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CANCELLED: Mrs Puntila and Her Man Matti

A Citizens Theatre and Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh co-production in association with DOT Theatre, Istanbul
CANCELLED: Mrs Puntila and Her Man Matti

In response to the unprecedented situation created by Coronavirus and in line with the latest advice issued by the Scottish and UK Governments, it is with great regret that we must cancel all performances of Mrs Puntila and Her Man Matti at Tramway from 25 March – 11 April. If you have booked, you are entitled to a full refund on your tickets and will be contacted directly via email. See our full statement on Coronavirus.

By Bertolt Brecht. Adapted by Denise Mina.

Dear audience, let me just say in rhymes
That these are awfully ‘interesting’ times.
Roll up, roll up, and come and see
A One-Percenter roaming free!

When Argyll landowner Mrs Puntila is drunk, she’s a generous and kind-hearted boss who convinces everyone they can have a bright future under her wing. When she’s sober, she’s a cruel and greedy tyrant. Behind the scenes, her shrewd chauffeur Matti irons out her drunken mishaps while pursuing a hopeless romance with her already-spoken-for daughter Eva.

Celebrated actress Elaine C Smith brings her comedic genius to the role of Mrs Puntila, with Steven McNicoll playing her put-upon servant. 

Scottish writer Denise Mina’s new adaptation of Brecht’s comedy satirises the injustices and absurdities of capitalism. It promises a hilarious and thought-provoking night of theatre that pulls no punches - the perfect antidote to today's gloomy political climate.

Mrs Puntila and Her Man Matti will be presented at Tramway whilst the Citizens Theatre building undergoes an exciting redevelopment. For details on how to get to Tramway click here

Mrs Puntila and Her Man Matti is supported by Friends of the Citizens


Exploring our archives: a look back at Puntila and Matti 1982

Meet Denise Mina 

    25 March7:30pm Preview
    26 March7:30pm
    27 March7:30pm
    28 March7:30pm
    31 March7:30pm Post-show Discussion
    1 April7:30pm
    2 April7:30pm
    3 April7:30pm Signed
    4 April2pm Audio Described Captioned
    4 April7:30pm
    7 April7:30pm
    8 April7:30pm
    9 April7:30pm
    11 April2pm
    11 April7:30pm
  • Cast & Creative Team


    Natalie Arle-Toyne
    Rebecca Banatvala
    Richard Conlon
    Oğuz Kaplangi
    Liam King (Robertson Trust Citizens Theatre Actor Intern)
    Beth Marshall
    Joanne McGuinness
    Steven McNicoll
    Stephanie Payne (Citizens Theatre Actor Intern)
    Elaine C. Smith
    Chloe-Ann Tylor


    Writer Denise Mina
    Director Murat Daltaban
    Designer Tom Piper
    LX Designer Katharine Williams
    Composer and Sound Designer O
    ğuz Kaplangi

    Associate Designer Max Johns
    Assistant Director Louise Shephard
    Movement Director Emma Jayne Park
    Casting Director Laura Donnelly
    Translation and Production Assistant Maya Kurdoglu
    Literal Translation Susan Hingley


This exhilarating vision is brought to life by Elaine C Smith, actor, feminist and activist.
- Morning Star

Bawdy, brilliant, glorious and gallus.
- Edinburgh Festival

An impressive, often hilarious, new version.
- Sunday Herald


"We want it to be really, really funny. We want people to leave feeling uplifted and angry and motivated to stand up for each other."

​Denise Mina chatted to The List and filled them in on what audiences can expect from Mrs Puntila and Her Man Matti.

"comedy really is universal"

Elaine C. Smith caught up with Liam Rudden for Edinburgh News. They spoke about Mrs Puntila, working with Murat Daltaban and her career so far.

"Puntila And Matti is one of his [Brecht’s] funniest plays, and it’s got these strong elements of vaudeville and slapstick that create real belly-laughs."

Denise Mina spoke to Joyce McMillan about adapting Brecht’s 1940 comedy for today.

""One of the main aims of this piece is to illustrate how the 1% in power manipulates the other 99%.”

Denise Mina spoke to The Skinny about the main themes of Mrs Puntila and Her Man Matti.

"“This play talks about rights and also responsibilities. Do we demand that power lives up to its responsibilities?"

Denise mean spoke to The Morning Star about the politics explored in Mrs Puntila and Her Man Matti.


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Running Time: TBC

​Deaf Theatre Club for Mrs Puntila and Her Man Matti will take place on Friday 3 Apr 2020