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. 

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 was staged at the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh opening 23rd March 2019. The sold-out season was extended due to popular demand following wide-spread critical acclaim. 

A transfer to the Old Vic, London, originally planned for summer of 2020 was 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. 

Key Creatives & Cast

Key Creatives:
Book by David Greig
Music and lyrics by Mark Knopfler
Original film written and directed by Bill Forsyth and produced by David Puttnam

Creative Team for the Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh World Premiere:

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 cast for the Royal Lyceum Edinburgh World Premiere:

Scott Ainslie 
Katrina Bryan 
Caroline Deyga 
Julian Forsyth 
Damian Humbley 
Emmanuel Kojo 
Helen Logan 
Matthew Malthouse 
Suzie McAdam 
Joanne McGuinness 
John McLarnon 
Adam Pearce 
Matthew Pidgeon 
Simon Rouse 
Wendy Somerville 


The Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh. 14th March - 4th May, 2019 



Old Vic, London. June - August 2020 (postponed)


"Cherished movie becomes marvellous musical"

Financial Times

"Shot on location, the film continually shifts between cosmic and domestic. On stage, these scale shifts are stunningly reimagined…."

The Observer

"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."

The Times