The world premiere of new musical Wild Rose by Nicole Taylor is set to be directed by John Tiffany.
There’s no news on dates, venues or cast, but the show will kick off in Scotland.
According to Baz Bamigboye in Deadline, the show will be workshopped in early 2023 for a planned 2024 opening in Scotland, and the producers then hope to transfer it to London’s West End and Broadway.
Wild Rose is based on Nicole Taylor’s acclaimed 2018 movie of the same name which starred Jessie Buckley, Julie Walters, Sophie Okonedo, Jamie Sives, Craig Parkinson, James Harkness and Janey Godley.
Olivier Award-winning director John Tiffany (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Black Watch, Once, Let The Right One In) will direct.
Acclaimed screenwriter Nicole Taylor’s credits for TV include Three Girls, which won five BAFTAs including for Best Writer and Best Mini Series, The C Word and The Nest. For film, Nicole wrote the multi-award-winning Wild Rose. She is currently adapting David Nicholls’ novel One Day into a 14 part series for Netflix.
The stage adaptation is produced by Patrick Daly of Caledonia Productions, with Faye Ward of Fable Pictures and Nia Janis of Playful Productions as Executive Producers.
Nicole Taylor said in a press statement: “When the character of Rose-Lynn Harlan first roared into my head some 13 years ago, shouting, swearing and of course, singing, I aways dreamt she might have a theatrical afterlife. That this is coming to pass under the direction of the great John Tiffany, whose work I have adored ever since I saw Black Watch, is a source of such pride and such excitement. There’s no story that means more to me than this one – this mad passionate love letter to my twin obsessions, Glasgow and country music. I never imagined the film would strike a chord with so many people, nor that strangers would come up to me in the street (still!) and yell “My mince is your mince”. It’s a true joy to be reunited with Rose-Lynn and Marion, and to experience them anew via John’s theatrical imagination and I’m delighted too that the production will begin in Scotland.”
John Tiffany said: “I saw Wild Rose in 2019 and thought it was brilliant. It’s a hilarious, moving, truthful and totally life-affirming piece of filmmaking. I remember thinking then that the story might also find a natural home on a stage. I was already a big fan of Nicole Taylor after seeing Three Girls so when Patrick Daly, Faye Ward and Nicole approached me I jumped at the chance to meet them. My formative years were spent in Glasgow, both as a student at the University (when I first went to Glasgow’s Grand Ole Opry) and later at the National Theatre of Scotland, so the final song Glasgow (No Place Like Home) holds a special place in my heart.”
Wild Rose is a comedy drama about mothers and daughters, home and belonging, and three chords and the truth.
The story centres on Rose-Lynn Harlan, who is fresh out of jail and all she wants is to get the hell out of Glasgow and make it to Nashville as a country singer. But with an ankle tag, a curfew and two young kids, her dreams are far removed from her reality, and caught between hope and responsibility Rose-Lynn must find her place and her voice.