NEWS: World Premiere of The Artist Announced

The McOnie Company will present the world premiere production based on the Academy Award winning film next year.

(c)Matt Murphy.

Co-adapted for the stage by critically acclaimed writer Lindsey Ferrentino and Olivier Award-winning choreographer Drew McOnie, this world premiere stage adaptation will have a workshop in early 2023 before officially opening later that year. Further information on dates, venues and casting to come.

In 1920s Hollywood the business of making dreams come true is in full swing. Silent movie icon George Valentin has long been the darling of the silver screen when he
meets aspiring actress Peppy Miller. But whilst her star is about to rise, his might just be about to flicker into insignificance. Amidst all the glamour, laughter and romance, the silent movie industry is on the brink of a revolution: the Talkies are on their way.

The Artist was released in cinemas in 2011, going onto win five Academy Awards seven BAFTAs and three Golden Globe Awards. Director of the film Michel Hazanavicius said: “I’m really touched that my film might have given other artists the desire to make a show out of it. I’m thrilled that this show finally sees the light of day. I know how much work and perseverance this required. I congratulate all the wonderful artists who are getting on stage for a recreation of The Artist.”

Meanwhile, Drew McOnie, Artistic Director of The McOnie Company, said: “Creating the world premiere stage adaptation of The Artist marks not only the start of a new era in my life as a theatre maker but also an arrival moment for The McOnie Company. I have held its development close to my heart for many years having been mesmerised by the original film. Having the incredible support of Michel Hazanavicius, the mastermind behind the film, is incredibly important to me. The Artist shows us that, even within this noisy world, we can find our voice if we listen with our hearts, and it’s an honour to bring this beloved story to the stage.”

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