The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil


Due to COVID-19, Scottish Government guidelines and our commitment to safeguarding audiences and those we work with, it is with great sadness that we announce our production of The Cheviot, The Stag and The Black, Black Oil will no longer be going ahead as planned.


All The Cheviot, The Stag and The Black, Black Oil ticket holders will be contacted either by us or by the box office from which they purchased a ticket and offered a full refund or other options.  For further information please do contact :

We would like to thank our partners, venues, funders, supporters and audiences for their continued generous support.

Our thoughts are with everyone who is struggling at this difficult time.

A ceilidh through Scotland’s past – and present.

This legendary piece of Scottish theatre tells the story of the exploitation of Scottish lands, waters and people over the centuries.

From the highland clearances to the oil boom, this is the universal tale of how the greed of a few blights the lives of many. Add a generous dose of Scottish rebellion and irreverence. Throw in some live music and a riotous ceilidh – you’ve got yourself a rollicking great night out.

Back by popular demand following the completely sold out tour in 2019.

Come and experience the “Story that has a beginning, a middle but, as yet, no end…”



Written by John McGrath. Directed by Joe Douglas.

National Theatre of Scotland production in association with Dundee Rep Theatre and Live Theatre, Newcastle. Based on the 2015 production by Dundee Rep Theatre.

Running Time:

160 minutes

Accessible performances available:

  • Autism Friendly

  • Wheelchair Accessible

  • BSL British Sign Language Performance

  • Captioned

  • Audio Described

Recommended Age Guide:



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The National Theatre of Scotland reserves the right to alter casts, performances, seating or ticket arrangements.