Blockbuster musicals and comedy in 2018 lineup for HMT

Blockbuster musicals and comedy in 2018 lineup for HMT

Aberdeen Performing Arts is excited to announce three blockbuster new musicals and a night of comedy for His Majesty’s Theatre next year.

Legally Blonde the Musical will be at the city theatre from May 1 – 5, with Fat Friends following shortly after from May 21 – 26 and Son of a Preacher Man, from June 19 –23. Milton Jones will bring his new show, Milton Jones is Out There, to HMT on February 2.

An all-star cast (and their dog!) will bring Legally Blonde to life, with EastEnders’ Rita Simons, X Factor and Eurovision star Lucie Jones and Corrie and Emmerdale’s Bill Ward announced in the leading roles.

Fat Friends stars national treasure and former Aberdeen panto queen Elaine C Smith and actress Jodie Prenger, while casting for the first ever UK tour of Son of a Preacher Man is still to be announced.

APA chief executive Jane Spiers said: “These are four excellent productions that I’m particularly excited to be welcoming to our theatre next year. Legally Blonde brings the ultimate in a feel-good story and soundtrack while Fat Friends promises to be full of humour and heart, and of course we’re thrilled to have Elaine C Smith back with us for this one. Son of a Preacher Manis directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood and features some of Dusty Springfield’s greatest hits – definitely a date for the diary. For any fans of Mock the Week, Milton Jones is not to be missed!”

This major new production of Legally Blonde won’t only bring human stars to the stage – there will be canine stars too… with one pup even recruited from the North-east especially for the show. Auditions will be held in the coming months for Rufus (look out for more information!) – and producers are on the lookout for a big, brutish dog that only its mother could love! The local pooch will star alongside touring Chihuahua Bruiser, and both will be part of the all-singing, all-dancing tale which revolves around college sweetheart and homecoming queen Elle Woods, who refuses to take no for an answer. When her boyfriend dumps her for someone more serious, Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books and heads for Harvard Law School. Along the way, Elle proves that being true to yourself never goes out of style.

Rita Simons has taken home numerous awards for her role as Roxy Mitchell in BBC’s EastEnders and will play feisty, heartbroken hairdresser Paulette Bonfonte. Lucie Jones, who recently represented the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest, will play sweet-as-candy Elle Woods, while Bill Ward will play Professor Callahan. 

Based on the Reese Witherspoon film, the musical production earned seven Tony nominations and 10 Drama Desk Award nominations during its Broadway run. In the UK it was nominated for 5 Laurence Olivier Awards winning 3 including Best New Musical, and was nominated  for 8 Whatsonstage Awards winning 4 including Best Musical.

The hit TV show Fat Friends from award-winning national treasure Kay Mellor is bursting onto the stage in a brand new musical, with original music by Nick Lloyd Webber. With a star cast including West End favourite Jodie Prenger and Scottish legend Elaine C Smith, the show promises to be a feel-good night out for every body and is set to be a HUGE hit!

Packed full of warmth, life and weight loss this new stage show reunites our favourite foodie friends in an eagerly anticipated musical brimming with hope, humour and heart, as the loveable characters are put through their Zumba paces at their local branch of Super Slimmers.

Son of a Preacher Man will come to HMT during its first ever UK tour. A heart-warming musical featuring the soulful music of Dusty Springfield, this production is directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood. The soundtrack boasts The Look of Love, I Only Want To Be With You, Spooky and of course, the classic Son of a Preacher Man. This sparklingly funny and sweetly touching new musical play by internationally renowned writer Warner Brown will have you laughing, crying and singing your heart out to some of the greatest songs ever written.

Welcome to the Preacher Man, the swinging 1960s Soho joint where the kids danced the night away to the latest crazes and dared to dream of love, while the legendary owner, The Preacher Man himself, dispensed advice to cure the loneliest of hearts.

Only, that was a long time ago and all that remains are the memories, the stories and the myths. Until now, that is, when three random strangers, generations apart but all in need of help with their hopeless love lives, are inexplicably drawn to the site of the original venue.

Choreographer Craig Revel Horwood said:  “I am delighted to bring to life for the very first time this wonderful story created by Warner Brown, with soulful songs from the legendary Dusty Springfield's iconic music catalogue. I hope that audiences in His Majesty’s Theatre will come to love this warm-hearted and uplifting new musical as much as I do.”

Milton Jones’ new show sees him put his foot down and lift the lid on the pedal bin of lies of the media. He will also be scaling the heights of fashion at the risk of falling into a terrible cravat. Milton will be talking about his life so far - the ups, the downs and why buying his own see-saw was the best decision he ever made. But perhaps he should give all this up and seek the highest office in the land - but how do you get a desk and a swivel chair up a mountain? Oh and now he wants to be Prime Minister too…

All four shows go on sale to APA Friends this Friday, and to general bookers next Tuesday (May 30). Tickets are available online at, by phone on (0122) 641122 or in person at the Box Office at His Majesty’s Theatre and The Lemon Tree.

Posted on Wednesday 24 May

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