A seagull sits atop a red telephone box with the title 'Local Hero' written in large capitals beside it

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.

Running time: 2 hours and 45 minutes, including one 20 minute interval.

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.

Music supported by Stephen W Dunn.

Cast and Credits

Scott Ainslie Ownie
Katrina Bryan Stella
Caroline Deyga Pauline/Punk Girl
Julian Forsyth Ben
Damian Humbley Mac
Emmanuel Kojo Reverend Murdo
Helen Logan Netta
Matthew Malthouse Ensemble/Swing
Suzie McAdam Ensemble/Swing
Joanne McGuinness Rhona
John McLarnon Iain
Adam Pearce Viktor
Matthew Pidgeon Gordon
Simon Rouse Happer
Wendy Somerville Mistress Fraser
All other roles played by the company.

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 & Costume Designer Scott Pask
Lighting Designer Paule Constable
Sound Designer Paul Arditti
Video Designer Luke Halls
Movement Director Lucy Hind
Musical Supervisor Dave Milligan
Production Musical Director Phil Bateman
Assistant Musical Director Benjamin Holder
Music Producer Guy Fletcher
Associate Director Maria Crocker
Assistant Director Eve Nicol
Wig Designer Linda McKnight
Casting Director Will Burton


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

An introduction to Local Hero and the characters by Simon Rouse playing Happer, and Damian Humbley playing Mac. 

An introduction to Local Hero and the characters by Matthew Pidgeon playing Gordon, and Katrina Bryan playing Stella. 

Dates, Times & Prices

14 March - 4 May 2019

Running time: 
2 hours and 45 minutes, including one 20 minute interval.

£10 PREVIEWS (unallocated seating): £10
14, 15, 16 March, 7.30pm
On sale 11 February, 10am

£25 PREVIEWS (allocated seating): £15 - £25
Tuesday 19 - Friday 22 March, 7.30pm

Tuesday - Saturday

MATINEES from 27 March 2019, 2pm
Wednesdays and Saturdays

For Access performances see below


Individual Tickets

Tuesday - Thursday: £18 - £58
Friday - Saturday: £20 - £68

Wednesdays: £16 - £46
Saturdays: £18 - £58

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

The Lyceum does not charge booking fees. Pricing subject to change, book early for best prices and availability


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.

Read The Lyceum's Access Statement here

Take Part

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

  • FREE, no ticket required

Monday 29 April
Oil, Land and Space

  • FREE, but ticketed

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

Saturday 27 April, 2pm-4:30pm
Local Hero: Writing - Scottish Stories
Hosted by David Greig

Press Coverage

“laced with sharp comedy”
Edinburgh Evening News

"marvellous musical"
Financial Times

"a beloved classic for all"
Young Perspective

“loving and immaculately crafted take on the original story”
The Herald

"an experience you will never forget!"
Scots Gay Arts

“Heartfelt and perfect – this deserves to run and run.”
Musical Theatre Review

“Should become every bit as important and timeless as the film”
Daily Business Magazine

“A masterpiece”
Edinburgh Guide

“...entirely glorious.”
The Observer

“This musical is built on atmosphere and wonder and it is laced throughout with a magical blend of Celtic folk and blues, not to mention a bit of cabaret, fun and riotous rock.”
The Times

“joy on tap”
The Guardian

“a moving ode to Scotland and its skies”
The Stage

“pure magic”
The Scotsman

The Reviews Hub

“glows from the heart”
Reviews Sphere


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