Current Exhibition

The Abbotsford Trust is delighted to announce the opening of a new exhibition at Abbotsford this spring. 'Rob Roy on Stage and Screen' is dedicated to the afterlife of one of Walter Scott's most famous novels.

To celebrate the 200th anniversary of Sir Walter Scott's Rob Roy, this special exhibition will be on display in the historic house from Saturday 22nd April 2017 and run until the end of the season on 30th November 2017 and feature items telling the story of the novel's afterlife on stage and screen.

The story of the Scottish outlaw and national hero had quite an afterlife in popular culture, and it is this story that will be explored in the new seasonal exhibition: 'Rob Roy on Stage and Screen.' With over 5,000 musicals, plays and operas based on the poems and novels of Sir Walter Scott, only William Shakespeare has surpassed the extraordinary afterlife of Scott’s works on the stage. Find out how Rob Roy became Scotland’s first ‘National Play’ and, after enthusiasm for adaptations of Scott reached fever pitch in the Victorian period, what happened when twentieth century filmmakers started to distance themselves from his work.

EXHIBITION HIGHLIGHTS

The Music of Rob Roy

Rob Roy was branded as a musical drama, and songs used in the productions were largely drawn from Scottish folk music - an instantaneous success. As a result, music books were then marketed to audiences at home and overseas.

Costume from the 1995 film

While Scott's novels fell from grace in theatre and film, their legacy for Scotland was an enduring one. The appeal of the country for tourists was nurtured by contemporary adaptations such as the 1995 film featuring Liam Neeson.

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