About the showGirl from the North Country is the new musical set to have its world premiere at the Old Vic in 2017.
Featuring the songs of the iconic songwriter Bob Dylan, and written by acclaimed Irish playwright Conor McPherson, this is set to be one of the most exciting new works to hit the stage in 2017. Previews are set to begin on 12th July 2017 and performances scheduled for a strictly limited run until 7th October 2017.
The story is set under the shadow of the Great Depression in the town of Duluth in Minnesota. The tale portrays a family’s struggle to survive as they try to hold on during turbulent time. As various drifters come and go through the bed’s of their guesthouse, Nick Lane dreams of a way out.
Girl from the North Country comes as part of Matthew Warchus’ exciting and innovative 2017 season as the Old Vic’s artistic director, which also comprises a revival of the classic Stoppard play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead as well as the return of the stage version of the Dr Seuss story The Lorax which previously had a hugely popular run on the Old Vic stage.
This new piece 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 and subsequently being performed in the West End, on Broadway and throughout the world, McPherson is one of the most exciting contemporary writers.
The musical will feature musical and lyrics by Bob Dylan, taken from a range of the legendary singer’s classic songs. Dylan, who was recently awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature is one of the most popular musicians to have ever lived, selling over 100 million records and receiving countless awards over his 50 year career.
Casting includes Ciaran Hinds (Hamlet) as Nick Laine, Shirley Henderson (Happy Valley) as Elizabeth Laine and Sam Reid (The Riot Club) as Gene Laine, alongside Ron Cook, Debbie Kurup, Arinzé Kene, Bronagh Gallagher and Jim Norton. Additional cast members include 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 best ever songwriters and one of Ireland’s favourite playwrights, Girl From The North Country is set to be one of the most exciting new productions to hit the London stage in 2017. With previews beginning on 12th July and performances set for a limited run until 7th October, this is one new show not to be missed.
Who Should See It?Fans of Conor McPherson’s work should certainly take the opportunity to see how the brilliant writer has transformed Dylan’s beautiful back catalogue for the stage. With a range of hugely popular shows under his belt, such as The Weir, The Seafarer and The Night Alive, his new work is bound not to disappoint.