The Old Vic is proud to present the world premiere of Girl from the North Country, an electrifying new work from esteemed playwright Conor McPherson along with classic songs from Bob Dylan.

Duluth, Minnesota. 1934. A community living on a knife-edge huddle together in the local guesthouse. The owner, Nick, owes more money than he can ever repay, his wife Elizabeth is losing her mind and their daughter Marianne is carrying a child no-one will account for. When a preacher selling bibles and a boxer looking for a comeback show up in the middle of the night, things start to spiral beyond the point of no return…

Brought to life by a 20-piece company of actors and musicians, award-winning playwright Conor McPherson beautifully weaves the iconic songbook of Bob Dylan into this new show full of hope, heartbreak and soul.

Sheila Atim plays Marianne Laine. Recent theatre credits include Shakespeare Trilogy (Donmar Warehouse) and Les Blancs (National Theatre). Other theatre credits include Volpone, Love’s Sacrifice, Black Lives Black Words – The Interrogation of Sandra Bland (Bush Theatre), Rachel (Finborough Theatre) and Klook’s Last Stand (Park Theatre). Sheila’s television credits include I Live With Models.

Arinzé Kene plays Joe Scott. His theatre credits include One Night In Miami (Donmar Warehouse), Decade (Headlong), Been So Long (Young Vic Theatre), The Lion King (Lyceum Theatre), Daddy Cool (Shaftesbury Theatre) and Torn (Arcola Theatre). Arinzé’s television credits include Crazyhead, Our Girl, Youngers, EastEnders and Casualty. His film credits include Been So Long, The Pass, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Freestyle.

Joining them will be Debbie Kurup and Karl Queensborough.

Debbie Kurup as Mrs Neilsen. Her theatre credits include The Threepenny Opera (National Theatre), The Bodyguard (Adelphi Theatre), Chicago (Cambridge Theatre and Adelphi Theatre), Sister Act (London Palladium), West Side Story (Prince of Wales Theatre London), Tonight’s The Night (Victoria Palace), Rent (Prince of Wales Theatre and UK), Boogie Nights (Savoy Theatre), Anything Goes (Sheffield Theatres and UK tour), Jack and the Beanstalk (Hackney Empire), East (Leicester Curve), Fame (UK tour), Guys and Dolls (Sheffield Theatres), Pal Joey (Chichester Festival Theatre) and Poison (Tricycle Theatre). Debbie’s film credits include 28 Weeks Later, Hollow, Beauty and Lethality.

Karl Queensborough is part of the ensemble. Theatre credits include Aladdin and Cinderella (Lyric Hammersmith) and Only The Brave (Soho Theatre). Television credits include Casualty and film credits include 13, Leroy and Broken Glasses.

The rest of the cast include

Ron Cook (Doctor Walker), Bronagh Gallagher (Mrs Burke), Shirley Henderson (Elizabeth Laine), Ciaran Hinds (Nick Laine), Claudia Jolly (Katherine Draper), Kirsty Malpass (Ensemble), Jim Norton (Mr Perry), Tom Peters (Ensemble),  Sam Reid (Gene Laine), Michael Shaeffer (Reverend Marlowe), Jack Shalloo (Elias Burke), and Stanley Townsend (Mr Burke).


Girl From the North Country Written and Directed by Conor McPherson Music and Lyrics by Bob Dylan runs Mon 10 Jul – Sat 7 Oct 2017 @ The Old Vic. Find out more and book tickets here.

Read TBB’s last interview with Arinzé Kene here.