Aberdeen Performing Arts (APA) today unveiled a wicked line up of new shows coming to their three venues – His Majesty’s Theatre, Music Hall and Lemon Tree – in more ways than one.
For not only are they bringing some of the biggest shows on the circuit to the city, there is also a touch of evil about some of their upcoming productions.
Unexpected death is a theme at HMT with some thrilling performances – one from the pen of the crime queen herself, Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Nile (October 22 to 27), while two men stumble across a terrifying secret in Charles Dickens’s terrifying and ghostly The Haunting (September 24 to 29) and dancing on the edges of fear are the ground-breaking 12 Dancers/Deliberance (October 16) featuring 12 male dancers in a jury room.
Then there’s the wickedly sublime Marti Pellow – last seen in Aberdeen in the lead role of the powerful Jekyll and Hyde, and before that as the devil in The Witches of Eastwick – returning to HMT to play the narrator in the heart-wrenching musical Blood Brothers (November 19 to 24).
Taking on the role of the murderous Roxy in Chicago (September 3 to 8) actress Ali Bastian famed for playing Becca Dean in the Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks and PC Sally Armstrong in long-running ITV drama series The Bill.
She shares the stage with fellow Hollyoaks and The Bill star Stefan Booth, who won hearts when he was runner up in the very first Dancing on Ice; Coronation Street’s Tupele Dorgu, who has performed in many musicals including the West End production of Mamma Mia! and the indefatigable Bernie Nolan as Matron ‘Mama’ Morton.
The new What’s On guide will be published next Friday (April 20) and tickets for the new shows go at saleAPA Friends on Thursday, May 3 and to the general public on Wednesday, May 9online at www.boxofficeaberdeen.com, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty’s Theatre.
APA’s head of programming Ben Torrie admitted: “There is a sinister theme to some of the new shows we are announcing this week - they are all so good it would be a crime to miss them!
"One of the highlights will be the chilling re-production of the Charles Dickens' stories in The Haunting, to commemorate his 200th birthday which will have everyone on the edge of their seats, and another is the stylish new production of Murder on the Nile.
"And we are particularly delighted to welcome back Marti Pellow - especially in Blood Brothers which is a hugely popular musical - and to say hello to Ali Bastian, Stefan Booth and Tupele Dorgu all making their HMT debuts in Chicago.
"We are proud to be able to attract such a variety of productions to Aberdeen to add to a vibrant season which already includes shows like Sister Act, Legally Blonde, Midnight Tango, Chicago and Starlight Express.”
Wickedness is also a feature of two other already-announced productions – the genteel but yet macabre The Ladykillers (November 12 to 17), APA’s own long-awaited production of The Cone Gatherers (September 14 to 22) set in a forested Scottish estate during the war years and the first ever UK tour of Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap (February 25 to March 2, 2013).
At The Lemon Tree Studio, new shows include the bittersweet An Instinct for Kindness (June 1) dealing with the contentious issue of assisted dying; Wee Stories’ magical production of A Dream on Midsummer’s Night (August 31 to September 3) and Arthur Miller’s rarely performed gem The Man Who Had All the Luck (October 10).
Across at the Music Hall, there’s music to die for with two extraordinary treats in store for aficionados – the rare opportunity to hear the Philharmonia Orchestra (September 29) and later the Vienna Boys Choir (October 8) making their first UK in 10 years.
There are a couple of firsts announced for The Lemon Tree Lounge - Hue and Cry launch their brand new album Hot Wire on October 8 and comedian Andi Oshi makes her city debut with her show All the Single Ladies on November 4.