Songs for a New World

Musicals and Opera (musical theatre)

  • Accessibility:
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


A stunning song cycle by Jason Robert Brown centring human relationships in all their messy beauty. With a small cast playing a wide range of characters, this moving collection of powerful songs examines life, love and the imprint one person can leave on the world. 'It’s about one moment. It’s about hitting the wall and having to make a choice, or take a stand, or turn around and go back.'

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General venue access

  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: Audience enters from George IV Bridge, with a couple of steps from the street into the building. A temporary ramp is available when required. The Sanctuary has level access from front of house. The audience enter down the side of a raked seating rig, with one row of seats on the floor and several further rows accessed via steps on a central aisle.
  • Wheelchair access type: Temporary Ramp, Level Access

  • Stairs: 2 - 5
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

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Louis Rost 37 days ago

As someone who’s worked on this show previously as a Musical Director, I know the challenges this show brings and the understanding and skill required to deliver it well. The band were mostly excellent, only faulting with the occasional slip ups, and possibly taking some of the pieces much slower than intended. They generally almost held the piece together, but with great care and passion. Concerning the cast there was excellent acting performances provided, and clear understanding of the piece, but I regret to say that some of the vocal performances were generally difficult to enjoy, and just required more guidance and perhaps technical skill to lend to a stronger performance. Whilst there was definitely talent among them, especially with the performer playing Man 2 who sang excellently and thoughtfully, it was clear perhaps most of the cast still have a long way to go in developing their technical abilities as vocalists. There’s potential for this company to grow, but I would suggest that in the future it should be with less musically demanding pieces.

Ben 38 days ago

Folks say that Sondheim is divisive: you either love or hate his style; and can take him or leave him. I'd challenge that, and suggest that Jason Robert Brown is truly the more polarising of the pair. This show is barely held together thematically or structurally or musically, and is surely only for the true believers. 13 is fun and accessible, Parade is parochial but enjoyable, The Last Five Years is interesting and inoffensive, but all are infinitely more clever than this show.

The company did their best with a truly terrible script, and the female leads are to be commended. Blissfully, and surprisingly, the band were fantastic!!!

Catherine 40 days ago

I saw the show on Wednesday

I thoroughly enjoyed the show. The music and songs are brilliant and the whole ensemble was great and must have worked really hard on the production.

The standout had to be the female lead who sung Another step (Murray) and The moon and Stars. Amazing vocal talent and the performance had the right amounts of comedy and seriousness to poryray the feel of each song. Another step was my Favourite.

Shout-out to the orchestra too!

Heather 40 days ago

The live band was lively and added to the show...The female leads were excellent the lead on the Wednesday show engaged more with the audience and her vocals were spot on judging by the audience's response to her songs. The male leads started well one seemed to sing in the wrong key.
I enjoyed the show, and a huge well done to all involved is worth seeing...

Amber Fieldgate 40 days ago

A lovely live band really added to this show! The cast could have been stronger but its worth going just for the female leads. They both approached their roles with immense talent, humour, confidence and hard work. A good watch!

Arthur 42 days ago

Singers and band come together to create an outstanding show consisting of songs of varying styles and emotions. The cast is made up of eight singers, four of whom take the lead on alternate performances. Tonight’s (Tuesday’s) leads brought strong vocals and emotional depth to the different songs they performed. The two female singers were stronger, woman 2 in particular bringing terrific drama to her songs and woman 1 engaging beautifully with the audience. While the male singers were not as strong they too successfully told their stories with heartfelt energy. When the company sing together they harmonise beautifully.
The band are a key part of the success of this show, bringing a perfect jazz vibe as the audience take their seats and accompanying the singers with a lyrical feel throughout.
Well done to director Mairi Cross and to all the musicians and performers who made this such an engaging event.

Sam Eastop 42 days ago

This show was truly fantastic.

So much work had clearly gone into making this show what it is. The female leads are phenomenal and each song of theirs improves upon the next. The male leads are strong and everyone does very very well. When they come together as an ensemble is when this piece really hits its peaks though.

A great production with a very talented cast.

Eilidh MacDonald 42 days ago

I really enjoyed this show Monday evening. It is clear that a large amount of work and effort has gone into this production, a few kinks here and there although I am sure this will be smoothed out later in their run.
I wish I knew the names of the songs to note, however special commendations must go to both of the female principles for excellent performances! The performance also featured a huge band for a fringe production, who also sounded great, so high praise to them.
A really enjoyable evening for any musical fans!

Andrew Watterson 43 days ago

I really enjoyed this. As a long time L5Y fan, I’d never seen this piece, but I think “Stars and the Moon” has become one of my favorite JRB songs.

Agree with the other reviewers that the talent was unevenly distributed, but there WAS talent. A really nice evening with a really nice piece!

Jeff L 43 days ago

Shouldn’t have been double cast. The women and one of the men carried this show on their shoulders, with the tenors possibly being the worst live singing I’ve heard for people that age. See it for your favorite songs and try to tune out the rest.

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