Tony Roper’s ‘The Steamie’ returns in 2017 for 30th Anniversary tour

Neil Laidlaw and Jason Haigh-Ellery present 

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Neil Laidlaw and Jason Haigh Ellery are proud to announce that The Steamie will be returning to the Scottish stage in celebration of its 30th Anniversary in 2017.

Opening in Kirkcaldy on Wednesday 6th September, 2017, the show will tour to His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen, Dundee Rep Theatre, Ayr Gaiety, Eden Court, Inverness, the Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling, Kings Theatre Glasgow and the Kings Theatre Edinburgh.


It’s Hogmanay in a Glasgow wash house, and the girls need to get their washing done before the bells. Join Dolly, Magrit, Doreen and Mrs Culfeathers as they laugh, cry and sing their way through the last day of the year – with a little help from the not so handy Andy.


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The Steamie is a Scottish theatrical classic; an ode to the hard working women of the 1950’s and to a by gone Glasgow.

The young Doreen envisions a new future, while Mrs Culfeathers looks back to the past – the play is a snapshot of a society, of a time and a cross section of strong women, all rolled into Roper’s hilarious comedy.


For more information, and to book tickets, please Click Here.


Writer, Tony Roper says “In my late forties I sat down with a biro and a jotter and wrote my first ever play. 30 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.”

Tony Roper is a Scottish actor, comedian, writer, playwright and director who first wrote The Steamie in 1987 and directed the 25th anniversary production in 2012. As an actor his first major role was in Scotch and Rye and he is most recognizable as Jamesie Cotter from Rab C Nesbitt. 

Tony’s other plays include Paddies Market, a conceptual sequel to The Steamie, and Rikki and Me, a play about the comedy actor Rikki Fulton. He has written two novels based on Rikki Fulton’s character Rev I.M Jolly. His autobiography I’ll No Tell You Again, was published in 2014. He will appearing in Cinderella at the Kings Theatre Glasgow this Christmas as one of the Ugly Sisters.


This is the third time Neil Laidlaw has produced a tour of The Steamie, first in 2009 and then the 25th Anniversary Tour in 2012. Originally from Burntisland, Neil is now based in London’s West End.

Recent successes include co-producing the Olivier Award winning Gypsy starring Imelda Staunton; co-producing the Young Vic’s A Doll’s House starring Hattie Morahan, at the Duke of York’s in the West End and BAM in New York; and the UK tour of Annie starring Craig Revel Horwood, Jodie Prenger and Lesley Joseph.

Neil has said that “The Steamie is one of the greatest Scottish plays – I am extremely proud to have had the opportunity to have been associated with it in the past and am now even more excited to be producing this 30th Anniversary celebration”.


2017 Tour Dates:

w/c 4 September – Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy – www.onfife.com/venues/adam-smith-theatre

w/c 11 September – Her Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen –  www.aberdeenperformingarts.com/venues/his-majestys-theatre

w/c 18 September – Dundee Rep Theatre – www.dundeerep.co.uk/

w/c 25 September – Ayr Gaiety – http://ayrgaiety.co.uk/

w/c 2 October – Eden Court, Inverness – www.eden-court.co.uk/

w/c 9 October – Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling – http://macrobertartscentre.org/

w/c 23 & 30 October – King’s Theatre, Glasgow – www.atgtickets.com/venues/kings-theatre/

w/c 6 November – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh – www.edtheatres.com/kings

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