Girl From the North Country

Noel Coward (Albery)

Girl From the North Country

29 Dec 2017 - 24 Mar 2018

£15.00 - £144.00

Pro reviewers rating
28 reviews

4.2 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
1 reviews

5.0 out of 5.0

Duluth, Minnesota in the midst of the Great Depression.

A family adrift, their future on a knife edge. Lost and lonely people drifting through the rooms of their guesthouse. But Nick Laine thinks he’s seen a way out…

Transfer from the Old Vic, (some reviews are from the Old Vic in July 2017). 

Shirley Henderson and Ciaran Hinds with Sheila Atim, Bronagh Gallagher and Arinzé Kene reprise their roles.

Closes 24 March.


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“McPherson, who also directs, has created something subtle... Exceptional – quick and surprising – from the opening moment.”

Susannah Clapp (The Observer)

“The idea is inspired and the treatment piercingly beautiful... Rather than move the show forward the songs open it up.”

Paul Taylor (The Independent)

“Because the songs are so good, it is easy to overlook the economy and skill with which McPherson evokes the mood.”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“Beguiling and soulful and quietly, exquisitely, heartbreaking. This is, in short, a very special piece of theatre.”

Fiona Mountford (Evening Standard)

“This is not, just to set the record straight, Bob Dylan the Musical. You don’t need to know his songs to fall for this play.”

Ann Treneman (Times)

“A wide-ranging selection of Dylan's songs from across his remarkable career punctuates the piece with a poetic poignancy.”

What's on Stage (Other reviewers)

“Radiates an ineffable magic... Rare alchemy... makes it almost glow... Has gained a renewed coherence it lacked at the Old Vic.”

Claire Allfree (Metro, Telegraph)

“Original, beautiful and moving... haunting lyricism... restless, desperate, hopeful and sad... Unique and poignant.”

Sarah Hemming (Financial Times)

“Hinds: a beautifully understated, self-effacing lead... Hale’s score of arrangements is more remarkable every time you hear it.”

Libby Purves (TheatreCat, Times)

“Subtle and touching... The songs... weave an extraordinary tapestry of melancholy and defiance and are superbly delivered.”

Michael Arditti (Express)

“Some quietly astonishing performances... Not only explores the Dylan catalogue but deepens our knowledge of it.”

Mark Shenton (The Stage, London Theatre, Express)

“Henderson – deliciously batty... Atim – extraordinary... Shaloo... reveals an incredible set of lungs... Sung often stunningly.”

West End Whingers

“A superbly performed merging of Bob Dylan songs with a story of Depression-era America that transcends a flimsy narrative.”

Natasha Tripney (The Stage, Time Out)

“Quaint... works beautifully. Everyone brings something new to the songs, especially the extraordinary Henderson... I loved it.”

Neil Norman (Express, The Stage)

“The singing is beautiful, especially from Henderson... Timeless and elegant – a stark evocation of the American firmament.”

Andrzej Lukowski (Time Out)

“Easy on the ears... a few lovely moments... You soak up the vibes and look for value in Dylan’s music away from the man himself.”

Quentin Letts (Daily Mail)

“Moody and heartfelt as an old movie, a tale harsh as Miller or Tennessee Williams, storytelling resonant and drawing deep.”

Libby Purves (TheatreCat, Times)

“Entrancing...must-see... Dialogue and song bleed in and out of each other in a fluid, dream-like piece of theatre... Sublime.”

Claire Allfree (Metro, Telegraph)

“Hazy storytelling...The music transcends... narrative bumps, making the familiar feel epic, and the sketchy stirringly poetic.”

Marianka Swain (Broadway World, Arts Desk)

“A blend of undeniable talent. And when they go for it, it's really something special to behold... Hinds breaks your heart.”

Alistair Wilkinson (Broadway World)

“Successful transfer for the Old Vic’s superbly performed Bob Dylan musical... Really shouldn’t work as well as it does. ”

Natasha Tripney (The Stage, Time Out)

“Feels remarkably casual... Lends a potent intimacy to Dylan’s songbook... Deeply sensitive, attentive and thoughtful... Tactile.”

Adam Bloodworth (Metro)

“A portrait of desire and desperation... A well-deserved West End transfer... Hale has reworked the songs in surprising ways.”

Henry Hitchings (Evening Standard)

“I have to confess to being a mite underwhelmed by this valiant and undeniably accomplished effort... Intermittent brilliance.”

Dominic Cavendish (The Telegraph)

“Tends towards unshowy physicality but slightly over-projected vocal delivery... It feels stagey and a little distant.”

Ian Shuttleworth (Financial Times)

“Very weird... The wonderful Shirley Henderson at her most unhinged... Many lines to savour.”

Bella Todd (The Stage, Arts Desk, Time Out)

“I’m not so sure.... Atim... has an achingly lovely voice... Left me craving more Dylan and McPherson — independent of each other”

Patrick Marmion (Time Out, Daily Mail)

“The songs – smartly chosen and sung with force and feeling by an incredible cast – are the best thing about a very peculiar show”

Sarah Crompton (What's On Stage, Guardian)

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