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Black Watch

This show has now closed, please visit our London Shows page for a full list of current productions.

About the Show Less...

The National Theatre of Scotland's award-winning portrayal of life in the legendary Scottish Black Watch regiment. Read More >

Black Watch received unanimous critical acclaim at the 2006 Edinburgh Festival and on its subsequent Scottish and international tours. Hurtling from a pool room in Fife to an armoured wagon in a war zone, the play is based on interviews conducted by Gregory Burke with former soldiers who served in Iraq.

Viewed through the eyes of those on the ground, Black Watch reveals what it means to be part of the legendary Scottish regiment, what it means to be part of the war on terror, and what it means to make the journey home again. John Tiffany’s production makes powerful and inventive use of movement, music and song to create a visceral, complex and urgent piece of theatre.

This play contains strong language and is suitable for theatregoers over 16.

For more about this show read the First Night Feature.  


Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 20/06/2008

Opening Night: 24/06/2008

Closing Night: 26/07/2008

Running time: 110mins, no interval

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Cast & Creative


David Colvin, Paul James Corrigan, Ali Craig, Emun Elliott, Jack Fortune, Jonathan Holt, Michael Nardone, Henry Pettigrew, Paul Rattray, Nabil Stuart


Director - John Tiffany

Producer - National Theatre of Scotland

Lighting Designer - Colin Grenfell

Set Designer - Laura Hopkins

Sound - Gareth Fry

Author - Gregory Burke

About Barbican Theatre

Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS

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