Tickets for the new shows go on sale to APA Friends on Thursday 23 April and to the general public on Tuesday 28 April.
There’s no shortage of high drama, as well as an amazing line-up of musicals, in the new season of shows announced today by Aberdeen Performing Arts for the city’s Music Hall and His Majesty’s Theatre.
Top billing goes to a new production of the blockbuster movie, The Shawshank Redemption (October 12 to17), a stage version of Stephen King’s unforgettable story of desperation, injustice, friendship and hope behind the claustrophobic bars of a maximum security prison.
Maintaining the suspense is the classic thriller Rebecca (October 26 to 31), plus the tension of An Inspector Calls (March 8 to 12, 2016) and not one but two Agatha Christie murder mysteries with And Then There Were None (November 3 to 7) with a cast headed by Paul Nicholas and Colin Buchanan, and A Murder is Announced (January 26 to 30) starring Judy Cornwell as Miss Marple.
On the comedy front, on tour for the first time is a major new production, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (February 9 to 13, 2016) one of the biggest new West End musicals coming straight to HMT from London’s Savoy Theatre, based on the film of the same name starring Michael Caine and Steve Martin.
Plus the brand-new comedy Canned Laughter (March 24 to 26, 2016) starring Scotland’s own Allan Stewart, Andy Gray and Grant Stott.
And there’s a bouquet of breath-taking musicals heading Aberdeen’s way with Jesus Christ Superstar (Nov 10-14), Priscilla Queen of the Desert (Feb 29 to March 5, 2016), Avenue Q (March 29 to April 2, 2016) and Annie (May 10 to 14, 2016)
Adding to the musical line-up the Lyric Musical Society are to stage Irving Berlin’s much-loved White Christmas (Nov 18 to 21), to get the festive season off to a heart-warming start.
Scottish Ballet premiere Elsa Canasta and Motion of Displacement (October 9 and 10), while cutting-edge contemporary choreographer Wayne McGregor and Random Dance present his newest work Atomos (October 19) and Scottish Opera stage full-blooded opera at its grandest with Il trovatore (June 11 and 13).
One of the world’s most-beloved classical violinists and an Aberdeen favourite, Nicola Bennedetti returns to the Music Hall on September 20 with a dynamic programme of music inspired by the spirit of Italy.
“We are exhilarated to have been able to put together such a vital and invigorating line up of amazing, absorbing and action-packed new shows for the upcoming season,” said APA press manager Joyce Summers.
“To have so many new shows on the touring circuit, such as The Shawshank Redemption, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Rebecca, and so many productions with great dramatic impact, such as Scottish Ballet’s world premiere and Wayne McGregor’s new work, is evidence of Aberdeen’s ability to draw the biggest and the best to our city.
“We are confident our new programme has something for everyone, whether you want to rock with Priscilla, sleuth with Miss Marple or cry alongside Annie.”
Tickets for the new shows go on sale to APA Friends on Thursday, April 23 and to the general public on Tuesday, April 28, online at www.aberdeenperformingarts.com, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty's Theatre.