Girl from the North Country

Girl from the North Country

3.5 (2) · Musicals

Written and Directed by Conor McPherson

Lyn Gardner avatar
13 December 2019  ·  Follow on Stagedoor
“It’s a second bite of the West End cherry for Conor McPherson’s musical beauty which takes the songs of Bob Dylan and weaves them into a loose narrative about the inhabitants of a Minnesota boarding house in 1934. There is a new cast, including the brilliant Anna-Jane Casey, for what is not a traditional juke box musical but rather a haunting and often painfully lovely evocation of the effect of the Great Depression on ordinary people’s lives. It doesn’t always choose Dylan’s most obvious songs and it’s all the more entrancing because of it. An exquisitely textured and moody evening.”


1934. A time-weathered guesthouse in the heartland of America. Only a song can shake off the dust for one group of wayward souls-and old dreams may hold the promise of new beginnings. As they pass in and out of each other's lives, their stories awaken with passion, fury and extraordinary beauty.

Reimagining the music of Bob Dylan as roof-raising ensemble pieces and soul-stirring solos, celebrated playwright Conor McPherson (The Weir, The Seafarer) writes and directs this heartbreaking and universal story about family and love. Hailed by the Observer as the 'NO.1 THEATRE SHOW OF THE YEAR' audiences now have the chance once again to experience this 'magnificent' (Standard), 'astonishing' (Guardian) and 'piercingly beautiful' (Independent) production brought vividly to life by an extraordinary company of actors and musicians.

Critic reviews

This show is definitely about the music, and it should be seen for the performances alone


Smooth transitions and a deft cast give shape to Dylan’s poetic music

The Upcoming

Dylan-infused show is a beautiful, bittersweet hymn to tenacity

Evening Standard

A treat for Bob Dylan fans, but structurally flawed

The Times

Still a worthwhile watch for some of the performances, as well as Simon Hale's gloriously folksy arrangements of Bob Dylan's back catalogue

Broadway World

It’s impossible to watch Girl From The North Country without mentioning Gloria Obianyo (Marianne). Not only did she often steal the show, but she captivated – almost haunted – the audience, with her vocal range and ability

West End Wilma

As the production returns to the West End with a new cast, some of that original magic has dissipated

Musical Theatre Review

An enchanting new perspective on Bob Dylan's songs

The Telegraph

This is a show you watch with your heart and your soul

London Box Office

New cast delivers exceptional performances in the second West End run for the Bob Dylan musical

The Stage

Poignant collaboration between Conor McPherson and Bob Dylan

The Arts Desk

McPherson understatedly explores the cross-currents of poverty, racism and mental illness at a time when deep, ugly social divisions were laid painfully bare by economic hardship

Time Out

Date & time

Show ended
Tue 10 Dec - Sat 1 Feb, 2.30pm & 7.30pm


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