Girl from the North Country returns to West End ahead of Broadway transfer

Posted on 21 June 2019

It has been announced that Girl from the North Country will be coming to Delfont Mackintosh theatres’ Gielgud Theatre for a limited season before its transfer to Broadway. The show will return to the West End from 10 December 2019 to 1 February 2020 between runs at the Royal Alexandria Theatre, Toronto and New York’s Belasco Theater. Tickets for Girl from the North Country will be on sale Monday, 24 June.

Girl from the North Country 2019 West End season

Conor McPherson’s depression-era drama featuring the songs of Bob Dylan had its 2017 premiere at prestigious Off-West End venue, the Old Vic and shortly thereafter received a transfer to the West End’s Noel Coward Theatre. Earning five Olivier Award nominations and coming away with two of those awards, the highly successful show went on to enjoy an Off-Broadway transfer. The limited Girl from the North Country West End season is coming just ahead of its scheduled Broadway debut.

The story and songs of Girl from the North Country

Set in 1934 in the midst of The Great Depression in Duluth Minnesota, Girl from the North Country skillfully interweaves Dylan’s songs with a story about a family who, like so many, has fallen on hard times and is trying to make ends meet and keep a roof over their heads. Classic songs like "Slow Train", "Like A Rolling Stone", "Make You Feel My Love", "Hurricane" and "Forever Young" are brought to life as stirring ensemble numbers or touching solo performances. The award-winning musical shows what happens when a family feels like their entire future is resting on the knife-edge between ruin and success.

West End cast and creatives of Girl from the North Country

The Toronto cast of Girl from the North Country will reprise their roles in the West End and Broadway runs. Olivier Award-winning actress Katie Brayben from Beautiful: The Carole King Musical will be starring as Elizabeth Laine, Tony Award nominee Finbar Lynch of Not About Nightingales will play Reverend Marlow. Donald Sage Mackay (True West) will play patriarch Nick Laine with Anna-Jane Casey, who originated the role of Dot in Sunday in the Park with George will play Mrs Burke. Gloria Obianyo (The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, Fanny and Alexander) will feature as Marianne alongside Rachel John from Memphis, The Bodyguard and most recently Hamilton who plays Mrs Neilsen.  They are joined on stage by David Ganly playing Mr Burke, Steffan Harri as Elias Burke, Sidney Kean as Mr Perry, Ferdy Roberts as Dr Walker, Gemma Sutton as Katherine Draper, Shaq Taylor as Joe Scott and Colin Bates as Gene Laine. The ensemble cast is rounded out by Alan Vicary, Wendy Somerville, David Haydn, Nicholle Cherrie and  Daniel Bailey.

The play is set to be directed by the show’s writer Conor McPherson. The show will have scene and costume design by Rae Smith with sound and lighting design by Simon Baker and Mark Henderson, respectively. Movement direction will be provided by Lucy Hind with arrangements, orchestrations, and music supervision by Simon Hale with additional arrangements by Simon Hale and Conor McPherson.

Girl from the North Country tickets on sale from 24 June!

The limited season of Girl from the North Country is expected to have some of the most sought-after tickets on the West End. You will want to make sure you catch this stirring picture of America’s Great Depression set to the music of one of the world’s most admired and prolific singer/songwriters. Playing a strictly limited run at the Gielgud Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue from 10 December 2019 to 1 February 2020 Girl from the North Country is not to be missed.

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Sarah Gengenbach

By Sarah Gengenbach

Sarah's love of theater was sparked by an enthusiastic drama teacher who wouldn't take no for an answer. These days she's much more comfortable in the audience than on the stage. She's an English teacher and enjoys reading and writing when she's not teaching or at the theater.