Lee Hall Adapting Alan Warner's "The Sopranos" for the Stage

News   Lee Hall Adapting Alan Warner's "The Sopranos" for the Stage
 
Lee Hall, the Tony-winning writer of the book of the musical Billy Elliot, which has just celebrated its 10th anniversary in the West End, is to adapt Alan Warner's cult novel "The Sopranos" for the stage, where it will be called Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour and receive its world premiere at Edinburgh's Traverse Theatre as part of the Edinburgh Fringe, beginning performances Aug. 18 prior to an official opening Aug. 19.

Co-produced by National Theatre of Scotland and Newcastle's Live Theatre (where it will play after its Scottish tour), it is directed by Vicky Featherstone, the inaugural artistic director of the National Theatre of Scotland who is making her first return to the company. She is currently the artistic director of London's Royal Court.

The show will feature a soundtrack of classical music and 70s pop rock, featuring music by Handel, Bach and ELO. The musical supervisor is Martin Lowe, the Tony winning orchestrator of Once, with designs by Chloe Lamford and lighting by Lizzie Powell.



It revolves around six girls on the cusp of change. Love, lust, pregnancy and death all spiral out of control in a single day. Alan Warner's 1995 debut novel "Morvern Callar" became a literary phenomenon, and was made into a film that starred Samantha Morton in 2002. This 1998 story about losing your virginity and finding yourself continues his themes of being young, lost and out of control. He followed it with a sequel "The Stars in the Bright Sky" which was long listed for the 2010 Man Booker Prize. His most recent novel is "Their Lips Talk of Mischief," published by Faber in 2014.



In a press statement, Hall has commented, "I am delighted to be working for the first time with the National Theatre of Scotland. This is a project I've wanted to bring to the stage since I first read the book 17 years ago. Alan Warner's view of the world chimed so much with my own experience of growing up in Newcastle so it seemed a perfect project to work on as a co-production with Live Theatre where I have a very long association. I think the Scots and Geordies share a common understanding of the world. A robust sense of humour, an appetite for a good time and a lack of pretension about what Art should be. 'The Sopranos' is filthy, manic, hilarious and heartbreaking in equal measure - all the things I think theatre should be. Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour is a show full of music from the most exquisite classical choral pieces to foot stomping disco classics and much else in between. This is a very special show and very much a labour of love for Vicky Featherstone and I who have been working on this for several years now."

For further details on the full tour and to book tickets, visit nationaltheatrescotland.com

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