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Local Hero

Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh and The Old Vic present the World Premiere of
Local Hero 
Book by Bill Forsyth and David Greig
Music and lyrics by Mark Knopfler
Based on the screenplay of the original film, written and directed by Bill Forsyth

"We’re gonna be rich… filthy dirty rich!"

A wry comedy about a man who sets out to buy a beach, but ends up losing his heart to a village, Bill Forsyth’s magical Local Hero takes to the stage with new music and songs by the legendary Mark Knopfler.

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. Now the original creators of the international hit film and bestselling soundtrack Bill Forsyth and Mark Knopfler have teamed up with The Lyceum’s Artistic Director David Greig to create this brand new musical stage production with a multi-award winning creative team.

Co-produced with The Old Vic.

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.

Principal Production Sponsor – The Famous Grouse

Supported by the Culture & Business Fund Scotland.

Cast and Credits


Book by Bill Forsyth and David Greig
Music and lyrics by Mark Knopfler
Based on the screenplay of the original film, written and directed by Bill Forsyth
Original film produced by David Puttnam

Director: John Crowley
Set and Costume Designer: Scott Pask
Lighting Designer: Paule Constable
Sound Designer: Paul Arditti
Video Designer: Luke Halls
Choreographer: Lucy Hind

Music Supervisor: Dave Milligan
Music Director: Phil Bateman
Casting: Will Burton
U.S. Casting: Jim Carnahan


An introduction to Local Hero with David Greig, Mark Knopfler, Bill Forsyth and John Crowley

Dates and Times

19 March - 20 April 2019

Tuesday 19 - Friday 22 March, 7.30pm
£15 - £25 (allocated seating, on sale from 3 July)
Additional £10 previews with unreserved seating to be released in due course. 

Tuesday - Saturday

MATINEES from 27 March 2019, 2pm
Wednesdays and Saturdays

Running Time
To be confirmed during rehearsals

For Access performances see below


Individual Tickets

Tuesday - Thursday: £18 - £45
Friday - Saturday: £20 - £49.50

Wednesdays: £16 - £37
Saturdays: £18 - £45

from £13, not available on Premium Seats
For full details on concession pricing please contact Box Office on 0131 248 4848


All prices guaranteed until 1 September 2018


Thursday 4 April, 7.30pm
Touch Tour, 6.15pm
Saturday 6 April, 2pm
Touch Tour, 12.45pm

Wednesday 3 April, 7.30pm

Saturday 6 April, 2pm

Tuesday 16 April, 7.30pm

What is a Relaxed performance?

Relaxed performances are open to everyone, but the environment has been specifically adapted for families with children with an Autistic Spectrum Condition, individuals with sensory and communication disorders, those with learning disabilities and anyone who would benefit from a more relaxed environment.

How is the show adapted?

There is a relaxed attitude to noise from the audience, the lights in the auditorium remain on low throughout the show, sudden loud noises and effects in the production are softened and audience members are free to leave and re-enter the auditorium at any point.  We also have additional staff on hand to assist with seating and access around the Theatre, wheelchair capacity is increased  and there will be a Chill Out Room, where a space is made available for audience members who need a bit of quiet time before and during the performance.

The relaxed performance is open to everyone but patrons with a learning or physical disability, autistic spectrum condition or sensory or communication disorder are especially welcome 

Creative Learning Events

Tuesday 2 April
Takes place in the Stalls after the evening's performance.

  • FREE, no ticket required

Date to be announced
Scottish Stories

  • FREE, but ticketed

Saturday 30 March, 10am-4.30pm
Local Hero: Musical Direction

Saturday 27 April, 10am-12:30pm
Local Hero: Writing - Scottish Stories