Standing at the Sky's Edge
Paperback, 120 pages ISBN: 9781839043253Publication Date:
22 Feb 2024
Size: 198mm x 129mm£10.99 £8.79You save £2.20 (20%)
Ebook, 120 pages ISBN: 9781788507752Publication Date:
22 Feb 2024
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First Staged:
Sheffield Theatres, 2019

Standing at the Sky's Edge (West End edition)

By Chris Bush and Richard Hawley

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On Stage at:
Gillian Lynne Theatre, West End
From Thu 8 Feb 2024 to Sat 3 Aug 2024
  • Best Musical Production, UK Theatre Awards
  • Best New Musical, Olivier Awards - 2023
  • South Bank Sky Arts Award for Theatre

Hailed as 'the most exciting new British musical in years' (WhatsOnStage), Standing at the Sky's Edge was originally 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.

With irresistible songs by legendary singer-songwriter Richard Hawley and a beautiful, hilarious and gut-wrenching book by Chris Bush, Standing at the Sky's Edge reveals the history of modern Britain through the stories of a landmark housing estate. It is a heartfelt exploration of the power of community and what it is we all call home.

It was first performed at Sheffield Theatres in 2019, directed by Robert Hastie, before transferring to the National Theatre in 2023, and then the Gillian Lynne Theatre in London's West End in 2024. It won the Olivier Award for Best New Musical, the UK Theatre Award for Best Musical Production and the South Bank Sky Arts Award for Theatre.

Press Quotes

'The best British musical in decades'

Daily Express

'Brilliant... a soaring achievement... a tightly wrought tapestry of intergenerational harmony and conflict... a towering feat of contemporary musical theatre. It stands as a shining tribute to the combined power of both popular music and stage storytelling, and subsidised and commercial theatre. Unmissable'


'Magnificent... wonderful... possesses remarkable breadth and depth... a moving and resonant piece'

The Times

'A glorious love letter to Sheffield with a big, booming heart and astonishing sound... unstoppably winning, ineffably exuberant, extremely moving... take tissues'


'Fresh and original, gripping and full of hope... a feisty gem of a show'

Reviews Hub

'Uplifting and beguiling... a bold step forward for musical theatre... smashing'

Evening Standard

'Exhilarating and big-hearted... Bush's script is sparkily witty and affectionate, she interweaves the stories with great skill... A wonderfully generous, uplifting piece of theatre'

Financial Times

'A thing of elemental power... a truly singular musical... Bush has a great knack for mixing rabble-rousing populism with more astringent social commentary... It manages to be both widescreen and kitchen sink, of the theatre and of the estate. It's a hugely admirable achievement'

Time Out

'A huge-hearted, stirring show... a salute to resilience and community. It's jubilant and defiant, with the emotional force of a juggernaut... it elevates the extraordinary in ordinary lives, while charting 60 years of social change... both tough and tender, it seizes your heart and squeezes it tight... there's a thrilling scope and elan to the way in which the writing embraces the personal and political and the sweep of recent history, taking in the realities at the sharp end of government policies, strikes, gentrification and class inequality – all of which has obvious enduring pertinence... a triumphant tribute to all the unacknowledged battles fought and dreams pursued, all the tiny miracles of the everyday'

The Stage

'A real tearjerker, rich in pathos'


'The perfect blend of power and heart... Praise be for this bittersweet musical love letter to the city of Sheffield that reaches far beyond South Yorkshire to encompass a haunting meditation on the universal idea of home'


'A tender yet powerful collage of Sheffield's spiritual and political history... The way Chris Bush conjures a sense of time and place is astonishing. She evokes the stories effortlessly in all their unspeakable totality, warmth, and sentimentality'

Broadway World

'A sensational new British musical'

Theatre Weekly

'This is what a new musical should be. It feels fresh and contemporary, but with all the elements that make for classic musical theatre... you'll laugh, you'll cry, and you'll be blown away... a show that bursts with spirit and energy. It leaves you feeling excited just to be at the theatre'

Broadway Baby

'Unique and utterly beguiling... The sky's the limit for this total triumph of a British musical'

London Theatre
Paperback,120 pages ISBN: 9781839043253Publication Date:
22 Feb 2024
Size: 198mm x 129mm£10.99 £8.79You save £2.20 (20%)
Ebook,120 pages ISBN: 9781788507752Publication Date:
22 Feb 2024
£10.99 £8.79You save £2.20 (20%)

Also by Chris Bush:

The Changing Room
A Dream
Rock / Paper / Scissors
Faustus: That Damned Woman
(Not) the End of the World
The Assassination of Katie Hopkins
Standing at the Sky's Edge
Chris Bush Plays: One
Nine Lessons and Carols
Jane Eyre
The Last Noël

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Also by Richard Hawley:

Standing at the Sky's Edge

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