Everything you need to know about the return of Girl from the North Country
After critically-acclaimed performances at the Old Vic and a subsequent West End transfer, the guitar strums of Girl from the North Country will return to London once more. Set to play at the Gielgud Theatre, find out more about the musical’s early performance, as well as this production’s cast and why you’ll want to book your tickets for this limited engagement.
Everything about Girl From the North Country
What is the synopsis?
Set in Duluth, Minnesota during the 1930s, audiences meet a community at a guesthouse on the brink of crisis. Coming together in a time of need, a family fight for their future as they scramble funds to repay their debts to avoid descending into madness. As lonely people drift in and out of the guesthouse, two striking individuals suddenly arrive: a blackmailing preacher selling bibles and a fugitive boxer. Setting a catalyst for change, will individuals be able to get a grip on life or will the Great Depression overwhelm them?
Who will star in Girl from the North Country?
The cast of Girl from the North Country will star Katie Brayben as Elizabeth Laine, Anna-Jane Casey as Mrs Burke, Rachel John as Mrs Neilsen and Donald Sage Mackay as Neil Laine.
The cast will also feature Daniel Bailey, Colin Bates, Nicholle Cherrie, David Ganly, Si Gordon, Steffan Harri, David Haydn, Sidney Kean, Finbar Lynch, Wendy Somerville and Shaq Taylor.
Further casting for Girl from the North Country is to be announced, so keep checking here to see who else will star in the production.
Where can I listen to the soundtrack?
Take a listen to the soundtrack of Girl from the North Country, featuring the greatest hits by Bob Dylan. Listen to even more jukebox musicals here, including Tina the Musical and Mamma Mia!
What did critics say about Girl from the North Country?
“Not since Once – the stage version of the Irish indie film – have I felt a show move with such organic vitality; the songs emerge from the action as a swirling, fluid commentary on it, though not specifically to further the dramatic action.”
London Theatre Guide
“A wide-ranging selection of Dylan’s songs from across his remarkable career punctuates the piece with a poetic poignancy, deftly accompanied by a violin, double bass and drum kit. “Tight Connection to My Heart” and “I Want You” evoke the romantic longing of many of the play’s characters, whereas “Like a Rolling Stone” speaks devastatingly of the state of oblivion they find themselves in.”
The atmospheric staging, the narrative power of the music and the skill of the performances combine to create something magical… a theatre-filling, skin-tingling, heart-penetrating performance.”
Where can I see it in London’s West End and how do I get there?
Girl from the North Country will play at the Gielgud Theatre, located on Shaftesbury Avenue (W1D 6AR). The nearest train station is Charing Cross, a 10 minute walk from the theatre. Bakerloo and Piccadilly line underground services are also available from Piccadilly Circus.
Photos taken from Noel Coward production.