The Tobacco Merchant's Lawyer

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Glasgow, 1780: Can impecunious lawyer Enoch Dalmellington manage to find a husband for his daughter? Stars Ian McDiarmid.

Glasgow, 1780: Can impecunious lawyer Enoch Dalmellington find a husband for his daughter?

By Iain Heggie.

Glasgow, 1780.

Lawyer Enoch Dalmellington detests the corruption of Glasgow's merchant princes, but can't resist being bought off by them.

That's when he's not busy being distracted by his daughter Euphemia, his sceptical housekeeper Widow McKay and her spiritual advisor, the startlingly prescient soothsayer Madam Zapata.

Dalmellington....Ian McDiarmid

Directed by Jeremy Mortimer.

Lawyer Enoch Dalmellington detests the corruption of Glasgow's merchants in 1780.

Glasgow 1780. Lawyer Enoch Dalmellington represents the ambiguities of Scottish society since the Union. He detests the corruption of Glasgow's merchants, but can't resist being bought off by them; he dreams of Scottish independence, but is too canny to mention it. And there's a wake-up call to a city whose history has always been more rich, varied and morally ambiguous than the dominant narrative of victimhood allows.

Iain Heggie was born in Glasgow in 1953. 'A Wholly Healthy Glasgow' , and his John Whiting award-winning play, American Bagpipes, both premiered at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester, and were later seen at The Royal Court in London. Recent plays include' Love Freaks' (a new take of Double Inconstancy) and 'Sauciehall Street'.

Iain Heggie's satirical play about an impecunious lawyer, set in 18th-century Glasgow.