The record-breaking panto Sleeping Beauty raises the curtain on an exciting year ahead for Aberdeen Performing Arts (APA), the charitable trust which operates His Majesty’s Theatre, The Music Hall and the Lemon Tree.
The final performance of the hugely-successful Christmas show at HMT on Sunday, January 9, marks the beginning of a packed programme of live shows, from dance spectaculars, serious plays and exciting concerts to innovative gigs and laugh-a-minute comedy nights.
Highlights at His Majesty’s Theatre include Scottish Ballet’s enchanting Cinderella (January 19 to 22) and imaginative adventure Alice (May 11 to 14), a one-night performance by the legendary Elkie Brooks (Feb 5), the Tony Award winning Avenue Q (March 8 to 12), the deliciously devilish Marti Pellow in the smash-hit Broadway musical Jekyll and Hyde (March 14 to 19), former Busted member, I’m a Celebrity contestant and TV presenter Matt Willis in the dance musical Footloose (March 21 to 26) and the long-awaited feel-good hit Hairspray with Michael Starke and Micky Dolenz (March 29 to April 9).
On the play front, there’s political satire with the new comedy Yes, Prime Minister (May 23 to 28), Alan Bennett’s The History Boys is one of the great plays of the decade (February 8 to 12), Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman is often described as the first great American tragedy (March 1 to 5) and there’s also the multi award-winning production of R C Sherriff’s masterpiece Journey’s End (September 13 to 17).
Chasing the dream at the Music Hall are the stars of StreetDance 3D and Britain’s Got Talent, Flawless (March 29/30) in a schedule that also includes a brand-new theatre production recreating the tradition of burlesque in An Evening of Burlesque (October 13) and one of the biggest names in showbusiness, a world class star and the ultimate entertainer Des O’Connor (May 27).
As one of the main venues on the comedy circuit, the Music Hall’s comedy line up includes I’m a Celebrity contestant Dom Joly (May 12), the offbeat comedian Greg Davies (June 23) and Scottish funnyman Danny Bhoy (June 25).Upcoming highlights at The Lemon Tree include a Look Who’s Talking event with Aberdeen best-selling author Stuart MacBride talking about his new novel Shatter the Bones (January 12), celebrated broadcaster, raconteur, writer and cook, Hardeep Singh Kohli with his new show Chat Masala (May 19) and a double showing of Geordie funny woman Sarah Millican (April 6 and 13).
On the production front, APA, as part of the Scottish Theatres Consortium are to produce a startling new production of Tom McGrath’s stunning play, The Hard Man, an intense and stylised exploration of notorious gangster turned artist Jimmy Boyle’s early life and the cult of male violence on the streets of Glasgow (HMT April 26 to 30).
And for those already looking forward to some festive cheer next year, tickets are already on sale for the magical panto adventure Jack and the Beanstalk at the city theatre next December!