For the second year in succession, Aberdeen’s spectacular Christmas panto has proved a red-hot ticket at the Box Office as ticket sales soared past the £1million mark at the weekend.
It makes Cinderella the second pantomime at His Majesty’s Theatre to reach the million pound milestone before the opening night performance - the first was Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs last year – and the show is on target to be the city theatre’s SEVENTH record-breaking panto in a row.
And ticket sales for the most magical fairytale of them all continue to rise as there are still good seats available, especially this week and in the first week of January.
The smash-hit production by Aberdeen Performing Arts (APA) and Qdos Entertainment is well-and-truly established as part of city’s Christmas tradition, this year’s laughter-filler show stars Aberdeen’s own panto doyen Elaine C Smith as the Fairy Godmother Fairy Mary, the North-east’s favourite Dame Alan McHugh as Nessie Hardup, Jordan Young as Button, Barbara Rafferty as Demonica (the Wicked Stepmother), Gillian Parkhouse as Cinderella and Ross William Wilde as Prince Charming.
“It is very heart-warming to know that so many people make us part of their Christmas celebrations,” said APA chief executive Jane Spiers.
“For our panto to be so successful year after year is a tribute to the hugely talented cast and to everyone behind the scenes from the director and back-stage crew to the admin staff – it really is a team effort.
“To hit the amazing milestone of £1million in tickets sales for the second time in two years is truly remarkable.”
“It is thrilling to know that once again we’ve smashed our pre-opening sales target by a large margin,” said Michael Harrison, managing director of Qdos Entertainment’s pantomime division and executive producer of Cinderella.
“Every year more and more people come to see the Aberdeen pantomime which has become one of the most successful shows in Scotland.
“I have no doubt that we are in for another spectacular five-week run but in the past many people have been left disappointed as they couldn’t get seats, so this is the time to book early for next year’s panto Beauty and the Beast!”
The milestone celebration tops a good year for APA, which runs His Majesty’s Theatre, the Music Hall and The Lemon Tree in Aberdeen, for the company recently launched a highly-successful A Play, A Pie and A Pint series at the Lemon Tree, hosted Emeli Sande’s amazing home-coming gig at the Music Hall and announced the blockbusting iconic musical Wicked coming to HMT in 2015.
Tickets for both Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast 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.