Michael Wynne and directed by Robert Hastie. 

The production will tell the story of residents living inside the iconic brutalist structures, which have long divided opinion in the city and are currently undergoing the final wave of regeneration by developers Urban Splash. Described as a ‘heart-swelling, heart-breaking love song to Sheffield’, it will follow the first tenants moving in during the early 60s and how fortunes for themselves and the ‘Streets in the Sky’ project changed over the following 50 years.

Hawley, renowned around these parts for infusing the soul of the Sheffield into his music, will provide a selection of old and new songs for the performance.

Robert Hastie, Sheffield Theatres’ Artistic Director, told us: “Our new season is deeply rooted in Sheffield and culminates in an exciting new musical about the iconic Park Hill estate which overlooks the theatre. I am thrilled to be directing Standing at the Sky’s Edge and to be working with Michael Wynne and Sheffield legend Richard Hawley. Together they have created a musical with a strong Sheffield heart and I can’t wait to bring it to the Crucible stage.”

More info to come soon.


Standing at the Sky’s Edge will run at the Crucible from Friday 15 March – Saturday 6 April 2019.




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