Local Hero Extends Run

Jan 19 2019 | By More

Extra fortnight and full cast announced

The world premiere production of the musical adaptation of Local Hero at the Royal Lyceum has scheduled an additional two weeks of performances as it announces full casting for the show.

The production, which opens on 23 March 2019, will now run until May 4, before transferring to London’s Old Vic in June. The stage adaptation of the 1983 film is co-written by David Greig and Bill Forsyth, with brand new music and lyrics by Mark Knopfler.

Local Hero cast. (L-R) Julian Forsyth, Suzie McAdam, Matthew Pidgeon, Katrina Bryan, Scott Ainslie, Joanne McGuinness, Damian Humbley, Helen Logan, Adam Pearce, Caroline Deyga, Emmanuel Kojo, Simon Rouse, Matthew Malthouse, Wendy Somerville, and John McLarnon. Pic: Stephen Cummiskey.

Full casting includes Damian Humbley, the Australian singer and actor, as Mac, the Texan oil executive sent to Scotland to buy a small seaside village and replace it with an oil refinery, who ends up losing his heart to the place.

Simon Rouse, known to fans of TV series The Bill as DCI Meadows, is taking on the role of eccentric oil tycoon Hoper – played in the original movie by Burt Lancaster.

Katrina Bryan, who is well known to legions of CBeebies fans as scientist Nina, in Nina and the Neurons, will be playing Stella, the partner of the pub landlord, who was played by Jennifer Black in the film.

Her husband Gordon, publican and accountant, will be played by Matthew Pidgeon, who has appeared at the Lyceum in The Man Who Had all the Luck and The Cherry Orchard, as well as The James Plays for the NTS and with Cora Bissett in the original production of Midsummer.

Ben, the old beachcomber played in the original by Fulton Mackay, will be played by West End veteran Julian Forsyth, while Adam Pearce will be Viktor – the Soviet fishing boat captain originally played by Christopher Rozycki – and Emmanuel Kojo will play Reverend Murdo.

The 15-strong cast also includes Scott Ainslie, Caroline Deyga (who was in Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour), Helen Logan (recently seen in Sunshine Ghost) and John McLarnon who was in My Left/Right Foot for the NTS and Birds of Paradise. They will play named characters Ownie, Punk Girl, Netta and Iain.

The cast is completed by Matthew Malthouse, Suzie McAdam, Joanne McGuinness (Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour) and Wendy Somerville.

Tickets for the newly announced dates will go on sale from the Lyceum website on Monday 21 January 2019.

Listing and links

Local Hero
Royal Lyceum, Grindlay Street EH3 9AX. Phone booking: 0131 248 4848
Saturday 23 March – Saturday 4 May 2019.
Previews: Tue 19 – Fri 22 March.
Evenings Tue – Sat: 7.30pm, Matinees Weds & Sat: 2pm.
Tickets and details: https://lyceum.org.uk/whats-on/production/local-hero.

The Old Vic, 103 The Cut, London, SE1 8NB. Phone booking: 0844 871 7628
Opens June (TBC) and runs to at least 31 August 2019.
Tickets and details will be on the Old Vic website: https://www.oldvictheatre.com/whats-on.

The movie and soundtrack are available to buy on Amazon. Click for details:

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