Fri 16 Apr 2021 - Sun 16 May 2021



£7.50 - £22.50


16 April - 16 May 2021


Streaming Online
Running time: 60 mins

Contains strong language

Football visionary, tactical genius, greetin’-faced moan – who was the real Jim McLean?

Jim McLean might never be called one of Scottish football’s best-loved characters, but he will always be described as one of the most respected. While boss of Dundee United, McLean did something that no-one thought possible, and turned a provincial football club into a genuine, European force, though not without cost.

Smile, a new piece based on the life of this legendary football icon, reveals for the first time the complexities and contradictions, the highs and lows, and the triumphs and regrets of this totally unique individual.

Penned by theatre and television writer Philip Differ (Only an Excuse?) and directed by Sally Reid, this funny, moving and surprisingly honest new play will celebrate the memories of a difficult yet inspirational man, ultimately revealing a Jim McLean you never knew:

A Jim McLean that will make you smile.

£15 Standard 
£7.50 Reduced  (for those where the standard price is a barrier towards enjoyment) 
£22.50 Pay it Forward  (contribute towards the ticket price of someone who may not be able to afford a standard ticket)

Tickets for the production are limited and therefore our prices may increase with demand. Our prices will never be lower than they are currently so you’ll always get the best price if you book early. 
Each ticket holder will have access to the same view, regardless of the price you pay. We'd be grateful if you could consider paying close to what your household might normally spend on a theatre ticket. Your support is vital to help secure the future of Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre.

Only one ticket is required per household. 

If you have any questions regarding streaming SMILE online, please visit our Streaming FAQ section which can be found here.

Access Performances
All Smile performances will be captioned, audio described and BSL interpreted. Once you have logged in at your show start time, you will be able to select these options.
BSL Interpreter: Lesley Crerar
Audio Describer: Christopher McKiddie

NB: Each ticket purchased entitles the user to watch the performance multiple times for 72 hours after the date and time chosen.

Photography Credit: Tommy Ga-Ken Wan

FREE Post Show Q&A with Dundee United Legends on 14th May -  MORE INFO

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A dramatic love letter to Scottish football

The Herald

Barrie Hunter’s performance as the legendary Jim McLean is remarkable

The Scotsman

Fantastic, well-written, well-acted... does more than make the audience smile – it has them in stitches!

The Courier


Barrie Hunter

Jim McLean

Chris Alexander



Writer Philip Differ

Director Sally Reid

Designer Kenny Miller

Lighting Designer Lizzie Powell

Sound Designer Fiona Johnston

Dramaturgical Support Finn Den Hertog