The treasured 1980s comedy film Local Hero takes to The Old Vic stage, in a new musical adaptation by Bill Forsyth and David Greig.

Telling the story of an aspiring Texan oil executive, Mac MacIntyre, who arrives in Scotland to seal the deal of a lifetime, Local Hero’s musical adaptation receives its world premiere in 2019, prior to transferring to The Old Vic in Summer 2020.

When Mac jets into town, he dreams of buying out a small Scottish seaside village and replacing it with a refinery. But putting a price on the beautiful place is not a simple matter, and the deal soon becomes more complicated than he first bargained for. The locals are sure to get rich – but first, they must decide what their home is worth.

When the Local Hero film was released in 1983, it received praise for its charm, honesty and wit. Shot in several locations around Scotland, its director Bill Forsyth received the 1984 BAFTA Award for Best Direction. Fittingly, therefore, the Local Hero musical is a Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh & Old Vic co-production.

Bill Forsyth and David Greig (Dr Seuss’s The Lorax) pen the book, with new music and songs from the acclaimed Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits). John Crowley will direct. The production is presented by special arrangement with Neal Street Productions and Patrick Daly. Casting for Local Hero is yet to be announced.

Don’t miss the opportunity to see a beloved film reimagined for the musical stage: Local Hero tickets for London’s Old Vic are now available through Official London Theatre.

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