Dates and times
Wed 25 March – Sat 11 April 2020, various times
A Citizens Theatre and Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh co-production
By Bertolt Brecht
Adapted by Denise Mina
Brecht’s classic master and servant comedy is given a gender-switched adaptation by Denise Mina, award-winning crime novelist and playwright (The Detective Alex Morrow, Garnethill, and Paddy Meehan series, a graphic novel adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy books).
When sober, landowner Mrs Puntila is a ruthless and avaricious capitalist overlord, but the minute drink is taken she becomes a kind and generous benefactor. Her shrewd chauffeur Matti spends his time extricating her from drunken mishaps while wooing her wayward daughter Eva, a match which will only be possible if Mrs Puntila can get over the class divide.
The role of Mrs Puntila will be played by Glasgow-born Elaine C. Smith, one of Scotland’s most loved and well-known performers. With a career spanning more than 30 years in theatre, television and film, her leading roles in BBC sitcoms Two Doors Down (for which she won a Scottish BAFTA for Best Actress), City Lights and Rab C. Nesbitt have become iconic – alongside decades of headline pantomime roles. Her theatre career began with political theatre companies 7:84 and Wildcat and has included productions at the Lyceum, and Tron as well as award-winning UK tours of Calendar Girls and the Susan Boyle musical I Dreamed a Dream, which she co-wrote with Alan McHugh.
DOT Theatre’s Murat Daltaban returns to direct this entertaining class-conscious comedy after his barn-storming production of Rhinoceros sold out at the Edinburgh International Festival in 2017.
Preview: Wed 25 March
Matinees: Sat 4 & Sat 11 April (2pm)
Access performances TBC
Directed by: Murat Daltaban
Starring: Elaine C. Smith