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Local Hero musical to play Chichester Festival Theatre this autumn

Local Hero at CFT Festival 2022. Photo by Seamus Ryan
Local Hero at CFT Festival 2022. Photo by Seamus Ryan

Musical Local Hero has been announced as part of Chichester Festival Theatre’s 60th anniversary season.

The stage adaptation of the film of the same name will run from 8 October to 19 November 2022.

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Having made its world premiere in Edinburgh in 2019, the musical features a book by David Greig (Artistic Director of Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum Theatre), based on Bill Forsyth’s iconic movie, with new songs by the legendary Mark Knopfler (formerly of Dire Straits).

It’s 1983 and hotshot Texan oil executive Mac MacIntyre is dispatched to the tiny Scottish fishing village of Ferness with $30million in his pocket. The bay may have views to die for but it’s the only place that can take the tankers from an offshore oil field, so it’s up to Mac to seal a deal on the locals’ homes and put a refinery in their place.

The villagers aren’t averse to cashing in on the black gold and Gordon, the local hotelier lawyer-accountant-ceilidh organiser, proves a surprisingly tough negotiator.

But they’ve all overlooked one very important person. And as the northern lights dance in the skies, Mac comes to realise that not everything of value is for sale.

The production is directed by Daniel Evans, whose previous Chichester productions include South Pacific, Quiz, Fiddler on the Roof and this season’s Our Generation.

Local Hero will be designed by Frankie Bradshaw; the musical director will be Richard John and the music producer, Guy Fletcher; with orchestrations and arrangements by Dave Milligan, lighting design by Paule Constable with Ryan Day, sound design by Paul Arditti and casting by Charlotte Sutton CDG.

For tickets and more information, visit cft.org.uk

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