On sale to APA Friends Thursday 28 July | all bookers Tuesday 2 August
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 musical Funny Girl (10 - 15 April) and side-splitting comedy drama, The Play That Goes Wrong (24 - 29 April). Also on the bill is sparkling extravaganza La Cage Aux Folles (28 February - 4 March) and direct from London’s West End comes Thriller Live (8 - 11 February). Craig Revel Horwood’s smash hit musical comedy Sister Act (29 May - 3 June) will be followed by The Wedding Singer (20 - 24 June), a hilarious musical based on the film of the same name. Another musical to hit the stage will be local group Phoenix Theatre’s production of The King and I (25 - 28 January).
The visually stunning The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (8 - 12 August 2017) will return to Aberdeen for a second time after rave reviews, while in the dance category Brendan Cole (21 February) will blow audiences away with his mesmerizing moves in All Night Long.
For the family, all ages can look forward to another return visit from Funbox, with new show Winter Wonderland (25 February). Room on the Broom (5 & 6 April) will be packed with songs, laughs and scary fun for children.
If you fancy something different, look no further than Cirque Beserk! (1-4 February), filled with jaw-dropping feats of bravery and skill – and Aberdeen’s very own Tweedy the Clown!
“We’re very excited to announce the launch of our brand new autumn brochure,” said APA’s Chief Executive Jane Spiers.
“There’s a show for everyone in our new line-up, from the exhilarating Funny Girl and hilariously funny The Play That Goes Wrong, to the heartwarming Sister Act and the jaw-clenching feats of Cirque Beserk. Room on the Broom and Winter Wonderland are two fantastic shows for all the family and we’ve got opera covered with two great Scottish Opera productions.”
“We’re absolutely delighted to be welcoming the National Theatre back with the extraordinary and mesmerising Curious Incident and we’re always thrilled to have Aberdeen’s very own Phoenix Theatre at HMT.”
Hot on the heels of a record breaking, sold out West End run, Funny Girl boasts some of the most iconic songs in film and theatre history, including People and Don’t Rain on My Parade. It tells the story of Fanny Brice, whose vocal talents and comedic ability see her rise from Brooklyn music hall singer to Broadway star.
There will be belly laughs aplenty when multi award-winning West End smash hit comedy The Play That Goes Wrong crashes into Aberdeen next year. The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society is putting on a 1920s murder mystery, but as the title suggests, everything that can go wrong, does. With celebrity endorsements from the likes of Joanna Lumley and Ant and Dec, this is a must-see for anyone looking for laughs.
Much-loved musical La Cage Aux Folles, presented by Bill Kenwright, is a lavishly funny tale of unconditional love and family values with a show-stopping score including The Best of Times, Song on the Sand and I Am What I Am.
Direct from the West End where it is now in its record breaking 8th year, Thriller Live is a spectacular concert created to celebrate the career of the world’s greatest entertainer. Michael Jackson fans will experience more than two hours of non-stop hits including ABC, Can You Feel It, The Way You Make Me Feel, Smooth Criminal, and so many more – not forgetting some seriously impressive dance routines.
The habits have hit the road again and are heading to Aberdeen in Sister Act, directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood. Featuring original music by Tony and eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken, dazzling dance routiones and songs inspired by Motown, soul and disco, Sister Act will have you dancing in the aisles – as will The Wedding Singer. With a stellar line-up including Ray Quinn (X Factor, Dancing on Ice) as bad boy Glenn, Cassie Compton (X Factor) as sweet natured Julia, Roxanne Pallett (Emmerdale, Waterloo Road) as her best friend Hollie and Barbara Rafferty (Rab C Nesbit, The Last King of Scotland) as Grandma Rosie, this is one party you won’t want to miss.
Local group Phoenix Theatre will make a welcome return to HMT after last year’s smash show Legally Blonde. Their new production The King and I sees the group work withPhoenix Youth Theatre to present this stunning Rodgers and Hammerstein classic which has captivated the masses with its delightful story of love and joy set to a beautiful score.
The return of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time next year will delight those who saw it last time it came to HMT – and those who missed it now have a chance to see the internationally acclaimed National Theatre production, which is the winner of seven 2013 Olivier Awards and five 2015 Tony awards including Best Play.
Back with a brand new show for 2017, Strictly Come Dancing star Brendan Cole will dazzle and amaze with stunning choreography – and for the whole family, there’s Winter Wonderland and Room on the Broom. Funbox stars Anya, Kevin and Gary are back and on top of the world in Winter Wonderland as the show takes them to the North Pole for an Arctic adventure filled with songs, silliness and snow. Tall Stories’ magical stage adaptation of Room of the Broom flies into Aberdeen next spring to entertain youngsters from age 3 and up.
Scottish Opera’s The Marriage of Figaro and La bohème will cast a spell over opera lovers and newcomers alike. Sir Thomas Allen’s Figaro is full of humour, subtlety and wit, with Mozart’s bubbling, energetic score conducted by Tobias Ringborg. Puccini’s classic, La bohème, features his sublime score, with music director Stuart Stratford conducting.
Finally, showcasing the finest in traditional circus thrills and skills, Cirque Beserk combines contemporary cirque-style artistry with adrenaline-fuelled stunt action, with more than thirty jugglers, acrobats, aerialists, dancers, drummers and death-defying stunt men. The show also features Tweedy the Clown, an award-winning performer from Aberdeen, and the world’s most hair-raising circus act, the legendary Globe of Terror.
APA director of programming & creative projects Ben Torrie added: “The new brochure is packed with great shows from brilliantly talented directors, choreographers, performers and conductors, and we look forward to sharing more casting announcements in the coming months.”
Also included in the new brochure are a number of shows already on sale, including comedians Count Arthur Strong, Al Murray and Omid Djalili.
Tickets for the new shows go on sale to APA Friends on Thursday 28 July and on general sale from Tuesday 2 August, online at www.aberdeenperformingarts.com, by phone at 01224 641122 and at our box offices His Majesty’s Theatre and The Lemon Tree.