The Time Traveller’s Wife is up for a musical adaptation with help from two big names.
Songwriter and producer Dave Stewart, of the classic 80s band Eurythmics, has teamed up with 00’s singer-songwriter Joss Stone to bring the musical to the stage.
The adaptation of Audrey Niffenegger’s bestselling novel will have original music and lyrics by the pair of songwriters and will open in the UK at the end of 2021 or in early 2022.
Stewart and Stone have worked together already, on the SuperHeavy album in 2011 and others, and have now written original songs plotting the romance between the protagonists Clare and Henry.
In a statement, the songwriters explained how the process threw them “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.”
Kait Kerrigan provides additional lyrics and the book is written by American playwright Lauren Gunderson.
Gunderson expressed her love for Niffenegger’s novel, saying how she was “floored by its thunderous emotion and potent humanity. I knew this love story belonged on stage with music and vision that matches its emotional punch and soaring feeling.”
Bill Buckhurst is set to direct with Colin Ingram as producer. Ingram stated that he hoped the musical would “lift everyone’s spirits as a truly wonderful tonic in post-pandemic world”.