Elaine C Smith (Mrs Puntila) dressed glamorously raises a glass to camera as Steven McNicoll (Matti) looks on disgruntledBuy Tickets

Cancelled - Mrs Puntila and Her Man Matti

This performance has been cancelled, for more information see the Royal Lyceum Theatre Statement on COVID-19 17 March 2020

By Bertolt Brecht, adapted by Denise Mina
Directed by Murat Daltaban

“Money stinks. I wish I had nothing.”

When Argyll landowner Mrs Puntila is drunk, she's a generous and kind-hearted boss who convinces everyone they can have a bright future under her wing. When she's sober, she's a cruel and greedy tyrant. Behind the scenes, her shrewd chauffeur Matti irons out her drunken mishaps while pursuing a hopeless romance with her already-spoken-for daughter Eva.

Brecht’s classic master and servant comedy is given a gender-switched adaptation by award-winning novelist and playwright Denise Mina (The Detective Alex Morrow, Garnethill and Paddy Meehan series). 

The role of Mrs Puntila will be taken by beloved Scottish actor Elaine C. Smith. Lyceum favourite Steven McNicoll (Rhinoceros, An Edinburgh Christmas Carol, The Belle's Stratagem) returns as her put-upon servant. DOT Theatre’s Murat Daltaban returns to direct this entertaining class-conscious comedy after his barn-storming production of Rhinoceros for The Lyceum.


Mrs Puntila and Her Man Matti is a co-production between the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh and Citizens Theatre in association with DOT Theatre, Istanbul.

Cast and Credits


Elaine C. Smith Mrs Puntila
Steven McNicoll Matti
Natalie Arle-Toyne Emma The Dealer / The Redhead / The Parson / The Waiter
Rebecca Banatvala The Cleaner / The Weak Man / The Media Mogul / McClure's Eldest Child
Richard Conlon The Attaché / Red McClure
Liam King Fina / The Red Trousered Man / Bulldog
Beth Marshall The Shopworker / The Worker / The Lawyer
Joanne McGuinness Eva
Oğuz Kaplangi Musician
Stephanie Payne Laina / The Cattle Doctor / Bulldog
Chloé-Ann Tylor The Carer / The Judge


​Writer Bertolt Brecht
Adpater Denise Mina
Director Murat Daltaban
Designer Tom Piper
Lighting Designer Katharine Williams
Composer and Sound Designer Oğuz​ Kaplangi
Associate Designer Max Johns
Assistant Director Louise Shephard
Movement Director Emma Jayne Park
Casting Director Laura Donnelly CDG
Translation and Production Assistant Maya Kurdoglu
Executive Producer for DOT Özlem Daltaban
Literal Translation Susan Hingley
Project Assistant Halil Unsal
Deputy Stage Manager Owen Thomas
Sound Associate Calum Paterson 


What the Audience Thought of Mrs Puntila

Audience reviews of Mrs Puntila and her Man Matti

Mrs Puntila and Her Man Matti

We managed to sit down with Elaine C Smith and Denise Mina to chat about all things Mrs Puntila. With direction from Murat Daltaban (Rhinoceros) it's sure to be a rioutous show.

Dates, Times & Prices

28 February - 21 March 2020

£10 PREVIEWS, 7.30pm
Friday 28, Saturday 29 February and Monday 2 March

Preview tickets on sale from 27 January

EVENINGS, 7.30pm
Tuesday - Saturday

£16 - £33

MATINEES from 4 March, 2pm
Wednesday and Saturday

£14 - £29

Running time: 2 hrs 40 mins with 20 min Interval (approximate)


Thursday 12 March, 7.30pm
Touch Tour at 6.15pm

Saturday 14 March, 2pm
Touch Tour at 12.45pm

Wednesday 18 March, 7.30pm

Audio Described by: Janette Knibb & Myra Galletley
BSL Interpruter: Rachel Amey & Louise Holden
Captioned by: Christabel Anderson

Read The Lyceum's Access Statement here

Take Part

Free events tailored to the show

Post-Show Discussion
Tuesday 10 March
Join members of the cast and creative team for an informal discussion about the show in the Stalls after the evening performance.

LYT Curtain Raiser
Friday 13 March
Lyceum Youth Theatre members are creating a series of short performances inspired by the work on the main stage for Season 2019/20
Book your free tickets by calling box office on 0131 248 4848

Talk Show
We Need To Talk About Capitalism
Monday 16 March
Fresh insight, music and ideas from unexpected places. We invite artists, authors and thinkers to come and watch a show with us - they then take to the stage to share their response to the themes of the play with our audiences.
Book here

Press Coverage

Morning Star

‘an utter delight in every way’

The Herald

‘Elaine C. Smith and Steven McNicoll are the perfect double-act.’
Edinburgh Evening News

‘Steven McNicoll gives a stand-out performance as Matti’ 
The Stage

‘a brave production and one which succeeds in making Brecht relevant and engaging’ 

‘a brilliant demonstration of class struggle at its most lethal’ 
Morning Star

‘Denise Mina’s adaptation is so sharp, inspired and eloquent’ 
The Scotsman

‘achingly funny, finely crafted’

‘Bawdy, brilliant, glorious and gallus’

‘Tom Piper’s big frame-work set….is brilliantly conceived and executed.’
The Stage


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