Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour, the critically-acclaimed stage adaptation of Alan Warner’s cult Scottish novel The Sopranos, by Lee Hall and directed by Vicky Featherstone receives its London premiere at the Dorfman Theatre on 8 August 2016 (press night 10 August).
The production premiered at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August 2015, and enjoyed a successful sell-out run at the Traverse Theatre, earning critical and audience acclaim, and picking up four awards before embarking on a sell-out Scottish tour and run at Newcastle’s Live Theatre. The full cast includes Melissa Allan, Caroline Deyga, Karen Fishwick, Kirsty MacLaren, Frances Mayli McCann and Dawn Sievewright with musicians Amy Shackcloth, Laura Bangay, Becky Brass and Emily Linden.
Music Arrangement and Supervision is by Martin Lowe, Design by Chloe Lamford, Lighting Design by Lizzie Powell and Choreography by Imogen Knight.
Alan Warner’s novel and Lee Hall’s musical stage play tell the story of six girls on the cusp of change. Love, lust, pregnancy and death all spiral out of control in a single day. Funny, sad, rude and beautifully sung, Our Ladies…. is a tribute to being young, lost and out of control, featuring a soundtrack of classical music and 70s pop rock, with music by Handel, Bach and ELO including the songs Mr Blue Sky, Don’t Bring Me Down, Long Black Road and more. Vicky Featherstone, Artistic Director of the Royal Court Theatre, collaborates with Lee Hall, (Shakespeare in Love, Billy Elliot and The Pitmen Painters), to create a wild and tender play meets gig about singing, sex and Sambuca and suitable for those aged 16+
Our Ladies marks the National Theatre of Scotland’s return to the National Theatre in London, following the sell-out co-production of The James Plays in 2014 which is currently touring. The production also marks Vicky Featherstone’s directorial debut at the NT and a return for Lee Hall whose Live Theatre’s The Pitman Painters was co-produced by the National Theatre of Great Britain in 2009.
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Rufus Norris, Director of the National Theatre of Great Britain says “We’re delighted to be welcoming Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour to the National – not simply to give London audiences the chance to see this exhilarating play, but also because it reunites us with so many friends and neighbours: the National Theatre of Scotland, Live Theatre, Lee Hall and Vicky Featherstone. It will be a joy to have the uproarious Ladies at the Dorfman.”
Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour arrives at the National Theatre following a UK and international tour, in 2016. Full tour details available from www.nationaltheatrescotland.com
WATCH- The cast of Our Ladies sing ELO’s Mr Blue Sky, live from BBC Edinburgh Nights at Potterrow during the Edinburgh Fringe 2015.