New musical adaptation of acclaimed novel The Ghost and Mrs. Muir in development

The acclaimed romantic-fantasy novel The Ghost and Mrs. Muir by R.A Dick will be adapted
for the stage as a new musical. Under the direction of Kenneth Hoyt (The Blue Hour of Natalie
Barney, Arcola; The Sea Plays, Old Vic Tunnels) this exciting project comes to fruition after a 26-
year struggle to acquire the stage rights to the much beloved novel.

Best known for the charming 1947 film adaptation directed by Hollywood legend Joseph
Mankiewicz (All About Eve; Cleopatra) and starring Gene Tierney and Rex Harrison, The Ghost
and Mrs. Muir is a timeless ghost-infused romance between a new widower, Lucy Muir, and the
ghost of Daniel Gregg, a sea captain. Through this uncommon companionship, Mrs. Muir learns
to find liberation from her grief and loneliness, showcasing the boundless nature of true love,
and its ability to transcend this life and beyond.

The exciting project has been taking shape for some time. Director Kenneth Hoyt comments, I
have known all these years that there is a lush and sweeping musical lurking in the pages of the
novel. It is a period piece yes, and I do think it holds a sort of classicism in its DNA, but at its
heart it is a love story, albeit a haunted one. I have never understood the idea of an “old
fashioned” romance. Romance doesn’t go out of style. I’m excited and very thankful to be part of
any adaptation based on this lovely novel. It has an illustrious history and a stage version seems
a natural fit.

The team for The Ghost and Mrs. Muir is currently being assembled and further creatives will be
announced in due course at

About Author /

Kath is an actor, singer and writer with a passion for theatre. She has been reviewing for At The Theatre since 2014. Kath has a Masters in Performance at Liverpool Hope University and is Creative Engagement Worker for B arts, a participatory arts organisation.

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