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Conor McPherson's new Bob Dylan play The Girl From the North Country opens at Old Vic in July

Playwright Conor McPherson's new play The Girl From the North Country is set to legend Bob Dylan's classic songs. It is set Dylan's home town of Duluth, Minnesota in the midst of the Great Depression and is named after a track Dylan wrote in 1963 called Girl From The North Country.

Set in a a guest house, focusing on the family who run it: starring Shirley Henderson and Ciaran Hinds, with Sam Reid and Sheila Atim as their children. They are a  family adrift, their future on a knife edge. Lost and lonely people drifting through rooms of their guesthouse. But Nick Laine thinks he’s seen a way out…

It includes songs spanning the five decades of Dylan’s career — featuring classics  Like A Rolling Stone, Forever Young, Make You Feel My Love and Time Out Of Mind, as well as tunes that people probably don’t have in their Dylan collections. ‘There’ll be known songs, and unknown songs. But they’re all great songs.’ The show’s instruments and arrangements will have a Thirties feel. The on-stage band will use steel guitars, harmoniums, mandolins and harmonicas.

The company of actors and musicians will include: Sheila Atim (Les Blancs, National Theatre), Ron Cook (The Children, Royal Court), Bronagh Gallagher (The Faith Machine, Royal Court), Shirley Henderson (Bridget Jones' Diary), Ciarán Hinds (Hamlet, Barbican), Claudia Jolly (BBC's NW), Arinzé Kene (One Night in Miami, Donmar Warehouse), Debbie Kurup (The Bodyguard, Adelphi), Kirsty Malpass (Groundhog Day, The Old Vic), Jim Norton (The Weir, Royal Court), Tom Peters (The Crucible, The Old Vic), Karl Queensborough (Aladdin, Lyric Hammersmith), Sam Reid ('Tis Pity She's A Whore, West Yorkshire Playhouse), Michael Shaeffer (London Road, National Theatre), Jack Shalloo (Groundhog Day, The Old Vic) and Stanley Townsend (The Nether, Royal Court).

Buy tickets for The Girl From the North Country which opens at the Old Vic and is booking from 20 July 2017-7 October 2017

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