Three new magical shows, enveloping Scottish adventure, powerful poetry in motion and dream-making dance, are heading for His Majesty’s Theatre in Aberdeen.
Aberdeen Performing Arts (APA) announced the shows today – the Scottish theatre company Sell A Door will bring adventurous drama to the city centre theatre in June with Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale Kidnapped, the story of Davie Balfour as he survives shipwreck and murder to dramatically escape to the Highlands.
Scottish Ballet are to stage two new shows as part of their autumn season – bringing together the stylistic language of American Playwright Arthur Miller and Welsh Poet Dylan Thomas in a powerful study of words in motion in The Crucible and the Ten Poems in October.
And then next January, the company will stage Peter Darrell’s magical world of The Nutcracker, reimagined by Olivier Award winning designer Lez Brotherston, adding sumptuous layers of plush Victoriana and traditional festive fare to the original 1973 production.
Tickets for all three shows, Kidnapped from June 3 to 7, The Crucible and the Ten Poems on Tuesday and Wednesday, October 7 and 8 and The Nutcracker from January 14 to 17 go on sale to APA Friends tomorrow (Friday) and to the general public on Tuesday (Jan 14) online at www.aberdeenperformingarts.com, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty’s Theatre.
Adapted by Ivan Wilkinson from the book by Robert Louis Stevenson, Kidnapped is a gripping, fast-paced adventure story set against the fierce social and political backdrop of 1750s Scotland. Packed full of physical storytelling and imagination, it’s ideal for family audiences aged six upwards.
Based on American playwright Arthur Miller's 1953 Tony award-winning play The Crucible, Canadian choreographer Helen Pickett translates this incredible dramatisation of the Salem witch trials with her imitable style of dance language.
A UK premiere, Christopher Bruce's Ten Poems was created for Ballet Keil (Germany) in 2009. Set to a recording of ten Dylan Thomas poems, emotively read by Welsh actor Richard Burton, Ten Poems builds on the melodic rhythm of the famous prose as Bruce, one of Britain's most prolific and important choreographers, brings each one to life with exquisite little vignettes of story and character.
Crafted for Scotland by Scottish Ballet’s founding artistic director over 40 years ago, The Nutcracker is full of magical memories, telling the story of young Clara who falls asleep after a fun-filled Christmas party full of magic and celebrations and dreams that she helps the Nutcracker Prince to defeat an army of giant mice.
The Scottish Ballet Orchestra accompanies live, performing the world famous Tchaikovsky score.