Quinn cast as Wullie

Sep 30 2019 | By More

Cast announced for Oor Wullie tour to King’s

Full casting has been announced for the world premiere production of Oor Wullie, coming to the Edinburgh King’s in January 2020, with Martin Quinn taking on the iconic lead role.

The show opens for a Christmas turn at Dundee Rep from 23 November before touring Scotland from 20 January 2020 at the Glasgow Theatre Royal, dropping in to the Edinburgh Kings from Jan 28 to Feb 1 and finishing at Greenock on March 14.

Martin Quinn,Ann Louis Ross, Irene Macdougall and George Drennan.
Bailey Newsome, Leah Byrne, Leanne Traynor, Dan Buckley and Grant McIntyre.

Paisley born Quinn is currently playing Spudface in Peter Gynt at The National Theatre of Great Britain. He made his stage debut in the NTS/Dundee Rep co-pro of Let The Right One In and was in the Rep’s revival of Passing Places in 2018.

Quinn says, of playing the wee laddie who has been a mainstay of the Sunday Post for 80 years: “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.

“What I’m more scared of now is getting my hair dyed blonde which my girlfriend tells me if it isn’t done properly can turn green!”

Ann Louis Ross and Irene Macdougall, both founding Members of Dundee Rep Ensemble which is celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year, will join new Dundee Rep graduate actors Bailey Newsome (Soapy Soutar) and Leah Byrne (Primrose).


In a twist to the comic strip original, Basher Mackenzie will be played by former Rep graduate Leanne Traynor. Dan Buckley and Grant McIntyre will play lifelong pals Fat Boab and Wee Eck respectively with George Brennan completing the cast.

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. As he’s joined by the rest of the Sunday Post gang, the big question is: where’s his bucket?

Oor Wullie is presented by Dundee Rep and Selladoor Worldwide in association with Noisemaker. It will be Directed by Andrew Panton with Set and Costume design by Kenneth Macleod.


Oor Wullie
King’s Theatre, 2 Leven Street EH3 9LQ.
Tue 28 January to Sat 1 February 2020
Evenings 7.30pm, Matinees Wed & Sat 2.30pm
Tickets and details: Book here.

Oor Wullie on tour:
Sat 23 Nov 2019 – Sun 5 Jan 2020 Dundee
Dundee Rep
01382 223 530 Book online
Tue 21 – Sat 25 Jan 2020: Glasgow
Theatre Royal
0844 871 7647 Book online
Tue 28 Jan – Sat 1 Feb 2020 Edinburgh
King’s Theatre
0131 529 6000 Book online
Mon 3 – Sat 8 Feb 2020 Ayr
Gaiety Theatre
01292 288235 Book online
Mon 10 – Sat 15 Feb 2020 Inverness
Eden Court
01463 234 234 Book online
Wed 26 – Sat 29 Feb 2020 Stirling
01786 466666 Book online
Tue 3 – Sat 7 Mar 2020 Aberdeen
His Majesty’s
01224 641122 Book online
Mon 9 – Wed 11 Mar 2020 Kirkcaldy
Addam Smith
01592 583302 Book online
Thurs 12 – Sat 14 Mar 2020 Greenock
Beacon Arts Centre
01475 723 723 Book online


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