Kill Johnny Glendenning!

The Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh presents the World Premiere of Kill Johnny Glendenning by DC Jackson

A comedy of fatal errors.

“You died as you lived – an extra in a second rate James Cagney picture being recreated by halfwits and junkies.”

Andrew MacPherson has many legitimate business interests: a security firm, taxis, a couple of Renfrewshire bus routes, several pubs and even a secret shareholding in Rangers. Johnny ‘the bastard’ Glendenning is the self styled Tony Blair of Ulster loyalist gunmen. In a farmhouse far out in the wilds of Ayrshire they are on a deadly collision course. Caught between them are a farmer, his mother, two thugs, a sleazy tabloid hack and some pigs with a taste for human flesh.

Kill Johnny Glendenning is a murderous comedy of the Glasgow underworld, taking aim at the tabloid celebrity and macho glamour of thegangster life.

Writer DC Jackson says, “I hope audiences enjoy my new play – a bloody revenge tale set amongst the grimy cesspit of west coast organized crime. I just hope the post-referendum dystopian hellscape hasn’t begun in earnest by the time we open – I’m optimistic the show is going to be a great night out but I’m not sure if it can compete with the thrill of looting / the imperative to protect one’s property from looters.”

Recently writing for Channel 4’s Fresh Meat, Scottish playwright DC Jackson’s previous work for theatre includes My Romantic History (Scotsman Fringe First Award 2010), and the trilogy of The Wall, The Ducky and The Chooky Brae. This is Jackson’s second commission for The Lyceum, following his acclaimed adaptation of Beaumarchais’ The Marriage of Figaro.

This production contains strong language and scenes of violence.


17 September – 11 October 2014
Evenings: Tuesday through Saturday, 7.30pm £15 – £29
Matinees: Wednesday and Saturday, 2pm £12.50 – £24

Box Office 0131 248 4848 or book online here

Kill Johnny Glendenning is a co-production between the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh and Citizens Theatre, Glasgow.

The show will be directed by Lyceum Artistic Director Mark Thomson and designed by Michael Taylor alongside lighting design from Tim Mascall.

The cast are Philip Cairns as Dominic , Kern Falconer as Auld John/Mither , David Ireland as Johnny Glendenning, Steven McNicoll as Bruce, Paul Samson as Macpherson, Joanne Thomson as Kimberley and Josh Whitelaw as Skootch.

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