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Fiddler on the Roof 1979Scottish Opera

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Fiddler was a successful enterprise, providing Bill McCue with another role that fitted him like a glove. It was revived for a Christmas season in 1986. Meantime, the company had mounted a second Broadway-style musical in My Fair Lady. Later ventures occurred during the years when John Mauceri was musical director - concert performances at the Edinburgh Festival of Gershwin's Girl Crazy and Weill's Lady in the Dark. Two hybrid Broadway operas have also featured, with full-scale stagings of Bernstein's Candide and Weill's Street Scene.  It seems, however, to be Opera North that has continued a consistent policy of including musicals in its repertoire on a regular basis.


Scottish Opera's 1978-79 season

Scottish Opera's fourth season at the Theatre Royal (1978-79) opened with Simon Boccanegra, and continued with JenůfaCatiline Conspiracy then an unusual triple-bill of SavitriFanny Robin and Dido and Aeneas. Next came SeraglioRosenkavalierHansel and GretelFledermausMidsummer Night's DreamBohèmeKátya Kabanová and Rigoletto. In June there followed the company's first staging of a musical, Fiddler on the Roof. Many of these works were also toured.

Performance Cast

Tevye the milkman

William McCue

Golde Tevye's wife

Miriam Karlin

Tzeitel Tevye's eldest daughter

Faith Elliott

Hodel Tevye's second daughter

Patricia Hay

Chava Tevye's third daughter

Una Buchanan

Shprintze Tevye's fourth daughter

Rosanne Brackenridge

Bielke Tevye's youngest daughter

Julia Birch

Yente the matchmaker

Linda Ormiston

Motel the tailor

Tano Rea (Gla; Inv)

James Paterson (Edi)

Perchik the student

Michael Follis

Lazar Wolf the butcher

Malcolm Donnelly (Gla; Inv)

Donald Maxwell (Edi)

Mordcha the innkeeper

Malcolm Aitken


John Robertson

Mandel the Rabbi's son

Thom Irvine

Avram the bookseller

Halcro Johnston

Nachum the beggar

Garrick Forbes

Grandma Tzeitel

Elaine MacKillop


Marjory Williamson


Norman White


Peter Bodenham

Shandel Motel's mother

Sally Erskine


Jim Hastie

Performance DatesFiddler on the Roof 1979

Map List

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

14 Jun, 19.15 15 Jun, 19.15 16 Jun, 14.15 16 Jun, 19.15

Eden Court Theatre | Inverness

19 Jun, 19.15 20 Jun, 19.15 21 Jun, 19.15 22 Jun, 19.15 23 Jun, 14.15 23 Jun, 19.15

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

26 Jun, 19.15 27 Jun, 19.15 28 Jun, 19.15 29 Jun, 19.15 30 Jun, 14.15 30 Jun, 19.15

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