The starring roles in two classic plays to be staged at His Majesty’s Theatre in Aberdeen will feature a host of familiar faces on television.
Popular actress Hannah Waterman, best known for playing the character of Laura Beale in Eastenders, will play the lead role of Beverley in the acclaimed Abigail’s Party at the city centre theatre for a week from Monday, February 4.
And the first ever UK tour of Agatha Christie’s legendary murder mystery, The Mousetrap, includes a cast with a wealth of television experience including Karl Howman (Brush Strokes), Bruno Langley (Coronation Street), Elizabeth Power (Eastenders), Graham Seed (Brookside), Steven France (Eastenders), Jemma Walker (Eastenders) and Clare Wilkie (Eastenders).
Graham is perhaps better known for his role as Nigel Pargetter in the BBC radio series The Archers, a part he played from 1983 until 2011. And actor Bob Saul will reprise his West End role as Sgt Trotter in the play.
The Box Office smash hit thriller which is in the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s longest-running stage show, with more than 24,000 performances, is a great piece of theatrical history.
It will be staged at His Majesty from February 25 to March 2, as part of the landmark whodunnit’s 60th anniversary.
In Abigail’s Party, Hannah will be starring alongside Martin Marquez who is perhaps best known for his role as head barman Gino Primirola in the British TV comedy drama Hotel Babylon. He was most recently seen in the West End in Billy Elliot and stars in the up-coming film version of Les Misérables.
The cast also includes Samuel James, Katie Lightfoot and Emily Raymond.
Abigail's Party is a ruthlessly accurate and painfully funny observation of the pretensions of suburbia comedy which became an instant classic when it first appeared as a BBC Play for Today in 1977, the year of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee.
"The play is a modern classic, funny yet tragic, multi-layered and
familiar to most people, “ said Hannah. “It has a timeless quality and is always relevant.
Playwright Mike Leigh is one of Britain’s most influential theatre and film directors. His numerous awards have included Best Comedy award for the stage play Goose Pimples, a BAFTA for Outstanding Contribution to Cinema, National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Film for Life is Sweet, Best Director Award at Cannes Film Festival for Naked, the Palme d’Or at Cannes for Secrets and Lies and an Oscar for TopsyTurvy.
Prior to joining Eastenders in 2000, Hannah – who was a winner for charity in a recent Celebrity Pointless quiz show – had already established herself as a successful actress, having performed with the National Youth Theatre, appearing at the Edinburgh Festival in The Tempest, and reviving classic roles such as Jo in A Taste of Honey.
Other theatre roles include being part of the UK tour of Vagina Monologues and the West End run and UK tour of Calendar Girls.
As well as many guest appearances on a variety of television shows, she played the lead role of Kate in Come Fly With Me (BBC 1 afternoon play) and has recently been appearing in Doctors as DI Collier. She completed her first feature film playing the lead role in Patient 17 which was nominated for a number of film festival awards.
Tickets for both Abigail’s Party and The Mousetrap are available online at www.boxofficeaberdeen.com, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty’s Theatre.