We're very proud, and just a little excited, to announce we've received two nominations in the South Bank Sky Arts Awards!
Standing at the Sky’s Edge and Life of Pi are both nominated in the Theatre category. The Awards ceremony will take place at London’s Coliseum on Wed 9 December and will be broadcast on Sky Arts on Sat 20 December at 8pm.
Our Artistic Director Robert Hastie had this to say;
“It’s a great honour to have the work of so many fantastic artists, performers and stage technicians recognised with these nominations for Standing at the Sky’s Edge and Life of Pi. Well over two hundred people played a part in bringing these shows to the stage, which delighted Sheffield audiences and are ready to win new admirers in London and beyond as soon as we are all back up and running. After the tough year everyone’s had, it’s a joy to be able to celebrate the talented and dedicated people who made all three nominated shows, and the contribution they all make to the brilliance of British Theatre.”
With music and lyrics by Richard Hawley and book by Chris Bush, Standing at the Sky’s Edge told the story of three families across 60 turbulent years in a heart-swelling, heart-breaking love song to Park Hill, Sheffield’s concrete utopia. Directed by our Artistic Director, Robert Hastie, this award-winning musical was set to return to the Crucible stage this Christmas before transferring to the National Theatre in 2021. Our plans have been disrupted by the pandemic but we remain in discussion about the rescheduling of this wonderful production.
Based on one of the most extraordinary and best-loved works of fiction – winner of the Man Booker Prize – Life of Pi wowed audiences and garnered a clutch of five-star reviews when it took to our stage in July 2019. Yann Martel’s epic story of endurance and hope was adapted for the stage by Lolita Chakrabarti and directed by Max Webster. Featuring breath-taking puppetry and state-of-the-art visuals, Life of Pi won four UK Theatre awards including Best New Play as well as the Stage Award for Achievement in Technical Theatre. Details of the rescheduled transfer to the Wyndham’s Theatre in London will be confirmed once there is news of the West End’s reopening.