Local Hero (musical)

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Local Hero
Local Hero Musical.jpg
Official poster of the 2019 Lyceum production
MusicMark Knopfler
LyricsMark Knopfler
BookBill Forsyth
David Greig
Basis1983 film Local Hero
Premiere23 March 2019 (2019-03-23): Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Local Hero is a musical with music and lyrics by Mark Knopfler, and a book by Bill Forsyth and David Greig. The musical is based on the 1983 film of the same name, written by Bill Forsyth. It tells the story of an American oil company representative who is sent to the fictional village of Ferness on the west coast of Scotland to purchase the town and surrounding property for his company.

Background[edit]

The musical is based on the 1983 indie film Local Hero, written and directed by Bill Forsyth.[1] The film was produced on a budget of just £3 million[2] and won several awards including the 1984 BAFTA Award for Best Direction[3] and the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Screenplay.[4] It tells the story of an American oil company representative who is sent to the fictional village of Ferness on the west coast of Scotland[5] to purchase the town and surrounding property to build a new refinery.[6]

On 3 February 2018, it was announced the play would receive its world premiere in spring 2019,[7] thirty five years after the original film.[8] It is expected to make its world premiere at the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, before transferring to The Old Vic with whom it is a coproduction.[9] The show has a book by original screenwriter Bill Forsyth, which has been adapted by Lyceum artistic director David Greig,[10] direction by John Crowley,[11], movement direction by Lucy Hind,[12] set and costume design by Scott Pask,[11] lighting design by Paule Constable[11] and video by Luke Halls.[13] The musical features an original score and lyrics by Mark Knopfler,[14] with sound design by Paul Arditti,[11] musical supervision by Dave Milligan[13] and music direction by Phil Bateman.[13]

Production history[edit]

Local Hero is scheduled to begin previews at the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh on 14 March 2019,[13] with an official opening night on 23 March, booking for a limited period until 20 April.[15] Due to demand[16] the run was extended until 4 May.[17] Notable casting included Damian Humbley as Mac, Katrina Bryan as Stella, Matthew Pidgeon as Gordon, and Simon Rouse as Happer.[18]

Musical numbers[edit]

Principal roles and original cast[edit]

Character Lyceum production[20]
Ownie Scott Ainslie
Stella Katrina Bryan
Pauline/Punk Girl Caroline Deyga
Ben Julian Forsyth
Mac Damian Humbley
Reverend Murdo Emmanuel Kojo
Netta Helen Logan
Malky Matthew Malthouse
Shona Suzie McAdam
Rhona Joanne McGuinness
Iain John McLarnon
Viktor Adam Pearce
Gordon Matthew Pidgeon
Happer/Duncan Simon Rouse
Mistress Fraser Wendy Somerville

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bill Forsyth's Local Hero film adapted for stage musical". thetimes.co.uk. The Times. 5 February 2018. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  2. ^ Walker, Alexander. National Heroes: British Cinema in the Seventies and Eighties, Harrap, 1985, p. 182.
  3. ^ "Awards Database – The BAFTA site". British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  4. ^ "Awards – New York Film Critics Circle – NYFCC". New York Film Critics Circle. Retrieved 11 July 2012.
  5. ^ "Local hero to take to stage as a musical". bbc.co.uk/news. BBC News. 3 February 2018. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  6. ^ "12 things you didn't know about Local Hero". scotsman.com. The Scotsman. 14 March 2014. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  7. ^ "The Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh and The Old Vic present the World Premiere of Local Herol". lyceum.org.uk. Royal Lyceum Theatre. 3 February 2018. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  8. ^ "Local Hero movie to be made into stage musical". dailymail.co.uk. Daily Mail. 3 February 2018. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  9. ^ "New stage version of Local Hero to be produced by Old Vic and Lyceum". whatsonstage.com. Whats on Stage. 3 February 2018. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  10. ^ "Scottish film Local Hero to be adapted as stage musical". thestage.co.uk. The Stage. 3 February 2018. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  11. ^ a b c d "Artistic team announced for new musical stage version of Local Hero, Bill Forsyth's classic movie". heraldscotland.com. The Herald. 26 April 2018. Retrieved 26 April 2018.
  12. ^ "Local Hero Stage Musical Sets Casting for U.K. World Premiere". broadway.com/buzz. Broadway.com. 18 January 2019. Retrieved 20 January 2019.
  13. ^ a b c d "Local Hero Cast And Credits". lyceum.org.uk. Royal Lyceum Theatre. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  14. ^ "Bill Forsyth and Mark Knopfler reunite for new Local Hero musical". scotsman.com. The Scotsman. 3 February 2018. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  15. ^ "Playwright David Greig on Local Hero the musical: 'If Scotland likes it, it'll have integrity'". heraldscotland.com. The Herald. 28 April 2018. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  16. ^ "New dates and cast announced for Local Hero". lyceum.org.uk. Royal Lyceum Theatre. 18 January 2019. Retrieved 19 January 2019.
  17. ^ "Local Hero musical at the Royal Lyceum casting announced". whatsonstage.com. Whats on Stage. 18 January 2019. Retrieved 19 January 2019.
  18. ^ "Run for Local Hero musical extended as full cast of stage version of classic film revealed". heraldscotland.com. The Herald. 19 January 2019. Retrieved 20 January 2019.
  19. ^ a b "Local Hero". Royal Lyceum Theatre programme: 10. March 2019.
  20. ^ "Local Hero". Royal Lyceum Theatre programme: 5. March 2019.