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Richard Hawley to pen new musical for Sheffield Theatres’ 2018-19 season

Sheffield's Lyceum and Crucible theatres will be involved in the scheme. Photo: David Dixon Sheffield's Crucible and Lyceum Theatres
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The singer and former Pulp guitarist Richard Hawley will write a new musical for Sheffield Theatres described as being a “heart-breaking love song to the city”, as part of the venue’s forthcoming season.

The Sheffield-born musician, who also performed with Britpop band Longpigs, will pen the music and lyrics for Standing at the Sky’s Edge, in collaboration with playwright Michael Wynne.

The production, which will be staged in March 2019, tells the story of the first residents of Sheffield’s Park Hill estate in the 1960s.

It is part of the venue’s 2018-19 programme and will be directed by Sheffield Theatres’ artistic director Robert Hastie, who is also directing a new production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream that features music by Everybody’s Talking About Jamie creator Dan Gillespie Sells.

The line-up also includes Steel, a new play about women in the Labour party by Chris Bush, directed by Rebecca Frecknall, and Kate Bowen’s Close Quarters, a thriller about the first generation of women to work in close combat roles in the military. It will be co-produced with Out of Joint and directed by its artistic director Kate Wasserberg.

Sheffield’s Christmas show will be Cole Porter’s Kiss Me, Kate, directed by Paul Foster, while other shows include Debbi Tucker Green’s Hang, directed by Taio Lawson, and Caroline Steinbeis’ production of Rutherford and Son.

Season at a glance

Steel by Chris Bush
Directed by Rebecca Frecknall
September 13 to October 6, with press night on September 17

A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
Directed by Robert Hastie
September 28 to October 20, with press night on October 2

Close Quarters by Kate Bowen
Directed by Kate Wasserberg
October 25 to November 10, with press night on October 29

Kiss Me, Kate by Cole Porter, Sam and Bella Spewack
Directed by Paul Foster
December 7 to January 12, with press night on December 12

Rutherford and Son by Githa Sowerby
Directed by Caroline Steinbeis
February 8 to 23, 2019, with press night on February 12, 2019

Hang by Debbie Tucker Green
Directed by Taio Lawson
February 21 to March 9, 2019, with press night on February 25, 2019

Standing at the Sky’s Edge by Richard Hawley and Michael Wynne
Directed by Robert Hastie
March 15 to April 6, with press night on March 20