Hector – National tour and Ambassador Theatre performances

An Eden Court, Mull Theatre and Ed Littlewood Productions co-production

Hector, filmed at the Traverse Theatre on the 12th November

Many thanks to Everyone at Inner Ear and The Traverse Theatre, who made this possible

Military mastermind. Scottish hero. Victorian idol. Media martyr.


HECTOR – Based on the powerful true story of a crofter’s son who became a Knight of the Realm and Queen Victoria’s favourite General, this thrilling drama shines new light on the Scottish legend – Sir Hector MacDonald – a fallen hero.


Written by David Gooderson


Peter Dibdin - Photographer - Hector 2015 - Valentine Hanson and Raj Ghatak   Peter Dibdin - Photographer - Hector 2015 - Stevie Hannan
Valentine Hanson as Phipps and Stevie Hannan as the Governor


What the Press are saying:

“A compelling, and at times rather chilling, portrayal” – The Times
“Great storytelling gives clarity to the complex tale of Hector MacDonald, Victorian hero fallen from grace” – The Stage
“A poignant and powerful in- sight into (Hector) MacDonald” – The Herald on Sunday
“A tragic thriller full of contemporary resonances… some bright young button at the BBC should snap up this script.”
- The Spectator
“(Hector) deserves the wider audience it will find” – The Scotsman
“A cracking yarn!” – The Mail on Sunday
“Dynamic, eventful and utterly enthralling, when you watch it you completely forget that, as a critic, you should be looking for flaws. In fact, there weren’t any…” – TV Bomb


Cast and Creatives

Kate Nelson – Director
Ali Maclaurin – Designer
Pippa Murphy – Composer
Simon Wilkinson – Lighting designer
Gowan Calder – Christina / Lady Ridgeway
Steven Duffy – Hector MacDonald
Raj Ghatak – Vikram / Lord Roberts
Stevie Hannan – Governor
Valentine Hanson – Phipps
Kevin Lennon – Bayliss


Scottish national hero or scandalous predator? Based on new and extensive research Hector tells the true story of ‘Fighting Mac’, Sir Hector Macdonald, and is an exploration of the elitist English class system, the poisonous influence of rumour and gossip and the devastating power of the global press.
Rising from humble beginnings through the ranks of the British Army, to become a knight of the realm, hero of the Battle of Omdurman and Queen Victoria’s favourite general. A Scottish hero.
“A tragic thriller full of contemporary resonances… a brilliant polemic against our cruel desire to prejudge sexual scandals; some bright young button at the BBC should snap up this script.”
 – Lloyd Evans, The Spectator
Allegations of scandalous liaisons surface and MacDonald is forced to return home. But was he guilty? Or was he the victim of a plot fabricated by an English Establishment to remove a Gaelic-speaking upstart who got above himself?


Please support our performance at the Ambassadors Theatre London. The opportunity to take Hector to the West End came after the initial UK tour was put in place, and by supporting the production you will be enabling the company to showcase its quality work in front of a brand new audience. Thank you!

Tour Dates

Eden Court, Inverness – Wed 21 Oct 7.30pm – 01463 234 234 | www.eden-court.co.uk
Paisley Arts Centre – Fri 23 Oct 7.30pm – 0300 300 1210 | www.renfrewshireleisure.com/arts
The Brunton, Musselburgh – Sat 24 Oct 7.30pm – 0131 665 2240 | www.thebrunton.co.uk
The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen – Tue 27 Oct 7.00pm – 01224 641122 | aberdeenperformingarts.com
The Kirkgate, Cockermouth – Thur 29 Oct 8.00pm – 01900 826448 | wwwthekirkgate.com
Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy – Fri 30 Oct 7.30pm – 01592 583302 | www.onfife.com
Birnam Arts, Dunkeld – Wed 4 Nov 7.30pm – 01350 727674 | www.birnamarts.com
Woodend Barn, Banchory – Thur 5 Nov 7.30pm – 01330 825 431 | www.woodendbarn.co.uk
The Byre Theatre, St Andrews – Fri 6 Nov 7.30pm – 01334 475000 | www.byretheatre.com
Gardyne Theatre, Dundee – Sat 7 Nov 7.30pm – 01382 434940 | www.gardynetheatre.org.uk
Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh – Wed 11 / Thur 12 Nov 7.30pm – 0131 228 1404 | www.traverse.co.uk
Druimfin, Tobermory – Sat 14 Nov 7.30pm – 01688 302 211 | www.comar.co.uk
Astley Hall, Arisaig – Tue 17 Nov 7.30pm – 01687 450262 | on the door
SEALL@Sabhal Mòr Ostaig – Isle of Skye – Wed 18 Nov 7.30pm – 01471 844207 | www.seall.co.uk
Victory Hall, Benderloch – Thur 19 Nov 8pm – 01631 720498 | on the door
Innellan Village Hall, by Dunoon – Fri 20 Nov 8pm – Tickets on the door £9/£7
Ambassadors Theatre, London – Wed 9 Dec – 2.30pm and 7.30pm
08448 112 334 | www.theambassadorstheatre.co.uk | 0333 321 9999 | www.ticketmaster.co.uk


Peter Dibdin - Photographer - Hector 2015 - Steven Duffy

Steven Duffy as Hector MacDonald

Peter Dibdin - Photographer - Hector 2015 - Raj Ghatak and Steven Duffy   Peter Dibdin - Photographer - Hector 2015 - Stevie Hannan and Kevin Lennon   Peter Dibdin - Photographer - Hector 2015 - Kevin Lennon and Valentine Hanson

  Peter Dibdin - Photographer - Hector - Steven Duffy and Valentine Hanson   Peter Dibdin - Photographer - Hector 2015 - Gowan Calder and Steven Duffy


Hector is a new production based on So Great a Crime, which premiered at the Finborough Theatre in 2013. We are grateful to Neil MacPherson and the Finborough Theatre for their support of Hector.


Photo credit: Peter Dibdin Photographer



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