NEWS: New tour dates and full cast announced for 2020 revival of The Cheviot, The Stag, and the Black Black Oil

Following the sold-out success of its 2019 tour, John McGrath’s legendary The Cheviot, The Stag, and the Black Black Oil returns for a new Scottish tour in 2020.

One of the country’s most iconic and influential plays, The Cheviot, The Stag, and the Black Black Oil was first staged by the 7:84 Theatre Company in the 1970s, becoming a cornerstone of contemporary Scottish theatre. Successfully restaged by director Joe Douglas in 2015, the show was produced by the National Theatre of Scotland in 2019, visiting art centres and rural communities across Scotland before the play’s English premiere at Newcastle’s Live Theatre.

The 2020 tour will open in Glasgow with a two-week engagement at the city’s famous Pavilion Theatre. It marks the first time that a National Theatre of Scotland production has visited the historic venue, one of the oldest theatre buildings in the city.

The production will then embark on the first leg of a rural tour, visiting venues in Achiltibuie, Rogart, St Andrews, Musselburgh, Peebles, and Dumfries, as well as returning to Dundee Rep Theatre, where director Joe Douglas’s revived production broke box office records in 2015. It will then tour across the Highlands and Islands, including visits to Lochawe, Uist, Tarbert, Caithness, Tain, Findhorn, Drumnadrochit, Strontian, Ballachulish, and Gartmore.

Cast members from the successful 2019 revival Stephen Bangs, Jo Freer, Christina Gordon, and Billy Mack are reunited and joined by Cameron Barnes and Charlie West for the 2020 tour. Returning cast member Calum MacDonald will also perform as part of the ensemble for the first half of the tour, from 30 April to 29 May, before Sally Swanson joins for tour dates from 01 to 20 June.

More than forty-five years on from its original tour, John McGrath’s pivotal political play has lost none of its vitality and relevance. A multi-talented ensemble cast of actor/musicians chart a rousing and rollicking course through Scotland’s history, expertly weaving, songs, poems, scenes and sketches into a piece of theatre with the feel of a freewheeling Highland ceilidh.

From the ruthless croft clearances of the 18th century to the fashionable Victorian game hunts, and the scars left by the ‘70s North Sea oil boom right up to the political upheaval of the current day, The Cheviot, The Stag, and the Black, Black Oil presents the stories and experiences of Scotland’s land, sea, and the people that work on them across the centuries.

The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil is the most famous production of the 7:84 company, set up by John McGrath alongside his wife Elizabeth MacLennan and her brother David in 1971. Avowedly socialist in its outlook, its aim was to take popular, political theatre to the working classes and they performed in alternative venues throughout Scotland, England and Wales. The title of the company derived from a 1966 statistic that 7% of the population of Great Britain owned 84 % of the wealth.

Opening at the Pavilion, Glasgow (30 April to 09 May); Coigach Hall, Achiltibuie (12 May); Pittentrail Hall, Rogart (14 May); The Byre, St Andrews (16 May); Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh (19 May); Eastgate Theatre, Peebles (20 May); Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival (22 & 23 May); Dundee Rep Theatre (26 to 29 May); Dalmally Community Hall, Lochawe (01 June); Southend Community Hall, South Uist (03 June); Tarbert Community Centre, Isle of Harris (05 & 06 June); Latheron Village Hall, Caithness (09 June); Edderton Village Hall, Tain (10 June); Universal Hall, Findhorn (12 &13 June); Craigmore Centre, Drumnadrochit (15 June); Sunart Centre, Strontian (17 June); Ballachulish Village Hall, Glencoe (18 June); Gartmore Village Hall, Gartmore (20 June)

Information:

The Pavilion, Glasgow – Thursday 30 April – Saturday 02 May; Thursday 07 – Saturday 09 May @ 7.30pm; Saturday 02 & 09 May @ 2pm & 7.30pm

Tickets – £17.50-£21.50

Access Information:

Thursday 07 May @ 7.30pm BSL interpreted & captioned performance

 

Coigach Hall, Achiltibuie – Tuesday 12 May @ 7.30pm

Tickets: £10 – £12

 

Pittentrail Hall, Rogart Thursday 14 May @ 7.30pm

Tickets: £10 – £12

 

The Byre, St AndrewsSaturday 16 May @ 7.30pm

Tickets: £16 – £18

 

Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh – Tuesday 19 May @ 7.30pm

Tickets: £16 – £18

 

Eastgate Theatre, Peebles– Wednesday 20 May @ 7.30pm

Tickets: £16 – £18

 

Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival

Friday 22 May @ 7.30pm and Saturday 23 May @ 7.30pm

Tickets: £16

 

Dundee Rep – Tuesday 26-Friday 29 May @ 7.30pm; Tuesday 26 & Thursday 28 May 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Tickets: £22-£12 (£20-£9)

Access Information:

Wednesday 27 May @ 7.30pm BSL interpreted, audio described & captioned performance

 

Dalmally Community Hall, Lochawe – 01 June @ 7.30pm

Tickets: £10 – £12

 

South End Community Hall, South Uist – Wednesday 03 June @ 7.30pm

Tickets: £10 – £12

 

Tarbert Community Centre, Isle of Harris – Friday 05 & Saturday 06 June @ 7.30pm

Tickets: £10 – £12

 

Latheron Village Hall, Caithness – Tuesday 09 June @ 7.30pm

Tickets: £10 – £12

 

Edderton Village Hall, Tain – Wednesday 10 June @ 7.30pm

Tickets: £10 – £12

 

Universal Hall, Findhorn – Friday 12 & Saturday 13 June @ 7.30pm

Tickets: £12 – £14

 

Craigmonie Centre, Drumnadrochit – Monday 15 June @ 7.30pm

Tickets: £10 – £12

 

Sunart Centre, Strontian – 17 June @ 7.30pm

Tickets – £10 – £12

 

Ballachulish Village Hall, Glencoe – Thursday 18 June @ 7.30pm

Tickets: £10 – £12

 

Gartmore Village Hall, Gartmore – Saturday 20 June @ 7.30pm

Tickets: £10 – £12

 

Box Office information

 

Box Office Brunton Theatre: thebrunton.co.uk

Box Office Dundee Rep Theatre: dundeerep.co.uk

Box office Byre Theatre: byretheatre.com

Box office Pavilion Theatre: paviliontheatre.co.uk

 

Box office for all other dates: nationaltheatrescotland.com

 

Recommended Age Guide: 14+

 

All performances are autism friendly and all venues are fully accessible.

 

Full tour dates and booking info: natinaltheatrescotland.com

 

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