Interview: Rebecca Thornhill, Mrs Burke in Girl From The North Country

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Fresh from runs in Matilda and Hairspray, Olivier nominee Rebecca Thornhill is currently starring as Mrs Burke in the UK tour of Girl From The North Country.  

Written and directed by Conor McPherson with the songs of Bob Dylan, Girl From The North Country premiered at the Old Vic in 2017 before transferring to the West End and Broadway. The show returned to the West End in 2019, with the production also running in Toronto. 


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Rebecca was nominated for an Olivier Award in 2001 for her performance as Lina Lamont in the National Theatre’s production of Singin’ in the Rain. She recently reprised her performance as Mrs Wormwood in Matilda, having previously played the role at the Cambridge Theatre and on tour. She also recently completed a run as Velma Von Tussle in the UK tour of Hairspray. Rebecca created the role of Karen Holmes in the original production of From Here To Eternity which ran in the West End at the Shaftesbury Theatre and was filmed for cinema/digital release.  

Just a few of Rebecca’s other theatre credits include: Hotbox Girl in Guys and Dolls (Leicester), She Loves Me (Savoy), Demeter in Cats (New London), Babette in the original company of Beauty and The Beast (Dominion),  Annie in Annie Get Your Gun (UK Tour), Julie Laverne in Show Boat (Royal Albert Hall), Nellie Forbush in South Pacific (National Tour), Sally in Me and My Girl (UK Tour & Zimbabwe), Gertie Cummins in Oklahoma! (National Theatre & Lyceum), Cosette & Fantine in Les Miserables (West End / UK Tour / Denmark), Sukie Rougemont in Witches of Eastwick (Prince Of Wales), Vicki Nichols in The Full Monty (Prince of Wales), Evelyn Nesbit in Ragtime (Piccadilly), Roxie Hart in Chicago (Adelphi), Mrs Banks in Mary Poppins (Prince Edward / US Tour), Madge Hardwick in Top Hat (UK Tour) and Morticia in The Addams Family (Singapore).  

Girl From The North Country  tours the UK until 18th March 2023. Visit for info, tour dates and tickets. 

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Photo Credit: Johan Persson

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