Last Updated on 21st March 2023
Mike Faist and Lucas Hedges are to make their West End stage debuts in the world premiere stage adaptation of Annie Proulx’s Brokeback Mountain opening in May 2023 @SohoPlace.
The world premiere stage adaptation of Annie Proulx’s Brokeback Mountain by Ashley Robinson with songs by Dan Gillespie Sells opens @SohoPlace in May 2023 directed by Jonathan Butterell.
The production will run @SohoPlace for a limited season from 10 May – 12 August 2023.
Tony and BAFTA Award nominated Mike Faist (Dear Evan Hansen on Broadway, West Side Story film) as Jack and Academy Award nominated Lucas Hedges (Manchester By The Sea, Boy Erased) as Ennis. With Dan Gillespie Sells original songs sung by Eddi Reader (Fairground Attraction) who plays the Balladeer (guitar/vocals). Further casting to be announced.
Wyoming 1963: a wild landscape where people live in extreme rural poverty in tight, insular and conservative communities. When Ennis and Jack take jobs on the isolated Brokeback Mountain, all their certainties of life change forever as they flounder in unexpected emotional waters of increasing depth. Dan Gillespie-Sells beautiful Country and Western songs weave heartbreakingly through this intense tale of an unresistible and hidden love spanning twenty years and its tragic consequences.
Annie Proulx said: “Brokeback Mountain has been recreated in several different forms, each with its own distinctive moods and impact. Ashley’s script is fresh and deeply moving, opening sight lines not visible in the original nor successive treatments.”
Ashley Robinson said: “I’m honoured to be entrusted by Annie Proulx to bring new life in new form to her timeless and universal story. A story that means so much to so many, and will surely mean as much to a whole new generation.
This is a play with original music by Dan Gillespie Sells, performed by the extraordinary singer, Eddi Reader, joined by her onstage Country and Western band: Sean Green (piano/MD), Meelie Traill (upright bass), Julian Jackson (chromatic harmonica), BJ Cole (pedal steel guitar).