Aberdeen Performing Arts are on the right track for a starlight struck new season of sizzling shows for young and old alike.
For the company today unveiled their latest What’s On dossier of dramatic, diverse and downright diabolical live shows at the city’s Music Hall, Lemon Tree and His Majesty’s Theatre.
The new performances include the smash-hit roller-skating musical sensation Starlight Express (HMT October 2 to 13) and the sharpest and slickest show on the cell block Chicago (September 3 to 8), adding their names to an already formidable line-up of musicals for next year including Grease, Dirty Dancing and Sister Act.
As part of the new season, APA also announced the cast for the international award-winning hit Legally Blonde (May 22 to June 2) with Ray Quinn as Warner, Les Dennis as Prof Callahan and introducing Faye Brooks as Elle.
With an affectionate take on the cult classic movie, the National Theatre of Scotland will premier their exhilarating new production of An Appointment With The Wicker Man (February 21 to 25) at HMT and weirdly wonderful local magicmen Barry and Stuart (Music Hall, May 19) are forsaking the intimate setting of The Lemon Tree for the larger stage at the Music Hall to prove just why they are considered THE consistently original and exciting force in British magic today.
For the younger show goers there is a double bill that will thrill and delight – from the theatrical premiere of the hit children’s book and favourite TV character Little Princess – Live on Stage (HMT Feb 29 to March 3) to the almost iconic and much-worshipped Peppa Pig, with her new live stage show called Peppa Pig’s Treasure Hunt (HMT July 7 and 8). For the slightly older show fan, Science Museum Live on Tour (HMT April 10 and 11) aims to unleash the inner Einstein with explosive fun for all the family.
Dance fans will not want to miss Scottish Ballet’s blistering production of A Streetcar Name Desire (HMT May 2 to 5) or the breath-taking return to Aberdeen of the Michael Clark Company with come, been and gone at a date yet to be announced.
At The Lemon Tree Studio, rising stars and internationally acclaimed musical comedy duo Worbey & Farrell take to the stage on April 7 with musical virtuosity, utter stupidity and rapier wit while NPL Theatre are bringing The Stage Best Actor winner 2010 Scott Kyle to the city venue in Passing Places by Stephen Greenhorn, the man behind River City and Sunshine on Leith on May 1.
The emerging voice of mainstream jazz in the UK, MOBO Award-winning saxophonist YolanDa Brown returns to The Lemon Tree Lounge (March 27) after a jaw-dropping performance as part of the Northern Edge Jazz Festival in 2009.
Meanwhile exciting Irish folk and ballad group, The Kilkennys (Music Hall, April 16), perform the great Clancy songs more than 25 years after the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem were last heard singing together.
Tickets for the new shows in the What’s On guide go on sale to APA Friends on Thursday, November 24, and to the general public the following Thursday (Dec 1) online at www.boxofficeaberdeen.com, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall, His Majesty’s Theatre and The Lemon Tree.
APA chief executive Duncan Hendry said: “We have a great line-up of music, drama, dance, comedy and musicals heading to our venues over the upcoming months and I’m sure these shows will not only fill our venues but will also attract huge numbers of visitors to the city, bringing significant economic benefit to the local tourist economy.
“And I know the HMT panto also has a huge following, so fans will be thrilled to know that we’re planning a truly wicked panto for next year, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.”