Interest in a Northumberland heroine is higher than ever according to the boss of a theatre which is co-producing and hosting the world premiere of a play about her.
Grace Darling became a national and international celebrity after she and her lighthouse keeper father rescued nine people shipwrecked off the coast of Bamburgh in 1838.
And now ticket sales for Amazing Grace, which is a tribute to Grace and her bravery, have reached 400 and the show is proving to be one of the most popular at the Alnwick Playhouse for a long time.
It will premiere in Alnwick from Wednesday, October 17 to 19, before touring nine other venues in the region. A collection for the RNLI will be held after each of the 23 shows.
Written by Tyneside-based writers Ed Waugh and Trevor Wood, Amazing Grace is set in modern times.
A film crew descends on Bamburgh to make a movie about Grace, only to play loose with the facts in order to make it a commercial hit.
The screenwriter, Grace Armstrong, however, is determined to defend the true story of Grace and her legacy.
And Alnwick Playhouse theatre manager Jo Potts is delighted that the play is having such an impact already.
“I knew when I talked to Trevor and Ed about staging the show it would be popular as Grace is one of our own but the response has been phenomenal already – and that’s before the new brochure has gone out!” she said.
“This is a massive coup for the people of Alnwick and the surrounding areas.
“Trevor and Ed have had three plays performed at Newcastle’s Theatre Royal and their shows are produced nationally and internationally.
“We are expecting a massive rush for tickets when the brochure goes out in the next few weeks so I’d urge people to get their tickets as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.”
Tickets at Alnwick Playhouse cost from £8 to £11. Contact the box office on 01665 510785 or visit the website at www.alnwickplayhouse.co.uk
Following its three nights in Alnwick, the play will tour to Consett, Hexham, Durham, Hartlepool, Gateshead, South Shields, Blyth, Berwick and Whitley Bay.
For more, visit www.edwaughandtrevorwood.co.uk