What is The Last King of Scotland anyway? Your questions answered about how the world’s most eccentric dictator became entangled with an unknown Scottish medic.
Name: The Last King of Scotland
In a nutshell? Idi Amin, dictator of Uganda, brings unknown doctor Nicholas Garrigan into his private and dangerous employ.
Where is this story from? Originally a novel by Giles Foden, adapted into the 2007 Oscar-winning film, and now brought to the stage by Steve Waters.
Sounds great. So who exactly is Amin? Self-declared President of Uganda, former military officer and heavyweight boxing champion.
I see. Marital status? Married - to at least six women.
Give us an idea of his type of leadership? He’s referred to as a dictator, known for numerous atrocities and expelling political and radical groups.
I’ve heard he’s not been well? Yes, which is why he employed a personal physician - a Scottish man called Garrigan.
What’s a Scot doing in the middle of Uganda? He’s just graduated from medical school and wanted to see the world.
So Amin and Garrigan are quite close I presume? Inseparable. Amin admires the Scottish resistance to the English rule, wants to model himself on the country.
I see, hence The Last King of Scotland? Exactly.
The must be on quite good terms then? Yes – for now.
For now? Well, you have a man living within the household of the most dangerous man in the country. One wrong move and it could all go wrong…
The Last King of Scotland takes charge of the Crucible stage from
Friday 27 September – Saturday 19 October. Don’t miss this compelling story of political unravelling. Tickets from £15 (limited availability), are available from the Box Office or through the link below.