Headshot of director John  Crowley

Creative Team and on-sale dates announced for Local Hero

  • First release of public tickets: 10am, 1 May 2018 at The Lyceum

A co-production by The Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh and The Old Vic

The Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh and The Old Vic, London are delighted to announce that John Crowley will direct the World Premiere of Local Hero, a stage adaptation of the 1983 film, co-written by David Greig and Bill Forsyth, with music and lyrics by Mark Knopfler; with set and costume design by Scott Pask, lighting design by Paule Constable, sound design by Paul Arditti, video design by Luke Halls, Music Supervision by Dave Milligan, Music Direction by Phil Bateman, and casting by Will Burton.

John Crowley’s stage work includes The Present, Anton Chekhov’s Platonov adapted by Andrew Upton and starring Cate Blanchett; the London and Broadway runs of Martin McDonagh’s Tony-nominated The Pillowman starring David Tennant; McDonagh’s A Behanding in Spokane on Broadway starring Christopher Walken; the West End production of Love Song, starring Neve Campbell and Cillian Murphy, and the West End run of On An Average Day, starring Woody Harrelson and Kyle MacLachlan. He was Associate Director at the Donmar Warehouse.

Crowley’s film work includes Oscar-nominated and BAFTA-winning Brooklyn, starring Saoirse Ronan, Film Four’s Boy A, starring Andrew Garfield and the upcoming film adaptation of Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch starring Ansel Elgort, Nicole Kidman and Sarah Paulson.

Crowley returns to The Lyceum having directed the 1993 production of The Master Builder starring Brian Cox.

The stage adaptation is co-written by The Lyceum’s Artistic Director David Greig and multi-award winning director and writer Bill Forsyth, with music and lyrics by acclaimed composer and Glasgow-born producer Mark Knopfler – founder of internationally celebrated band Dire Straits, whose album Brothers in Arms is one of the top 20 highest selling albums in UK history – and who has previously composed music for films including The Princess Bride, Wag the Dog and Comfort and Joy.

The Lyceum’s Artistic Director David Greig says: ‘God, this is exciting! I’m thrilled The Lyceum will be working with a team of this calibre to make Local Hero. John Crowley is a director on top of his game. From The Pillowman to Brooklyn he has shown himself a master of complex emotional material. I was recently privileged to see his production of The Present on Broadway with Cate Blanchett and it was one of the defining experiences of my theatre-going life. Scott Pask is a visionary Stage Designer who is at home with an intimate play as he is with a huge Broadway musical. The Lyceum audience are in for a treat to see his work in our gorgeous theatre. Paul Arditti worked with me on the crazy, surreal soundscape of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory and Paule Constable has lit some of the most beautiful shows in London’s West End in recent years. Together with Luke Halls’ video work having pushed boundaries at the Paralympics and in Royal Opera House, we have a world class creative team in whom to trust the legacy of Bill’s much loved film.’

The Old Vic’s Artistic Director Matthew Warchus says: ‘It’s very exciting to see Bill Forsyth’s masterpiece entrusted to such a classy line-up of international creative talent.’  

Local Hero will open at The Lyceum on 23 March 2019
First release of public tickets for The Lyceum will happen on 1 May 2018 at 10am, general booking at The Lyceum will open 10am, 2 June 2018. Local Hero will then open at The Old Vic in June 2020 following its world premiere in Edinburgh in 2019.

This production is generously supported by The National Lottery through Creative Scotland and presented by special arrangement with Neal Street Productions and Patrick Daly of Caledonia Productions.