The Time Traveller’s Wife: The Musical, based on the novel by Audrey Niffenegger and the New Line Cinema screenplay by Bruce Joel Rubin, will make its premiere at Storyhouse in Chester September 30-October 15. The two-week U.K. engagement of the previously reported stage adaptation will precede a West End transfer to be announced at a later date.
With a book by Lauren Gunderson, original music and lyrics by Grammy winners Joss Stone and Dave Stewart, and additional lyrics by Kait Kerrigan, the production will be directed by Bill Buckhurst with choreography by Shelley Maxwell. Casting will be announced in the coming weeks.
The musical tells the love story of Henry and Clare. Henry suffers from a rare condition where his genetic clock periodically resets, pulling him into his past or future, never knowing where he’s going next. Except he knows he’ll always come back to Clare, whether she's five years old playing in a field or 85, dreaming of her time-traveling husband.
The new musical will also have designs by Anna Fleischle, 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 is by Stuart Burt.
Stewart and Stone said in a joint statement, “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.”
The Time Traveller’s Wife: The 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.