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Photo credit: Dave Stewart and Joss Stone (Photos courtesy of Amanda Malpass PR)

‘The Time Traveller’s Wife: The Musical’ in development

Dave Stewart and Joss Stone will provide original music and lyrics.

Sophie Thomas
Sophie Thomas

The Time Traveller's Wife will be adapted into a new musical to premiere later this year, it has been announced. Based on Audrey Niffenegger's 2003 novel that was subsequently adapted for film, the original musical will feature music by Dave Stewart and Joss Stone.

The Time Traveller's Wife follows the love story of Henry and Clare, whose love will always remain strong. But, when Henry's genetic clock resets periodically, he's thrust into a different time period, doing all he can to return to Clare.

The musical will feature an original book by Lauren Gunderson, whose playwriting credits include I and You, recently seen at the Hampstead Theatre starring Maisie Williams. On adapting the musical, Gunderson said: "I knew this love story belonged on stage with music and vision that matches its emotional punch and soaring feeling. I know this musical will lift, delight, hearten and exhilarate."

Original music and lyrics will be created by Eurythmics frontman Dave Stewart, whose musical writing credits include Ghost the Musical. He's joined by Joss Stone, who will make her creative musical debut, after recently winning ITV's The Masked Singer.

Working together, Stewart and Stone said: "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."

The Time Traveller's Wife will premiere in the UK in 2021, with a venue, as well as casting and performance dates to be announced. It's not confirmed if the musical will premiere in the West End, or at a regional theatre.

Photo credit: Dave Stewart and Joss Stone (Photos courtesy of Amanda Malpass PR)

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