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Scottish film Local Hero to be adapted as stage musical

Bill Forsyth and David Greig, who will adapt Local Hero for the stage
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The 1983 film Local Hero is to be turned into a musical by David Greig, with music by Mark Knopfler.

Telling the story of an American oil company representative who is sent to a Scottish village to purchase the area for his company, the comedy drama won filmmaker Bill Forsyth a BAFTA for best direction.

Forsyth will collaborate with Greig, who is artistic director of the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh, to reimagine the story as a musical.

Dire Straits founder Knopfler, who wrote the original film’s music, will provide composition for the stage adaptation, which will be produced by the Royal Lyceum and London’s Old Vic.

It will premiere early next year in Edinburgh before transferring to the Old Vic.

Greig, whose musical theatre credits also include Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in the West End, said: “Local Hero is one of those great Scottish stories that has captured the imaginations of people across the world, it has been one of my favourite films since I first saw it as a teenager.

“To have the chance to revisit these wonderful characters to help create a musical is an absolute delight.”

Old Vic artistic director Matthew Warchus added that he had “watched and rewatched” Local Hero many times, describing it as “the perfect mixture of situation comedy and romance, combined with a strong and important message”.