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A five-star production from the West End, a brand new comedy by a BAFTA Award winning writer, a revival of a Scots classic and a piece of theatre history in the making are all set to make an appearance as part of Aberdeen Performing Art’s recently revealed upcoming season.

The city arts company, which operates His Majesty’s Theatre, the Music Hall and The Lemon Tree, has announced a host of new shows for the upcoming season at their three venues.

One of the most remarkable is End of the Rainbow, combining humour and heartbreak to capture both the drama of Judy Garland’s final performances in London and her controversial life off stage.

The show, which has received standing ovations at every performance since opening night, is currently running in the West End, having extended its run following five star reviews for Tracie Bennett’s performance as Judy.

And you can catch her once-in-lifetime performance in the Olivier Award-nominated show at His Majesty’s Theatre from Monday to Saturday, October 24 to 29.

Also at HMT the same month is the stylish new comedy by Nick Fisher, Basket Case (October 3 to 8) starring the equally stylist, quintessential English actor Nigel Havers in a fast-paced tale of a divorced couple drawn back together by the ill-health of their elderly pet dog.

There is also the delectable Claire Sweeney in a new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black’s stunning one-woman show Tell Me on a Sunday (August 9 to 13); the return our own hugely popular Flying Pigs with their new show Silence of the Bams (October 12 to 22); local favourite Jimmy Chisholm playing the title role in Para Handy – A Voyage Round the Stories of Neil Munro (September 27 to October 1) and the revival of the 1930s play Men Should Weep by the National Theatre of Scotland (November 1 to 5).

“National Theatre of Scotland is honoured to be returning to Aberdeen so soon after the success of Extreme and Nothing To See Here project,” said their artistic director Vicky Featherstone.

“Men Should Weep has been classed as one of the top 100 plays of all time and we look forward to thrilling our Aberdeen audiences with such a thrilling revival of this work.”

The National Theatre is also behind an extra-ordinary theatrical experience planned for June, when to mark their fifth anniversary, they are to fill an entire day with five minute pieces of theatre, to be broadcast to the world.

In Aberdeen, this will take place in The Lemon Tree Studio at 5pm on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 21 and 22.

“We are delighted to announce that The Lemon Tree is a Five Minute Theatre live broadcast ‘Hub’ where local groups, artists and audiences can gather at the venue to watch and perform live Five Minute Theatre throughout the day,” said Marianne Maxwell, audience development manager with the National Theatre.

Other unmissable performances at The Lemon Tree include the amazing Kan featuring Brian Finnegan and Aidan O’Rourke, front men with possibly the two most revered bands ever to have thrilled the folk scene Flook and Lau (June 1), the boundary-crossing musician and singer Eliza Carthy (June 8) and a new show from Aberdeen’s Greenroom Productions, A New Brain (August 25 to 27).

At the Music Hall, there are to be crowd-pulling performances from the sensational and much-loved Loose Woman Jane McDonald (September 28), internationally acclaimed American psychic medium John Edward (July 20) and star of Black Books, Shaun of the Dead and Run Fat Boy Run, comedian Dylan Moran (June 20).

“It’s now almost exactly seven years since Aberdeen Performing Arts took on the running of HMT and the Music Hall and nearly three years since we added The Lemon Tree to our portfolio,” said APA chief executive Duncan Hendry.

“I think the programme over the next few months is one of strongest and most diverse that we have presented.

Details of the new season are published in APA’s latest What’s On and tickets are available to buy online at www.boxofficeaberdeen.com, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall, His Majesty’s Theatre and The Lemon Tree.