A fantastic new line-up of shows for His Majesty’s Theatre has been announced today by Aberdeen Performing Arts.
Top billing goes to sensational smash hit musical Sunny Afternoon (November 8 – 12), with family shows Hairy Maclary and Friends (August 8) and The Broons (October 18 -22) also on the bill. Acclaimed drama The Cheviot, The Stag, and the Black, Black Oil (October 4 - 6) completes the line-up. Tickets are also on sale for classic thriller Rehearsal for Murder, (August 30 – September 3) and The Simon & Garfunkel Story (November 5).
West End hit show Sunny Afternoon is an ingenious feat of storytelling which captures how one of Britain’s greatest bands, The Kinks, rose to stardom. Winner of the 2015 Olivier Awards for Best New Musical, the irresistibly catchy and anthemic soundtrack features the iconic hits You Really Got Me, Waterloo Sunset, Dedicated Follower of Fashion, All Day and All of the Night, Lola, Sunny Afternoon and more.
With music and lyrics by Ray Davies (Oliver Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music), a new book by Joe Penhall and direction by Edward Hall, Sunny Afternoon combines faultless musicianship and the moving tale of the Kinks’ amazing journey during the rebellious 1960s.
On the drama front, Dundee Rep’s highly acclaimed production of The Cheviot, The Stag, and the Black, Black Oil mixes song, humour and drama to tell the history and tragedy of Scotland. Performed as a Highland ceilidh, The Cheviot is a unique piece of theatre that remains as vital and relevant today as it was when the play had its world premiere in Aberdeen, more than 40 years ago.
Written as a musical drama by renowned British playwright, director and political theorist John McGrath, the play explores the exploitation and economic changes in the Scottish Highlands throughout history. It goes from the ruthless evictions of Highland crofters making way for the more economically viable Cheviot sheep in the 18th century, to the development of stag hunts in game parks in the 19th century, and finally the exploitation of resources during the North Sea oil boom of the 1970s.
From drama to family-focused entertainment – Hairy Maclary and Friends is one for the whole gang. This fantastic show features many of the characters from the Hairy Maclary storybooks, including Hercules Morse, as big as a horse, Bottomley Potts, covered in spots, Schnitzel von Krumm, with the very low tum and Scarface Claw, the toughest tomcat in town.
Following tours to Hong Hong, Singapore, New Zealand and Australia (including two residencies at Sydney Opera House), Hairy Maclary and his friends are back in the UK, with music, singing and plenty of your favourite stories.
Another must-see for the whole family is The Broons. Scotland’s most famous fictional family have featured in the classic DC Thomson comic strips in the Sunday Post since 1936 and this production celebrates their 80th anniversary.
Award-winning Scottish playwright Rob Drummond brings the infamous characters Granpaw, Paw and Maw Broon, Hen and Joe, Daphne, Maggie, Horace, the twins and the bairn to life for a Scottish audience in a production filled with laughs, love and comic-strip visuals, all set to a Scottish soundtrack.
Tickets for two newly-announced shows, Rehearsal for Murder (August 30 – September 3), and The Simon & Garfunkel Story (November 5) are available now.
An iconic production by The Agatha Christie Theatre Company, classic thriller Rehearsal for Murder is filled with suspense. The production follows playwright Alex Dennison, who is left heartbroken when his fiancé and leading lady Monica Welles is found dead from an apparent suicide. On the anniversary of that ill-fated night, Alex assembles the same cast and crew in the same theatre, for a reading of his new play – but when the reading begins, the true nature of Monica’s death comes to light.
The Simon & Garfunkel Story comes to HMT as part of the Music Hall’s Stepping Out programme. Direct from its success in the West End, this 50th anniversary celebration features a full live band performing all the hits, including Mrs Robinson, Cecilia, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Homeward Bound and many more. Using projection photos and original film footage, the production tells the fascinating tale of how two young boys from Queens, New York went on to become the world’s most successful music duo.
“We are delighted to announce four exciting new shows for HMT, in advance of our summer brochure launch in April,” said APA director of programming & creative projects Ben Torrie.
“There is something for everyone, from the extraordinary and thought-provoking play The Cheviot, The Stag, and the Black, Black Oil, to fun family shows The Broons and Hairy Maclary.
“It is with great excitement that we are preparing to welcome the brilliantly talented cast of Sunny Afternoon in November. The show promises to be an unforgettable event filled with the iconic songs of The Kinks, which will have audiences of all ages singing along and getting into the swing of the 60s.
“Our upcoming summer brochure is packed with even more great shows and theatregoers can expect a further announcement soon. In the meantime, we’re pleased to be able to give our customers a sneak peak at what’s in store for the coming season.”
Tickets for the new shows are on general sale from tomorrow (Thursday), online at www.aberdeenperformingarts.com, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty's Theatre.
Tickets for Rehearsal for Murder and The Simon & Garfunkel Story are available now