Brokeback Mountain Heads to West End Stage in 2016

News   Brokeback Mountain Heads to West End Stage in 2016
The 10th anniversary year of the Oscar-winning film "Brokeback Mountain" is to be marked by the first-ever theatre adaptation of Annie Proulx's short story it was based on. Producer Tom O'Connell has acquired the stage rights, and a play adaptation is currently in development for a production that is planned to open in London in 2016.

The film, which won Oscars for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Director and Best Score, starred the late Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal as two young men who are hired to look after sheep at a remote grazing range on Brokeback Mountain in Wyoming. Unexpectedly, alone in the wilderness, they form an intense emotional and physical bond that will change their lives forever. And, over the next 20 years, as their separate lives play out through marriages, children and dead-end jobs, they long to be together, back on Brokeback Mountain, in a place where there are no secrets, only each other.

In a press statement, Proulx commented, "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. The actors who pull on their scuffed-up boots will step into a difficult time in a hard place."

An operatic version was previously commissioned by New York City Opera and premiered at Madrid's Teatro Real in 2014, featuring music by American composer Charles Wuorinen and a libretto in English by Proulx.

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