Why See Girl from the North Country?
Connor McPherson's newest work must be something very pretty impressive to gain permission from famously protective folk icon Bob Dylan to use his songs on stage, so it's no secret that this world premiere play with songs (not a musical!) is a much anticipated part of the Old Vic's 2017 season.
Set in depression era Duluth, Minnesota, the show follows a family balanced on the edge of poverty and dysfunction, buoyed by the strange assortment of drifters who stay in their guesthouse. For Nick Laine, enough is enough and now he's found a way out.
Previews from: 12 July 2017
Opening night: 12 July 2017
Cast and Creative
Sheila Atim as Marianne Laine
Ron Cook as Doctor Walker
Bronagh Gallagher as Mrs Burke
Shirley Henderson as Elizabeth Laine
Ciaran Hinds as Nick Laine
Claudia Jolly as Katherine Draper
Arinze Kene as Joe Scott
Debbie Kurup as Mrs Neilsen
Jim Norton as Mr Perry
Sam Reid as Gene Laine
Michael Shaeffer as Reverend Marlowe
Jack Shalloo as Elias Burke
Stanley Townsend as Mr Burke
Kirsty Malpass, Tom Peters, Karl Queensborough
Written and Directed by Connor McPherson
Music by Bob Dylan
What we thought
DYLANESQUE Nostalgic dynamo
captivating performances from a heavily experienced cast
A spellbinding journey into the hopes and fears of a community in Depression era Duluth, Minnesota, Conor McPherson's expertly crafted show (a play with songs, not a musical) weaves Bob Dylan's back catalogue with heartbreaking stories in a wayRead full review
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