Girl From The North Country at Old Vic Theatre tickets
Girl From The North Country at Old Vic Theatre tickets

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Overview

The world premiere of a new musical Girl From the North Country comes to the Old Vic in 2017, with previews from 12th July and performances running until to 7th October.

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.

Recommended for

Girl From The North Country is highly recommended for anyone who is a fan of Dylan’s music. This is an exciting and intriguing opportunity to see a masterful dramatist transform the great singer’s work into a beautiful and moving new show.

Dates and times

Running time: TBC
Opened: 12 Jul 2017
Booking from: 06 Oct 2017
Booking until: 07 Oct 2017

Location and map

Old Vic Theatre
103 The Cut
London, SE1 8NB

35 Reviews Add review

I'm not too familiar with Bob Dylan's songs (a bit before my time!) apart from the obvious few, but I had read some great reviews ... More

jamesatwill 178, 100 reviews, 5 helpful votes

I'm not too familiar with Bob Dylan's songs (a bit before my time!) apart from the obvious few, but I had read some great reviews so thought I would give it a go. The performances were incredible - all of the songs were so beautifully sung, and I felt that most of them fitted in with the story pretty well. Special mention to Sheila Atim - the audience was in awe every time she sang. It's worth going to just to see this cast! The play on the other hand was a bit of a shambles - they introduced far too many characters and storylines in the first 20 minutes, many of which didn't actually go anywhere, or did anything to make you care about them. There were a few emotional moments for the main characters and these scenes were brilliantly acted. So overall for me these were 5 star performances of a 3 star play. I'm glad I got to see it, but won't be rushing back.

jamesatwill 178, 100 reviews, 5 helpful votes

Rather dark and monotone staging of this play with music. Although I am not a Bob Dylan follower I did enjoy this play that was wr... More

moley 5' 6'', 100 reviews, 2 helpful votes

Rather dark and monotone staging of this play with music. Although I am not a Bob Dylan follower I did enjoy this play that was written to embrace his music but I may have lost some of the subtleties of the juxtaposition of music to the play's action. The ensemble were excellent and many were versatile musicians as well as actors. For me the musical numbers were the best parts of the show with brilliant arrangements combined with the strong and melodious voices of the actors. I did not give this 5 stars because I didn't feel that the music and play totally worked together, the play on its own I found quite weak, and one character was miscast in my eyes. That being said I would go again just to hear the music.

moley 5' 6'', 100 reviews, 2 helpful votes

I enjoyed this show. Wasn't quite sure what to expect. I knew a couple of Dylan songs going in but only about 3 of them in this sh... More

bryonyjameson 5"7, 58 reviews, 1 helpful vote

I enjoyed this show. Wasn't quite sure what to expect. I knew a couple of Dylan songs going in but only about 3 of them in this show. The songs are incredibly well sung and the whole performance of each song is captivating and they do genuinely blow you away. However, the plot was a bit chaotic - too many characters to get your head around. Lots of subplots. I was discussing this with the lady next to me in the interval and we were looking for their stories to link up. Some did, but a lot of things were kind of just left hanging. Finally, Shirley Henderson's performance was outstanding. She is truly brilliant!

bryonyjameson 5"7, 58 reviews, 1 helpful vote

‘Girl from the North Country’ is a very good production. The music arrangements were a joy to listen to – at times I wondered if ... More

joc78 5"4, 251 reviews, 4 helpful votes

‘Girl from the North Country’ is a very good production. The music arrangements were a joy to listen to – at times I wondered if I was listening to Bob Dylan as the arrangements were so different. Shirley Henderson in particular has the most amazing voice and I got goosebumps listening to her renditions of ‘Like a Rolling stone’ and ‘Forever Young’. Plot-wise it did feel slightly rushed and the characterisation was a bit weak, however the music more then made up for it here. If you’re a Bob Dylan purist, I’m not sure you will like it, however if you are a fan of music, you will definitely like it!

joc78 5"4, 251 reviews, 4 helpful votes

I desperately wanted to see this again and would have sat closer but it wasn't go be. Had to by the soundtrack though!

mssmittenkitten 5'10, 69 reviews, 6 helpful votes

I desperately wanted to see this again and would have sat closer but it wasn't go be. Had to by the soundtrack though!

mssmittenkitten 5'10, 69 reviews, 6 helpful votes

The show was a pleasant surprise. Didn't know much about it going in, apart from that it's had mixed reviews. The songs were reint... More

catch22 6"1, 41 reviews, 2 helpful votes

The show was a pleasant surprise. Didn't know much about it going in, apart from that it's had mixed reviews. The songs were reinterpreted brilliantly by the cast, who were all excellent. It had a real ensemble feel to it, and by the end I was sad to be saying goodbye to these characters.

catch22 6"1, 41 reviews, 2 helpful votes

Really enjoyed this show which entwined songs of Bob Dylan in a story of the struggles around the 1930's depression. Acting and on... More

battlin 18 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Really enjoyed this show which entwined songs of Bob Dylan in a story of the struggles around the 1930's depression. Acting and onstage talent was superb.

battlin 18 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Superb play, superb acting and the music was a joy. Tremendous performances throughout, and the new arrangements of Dylan's music... More

jaimecretten 5 "9, 109 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Superb play, superb acting and the music was a joy. Tremendous performances throughout, and the new arrangements of Dylan's music were a treat. Unmissable.

jaimecretten 5 "9, 109 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Superb play, superb acting and the music was a joy. Tremendous performances throughout, and the new arrangements of Dylan's music... More

jaimecretten 5 "9, 109 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Superb play, superb acting and the music was a joy. Tremendous performances throughout, and the new arrangements of Dylan's music were a treat. Unmissable.

jaimecretten 5 "9, 109 reviews, 0 helpful votes