New shows announced for His Majesty’s Theatre in Aberdeen include two gems of British theatre, national and local dance productions and a children’s all-time favourite.
The arts company which runs the city-centre theatre, Aberdeen Performing Arts (APA), unveiled the upcoming line-up today.
The two top dramas heading the city’s way include Willy Russell’s unforgettable play Educating Rita (June 11 to 16), starring Matthew Kelly and Claire Sweeney in the story of the relationship between a feisty Liverpudlian hairdresser and a jaded university professor.
The second is the first UK tour of a British theatre legend – the record-breaking Box Office smash hit thriller The Mousetrap (Feb 25 to March 2, 2013), as part of the landmark whodunnit’s 60th anniversary.
It is the world’s longest-running stage show, with more than 24,000 performances, and a great piece of theatrical history, a stage version of a novel by the most famous crime writer of all time, Agatha Christie.
Aberdeen-born choreographer Michael Clark Company’s critically acclaimed production come, been and gone, coming to HMT for one night only on Tuesday, June 5, is made primarily to the music of David Bowie and also embraces the work of key collaborators, Lou Reed and Brian Eno.
“Rock is my rock,” says Michael Clark. “It has been vital to me at a personal level; it has shaped me as an individual as well as an artist.”
Believing that actions speak louder than words, Michael creates work which combines his classical integrity with a more complex, contemporary sensibility embracing virtue and vice, abandon and control, grace and embarrassment.
He is renowned for his legendary collaborations with bands, fashion designers and visual artists including Wire, BodyMap, Leigh Bowery, Trojan and Sarah Lucas.
A month later, it is the turn of Aberdeen dancers to take centre stage when Citymoves Dance Agency presents Big Dance Aberdeen (July 5), a celebration of the best dance from the city, including special guest performances.
And for the youngest theatre-goers, The Gruffalo makes a welcome return this summer (August 13 to 15) direct from an acclaimed West End season with the magical modern classic tale of the quick-thinking mouse braving the deep, dark woods.
APA’s head of programming Ben Torrie said: “We are proud to be able to attract such a variety of productions to Aberdeen.
“The first ever UK tour of London's longest running show, The Mousetrap, is sure to be highlight of the theatrical calendar and it is a bit of a coup for HMT to be one of the venues able to host this landmark event.
“We are thrilled to have finally secured a return for one of Aberdeen's most celebrated cultural exports, Michael Clark, and sitting his show alongside top quality drama and children's theatre makes for a hugely exciting addition to a dynamic season which already includes shows like Dirty Dancing, I Dreamed a Dream, Sister Act, Legally Blonde, Midnight Tango, Chicago and Starlight Express.”
Tickets for the new shows go on sale to APA Friends on Friday, February 24 and to the general public the following Tuesday (Feb 28) online at www.boxofficeaberdeen.com, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty’s Theatre.