Ingrid Hu

Song From Far Away

by Simon Stephens and Mark Eitzel

HOME Manchester & Hampstead Theatre, London 2023

Director – Kirk Jameson

Designer – Ingrid Hu

Lighting Designer – Jane Lalljee (HOME), Andrew Exeter (Hampstead)

Composer, Musical Supervisor and Arranger – Paul Schofield

Sound Designer – Julian Starr


Willem – Will Young

Photography by Chris Payne (HOME), Mark Senior (Hampstead)

Produced by Thomas Hopkins, Guy Chapman & HOME in association with John Rogerson, Michael Quinn & WYSCH Productions

Song From Far Away is an unforgettable story and a personal letter to those left behind. 

One crisp winter day in New York, Willem receives a phone call – it’s time to go home. Home to Amsterdam – to estranged family and forgotten relationships. As he reflects on his life, unwilling to face the future, he finds himself reaching out to the brother he lost.

Starring multi award-winning singer/songwriter and actor Will Young, this powerful show is his first live theatre role for a decade.


★★★★ “Gentle, truthful, immensely touching” – Financial Times (Hampstead Theatre)

★★★★ “It is a beautiful, meditative performance, directed with care by Jameson, and made all the more poignant given that Young lost his twin brother in 2020. Ingrid Hu’s design offers fleeting moments of drama – a snow flurry, the lights and drifting smoke of fireworks, an oppressively lowering ceiling – but never detracts from Young, magnetically pacing his gilded cage.” – The Stage (Hampstead Theatre)

★★★★ “Will Young acts with melodic grace in poignant monologue” – The Guardian (HOME Manchester)

★★★★ “Song from Far Away is supported by exceptional staging and Kirk Jameson’s creative direction. The shifting cinematic ceiling lowers and rises to imitate the simultaneous claustrophobia and expansive loneliness of grief, whilst a glimpse of snowfall in the darkness beyond the penthouse window provides a sublime moment of impressive scale.”- Manchester Evening News (HOME Manchester)