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Brand new adaptation of A Song for Ella Grey announced

In February 2024 we will be premiering a brand-new adaptation of David Almond’s beautiful award winning novel A Song For Ella Grey.

 A Song for Ella Grey (Produced by Pilot Theatre in association with Northern Stage and York Theatre Royal) will premiere at Northern Stage from 2 – 15 February 2024 and then tour until 22 March.

The show will be adapted for the stage by Zoe Cooper and directed by Esther Richardson.

The Story

Claire and her best friend, Ella Grey, are ordinary kids from ordinary families in an ordinary world. They and their friends fall in and out of love, play music and dance, stare at the stars, yearn for excitement, and have parties on the beautiful beaches of Northumberland.

One day a stranger, a musician called Orpheus, appears on the beach, and entrances them all but particularly Ella. Where has Orpheus come from and what path will Ella follow?

A Song for Ella Grey is a tale of modern teenagers and ancient forces, a tale told since the dawn of time and told again today.

Why we’re excited to bring this story to the stage

A Song for Ella Grey celebrates the spectacular geography of the North East but captivates readers of all ages with a universal story. David Almond’s writing captures the vibrancy, joy and intensity of first loves and the power of friendship while also beautifully and honestly dealing with grief and surviving tragedy. Zoe Cooper’s adaptation lifts the characters off the page with such grace and energy and it is our privilege to be working with Pilot Theatre to make and launch this production for a new generation of young people across the country. 

-Natalie Ibu, Artistic Director and Joint Chief Executive, Northern Stage

Casting Information

We are currently casting for this show! The application deadline is 10am on Monday 17th July.

Head here to find out more.

Ticket information

Tickets for A Song for Ella Grey will go on sale in Autumn 2023. As always, Northern Stage members will be able to access priority booking and save 20% on their tickets. Sign up as a member now by clicking here.