This autumn, join American millionaire Chester Royde, his new bride, Carrie, and his sister, Myrtle, as they travel to the Highlands to explore Carrie's Scottish ancestry – with a little help from Carrie's prized copy of Gaelic Without Tears . . .

While the Roydes are very much creatures of the 20th century, their hosts still cling to the old ways: Donald MacDonald of Ben Nevis, the 23rd clan chieftain and Laird of Glenbogle Castle, is fiercely protective of his way of life, the land that he loves and the Macdonald spirit. Being more than a little cash-strapped, however, Ben Nevis (as he is also known) is not above trying to forge a match between heiress Myrtle and one of his brawny sons.

But when a group of English hikers turn up and trample all over his grouse moor, and a trespassing nationalist poet seems set to capture Myrtle's affections, Ben Nevis' plans come under attack on two fronts – and he's never one to underreact when things don't go his way . . .

A hilarious romp from the master of Scottish farce, this classic 1930s comedy has been brilliantly adapted for stage by leading Scottish playwright Peter Arnott, whose work includes acclaimed stage adaptations of other Scots novels, including The Silver Darlings and The Cone Gatherers.

Following in the footsteps of our smash-hit productions of Para Handy last year and our last Compton Mackenzie adaptation, Whisky Galore - A Musical!, we hope you can join us to raise a glass to this eagerly anticipated world première!

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“Joyful and hilarious...a satirical masterclass... reflected in roars of laughter, and a well-deserved final ovation.”

The Scotsman
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“Feel-good take on self-determination and power... illustrates the eternal battle for Scotland’s soul.”

The Herald
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"Sheer bloody brilliant!!!

My review title says it all - it's the 1930's meets contemporary indie. My partner and I and our daughter were in hysterics for most of the play.”

Trip Advisor
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"This enjoyable show lies squarely in the tradition of the best Scottish popular entertainment: It is an irresistible romp... {with an} impeccable ten-strong cast who enjoy themselves in their larger-than-life roles with energy and skilled comic timing."

The Times

“This delightful production enjoys a genuinely stellar cast. What ensues is a farce of romance, chicanery and politics…sets, costumes and comic miniaturised props are up to PFT’s high, hyper-realistic standards"

Sunday Herald

"Mayhem on a grand scale destined to warm the heart"

The Courier
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A top notch cast affectionately lampoons the characters… some political joshing… romance… The staging is a hoot. Get your tickets quickly.

Across The Arts

“Whole family went to see the Monarch of the Glen last night at the @PITLOCHRYft theatre. Brilliant! Funniest thing I have seen on the stage.”


Benny Young

Ben Nevis

Deirdre Davis


Grant O’Rourke

Chester Royde

Hannah Donaldson

Myrtle Royde

Isobel McArthur


Robin Harvey Edwards


James Rottger


Ali Watt


Mark Elstob


Stephanie McGregor


  • Creative Team

    Director Richard Baron

    Set & Costume Designer Ken Harrison

    Lighting Designer Matt Eagland

    Stage Manager Sam Burt

    Deputy Stage Manager Tracy Cattell

    Assistant Stage Manager Liz Howarth

  • Writers

    Compton MacKenzie

    Peter Arnott

    Author of over 40 produced plays, both original works and adaptations, beginning with White Rose for the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh in 1985 and continuing through Muir and Losing Alec for The Tron, stage versions of Neil Gunn's The Silver Darlings and Robin Jenkins' The Cone Gatherers, a Fringe First Award for Why Do You Stand There In The Rain? in 2012 and in 2013 the wildly popular musical Janis Joplin: Full Tilt.

    Peter has written for film and TV as well as song lyrics and published his first novel Moon Country in 2015.

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