Girl from the North Country
Old Vic Theatre, London
From Sat 8 Jul 2017 to Sat 7 Oct 2017 Noel Coward Theatre, West End
From Fri 29 Dec 2017 to Sat 24 Mar 2018
Duluth, Minnesota. 1934. A community living on a knife-edge. Lost and lonely people huddle together in the local guesthouse.
The owner, Nick, owes more money than he can ever repay, his wife Elizabeth is losing her mind and their daughter Marianne is carrying a child no one will account for.
So, when a preacher selling bibles and a boxer looking for a comeback turn up in the middle of the night, things spiral beyond the point of no return…
In Girl from the North Country, Conor McPherson beautifully weaves the iconic songbook of Bob Dylan into a show full of hope, heartbreak and soul. It premiered at The Old Vic, London, in July 2017, in a production directed by Conor McPherson.
Blog Post: Conor McPherson on how Girl from the North Country came about: ‘Maybe five years ago I was asked if I might consider writing a play to feature Bob Dylan’s songs. I initially didn’t feel this was something I could do and I had cast it out of my mind when, one day, walking along, I saw a vision of a guesthouse in Minnesota in the 1930s.’ Read more >>
Extra Content: watch Sheila Atim perform Bob Dylan's song 'Tight Connection to My Heart' in the Old Vic's production of Girl from the North Country:
'The idea is inspired and the treatment piercingly beautiful… two formidable artists have shown respect for the integrity of each other's work here and the result is magnificent'Independent
'The play and songs weave around one another, reflecting, deepening, revealing, in exquisitely soulful harmony… shades of O'Neill and Steinbeck... dreamlike and bleakly beautiful'Broadway World
'Bob Dylan’s back catalogue is used to glorious effect in Conor McPherson’s astonishing cross-section of hope and stoic suffering... it is the constant dialogue between the drama and the songs that makes this show exceptional'Guardian
'Beguiling and soulful and quietly, exquisitely, heartbreaking. A very special piece of theatre'Evening Standard
'Extracts a certain Steinbeckian strand from Dylan’s oeuvre… marries the myths of Dylan and the Depression into something timeless and elegant – a stark evocation of the American fundament'Time Out
'Moody and heartfelt as an old movie, a tale harsh as Miller or Tennessee Williams, storytelling resonant and drawing deep... Dylan and McPherson are both poets. Here they meld, mesh, converse. It’s a privilege to watch'TheatreCat
'A populous, otherworldly play that combines the hard grit of the great Depression with something numinous and mysterious'Telegraph
'There are many lines to savour from Conor McPherson, the master of grim realism and ghostly unease'The Arts Desk
'Elegiac and deeply moving… this intricately plotted tale is carefully and intelligently woven'British Theatre Guide
13 Jul 2017Size: 198mm x 129mm
13 Jul 2017
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