Friday, November 3

Full casting for West End transfer of Girl from the North Country featuring music of Bob Dylan

Full casting has just been announced for the West End transfer of Conor McPherson's play Girl from the North Country which originally opened at the Old Vic earlier this year.  The West End transfer runs at the Noel Coward Theatre from 29th December 2017 to 24th March 2018.

Joining the previously announced cast will be Finbar Lynch who will play Reverend Marlowe and Ross Dawes who will form part of the ensemble. They will be joined by Hannah Azuonye, Mary Doherty, David Ganly as Mr Burke, Adam James as Dr Walker, Karl Johnson as Mr Perry and Emmanuel Kojo.They will jointhe returning cast which includes Sheila Atim, Ciaran Hinds, Shirley Henderson, Arinze Kene, Tim McMullan and Debbie Kurup.

The piece 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. It revolves around a guest house, focusing on the family who run it.  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.

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