Everything you need to know about the return of Girl from the North Country
Girl from the North Country has now closed at the Gielgud Theatre. See shows at the Gielgud Theatre here.
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. Find out more about the musical’s early performances, as well as this production’s cast.
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 starred in Girl from the North Country?
The cast of Girl from the North Country starred 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 is completed by Daniel Bailey, Colin Bates, Nicholle Cherrie, David Ganly, Simon Gordon, Steffan Harri, David Haydn, Sidney Kean, Finbar Lynch, Gloria Obianyo, Ferdy Roberts, Wendy Somerville, Gemma Sutton, Shaq Taylor and Alan Vicary.
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.”