A fantastic new line-up of shows for His Majesty’s Theatre has been announced by Aberdeen Performing Arts to coincide with the brand new Summer 2016 brochure.
Top billing goes to sensational musicals Wonderland (16-20 May 2017), Rent (15-19 November) and Blood Brothers (20-25 March 2017). Acclaimed dramas Women in Black (14-18 February 2017), Democracy (11 & 12 October), The Crucible (28 March - 1 April 2017), Jane Eyre (28 August - 2 September 2017) are joined by the staging of David Walliams' popular children’s story Gangsta Granny (14-17 June 2017).
Tickets for the new shows are on sale now online at www.aberdeenperformingarts.com, by phone at 01224 641122 and at our box offices His Majesty’s Theatre and The Lemon Tree.
In the tradition of the best stage musicals, Wonderland boasts a catchy score full of songs by Frank Wildhorn, writer of pop hits including Whitney Houston’s Where Do Broken Hearts Go? The production is an enchanting musical adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. The UK tour of the multi Grammy, Tony and Drama Desk Award-nominated show follows sold out seasons in Tampa, Texas and Tokyo – and the new British production is sure to attract a big audience in Aberdeen.
The story of impoverished young artists struggling to survive is portrayed in Rent, the groundbreaking rock musical with music and lyrics by Jonathon Larson inspired by Puccini’s opera La Boheme. Winner of four Tony awards, six Drama Desk Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the much-loved musicals features songs including Seasons of Love, Take Me Or Leave Me, One Song Glory and I Should Tell You, as well as the title song.
The legendary Blood Brothers, featuring the songs Bright New Day, Marilyn Monroe and Tell Me It’s Not True, returns to Aberdeen in March 2017. The acclaimed production tells the captivating tale of twins separated at birth, who meet again later in life with fateful consequences.
Spine-chilling ghost story The Woman in Black promises to have audience members on the edge of their seat. The ingenious stage adaptation of Susan Hill’s novel is a brilliantly successful study in atmosphere, illusion and controlled horror. The gripping tale follows a lawyer obsessed with a curse he believes has been cast over him and his family by the spectre of a Woman in Black. He engages a sceptical young actor to help him tell his terrifying story and exorcise the fear that grips his soul.
Set in 17th Century Salem, a group of teenage girls are discovered conjuring spirits – this is the story of The Crucible, which comes to HMT next year as a re-invigorated telling of Arthur Miller’s allegorical comment on McCarthyism.
A bold and dynamic reimagining of Charlotte Bronte’s masterpiece, Jane Eyre, comes to HMT following a critically acclaimed season at the National Theatre. The classic story of trailblazing Jane is as inspiring as ever in this collaboration between the National Theatre and Bristol Old Vic.
David Walliams’ Gangsta Granny promises to be fun for the whole family, featuring the amazing story of young Ben who visits his Granny for the weekend and embarks on the adventure of a lifetime.
Fantastic dance shows in the form of Jasmin Vardimon’s Pinocchio and Phoenix Dance Theatre’s Triple Bill are just the ticket for dance fans. Pinocchio is a brand new adaptation of the classic tale showcasing Vardimon’s uniquely theatrical choreographic and directorial style. Phoenix Dance Theatre’s Triple Bill showcases three works in celebration of their 35th anniversary.
A spokeswoman for APA said: “We’re delighted to announce a brand new season of fantastic musicals, drama, dance and family shows for HMT. There’s something for everyone in our new brochure, from world-class touring productions to brilliant local talent.”
Also in the summer brochure is APA’s new Culture Café season, which will take place at Belmont Filmhouse as part of the Music Hall’s Stepping Out programme of events. The sessions feature award-winning novelist, poet and professor of creative writing John Burnside (4 May) the internationally-renowned Louis de Bernieres (7 September), author Captain Corelli’s Mandolin and crime writing superstar and BBC broadcaster Val McDermid (10 November).
APA’s Northern Arc sessions will make a welcome return on 27 May, this time to The Lemon Tree as part of the Music Hall’s Stepping Out programme, with Scottish folk band Lau collaborating with classical/folk/kazz trio Dreamers’ Circus, who hail from Denmark.
APA’s spokeswoman added: “Our Stepping Out programme is packed with top quality, varied events and our Culture Café season and Northern Arc sessions are just the tip of the iceberg, so keep your eyes peeled for more Stepping Out events at HMT and The Lemon Tree, as well as at partner venues."
Shows already on sale at His Majesty’s Theatre include the sensational smash hit musical Sunny Afternoon (8-12 November), with family shows Hairy Maclary and Friends (8 August) and The Broons (18-22 October) also on the bill. Acclaimed drama The Cheviot, The Stag, and the Black, Black Oil (4-6 October) completes the line-up. Tickets are also on sale for classic thriller Rehearsal for Murder, (30 August - 3 September) and The Simon & Garfunkel Story (5 November ).