About The Sun Does Shine

In June 1988, Anthony Ray Hinton was convicted by an Alabama court of two murders he did not commit, in one of the most shockingly cynical miscarriages of justice in US history. He spent the next 28 years on Death Row, before all charges were dropped and he was released.

The Sun Does Shine
is a powerful new musical work by Harvey Brough, with words by Justin Butcher, inspired by the autobiography Hinton wrote about his long fight to prove his innocence. It is both a journey into the heart of darkness and an astonishing story of friendship, resilience and hope. After two sold-out preview performances, it arrives at Hackney Empire with the approval of Hinton himself, who now campaigns for others betrayed by the criminal justice system.

This remarkable story has urgent relevance to us in the UK today. It confronts racism and the inbuilt injustices that keep prisoners locked up for years, while making a powerful case for compassion, a sense of humour, and the possibility of redemption.

Presented by Vox Holloway and Arts Council England.

Contact list of staff members

  • Harvey Brough

    Role
    Composer and Conductor
  • Justin Butcher

    Role
    Libretto
  • Christina Gill

    Role
    The Mother
  • Michael Henry

    Role
    Lester
  • Wills Morgan

    Role
    Anthony Ray Hinton