NEWS: New dates added as Cast announced for stage adaptation of Local Hero

  • Following exceptional demand, The Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh have announced an additional two weeks of performances for the new stage musical adaptation of the classic Scottish film, Local Hero. The run will now end on the later date of Saturday 4 May 2019

  • Newly released tickets will go on sale Monday 21 January priced from £10 to £68

  • The stage production of Local Hero is adapted by David Greig and Bill Forsyth, with brand new music and lyrics by Mark Knopfler, drawing on his original 1983 film score

  • John Crowley (BAFTA-winning and Oscar-nominated Brooklyn) directs the World Premiere production with set and costume design by Scott Pask, lighting design by Paule Constable, sound design by Paul Arditti, video design by Luke Halls, music supervision by Dave Milligan, music direction by Phil Bateman, and casting by Will Burton

  • Lucy Hind (Girl from the North Country, The Old Vic, West End; Ugly Lies the Bone, National Theatre; The Last Ship, Northern Stage; The Assassination of Katie Hopkins, Theatr Clwyd; The House of Bernada Alba, Manchester Royal Exchange) joins as Movement Director

  • The production stars Damian Humbley as Mac, Katrina Bryan as Stella, Matthew Pidgeon as Gordon, and Simon Rouse as Happer

  • The cast further includes Scott Ainslie, Caroline Deyga, Julian Forsyth, Emmanuel Kojo, Helen Logan, Suzie McAdam, Matthew Malthouse, Joanne McGuinness, John McLarnon, Adam Pearce, and Wendy Somerville
  • The Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh and The Old Vic are delighted to announce the full cast for the World Premiere of Local Hero, a stage adaptation of the 1983 film, co-written by David Greig and Bill Forsyth, with brand new music and lyrics by Mark Knopfler.

Local Hero is directed by John Crowley, whose stage work includes The Present, Anton Chekhov’s Platonov adapted by Andrew Upton and starring Cate Blanchett; the London and Broadway runs of Martin McDonagh’s Tony-nominated The Pillowman starring David Tennant; McDonagh’s A Behanding in Spokane on Broadway starring Christopher Walken; the West End production of Love Song, starring Neve Campbell and Cillian Murphy, and the West End run of On An Average Day, starring Woody Harrelson and Kyle MacLachlan. He was Associate Director at the Donmar Warehouse.

 Crowley’s film work includes Oscar-nominated and BAFTA-winning Brooklyn, starring Saoirse Ronan, Film Four’s Boy A, starring Andrew Garfield and the upcoming film adaptation of Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch starring Ansel Elgort, Nicole Kidman and Sarah Paulson.

Crowley returns to The Lyceum having directed the 1993 production of The Master Builder starring and co-directed by Brian Cox.

The stage adaptation is co-written by The Lyceum’s Artistic Director David Greig and multi-award winning director and writer Bill Forsyth, with new music and lyrics by acclaimed composer and Glasgow-born producer Mark Knopfler – founder of internationally celebrated band Dire Straits, whose album Brothers in Arms is one of the top 20 highest selling albums in UK history – and who has previously composed music for films including The Princess Bride, Wag the Dog and Comfort and Joy.

Bringing together a host of award-winning Scottish and UK talent, the cast includes Damian Humbley (Merrily we Roll Along, Huntington Theatre Company, Harold Pinter Theatre; Life of the Party, The Last 5 Years, Spamilton, all Menier Chocolate Factory; Little Shop of Horrors, UK Tour) as Mac, Katrina Bryan (Death of a Salesman, The Lyceum; Nina and the Neuron, Thumbelina, Molly and Mack, all CBeebies) as Stella, and Matthew Pidgeon (The Man Who Had All The Luck, The Cherry Orchard, The Lyceum; This House, Chichester, West End; Salome, Royal Shakespeare Company; The James Plays, National Theatre of Scotland, UK and World Tour; Midsummer, Traverse Theatre, World Tour; The Wonderful World of Dissocia, Realism, Caledonia, National Theatre of Scotland; Mary Queen of Scots, Focus Features) as Gordon.

