‘We were sold out for the original run and you couldn’t get tickets for love nor money,’ he recalls. ‘It’s a brutally funny piece in the darkest of shades where the audience are laughing in spite of themselves. People who saw it were still talking about it weeks and even months later – it’s such an extraordinary piece of theatre which really packs a punch.’
It's particularly exciting for Hayman who is from Glasgow and who has known the Pavilion as an iconic part of the city’s cultural scene for so many years.
‘I love the idea that Trafalgar Entertainment, who have taken over the Pavilion - which is traditionally a variety theatre with pantomimes and tribute acts and magicians - are trying to change the ethos of the place and do some serious drama here as well. I'm genuinely excited to see how it will be received,’ he says.
Opening in 1904 as a music hall, the venue, which is one of Scotland’s oldest and best-loved theatres, has played host to stars such as Charlie Chaplin, Billy Connolly and Lulu. Hayman remembers it fondly from his youth as ‘something of a bear pit, a genuine working-class theatre,’ and is hoping that his return to the Pavilion in Cyprus Avenue will be the first of many.
‘Watch this space!’ he teases. ‘The thing about Glaswegians is that we love theatre,’ he adds. ‘We've always loved going to cinema and live theatre. Trafalgar is trying to broaden the scope and range of the Pavilion and people will really respond to it. I can’t wait!’