The much loved classic film, Local Hero, is the inspiration for this new stage adaptation about a remote Scottish community engulfed in negotiation with the all-powerful Knox Oil with its eye on acquiring the landscape to build an oil refinery.
Director John Crowley, with book writer David Greig and composer of the legendary film score, Mark Knopfler, have together created this new musical.
Commissioned and developed by Neal Street Productions and Patrick Daly of Caledonia Productions, the World Premiere of Local Hero has been made in a co-production with the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh and the Old Vic Theatre, London.
The Edinburgh season opened 23rd March, 2019 for a strictly limited season, extended due to popular demand following wide-spread critical acclaim and sold-out performances.
The production was scheduled to transfer to the Old Vic, London to begin previews 18th of June, 2020 for a twelve week season. However this has been postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Future plans for the production will be announced in due course.
"Cherished movie becomes marvellous musical”
Ambitious Texan oil executive Mac MacIntyre arrives in Scotland on a mission to buy a small seaside village and replace it with a refinery. It’s the deal of a lifetime, but Mac soon finds out that putting a price on this scenic spot is more complicated than he bargained for. Before the locals get rich, they must decide what a village is worth – a Maserati? A million? A marriage? Or is feeling at home worth more than even oil money can buy?
Treasured by a generation in Scotland and loved far and wide, Local Hero is one of the defining moments of Scottish storytelling. Laced with killing sharp comedy, and Celtic sound, Local Hero effortlessly asks large questions about community, belonging and the environment.
Acclaimed theatre and film director, John Crowley, leads a multi-award winning creative team.
Key Creatives & Cast
Book by David Greig
Music and lyrics by Mark Knopfler
Original film produced by David Puttnam
Directed by John Crowley
Set & Costume Design by Scott Pask
Lighting Design by Paule Constable
Sound Design by Paul Arditti
Video Design by Luke Halls
Movement by Lucy Hind
Musical Supervision by Dave Milligan
Musical Directed by Phil Bateman
Assistant Musical Directed by Benjamin Holder
Music Produced by Guy Fletcher
Associate Directed by Maria Crocker
Assistant Directed by Eve Nicol
Wig Designed by Linda McKnight
Casting by Will Burton
Original film written and directed by Bill Forsyth and produced by David Puttnam
All other roles played by the company.
The Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh. 14th March - 4th May, 2019
Old Vic, London. June - August 2020 (postponed)
"Cherished movie becomes marvellous musical"
"Shot on location, the film continually shifts between cosmic and domestic. On stage, these scale shifts are stunningly reimagined…."
"This ebullient musical captures the magic of the adored 1983 film.There is a sense of wonder here as well as lots of laughs. In what I would describe as a musical coup, Mark Knopfler, formerly of Dire Straits, writes 19 new songs."