Standing at the Sky’s Edge West End cast announced

Laura Pitt-Pulford, Lauryn Redding, Mel Lowe, Sharlene Hector, Elizabeth Ayodele, Samuel Jordan, Rachael Wooding and Joel Harper-Jackson.
Laura Pitt-Pulford, Lauryn Redding, Mel Lowe, Sharlene Hector, Elizabeth Ayodele, Samuel Jordan, Rachael Wooding and Joel Harper-Jackson. Credit: Steve Gullick

Casting has been announced for the West End transfer of new musical Standing at the Sky’s Edge.

The co-production with Sheffield Theatres in association with Various Productions, will open at the Gillian Lynne Theatre from 8 February 2024.

Directed by Sheffield Theatres’ Artistic Director, Robert Hastie, the musical features songs by Richard Hawley with a book by Chris Bush. It charts the hopes and dreams of three generations over the course of six tumultuous decades, navigating universal themes of love, loss and survival.

Standing at the Sky’s Edge West End cast

Joining the cast are, Elizabeth Ayodele (Small Island) as Joy, Joel Harper-Jackson (Cock,) 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.

Returning to reprise their roles are, Samuel Jordan (Masters of the Air) as Jimmy, Baker Mukasa (The Comedy of Errors) as George, Alastair Natkiel (Line of Duty) as Marcus and Rachael Wooding (Pretty Woman: The Musical) as Rose.

Also on the cast are Jonathan Andre (The Lion King) as Max, Jonathon Bentley (From Here to Eternity) as Gary, Mya Fox-Scott is making her professional debut, playing the role of Jenny, Rachael Louise Miller (Les Misérables) is reprising the role of Cathy, Adam Price (Privates on Parade) is reprising the role of Charles, Nicola Sloane (Backstairs Billy) is reprising the role of Vivienne, Lillie-Pearl Wildman (Sunset Boulevard) is playing the role of Justine, David McKechnie (Flowers for Mrs Harris) is reprising the role of Joe/Workman.

They are joined by Monique Ashe-Palmer, Adam Colbeck-Dunn, Viquichele Cross, Jamie Doncaster, Caroline Fitzgerald, Jerome Lincoln, Sean McLevy and Karen Wilkinson.

The young company completing the cast are, Alayna Anderson, Luca Foster-Lejeune, Renee Hart, Eric Madgwick, Chioma Nduka and Sam Stocks.

The show recently ran at the National Theatre, following its premiere in Sheffield, picking up the Olivier Award for Best New Musical and Best New Score/Orchestrations earlier this year.

The production has set and costume design by Ben Stones, choreography by Lynne Page, orchestrations, arrangements and originating music supervision by Tom Deering, lighting design by Mark Henderson, sound design by Bobby Aitken, Wigsss, hair and make-up design by Cynthia De La Rosa and casting direction by Stuart Burt CDG.

Director, Robert Hastie said: “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.”

A live cast album has been released, recorded during the show’s recent Sheffield run.

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About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.


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