The Time Traveller’s Wife to become musical in Chester and West End

Last Updated on 18 February 2022 by Showcall Editorial Team

Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time Traveller’s Wife will premiere as a musical at Storyhouse in Chester with music by Joss Stone and Dave Stewart

Time Traveller's Wife musical
Artwork for The Time Traveller’s Wife, the new musical

A musical based on best-selling novel The Time Traveller’s Wife is to have its premiere at Storyhouse in Chester ahead of a West End transfer.

The Time Traveller’s Wife: A New Musical will run at Storyhouse from 30 September to 15 October 2022, featuring a score by Grammy-winning musicians and song-writers Joss Stone and Dave Stewart.

It is based on Audrey Niffenegger’s novel and Bruce Joel Rubin’s screenplay for the New Line Cinema film adaptation that starred Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams.

The West End transfer is due to be announced at a later date. Casting is also still to be announced.

Alongside Stone and Stewart’s original music and lyrics, it features additional lyrics by Kait Kerrigan and a book by Lauren Gunderson whose other work includes hit play I and You. It will be directed by Bill Buckhurst.

The production will also feature design by Anna Fleischle, choreography by Shelley Maxwell, lighting design by Lucy Carter, illusions by Chris Fisher, video design by Andrjez Goulding, sound design by Richard Brooker, musical supervision and arrangement by Nick Finlow and orchestrations by Bryan Crook. Casting will be by Stuart Burt CDG.

The Time Traveller’s Wife tells the love story between Henry and Clare which is out of sync because Henry is often and uncontrollably ripped out of time.

Gunderson said: “I will never forget reading the last chapter of Audrey Niffenegger’s book over 10 years ago and being floored by its thunderous emotion and potent humanity.

“I knew this love story belonged on stage with music and vision that matches its emotional punch and soaring feeling. I know this musical will lift, delight, hearten and exhilarate.”

Niffenegger added: “I am thrilled that my book is being adapted for the stage and with the very talented artists who are creating the musical. I am really looking forward to seeing what they do with it.”

The new musical will be produced by Colin Ingram for InTheatre Productions, Gavin Kalin Productions, Teresa Tsai and Crossroads Live, by special arrangement with Warner Bros Theatre Ventures.

Tickets for Storyhouse members are on sale now and will go on sale to non-members from midday on 21 February at storyhouse.com.

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