Dundee Rep Ensemble and Selladoor Productions in association with Noisemaker, today announce a new musical adventure bringing to life Scotland’s favourite comic strip scamp DC Thomson Media’s Oor Wullie. The world premiere stage show opens at the Dundee Rep Theatre from 23 Nov – 05 Jan before touring to Glasgow, Edinburgh, Ayr, Stirling and Inverness – with more dates to follow.
Oor Wullie has featured in DC Thomson Media comic strips in the Sunday Post for over 80 years, earning him the title of ‘Scotland’s Favourite Son’ in a public vote in 2004. The iconic laddie from Auchenshoogle is much loved for his big heart, constant war against boredom and his mischievous energetic pranks which often land him in a scrape or two! Now you can see the spiky-haired scallywag live on stage as he embarks on an adventure with pals Fat Boab, Soapy Soutar, Wee Eck, and the rest of the Sunday Post gang – the only question is; where’s his bucket?!
In their 80th anniversary year Dundee Rep is one of Scotland’s most awarded theatres and the only theatre in Scotland to have a permanent company of actors, established 20 years ago as the Dundee Rep Ensemble. Oor Wullie will be directed by Dundee Rep’s Artistic Director Andrew Panton, and adapted for stage by Noisemaker whose previous collaborations include the hugely successful The Snow Queen in 2018 and a brand new musical premiering in the US this Spring Hi, My Name is Ben.
Oor Wullie also marks an ongoing partnership with the internationally acclaimed Selladoor Worldwide who recently commissioned and produced another DC Thomson Media favourite The Broons directed by Andrew Panton in their 2016 critically acclaimed tour.
Andrew Panton, Artistic Director at Dundee Rep says: ‘Oor Wullie is a character that immediately connects with Dundee. I’m thrilled that as part of our anniversary season we’ll be once more collaborating with Noisemaker to bring this story to life on stage at the Rep – surely the only stage he could start this new adventure?’
Priority Tickets go on sale to ‘Friends’ of Dundee Rep on Monday 18th March and general sale on Tuesday 19th March across the tour.
Oor Wullie Tour Dates:
23 Nov – 05 Jan – Dundee Rep Theatre
21 – 25 Jan 2020 – Theatre Royal Glasgow
28 Jan – 01 Feb 2020 – Edinburgh Kings Theatre
03 Feb – 08 Feb 2020 – Ayr Gaiety Theatre
11 Feb – 15 Feb – Inverness Eden Court
26 – 29 Feb 2020 – Macrobert Theatre Stirling
Additional venues to be announced.