HMT clocks in for 9 to 5 musical hit

HMT clocks in for 9 to 5 musical hit

Aberdeen Performing Arts (APA) is clocking in a line-up of great new shows for their three city venues next year that are anything but routine, with ladies that inspire laughter.

For topping the bill at His Majesty’s Theatre is Dolly Parton’s musical comedy 9 to 5 (June 24 to 29) and the hilarious Birds of a Feather with Pauline Quirke, Linda Robson and Lesley Joseph (April 2 to 6).

A lady with a different agenda is the key to the seriously chilling The Woman in Black (June 10 to 15) and there’s a change of mood again with the return of the sublime Andrew Lloyd Webber classic Cats (March 4 to 16) and the brilliantly funny The 39 Steps (June 3 to 8).

For younger show goers there’s the inimitable Dora the Explorer (April 12 to 14) and family favourites Horrible Histories (April 23 to 27). But before then the unmistakable Hairy Maclary, star of the much-loved children’s books, will be making an appearance at the Music Hall on October 13 this autumn.

At The Lemon Tree, following the enormous success of last year’s Jack and the Magic Beans – extra performances had to be added to the run to meet the demand for tickets – APA are again linking up with Scottish Youth Theatre to stage their own Christmas season family show called It Wasn’t Me It Was Goldilocks (December 3 to 24).

And for the grown-ups, there’s a huge range of opportunities to celebrate the festive season with the Brass Jaw Christmas Tour (December 14) and Rock ‘n’ Roll Hogmanay, with ByHookOrByKrook (December 31) at The Lemon Tree and Christmas with the Rat Pack (December 23) and Hogmanay Concert (December 31) at the Music Hall, amid a cornucopia of carol and Christmas concerts.

The new shows are all featured in the latest edition of APA’s What’s On guide, published on Friday, August 17.

And tickets go on sale to APA FRIENDS on Thursday, August 30 and to the general public on Tuesday, September 4, online at, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty’s Theatre.

“It’s very rewarding to be able to bring such a diversity of high-quality productions to Aberdeen,” said APA’s press manager Joyce Summers.

"Of course, 9 to 5 the Musical - with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton - is based on the 20th Century Fox blockbuster and the title song gave Dolly one of her biggest solo hits.

"The show is touring the UK before it opens in the West End so it gives Aberdeen audiences the chance to see it before London.

“And we are delighted that the stars of the highly-successful TV sitcom Birds of a Feather are getting back together for a theatre production - Pauline and Linda as Essex sisters Sharon and Tracey with Lesley as man-eating neighbour Dorien.

“They are both tremendously exciting additions to a dynamic season which also includes Abigail’s Party, The Mousetrap and The Full Monty.”

Posted on Thursday 09 August

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