Mark Knopfler

Mark Knopfler’s next project is a stage musical. He is writing new music and the lyrics for a new stage musical based on the award-winning 1983 film Local Hero. Knopfler composed and produced the soundtrack to the original movie, written and directed by Scottish film-maker Bill Forsyth, while he was still fronting Dire Straits.

The new stage play of Local Hero is scheduled to open at the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh, U.K., in the spring of 2019.

Local Hero tells the story of a young American oil-company rep who is sent to northern Scotland to negotiate the purchase of a small seaside town where his firm plans to build a refinery. Forsyth is co-writing the book for the stage production with

Local Hero is one of those great Scottish stories that has captured the imaginations of people across the world, it has been one of my favorite films since I first saw it as a teenager,” says David Greig, The Lyceum’s artistic director in a statement. “To have the chance to revisit these wonderful characters to help create a musical is an absolute delight, but to be working alongside Bill Forsyth and Mark Knopfler… is a dream come true."

After its run at The Royal Lyceum Theatre, the Local Hero musical will move to London’s famed West End venue The Old Vic. Knopfler will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Dire Straits on April 14 in Cleveland. Knopfler is also adding the “finishing touches” - according to the blog of collaborator Guy Fletcher - on a new solo album: “delivery scheduled for the end of March 2018, (that’s delivery to the record company – album release date has yet to be announced).”