Lucas Hedges photographed by Manuel Harlan

World premiere of new play Brokeback Mountain comes to @sohoplace

The world premiere of Brokeback Mountain, a new play with music, written by Ashley Robinson with songs by Dan Gillespie Sells and based on Annie Proulx’s short story, is now playing @sohoplace.

Directed by Jonathan Butterell, Brokeback Mountain stars Mike Faist as Jack and Lucas Hedges as Ennis, both making their West End stage debuts. The production sees Jonathan Butterell and Dan Gillespie Sells (The Feeling), creators of the hit musical and film Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, reuniting with Producer Nica Burns.

Paul Hickey Image by Manuel Harlan

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 irresistible and hidden love spanning twenty years and its tragic consequences.

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/Musical Director), Meelie Traill (upright bass), Greg Miller (harmonica) and BJ Cole (pedal steel guitar).

Dan Gillespie Sells’ powerful and beautiful songs, sung by “The Balladeer,” give voice to the tumultuous inner landscape of our wannabe cowboys (both young men of few words), and provide the scope of our vast and brutal outer landscape, not to mention allowing Proulx’s poetic prose to literally sing.

Mike Faist and Lucas Hedges Image by Manuel Harlan

‘A powerful and enticing production’ – Broadway World

‘Compelling’ – Guardian

‘Lucas Hedges and Mike Faist are splendid’ – iNews

‘A gem of a show’ – Evening Standard

‘Brokeback is still moving mountains 20 years on’ – Metro

‘The piece packs a punch’ – Telegraph

‘An impossibly moving tale for our times’ – WhatsOnStage

Brokeback Mountain is running for a limited season until 12 August 2023, Monday to Saturday: 7.30pm, Thursday and Saturday: 2.30pm at @sohoplace. 

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