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Last Updated: Thursday, 7 April, 2005, 09:47 GMT 10:47 UK
Coltrane 'excited' about comeback
Robbie Coltrane
"People are fed up with seeing nothing but musicals in theatres"
Movie star Robbie Coltrane has spoken about the thrill of returning to the Scottish stage for the first time in 15 years.

But the actor, who starred in the Harry Potter films, will not be making his comeback in a glitzy theatre - he will take to the boards in a Glasgow pub.

Coltrane is to appear in The Brother's Suit at Oran Mor in the west end.

He said: "I'm very excited. It's a wonderful play. Both characters are allowed to be great storytellers."

Coltrane, who began his career in Scottish theatre alongside names such as Robert Carlyle and Shirley Henderson, is appearing from 11 to 16 April.

The play, part of the A Play, A Pie & A Pint programme, was written by screenwriter Peter McDougall.

I don't know what on earth possesses people to want to come and see me
Robbie Coltrane

Coltrane, who began rehearsals last week, said: "The series has been hugely successful and it deserves to be.

"It proves there's a huge amount of talent in Scotland and also there's a yearning in people for live theatre.

"I don't know what on earth possesses people to want to come and see me but, whatever it is, I'm glad for it because it gets some attention to the plays - which is important because not enough young people go to the theatre.

"I don't know how many people there are, what proportion of the population there is, who are fed up with seeing nothing but musicals on in the theatre."

The play's producer, David MacLennan, said: "I am very pleased that Robbie is part of our spring season. It is a typically generous act."

Curtain up

Larger-than-life Coltrane also praised the new National Theatre, which was first suggested about 50 years ago and is based in the deprived Easterhouse area of Glasgow.

"It's very good news indeed. I'm very keen on the idea because it's been mooted since I was in short trousers," he said.

"I think the main problem was that people were thinking that if we have a national theatre we have to have a hugely expensive building made especially for it. And you say why?"

Coltrane went on: "If Andrew Lloyd Webber can fill every theatre in the country, why can't the Scottish National Theatre fill one and tour it? Why not?"

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