Aberdeen’s panto queen Elaine C Smith is getting into the spirit of the festive season to lead the cast of the city’s biggest and much-loved pantomime at His Majesty’s Theatre, Dick McWhittington.
The city’s favourite pantomime trio – Elaine, Alan McHugh and Jordan Young - surprised unsuspecting passers-by at the Bon Accord shopping centre today with some early festive magic.
The actors donned their costumes and got into character for their roles as The Spirit of the Don (Elaine), The Quinie Frae Rhynie (Alan) and Ba’heid Boabby (Jordan). There to help offer a sneak peak into the panto plot was Aberdeen’s very own Lord Provost, Councillor George Adam.
This year’s production, penned by Alan McHugh and produced by Qdos Entertainment - the world’s foremost pantomime producer - follows the hero Dick McWhittington, joined by his trusty cat Tomtom, as he seeks fame, fortune and happiness to become Lord Provost of Aberdeen. His fun-filled adventure sends him from the North Sea to the High Sea and headed for Morocco. Can he outwit the evil rodent King Rat and free Aberdeen from his team of revolting rodents and win the beautiful Alice’s hand in marriage?
One of Scotland’s best-known actresses and comedy entertainers, Elaine C Smith has starred in numerous roles in popular television and theatre shows throughout her career, from City Lights, Naked Video and Rab C Nesbitt on television to stage appearances as Susan Boyle in the musical I Dreamed a Dream and The Rise and Fall of Little Voice. Elaine recently starred as the cruel Miss Hannigan in the UK tour of Annie.
The doyenne of Aberdonian pantomime will star as The Spirit of the Don opposite actor, comedian, writer and panto dame Alan McHugh, who will be appearing as The Quinie Frae Rhynie. No stranger to the HMT stage, Alan has written and performed in pantomime for many years alongside River City star Jordan Young, who plays Ba’Heid Boabby. The double act have delighted HMT audiences for years with their comedic relationship.
Michael Harrison, Managing Director of Qdos Entertainment’s pantomimes division and Executive Producer of the pantomime said: “As always we’re delighted to be bringing back Elaine, Alan and Jordan to star in the HMT panto. They have such undeniable chemistry and stage presence making them the perfect stars to lead another unmissable cast. After the record-breaking and runaway success of last year’s Peter Pan Aberdeen audiences can expect just as much comedy, singing and audience participation with their favourite panto stars this Christmas.”
APA Chief Executive Jane Spiers added: “We are very excited to welcome back our stellar panto team for a show-stopping, awe-inspiring run of Dick McWhittington, which promises to be a must-see festive treat for the family. Aberdeen audiences regard the trio with real affection – Elaine, Alan and Jordan are true entertainers and when it comes to our pantomime, they are a force to be reckoned with, creating unforgettable magic for all ages.”
Dick McWhittington runs at His Majesty’s Theatre from Saturday, December 3 to Sunday, January 8, and tickets are available online at www.aberdeenperformingarts.com, by phone on (01224) 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at His Majesty’s Theatre and The Lemon Tree.