The Benny Lynch Story

The Benny Lynch Story

The tale of Scotland's first boxing world champion, from his childhood in the slums of Gorbals to the height of his boxing success and his tragic death at the age of 33.

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The show tells the story of Scotland’s first ever boxing world champion. It is a poignant and entertaining look at his life, from his childhood in the Gorbals’ slums, to his boxing success and global stardom, and ultimately to his demise and untimely death in 1946 at the age of only 33.

It doesn’t matter if you’re not a boxing fan. This show is about the extraordinary life of a Scottish icon. It is the ultimate rags to riches to rags story.

STEPHEN PURDON (Shellsuit Bob from River City) plays Benny, while DAVID HAYMAN (Scottish acting legend) takes on the role of his coach and mentor, Sammy Wilson. HOLLY JACK (River City) plays Benny’s wife, while SIMON WEIR (High Road, River City, Taggart, Acid House, Trainspotting 2) plays Tash the Gorbals’ sage. The play is directed by DAVID HAYMAN Jnr.

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Tour dates 2019

At 2 venues:

The Brunton, Musselburgh

Ladywell Way, Musselburgh, East Lothian, EH21 6AA

Fri 28 Jun

£22 (£19.80) / 0131 665 2240

Eastwood Park Theatre, Glasgow

Eastwood Park, Rouken Glen Road, Giffnock, Glasgow, G46 6UG

Thu 27 Jun

£20 (£15–£18) / 0141 577 4956

Reviews & features

The Benny Lynch Story: 'We don't really hide anything in the play: it has the good times and the bad times'

19 Jun 2019

Stephen Purdon discusses donning the gloves of the iconic Scottish boxer in this biopic about Lynch's career and personal demons

'He's a Scottish icon and it's a true story. When I read the script, I was drawn to it; it's out of my comfort zone, a challenge!' Known as Shellsuit Bob from BBC's River City, Stephen Purdon is excited about his return to the stage as legendary…

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2. Chris3 Jun 2019, 12:59pm5 stars The Benny Lynch Story Report

Brilliant !

1. Scott Bryson6 May 2019, 1:18pm3 stars The Benny Lynch Story Report

I've just got started

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