Classic Cuts Summer Season at A Play, a Pie and a Pint

Bite-sized classics being served up for lunch at Oran Mor

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Classic Cuts Summer Season at A Play, a Pie and a Pint

Sandy Nelson

In what is traditionally a quiet time for theatre, Glaswegians in search of a dramatic fix are strikingly well-served, and for those who don’t fancy giving up their precious long summer evenings there’s an especially tasty array of bite-sized classics being served up for lunch down at A Play, a Pie and a Pint.

Coming between a season of contemporary writing from the Arab world and the annual summer panto, the selection itself is also nothing if not diverse. ‘Variety is very important to us,’ says producer David Maclennan, ‘and of course people bring their enthusiasms to us – in each case there was somebody pushing the play.’ So it is that we have actor and comedian Sandy Nelson (pictured) transposing Pygmalion to fin-de-siècle Edinburgh, Marcus Roche translating Ubu Roi, Philip Howard topping and tailing rarely seen Shakespearean history King John and Jen Hainey rounding things off with Noel Coward’s Private Lives.

‘We’ve got tremendous audiences now at Oran Mor,’ says Maclennan. ‘The most common thing people ask when they come in is “what’s on today?” – they’re coming for the experience.’ So they come along assuming it’ll be something good? ‘Well, hoping …’ is the modest reply. ‘I can’t say that everything we do is five stars but we get as close as we can!’

Oran Mor, Glasgow, Mon 11 Jun–Sat 7 Jul

Sol Summer Season of Classic Cuts: King John

A chance to see one of Shakespeare's most rarely performed history plays, adapted by Philip Howard to fit into your lunch break. Ticket price includes a pie and drink.

Sol Summer Season of Classic Cuts: Pygmalion

Writer Sandy Nelson and director Liz Carruthers reset George Bernard Shaw's classic tale in Edinburgh at the turn of the 20th century. Ticket price includes a pie and a drink.

Sol Summer Season of Classic Cuts: Ubu Roi

Marcus Roche adapts Alfred Jarry's anarchic play about the megalomaniac murder who takes over a nation. Ticket price includes a pie and a drink.

Sol Summer Season of Classic Cuts: Private Lives

A lunchtime theatre adaptation from Jennifer Hainey of Noel Coward's classic comedy about a divorced couple who, having each remarried, happen to be honeymooning in the same glamorous French Riviera resort. Ticket price includes a pie and a drink.

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