Local Hero on stage in March

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

Find out more about the play: http://lyceum.org.uk/localhero

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Jenny Seagrove and Denis Lawson on Local Hero

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Actors Jenny Seagrove and Denis Lawson discuss Local Hero (1983), the Scottish comedy they made with Burt Lancaster, director Bill Forsyth and producer David Puttnam. The pair reveal which scenes in the film were improvised and why the shoot was briefly stopped.

LOCO Festival co-founder Jonathan Wakeham chairs the discussion.

Bill Forsyth’s Local Hero film adapted for stage musical


Bill Forsyth, right, on the set of Local Hero in 1983 with Denis Lawson and Peter Riegert

The screenwriter Bill Forsyth is turning his film Local Hero into a musical, 35 years after its release.

The movie about an American oil tycoon’s attempt to buy a remote Scottish village starred Jenny Seagrove and Peter Capaldi. It is being adapted for the stage by Forsyth and David Greig, artistic director of the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh. Marc Knopfler, founder of the band Dire Straits, will produce the music [ . . . ]
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Local hero to return as a musical

A musical based on the classic 1983 film Local Hero will have its world premiere in Edinburgh next year.

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The Royal Lyceum will be the first to perform the musical, which has been adapted by the theatre’s artistic director David Greig and Bill Forsyth.

The Scottish filmmaker wrote and directed the original movie.

International music star Mark Knopfler has written the music and lyrics for the new production, which will open in Spring 2019.

Knopfler, who rose to fame in multi-million selling band Dire Straits, wrote the score for the 1983 film.

It tells the story of an American oil company representative who is sent to the fictional Ferness on the west coast of Scotland to buy the village and its land in order to build a refinery.

However, “Mac” MacIntyre adapts to Scottish village life and becomes worried the deal will ruin the place he has come to love.

It was made in several locations around Scotland but most of the Ferness village scenes were filmed in Pennan on the Aberdeenshire coast.

A red phone box in the village, where Mac makes phone calls to his boss in Texas, played by Burt Lancaster, became one of the most famous images of Scottish cinema.

Glasgow writer and director Forsyth’s other films include Gregory’s Girl and Comfort and Joy.

David Greig, an acclaimed playwright as well as theatre director, said: “Local Hero is one of those great Scottish stories that has captured the imaginations of people across the world, it has been one of my favourite films since I first saw it as a teenager.”

Local Hero is due to open at The Lyceum in Spring 2019 before transferring to The Old Vic in London.

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