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Mrs Puntila and her Man Matti

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

“Money stinks. I wish I had nothing.”

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). 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 divides his time between extricating her from drunken mishaps and 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 taken by beloved Scottish actor Elaine C. Smith, well known for her comic small-screen creations in City Lights, Rab C. Nesbitt and Two Doors Down (BBC), but also a celebrated stage presence whose work includes a national tour of Calendar Girls, This Wide Night (Tron Theatre) and Guys and Dolls at The Lyceum.

DOT Theatre’s Murat Daltaban returns to direct this entertaining classconscious comedy (think Karl Marx crossed with Groucho Marx) after his barn-storming production of Rhinoceros for The Lyceum which also sold out its performances at the Edinburgh International Festival.


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.


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 and 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: to be confirmed during rehearsals


Thursday 12 March, 7.30pm
Touch Tour at 6.15pm

Saturday 14 March, 2pm
Touch Tour at 12.45pm

Wednesday 18 March, 7.30pm

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Creative Learning Events

Free events tailored to the show

Post-Show Discussion
Tuesday 10 March

LYT Curtain Raiser
Friday 13 March

Talk Show
Monday 16 March