Brokeback Mountain heads to London stage in 2016

Brokeback Mountain

The movie Brokeback Mountain became a cultural phenomenon in 2005, winning multiple awards including Golden Globes, BAFTAs and the Oscars. Now it is set to be brought to the stage.

It has never before been seen on stage as a play. A new adaptation is currently in development by Tom O’Connell Productions, planned for a London opening in 2016.

In 1963, two young men, Ennis del Mar and Jack Twist, are hired for the summer to look after sheep at a remote grazing range on Brokeback Mountain in Wyoming. Unexpectedly, alone in the wilderness, they form an intense emotional and physical bond that will change their lives forever.

And, over the next twenty years, as their separate lives play out through marriages, children and dead-end jobs, they long to be together, back on Brokeback Mountain, in a place where there are no secrets, only each other.

Writer Annie Proulx said: “I am looking forward with sharp anticipation to the stage interpretation of the star-crossed lovers of ‘Brokeback Mountain.’

“The actors who pull on their scuffed-up boots will step into a difficult time in a hard place.”

Producer Tom O’Connell said: “I am honoured to bring Annie Proulx’s beloved story to the stage as a new play that celebrates her compelling writing and will bring a new perspective on this heart-warming tale of an unbreakable bond.

“I’ve been extremely lucky in my career to produce plays which challenge, inspire and educate as much as they entertain; the struggles that the characters of Brokeback Mountain go through
are still present in the world today, making the piece as relevant as ever.

“I am very much looking forward to working alongside Annie with a first-class creative team to bring Jack and Ennis’ story to new
audiences.”

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