Girl From the North Country is the exciting new musical written by critically acclaimed playwright Conor McPherson and featuring a range of classic songs from the legendary singer-songwriter Bob Dylan.
The tale is set in the town of Duluth, in the state of Minnesota during the despair of the Great Depression. Following a family as they try to cling on, their future in the balance, the lost and lonely drifters come and go through the door of their guesthouse. Nick Lane, however, thinks he may see some hope to escape this life.
This new show features part of the electrifying 2017 season at the Old Vic, which also features Daniel Radcliffe’s leading performance in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead and the return of the Old Vic’s much loved production of Dr Seuss’s classic tale The Lorax.
Conor McPherson is one of the best known and acclaimed contemporary Irish playwrights and directors. He cemented his name in theatre history with his 1997 play The Weir, which was first performed at the Royal Court before transferring to the West End and eventually Broadway in 1999. The Weir soon became one of the most popular plays of the year, winning the 1999 Olivier Award for Best New Play, and subsequently being performed throughout the world.
McPherson’s work has continued to be hugely popular with his plays Port Authority (2001), Shining City (2004) and The Night Alive (2013) all becoming hugely popular.
His new work is based on the music of the legendary singer Bob Dylan. Dylan is one of the most popular musicians in the world, with a prolific career spanning over 50 years and with more than 100 million records sold. He has received countless awards including eleven Grammys, a Golden Globe and an Academy Award as well as being inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, receiving the Pulitzer Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Nobel Prize for Literature.
The title of McPherson’s new work comes from the popular Dylan song Girl from the North Country which was recorded in New York in 1963 and featured as the second song on his second album The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan.
Ciaran Hinds (Hamlet) stars as guesthouse owner Nick Laine, while Shirley Henderson (Shining Souls) takes the role of Elizabeth Laine with Sam Reid playing Gene Laine. The cast also includes Ron Cook, Debbie Kurup, Bronagh Gallagher, Arinzé Kene and Jim Norton.
With one of the greatest contemporary playwrights behind it and featuring the music of one of the most successful singers of all time, Girl From The North Country is set to be one of the most exciting and interesting new pieces of work to hit the London stage in 2017 and is certainly not to be missed. Previews are due to begin on 12th July 2017 with performances set for a limited run until 7th October 2017.