Set in the 1930’s, the tale takes place in the town of Duluth, Minnesota, during the despair of the Great Depression. Following a dysfunctional family as they try to cling on to all they have, their future hangs dangerously in the balance. Kept in money by the lost and lonely drifters that come and go through the doors of their guesthouse, owner Nick Laine thinks there is some hope to escape this disparaging life.
With music from Bob Dylan’s incredibly back catalogue, including “I Want You”, “Like a Rolling Stone” and “Forever Young”, the legendary singer has had a prolific career spanning over 50 years. With more than 100 million records sold, he is the recipient of countless awards, including eleven Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe and an Academy Award, and has been inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Most recently, the artist received the Nobel Prize for Literature.
The title of McPherson’s new musical is 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".
Casting includes Ciaran Hinds (Hamlet) as Nick Laine, Shirley Henderson (Shining Souls) as Elizabeth Laine and Debbie Kurup, Arinzé Kene, Sheila Atim, Tim McMullan, Hannah Azuonye, Mary Doherty, David Ganly, Adam James, Karl Johnson and Emmanuel Kojo.
Conor McPherson is one of the best known and acclaimed contemporary Irish playwrights and directors. Cementing his name with his 1997 Olivier Award-winning play The Weir, further works have included Port Authority, Shining City and The Night Alive. Also directed by McPherson, the production features design by Rae Smith, lighting by Mark Henderson and sound by Simon Baker.
Created by one of the greatest contemporary playwrights and featuring the music of one of the most successful singers of all time, Girl from the North Country has impressed audiences and critics alike. Playing at the Noel Coward Theatre, the musical runs from December 29th 2017 until March 24th 2018, with an official opening on January 11th 2018.
Recommended forGirl from the North Country is recommended for anyone who is a fan of Bob 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.
Age Recommendations: Suitable for 13+