Brokeback Mountain Play Kicks Off London Workshop

London News   Brokeback Mountain Play Kicks Off London Workshop
Originally set to debut on the West End in 2016, the stage adaptation of the Oscar-winning film is back on track.
Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal
Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal Focus Features

London producer Tom O’Connell has announced that a new workshop is underway for the stage adaptation of Annie Proulx’s short story Brokeback Mountain. Proulx’s story, about the hidden, but long-lasting love between two men in Wyoming, was the inspiration behind Ang Lee’s Oscar-winning film of the same name.

The O’Connell-led Brokeback Mountain play was originally announced in 2015 with a West End production planned for 2016. Though no news was shared regarding the delay, the producer did tweet that the play was “finally given life [again].”

The workshop for Brokeback Mountain kicked off August 1 in London; the cast and creative team were not revealed.

“I am looking forward with sharp anticipation to the stage interpretation of the star-crossed lovers of Brokeback Mountain who moved from the page to the screen and now, under the skilled hand of producer Tom O’Connell and the sensibilities of the company, to the stage —a strange journey for two messed-up wannabe cow-hands from Wyoming,” commented author Proulx in a 2015 press statement.

As previously announced, New York City Opera will present the U.S. premiere of Charles Wuorinen’s operatic adaptation of Brokeback Mountain next spring at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater. The opera made its world premiere in 2014 at Madrid’s Teatro Real.


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