About the showAfter a hugely successful, critically acclaimed world premiere at the Old Vic Theatre, Conor McPherson’s new musical Girl from the North Country transfers to London’s West End, playing a limited season at the Noel Coward Theatre. Featuring the songs of the iconic Bob Dylan, the musical plays at the venue until March 2018.
Set under the shadow of the 1930’s Great Depression, in the town of Duluth, Minnesota, Girl from the North Country sees a family struggle to survive as they try to hold on during turbulent time. As various drifters come and go through the beds of their guesthouse, Nick Laine dreams of a way out. When a preacher pushing bibles and a mysterious boxer arrive, chaos ensues.
Girl from the North Country is written by Conor McPherson, one of the best-loved Irish dramatists of the 21st century. Best known for his 1997 play The Weir, which won the Olivier Award for Best New Play before transferring to the West End and Broadway, McPherson is one of the most exciting contemporary writers.
Featuring music and lyrics by Bob Dylan, including “I Want You”, “Like a Rolling Stone” and “Forever Young”, the sensational soundtrack is taken from the back catalogue of the legendary singer’s classic songs. Dylan, who received the Nobel Prize for Literature, is one of the most popular musicians to have ever lived, selling over 100 million records and being awarded countless accolades over his 50-year career.
Original casting at the Old Vic Theatre included Ciaran Hinds (Hamlet) as Nick Laine, Shirley Henderson (Happy Valley) as Elizabeth Laine and Sam Reid (The Riot Club) as Gene Laine. Additional casting included Ron Cook, Debbie Kurup, Arinzé Kene, Bronagh Gallagher and Jim Norton, as well as Sheila Atim, Claudia Jolly, Kirsty Malpass, Tom Peters, Karl Queensborough, Michael Shaeffer, Jack Shalloo and Stanley Townsend.
With the combination of one of the world’s most iconic songwriters and one of Ireland’s favourite playwrights, Girl from the North Country is the critically acclaimed new musical that has captured the hearts of London audiences. Now, the production transfers to the West End, playing at the Noel Coward Theatre from January 11th to March 24th 2018, with previews beginning December 29th 2017.
Who Should See It?Fans of Conor McPherson’s work should take the opportunity to see how the brilliant writer has transformed Dylan’s beautiful music for the stage.
Girl from the North Country contains strong language and adult themes and is therefore only suitable for ages 13 and up.