Review | Girl from the North Country

Theatre: Noel Coward – nearest tube Leicester Square (Piccadilly & Northern)
Dates: Booking until 24th March 2018
Tickets: £14.75 – £127.25
Cheap tickets? Yes! £20 day seats are available at 10am on the day of the performance. TodayTix are also offering £25 rush tickets.
Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes including a 15 minute interval
Programme cost: £4

girl-from-the-north-country-triplet-one-cURBStage door: The Noel Coward shares a stage door space with the Wyndham theatre, so sometimes it can get a bit crowded! It’s situated right round the back of the theatre in an alleyway, so there’s no traffic to contend with. Staff are normally very organised with barriers and crowd control to ensure that everyone has a safe and pleasant experience.

Seats: I sat towards the back of the stalls under the overhang, although that didn’t impair our view at all! The seats are comfortable and there’s ample leg room.

Overall thoughts: Girl from the North Country, a recent transfer to the West End from the Old Vic, integrates the impeccable work of Bob Dylan into one of the most heartbreaking and powerful stories the West End will see this year. Bob Dylan’s music was a huge selling point for me, and, if I’m honest, the main reason I booked tickets. I had absolutely no idea what to expect, and thankfully, the story did not disappoint.

Girl from the North Country tells the story of Nick (Ciaran Hinds), the owner of a guesthouse in Minnesota in 1934, his wife Elizabeth (Shirley Henderson) who is losing her mind, and their pregnant daughter (Sheila Atim). I’m not sure I would class this as a musical, but more a musical play, as Dylan’s music is cleverly weaved throughout the show to add to the story, rather than being the driving factor behind moving the show along. So if you’re a fan of musicals, but your other half isn’t, then you could absolutely trick them into seeing this with you!

Shirley Henderson’s performance as Elizabeth was the standout performance of the show for me. Her mesmerising portrayal of a woman crumbling around herself was award-winning, and her harrowing singing throughout the show was remarkable. All I can say is that I have been obsessed with the soundtrack since seeing this show, and if you take anything from this, then I hope it’s that you listen to Henderson’s rendition of Like A Rolling Stone.

– Becca & Gemma –

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