Iconic comic strip scamp Oor Willie will be brought to life on the Edinburgh King's stage - here's how to get tickets
HE’S oor Wullie, your Wullie, a’body’s Wullie and jings, crivens, help ma boab, Auchenshoogle’s most famous scallywag is on his way to the Capital with his pals Wee Eck, Fat Boab and Soapy Soutar.
Oor Wullie, the much loved comic strip that has now run in the Sunday post for more than 80 years, will come to life at the King’s Theatre from Tuesday 28 January to Saturday 1 February with a cast that finds in the title role and, in an unexpected twist, Ann Louise Ross as Wullie’s friendly nemesis PC Murdoch.
Quinn says, “Initially it was quite daunting, seeing as everyone’s used to Oor Wullie as a one page adventure, whereas we’re trying to breathe life into it as a full scale musical.
“But we’ve got such a great script and team on the show, that side of it is all taken care of. I’m just looking forward to channelling my inner ‘cheeky chappy’, reminiscent of when I was a wee guy and my gran kept the Sunday Post for me.”
Quinn and Ross are joined by Dan Buckley and Grant McIntyre as Fat Boab and Wee Eck, Leanne Traynor as town bully Basher Mackenzie and Irene Macdougall, Bailey Newsome, Leah Byrne, George Drennan, and Eklovey Kashyap.
Once again the spiky-haired scamp is engaged in his never-ending battle against boredom, and this time he has a puzzle to solve, where’s his bucket?
Produced by Dundee Rep Ensemble and Selladoor Productions in association with Noisemaker, the musical received its world premiere at Dundee Rep last November. Noisemaker’s Scott Gilmour and Claire McKenzie commented, “We’re very excited to be bringing Scotland’s Oor Wullie to the stage in this unique collaboration.
"Like so many of us, we grew up reading Wullie’s stories and they’ve remained a treasured part of our childhood. But the enduring appeal of Oor Wullie is that he doesn’t remain in the past; the comic has changed and adapted across its 80-year history, heralding Wullie not only as a figure of tradition, but also of Scotland today.”
David Hutchinson of Selladoor added, “We couldn’t be happier to share a story of the superbly observed and fantastically funny Wullie.
“He and his gang hold a very special place in many hearts with a history spanning generations and we can’t wait for what promises to be a memorable night at the theatre.”
Oor Wullie, King’s Theatre, Leven Street, 28 January-1 February, 7.30pm (2.30pm) £18.50-£32, 0131-529 6000