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Men Should Weep

Visiting Company



A moving, funny and unflinching portrayal of hand to mouth poverty in 1930s Glasgow. A major new production from the National Theatre of Scotland.

Despite cramped tenement living and the turmoil of seven children, there is laughter and strength in the Morrison family. Through the misfortunes, trials and tribulations, mother Maggie just about holds her brood together. But with sniping neighbours, an unemployed husband and children taking flight, it is getting harder to maintain appearances.

Remarkably ahead of its time when written in 1947, Ena Lamont Stewart’s landmark play is now hailed as a contemporary Scottish classic.

“Men Should Weep is one of the very best plays ever to be written about the corrosive effects of poverty. This is not a problem that has ever gone away. It is the story of people living with the pressure of poverty and unemployment today in Glasgow, Manchester, London or any city on the planet. I’m excited to bring the play back to audiences here at home.”
Graham McLaren (Director)

More info on tour dates.

A major new production from the National Theatre of Scotland

Main Theatre

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    Rated: (4/5), based on 3 ratings

Audio Described 30.09.11, 7.30pm
Signed 30.09.11, 7.30pm
Captioned 05.10.11, 7.30pm
Wheelchair Access
Guide Dogs welcome
Induction Loop


Recommended for 14+


There is a SCHOOLS' WORKSHOP available, contact Philippa Tomlin at NTS for more details by phone 0141 227 9232 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


Cast and Creative Team >

Ena Lamont Stewart
Graham McLaren
Colin Richmond
Colin Grenfell

Anita Vettesse
Ann Scott-Jones
Charlene Boyd
Erin McCardie
Grant McDonald
Julie Wilson Nimmo
Kevin Guthrie
Louise McCarthy
Lorraine McIntosh
Michael Nardone
Colin Little
Janette Foggo
Maureen Carr
Michael Nardone
Pauline Lockhart


B Short

2nd November 2011

I went with a group of women friends and was blown away by this performance.All the acting was great- the real tragedy of men disempowered by poverty in the 30s was tempered by the funny vignettes in between and the real love between the 2 main characters. I have recommended it to everyone!

Steven I

7th October 2011

I left this performance (6th october) feeling empty. The message of despair/betrayal/hope and isolation which then moved onto escape and the sky clearing for the family (if not a happy ending - that would never be the case) was some what lost on me by the almost slap stick aspects. Granny waking from her sleep and punching around, her biscuit dropping in her tea. The audience laughing at almost everything even strangely the scene where Isa is almost killed by her husband. Furthermore if only people could go to the theatre and be entertained without having to say to the person next to them "did you see that bit there that was funny" 30 odd times per show. It was a very well acted performance but I felt the overly comedic aspects took away from what was a snap shot of life as it was for all our parents

Bill Irvine

30th September 2011

A wonderful production for a truly wonderful play.not one actor could be faulted, and the songs were a wonderful reminder for me of the days of my youth when I have that fire of enthusism to change the world in my belly. alas time has taken its toll on me and while I still feel pasionately about the blight of poverty that so many suffer from, that fire is sadly now an ember. I first saw the play in the Michell theatre about 30 years ago, and the impact it had on me then was equaled by this new production. So many memories of my own childhood upbringing came flooding back to me to the point that I cried real tears for a time that I had almost forgotten, almost, but through this new play these injustices are now once again to the forefront of my thinking. So so pleased I got to see this play again.


27th September 2011

Hi Pippa, It very much depends which seat. Some are restricted because they are on one side of the auditorium (e.g. the dress circle slips), in these seats you would find it harder to see the very back corner of the stage closest to you. Some are restricted due to pillars. If you phone the box office on 0141 429 0022 they'll be able to talk you through the specifics with each seat.

Lisa Jane Marzaroli

27th September 2011

I went to see Men Should Weep last Weep last week and I thought it was well acted by every single actor on the stage. My fathers photograph definately just made the play, the icing on the cake! He would have loved it xx

Pippa McKean

24th September 2011

can you tell me how restricted the restricted viewing seats are ?

Edward Harkins

21st September 2011

Was at last night’s opening and it was stunning. The accuracy and sense of authenticity on time and placed was totally convincing. I’m sometimes a critic of the lack of authenticity and mawkish romanticism when it comes to dramatic presentations of the Scottish working class in poverty – but the director and cast of production did a powerful script proud. I saw some of the cast in the foyer afterwards and was struck by the youthfulness of many in a team that delivered a mature – and sometimes powerful and uncomfortable – depiction of raw poverty. Great night out for me and my guest, and I'm proud that The Citz has been aprt of this.


15th August 2011

Hi Trisha, Could you contact the box office directly to make this reservation on 0141 429 0022? Thanks!

trisha heaney

15th August 2011

Would it be possible to book 25 tickets tentatively for a group of school pupils, please? They don't return until Wednesday and I can only estimate numbers who will wish to go. This number includes 3 staff tickets. Thank you.

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