Photo credit: The Fisherman’s Friends (Photo by Chris Hewitt)

‘Fisherman’s Friends: The Musical’ world premiere opening in Cornwall

The musical projects a West End transfer in 2022.

Sophie Thomas
Sophie Thomas

A brand new musical based on a group of Cornish fishermen will premiere in Cornwall later this year, it has been announced. Titled Fisherman's Friends: The Musical, the production will reopen Truro's Hall for Cornwall, ahead of a West End premiere in 2022.

Inspired by the 2019 film of the same name, Fisherman's Friends: The Musical follows Cornish fishermen who enjoy singing their working songs. Gaining online notoriety, the fishermen find themselves singing at Glastonbury festival, popularising sea shanties with a new audience.

The musical's songlist will feature sea shanties made famous by the group, including "Sweet Maid of Madeira" and "Nelson's Blood". Fisherman's Friends: The Musical will join a group of West End musicals all featuring sea shanties, which you can listen to the best sea shanties in musical theatre here

The real Fisherman's Friends said of the musical: "Blimey me how did that happen! We are so proud that that musical based on our unexpected voyage will be launched down here in the heart of Cornwall."

Fisherman's Friends: The Musical will premiere in Cornwall, the fisherman's home county. In a tweet from Daily Mail entertainment reporter Baz Bamigboye, the musical will then open in London at a West End theatre to be announced.

Brad Birch writes the musical, with direction by James Grieve, design by Lucy Osborne and musical supervision from David White.

Fisherman's Friends was released in cinemas in March 2019, starring Daniel Mays, James Purefoy and Tuppence Middleton. A sequel about the band at Glastonbury is currently in the works.

Photo credit: The Fisherman's Friends (Photo by Chris Hewitt)

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