Dundee Rep Ensemble presents: The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black Black Oil at the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh

The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil

Dundee Rep Ensemble presents:
The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black Black Oil by John McGrath

Dundee Rep’s 5-star, sell-out production of John McGrath’s The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black Black Oil arrives in Edinburgh for one week only this September.

The highly acclaimed production tells the history and the tragedy of Scotland, performed as a Highland ceilidh, with song, humour and drama intermixed; creating a unique theatrical event, that remains as vital and relevant today as it was when 7:84 Scotland first presented it, over 40 years ago.

‘It has everything, and it throws it at you in generous handfuls; laughter, farce, drama, live song and dance, finely researched political intent.’ (David Pollock, The Independent), The Cheviot is ‘rousing, raucous, polemical, plangent and fun’ (Mark Fisher, The Guardian).

This extraordinary play looks at the exploitation and economic changes in the Scottish Highlands throughout history, from the ruthless evictions of Highland crofters making way for the more economically viable Cheviot sheep in the 18th century, to the development of stag hunts in game parks in the 19th century and finally the exploitation of resources during the North Sea Oil boom of the 1970's. Written as a musical drama by John McGrath, it explores stories and experiences of Scotland’s land, sea and people across the centuries.

Once again, the Dundee Rep Ensemble has been granted permission to present this pivotal piece of Scottish theatre.

‘Joe Douglas’s glorious revival of what’s arguably the single most important show in the whole history of Scottish theatre’ (Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman).

Age guidance: 12+

Dates, Times & Prices

14 – 24 September 2016

EVENINGS, 7.30pm
Tuesday - Saturday


  • Thursday 15 September
  • Saturday 17 September
  • Wednesday 21 September
  • Saturday 24 September

2 hours 35 mins, including one 20 minute interval


EVENINGS, 7.30pm
Tuesday - Saturday: £15 - £30.50

Thu 15, Sat 17, Wed 21, Sat 24: £12.50 - £26

From £10, not available on Premium Seats

Season Ticket Holder offer

  • £5 discount on full price Premium or Standard seats
    This production will not be included in the Season Ticket for 2016/17



  • Saturday 17 September - 2pm
    Touch Tour - 12.45pm
  • Thursday 22 September - 7.30pm
    Touch Tour - 6.15pm


  • Wednesday 21 September - 7.30pm


  • Saturday 17 September - 2pm

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