National parenting website Netmums has named His Majesty’s Theatre in Aberdeen as their members’ favourite local theatre in Scotland.
Netmums members have voted HMT as their favourite theatre in Scotland, and their regional editor for NE Scotland, Julie Buckingham, today presented the accolade to Jane Spiers, chief executive of Aberdeen Performing Arts (APA), the company which runs city centre theatre.
Said Julie: “This is a fantastic accolade for HMT to win for the Scottish region and it acknowledges what a great job they do. As a local parent myself, I think it’s wonderful that children can now grow up enjoying theatre visits.”
“This is an amazing award and a wonderful surprise,” said Jane. “It’s thrilling to know that so many people have voted for us and we appreciate their confidence.
“We work very hard at making all of our venues family friendly, so this is a great tribute to our whole team. The award will take pride of place in our foyer.”
The Netmums Theatre Awards were set up to honour the rapid expansion in children’s theatre, which is seeing youngsters enjoy on-stage versions of their favourite TV shows alongside children’s classics.
All theatres with a listing on Netmums were eligible for the awards. Members (1.6 million in the UK) were asked to click the vote button which appeared on all listings. At the end of the voting period one winner and four runners-up per region were announced.
His Majesty’s Theatre topped the votes, and the runners-up were the Citizens and King’s Theatres in Glasgow, Motherwell Theatre and the Royal Lyceum in Edinburgh.
APA works hard to provide a wide and varied programme of shows for families and younger children, which last year included the multi-award winning Slava’s Snow Show, the musical adventure Room on a Broom, and children's favourite Dora the Explorer among others.
Last week, the theatre staged Scottish Ballet’s Wee Hansel & Gretel – a specially-adapted children’s version of the full scale ballet - and upcoming shows include Horrible Histories, Private Peaceful, Peppa Pig, and Aliens Love Underpants.
Last year, His Majesty’s Theatre was the first theatre in Scotland to stage a ‘relaxed’ performance of the annual panto, Cinderella, which this year was sponsored by Aberdeen-based Maritime Assurance and Consulting (MAC) as part of the company's significant community programme. The relaxed performance was specifically designed for people with an autistic spectrum condition, learning disability or sensory and communication disorders.
More information about productions at His Majesty’s Theatre is available online at aberdeenperformingarts.com where you can also comment on any productions or about the venue itself.