Simon Rouse (Insignificance, Arcola Theatre; The Dresser, Duke of York; Hangmen, Wyndham’s Theatre, Royal Court; Anything Goes, Sheffield Crucible, UK Tour; The Full Monty, Noël Coward Theatre, Sheffield Lyceum, David Pugh Productions; The Bill 2000-2010, Talkback Thames) will play Happer, Julian Forsyth (An American in Paris, The Go Between, Sunset Boulevard, The Woman in Black, Stephen Ward, Wicked, Gone with the Wind, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, St Joan, Les Miserablés, Martin Guerre, West End; Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, National Theatre) is to play Ben, Adam Pearce (The Current War, Bazeleves Production; Les Miserablés, Cameron Mackintosh Productions; The Light Princess, National Theatre; Sweeney Todd, Chichester Festival Theatre; Les Miserablés, Working Title Films) takes the role of Viktor and Emmanuel Kojo (Girl from the North Country, Noël Coward Theatre; BBC Proms: Oklahoma!, Royal Albert Hall; Twelfth Night, National Theatre; Show Boat, Crucible Theatre, New London Theatre; Kiss Me Kate, Opera North; The Scottsboro Boys, Garrick Theatre, Young Vic) will play Reverend Murdo.

Scott Ainslie (The Sound of Music, Bill Kenwright; God of Carnage, Contexture Theatre; Betrayal, Westacre Theatre; The Captive, Finborough Theatre; A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo & Juliet, Original Shakespeare Company; Great Expectations, Evita, Aspects of Love, No.1 Tours), Olivier-winner Caroline Deyga (Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour, National Theatre of Scotland, National Theatre, Sonia Friedman, Melbourne Festival; Peter Pan, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre; Locker Room Talk, Tracks of the Winter Bear, The Traverse), Helen Logan (Sunshine Ghost, Scottish Theatre Producers; Blithe Spirit, Death of a Salesman, Moonight and Magnolias, Proof, A Streetcar Named Desire, Perth Theatre; The Angel and the Manse, Oran Mor; The Cone Gatherers, APA Tour; The Descent, Celador Films and Pathé) and John McLarnon (My Left/Right Foot, National Theatre of Scotland, Birds of Paradise; Sunshine on Leith, West Yorkshire Playhouse, UK Tour; Apologia, Trafalgar Studios; Abigail’s Party, Theatre Royal Bath, UK Tour; TOM, UK Tour; The Commitments, Palace Thaetre, West End; We Will Rock You, Dominion Theatre, West End; Outlander, Starz) join as Ownie, Punk Girl, Netta, and Iain.

The cast is completed by Matthew Malthouse (Sunshine on Leith, West Yorkshire Playhouse, UK Tour; Oklahoma!, Royal Albert Hall; Groundhog Day, Old Vic; Mrs Henderson Presents, Noël Coward Theatre; Kiss Me Kate, Theatre Luxembourg; Annie Get Your Gun, Sheffield Crucible; Oh! What a Lovely War, UK Tour; Singin’ in the Rain, Palace Theatre, UK Tour; My Fair Lady, Sheffield Crucible; Matilda, Royal Shakespeare Company, Cambridge Theatre; Edward Scissorhands, The Carman, Sadlers Wells, World Tour), Suzie McAdam (Kinky Boots The Musical, West End; Rocky Horror Picture Show, European Tour; Legally Blonde, West End; Hair, UK Tour; BBC Proms: My Fair Lady, Royal Albert Hall), Olivier- nominated Joanne McGuinness (As You Like It, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre; Spuds, Oran Mor; Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour, National Theatre of Scotland, National Theatre, Sonia Friedman, Melbourne Festival; Dragon, National Theatre of Scotland; Glasgow Girls, National Theatre of Scotland, Stratford East; Peter Pan, Kings Theatre), and Wendy Somerville (School of Rock, Gillian Lynn Theatre; The 306: Day, National Theatre of Scotland; Cinderella, London Palladium; Threepenny Opera, National Theatre; Billy Elliot, Victoria Palace Theatre; Hairspray, Shaftesbury Theatre, UK/Ireland Tour; Sweeney Todd, Adelphi and Chichester Theatre; Les Miserablés, Queen’s Theatre).

The production is designed by 3-time Tony Award-winning Scott Pask (The Pillowman, National Theatre, West End, Broadway; The Book of Mormon, Broadway; The Coast of Utopia, Olivier Theatre, Broadway), with lighting design by Tony and Olivier Award-winning Paule Constable (The Moderate Soprano, West End; Angels in America, Nine Night, Follies, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, National Theatre, West End, Broadway, UK, US and Canadian Tours).

Following previews, Local Hero will open at The Lyceum on 23 March 2019, and The Old Vic run will open in June 2020.