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About the show

Please note that performances of Local Hero have been postponed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The production is expected to be rescheduled at a later date.

The much-loved film Local Hero gets the stage treatment in a new musical with music by Dire Straits' Mark Knopfler. Catch this feel-good delight at the Old Vic from 18 June 2020.

Local Hero the musical is based on the 1983 Scottish comedy-drama starring Peter Riegert, Denis Lawson, Fulton Mackay and Burt Lancaster. Its filming locations covered several areas of Scotland, including Morar and Arisaig on the coast. The stage show has its premiere at the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, before continuing to the Old Vic.

Up-and-coming executive Mac MacIntyre is eager to prove himself at Texan giant Knox Oil. He believes his chance has come when he's sent to Scotland to buy up a small seaside village to make room for refinery. It's not long before he realises that pricing up this idyllic corner of the world is not as easy as he'd thought.

The production has a book by Bill Forsyth and David Greig (Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax) and direction from John Crowley (Brooklyn, The Goldfinch). Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits fame is responsible for the show's songs and music.

Casting news will be announced in due course.

Meet the winsome inhabitants of a pretty Scottish village and learn what's truly important in life when new musical Local Hero arrives at the Old Vic from 18 June 2020.

Who Should See It?

Devotees of the classic Scottish film shouldn’t miss the chance to see the tale translated into live theatre. If you like the music of Dire Straits, it’s a guarantee you’ll like Mark Knopfler’s melodious soundtrack.

Playing at

Old Vic Theatre
103 The Cut
Seating Plan

Old Vic Theatre seating plan

Booking period

18th Jun 2021

22nd Aug 2021

Running time

2 hours 45 minutes (including an interval)


Best for age 11+