30 Steamie years

Nov 2 2016 | By More

The Steamie for 30th anniversary tour, 2017

Tony Roper’s hugely popular comedy, The Steamie, is to play the Edinburgh King’s in November 2017 as part of a nine week, 30th anniversary tour.

Roper will be directing the production, which sets out from Kirkcaldy’s Adam Smith theatre on September 6, although casting has yet to be announced.


The show has become something of a modern classic of Scottish theatre, billed as Scotland’s favourite play and such a success on the amateur dramatic circuit that productions start selling out as soon as they are announced.

Set a 1950s Old Year’s Night, in the last days of the Glasgow wash-houses, it sees Dolly, Magrit, Doreen and Mrs Culfeathers attempting to get their washing done before they have to return home for the bells.

Part of the show’s attraction is the way it remembers and honours what was good about a time in our history – while keeping a very clear view of what was not so good about it. And there again, it is stuffed with outrageously memorable riffs on 1950s life from each of the characters.

laughter and tears

Speaking of the show, Roper says: “In my late forties I sat down with a biro and a jotter and wrote my first ever play. Thirty years have since passed and The Steamie is still there, giving laughter and tears and touching that intangible something in an audience that has made it a favourite night out.”

After opening in Kirkcaldy, the 2017 production will tour to the show will tour to His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen, Dundee Rep Theatre, Ayr Gaiety, Eden Court Inverness, the Macrobert Arts Centre Stirling and the Kings Theatre Glasgow before arriving at the Edinburgh Kings.

The Steamie was originally produced by Wildcat Stage Productions, and has songs by David Anderson. It sold out its original six month run in 1987, the Scottish Television adaptation which was filmed at the old Cowcaddens studios won a Scottish Bafta, and it has toured around the world – including a sell-out 25th anniversary Scottish tour.


The Steamie
King’s Theatre, 2 Leven Street EH3 9LQ.
Mon 6 – Sat 11 November 2017
Evenings: 7.30pm; Matinees Weds, Sat: 2.30pm.
Tickets and details: http://www.edtheatres.com/steamie


The Steamie on tour 2017:
Wed 6 – Sat 9 Sept Kirkcaldy
Adam Smith Theatre
01592 583302 Book online
Tue 12 – Sat 16 Sept Aberdeen
His Majesty’s Theatre
01224 641122 Book online
Mon 18 – Sat 23 Sept Dundee
01382 223530 Book online
Tue 26 – Sat 30 Sept Ayr
01292 288235 Book online
Mon 2 – Sat 7 Oct Inverness
Eden Court
01463 234 234 Book online
Tue 10 – Sat 14 Oct Stirling
MacRobert Arts Centre
01786 466666 Book online
Mon 23 Oct – Sat 4 Nov Glasgow
King’s Theatre
0844 871 7648 Book online
Mon 6 – Sat 11 Nov Edinburgh
King’s Theatre
0131 529 6000 Book online

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