Kill Johnny Glendenning
By DC Jackson
Directed by Lyceum Artistic Director Mark Thomson
“You died as you lived - an extra in a second rate James Cagney picture being recreated by halfwits and junkies.”
Andrew MacPherson has many legitimate business interests: a security firm, taxis, a couple of Renfrewshire bus routes, several pubs and even a secret shareholding in Rangers. Johnny 'the bastard' Glendenning is the self styled Tony Blair of Ulster loyalist gunmen. In a farmhouse far out in the wilds of Ayrshire they are on a deadly collision course. Caught between them are a farmer, his mother, two thugs, a sleazy tabloid hack and some pigs with a taste for human flesh.
Kill Johnny Glendenning is a murderous comedy of the Glasgow underworld, taking aim at the tabloid celebrity and macho glamour of the gangster life.
Recently writing for Channel 4’s Fresh Meat, Scottish playwright DC Jackson’s previous work for theatre includes My Romantic History (Scotsman Fringe First Award 2010), and the trilogy of The Wall, The Ducky and The Chooky Brae. This is Jackson’s second commission for The Lyceum, following his acclaimed adaptation of Beaumarchais’ The Marriage of Figaro.
Kill Johnny Glendenning is a co-production between the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh and Citizens Theatre, Glasgow.
This production contains strong language and scenes of violence.
Running time: 2hrs 18 mins, including a 20 minute interval.
Cast and Credits
Philip Cairns - Dominic
Kern Falconer - Auld John
David Ireland - Johnny Glendenning
Steven McNicoll - Bruce
Paul Samson - Macpherson
Joanne Thomson - Kimberley
Josh Whitelaw - Skootch
Director - Mark Thomson
Designer - Michael Taylor
Lighting Designer - Tim Mascall
Fight Directors - Rachel Bown-Williams and Ruth Cooper-Brown of RC-Annie Ltd
Assistant Director - Becky Hope-Palmer
DC Jackson's KILL JOHNNY GLENDENNING
A brutal comedy of fatal errors!
Dates and Times
17 September – 11 October 2014
17, 18 & 19 September, 7.30pm
All Preview tickets £10 and on sale from 18 August
Tuesday - Saturday
Wednesdays and Saturdays
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Tuesday - Saturday: £15 - £29*
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- Thursday, 2 October - 7.30pm
- Touch Tour - 6.15pm
- Saturday 4 October - 2pm
- Touch Tour - 12.45pm
- Wednesday 8 October - 7.30pm
- Saturday 11 October - 2pm
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Creative Learning Events
Join us in the Stalls of the auditorium post-show to meet the cast and driector for a discussion about the performance
- Tuesday 30 September
Click articles to read more
Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman
"...a searing Scottish gangster drama for our times."
Neil Cooper, The Herald
"...a fast and furious piece of comic myth-making to die for."
Paul F. Cockburn, BroadwayBaby
"...incredibly, laugh-out-loud funny."
Gareth K. Vile, The List
"...fast paced direction...delivers a sharp satire"
David Pollock, Sunday Mail
"brilliant one-liners...brash and in-your face"
Irene Brown, Edinburgh Guide
"A mad mental malkie of a play...Dinnae miss this!"
Alan Brown, Edinburgh 49
"A Lock & Load comedy with the safety Off”
Mark Brown, The Sunday Herald
Allan Radcliffe, The Times
"Exhilarating...highly entertaining...sparkling performances"
Thom Dibdin, The Stage
"Mark Thomson’s pacy, bold direction takes no prisoners."
- "I said I'd love to play a psychopathic loyalist gunman!", David Ireland (Johnny Glendenning) in The Herald
- "An entertaining evening out that has no mention of currency union!”, writer DC Jackson in The Scotsman
- "Bad guys are the best to play!", TV's Paul Samson (MacPherson) in The Daily Record
- "MacPherson is a spectacularly bad person", Paul Samson (MacPherson) in the Edinburgh Evening News