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Girl from the North Country returns to the West End

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

WRITTEN and directed by Conor McPherson and with music and lyrics by Bob Dylan, Girl from the North Country is returning to the West End to play a limited eight week season at the Gielgud Theatre – from Tuesday, December 10, 2019 to Saturday, February 1, 2020.

1934. A time-weathered guesthouse in the heartland of America. Only a song can shake off the dust for one group of wayward souls and old dreams may hold the promise of new beginnings. As they pass in and out of each other’s lives, their stories awaken with passion, fury and extraordinary beauty.

Reimagining the music of Bob Dylan as roof-raising ensemble pieces and soul-stirring solos, celebrated playwright Conor McPherson (The Weir, The Seafarer) writes and directs this heartbreaking and universal story about family and love.

The cast includes Colin Bates (Gene Laine), Katie Brayben (Elizabeth Laine), Anna Jane Casey (Mrs Burke), David Ganly (Mr Burke), Steffan Harri (Elias Burke), Rachel John (Mrs Neilsen), Sidney Kean (Mr Perry), Finbar Lynch (Reverend Marlowe), Donald Sage Mackay (Nick Laine), Gloria Obianyo (Marianne), Ferdy Roberts (Dr Walker), Gemma Sutton (Katherine Draper) and Shaq Taylor (Joe Scott).

Ensemble members are Daniel Bailey, Nicholle Cherrie, Simon Gordon, David Haydn, Wendy Somerville and Alan Vicary.

Girl from the North Country opened at The Old Vic in July 2017 to huge critical acclaim and played to sold out audiences. It transferred to the Noël Coward Theatre in December 2017 and won the 2018 Olivier Awards for Best Actress in a Musical and Best Supporting Actress in a Musical as well as being nominated in the Best New Musical, Outstanding Achievement in Music and Best Actor in a Musical categories. The production went on to have a sold out run at the Public Theater, New York in 2018.

Girl from the North Country opens at the Gielgud Theatre following a run at the Royal Alexandra Theatre, Toronto, from September 28 to November 24, 2019. The Broadway production will open on March 5, 2020, with previews from February 7, at The Belasco Theatre. Casting for the Broadway production is to be announced.

Girl from the North Country has scenic and costume design by Rae Smith; orchestrations, arrangements, and music supervision by Simon Hale, with additional arrangements by Simon Hale and Conor McPherson; lighting design by Mark Henderson; sound design by Simon Baker; movement direction by Lucy Hind and casting by Jessica Ronane CDG.

Girl from the North Country is produced by Tristan Baker and Charlie Parsons for Runaway Entertainment, Steven Lappin, Sony Music Entertainment UK, David Mirvish and The Old Vic.

Tickets: From £12.50. To book, call the box office on 0844 482 5151 (calls to Delfont Mackintosh Theatres 0844 numbers cost 7 pence per minute plus your phone company’s access charge) or visit www.girlfromthenorthcountry.london.

Times: Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm; Thursday and Saturday at 2.30pm; Friday, December 27, Sunday, December 29 and Friday, January 3 at 2:30pm. No performances on December 24, 25 and 26.

Also at the Gielgud Theatre: Lynn Nottage’s Sweat (until July 20) and the concert version of Les Misérables, starring Michael Ball, Alfie Boe, Carrie Hope Fletcher and Matt Lucas (August 10 to November 30, 2019).