A musical stage adaptation of The Time Travellers Wife is in development with Grammy Award winner Joss Stone and Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart penning music and lyrics.
Audrey Niffenegger’s best-selling novel will be adapted for the stage by playwright Lauren Gunderson. The piece is a love story between a man with a genetic condition that intermittently drags him into the past or future, and a woman anchored in her linear timeline, who becomes his wife.
Lauren Gunderson said of adapting the novel, “I will never forget reading the last chapter of Audrey Niffenegger’s book over ten 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.”
Dave Stewart and Joss Stone said of working together on the new musical, “We have been on many crazy adventures together but we’ve never ‘Time Travelled’ till meeting Lauren Gunderson. Writing these songs together whilst being in different locations on different time zones has been a trip (literally), throwing us into an eddy of emotive melodies and heart-wrenching lyrics to go with the push and pull of this unusual love story. We all time travel in our relationships and in our lives in general, but to write something that people will see and hear happening live on stage is thrilling to imagine, and hearing Bill Buckhurst’s interpretations of Lauren’s script for stage as we went along has been so inspiring.”
Set to premiere in the UK later this year or at a push in early 2022, the show is helmed by Bill Buckhurst with musical supervision and arrangement by Nick Finlow, additional lyrics by Kait Kerrigan, and illusions by Chris Fisher.
Casting, dates and venue to be announced.
The production will be produced by Colin Ingram for InTheatre Productions, by special arrangement with Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures.