A touch of magic for happy daze at HMT

A touch of magic for happy daze at HMT

The latest shows announced by Aberdeen Performing Arts (APA) today are pure magical entertainment - and that's no illusion!

For the mind-bending maestro Derren Brown is to take his new one-man show Infamous to His Majesty's Theatre for a week-long run from July 7 next year.

But it doesn't take an enchantment spell by the multi-award winning master of psychological illusion to conjure up a hugely diverse and intriguing season of new shows at HMT.

Sugababes' Heidi Range is to head the cast of a brand new musical Happy Days based on the hit TV series, set in the 50s and featuring The Fonz, the Cunninghams and the rest of the gang (May 5 to 10).

First Lady of the West End Kerry Ellis will also be making an appearance to head up a the show Rent in Concert (February 15), following lead roles in a huge number of shows including My Fair Lady, We Will Rock You,  Les Misérables, Wicked and Oliver!

Musicals heading to HMT include the classic which changed the face of musical theatre forever West Side Story (June 17 to 26) and Rod Stewart's Tonight's the Night (May 19 to 24).

And there's no shortage of classical drama - adapted from the legendary Oscar-winning movie and direct from the West End comes one of this country's most thrilling and greatest ever sporting achievements as the critically-acclaimed Chariots of Fire will be staged at HMT (April 1 to 6) on a limited UK tour.

And Frederick Knott's intense and darkly gripping thriller, Dial M for Murder (May 27 to 31) famously filmed by Alfred Hitchcock, is a brilliant and erotic tale of betrayal, passion and ultimately, murder.

Across at HMT's sister venue, the Music Hall is to host three concerts (November 11, January 27 and April 14) by sensational young pianist Benjamin Grosvenor, called a Romantic Journey and featuring music by Brahms, Chopin, Mendelssohn, Schubert and more, with the assistance of the two of the UK's top string quartets, Scotland's Maxwell Quartet and former BBC New Generation Artists the Escher Quartet. 
Another new development is a new Music Hall Lunchtime series, featuring top classical musicians and fantastic writers and chaired by Aberdeen University Creative Writing professor and WORD festival director Alan Spence.

The 1pm lunchtime series kicks off with one of the foremost musicians in the country, Steven Osborne on Wednesday, September 11 followed by the founder of Tartan Noir, Scots author William McIlvanney on Wednesday, October 9; Edinburgh-born guitarist and BBC New Generation Artist Sean Shibe on Wednesday, November 6 and the UK's Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy on Wednesday, November 27.

"Whatever you're looking for on stage - love, intrigue, illusion, hilarity and hi-jinx - we can guarantee we have it coming up this season," said APA chief executive Jane Spiers.

"We are also introducing a new series of fascinating lunchtime concerts and events at the Music Hall and are delighted to introduce this series with such top talent. 

"And look out for the launch of our new solo Lemon Tree brochure coming soon for more new programmes and season highlights.

Tickets for the new shows go on sale to APA Friends on Thursday, August 1 and to the general public on Tuesday, August 6, online at www.boxofficeaberdeen.com, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty's Theatre.

Posted on Friday 26 July

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