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.
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.
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.