Priscilla’s the Queen of APA’s new show season

Priscilla’s the Queen of APA’s new show season

Showgirl cross-dressing glamour is set to explode onstage at His Majesty’s Theatre in Aberdeen in a spectacular burst of feathers, sequins and feel-good charm.

For after three years and more than 1000 fabulous performances in London, the West End production of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, will be coming to the city theatre in August as part of a national tour.

And it’s one of a great line-up of shows for the new season unveiled in Aberdeen Performing Arts’ (APA) latest What’s On guide published this week.

As well as the heart-warming, uplifting Aussie adventure of three friends in search of love and friendship, other new shows to be staged at HMT include the highly-acclaimed Old Vic production of one of the greatest British comedies ever written, Noises Off (May 6 to 11), Scottish Ballet’s Highland Fling (May 16 to 18) which is Matthew Bourne’s imaginative reworking of the classic ballet La Sylphide, National Theatre’s Macbeth sequel Dunsinane (September 9 to 14), the multi-award winning Slava’s Snow Show (October 16 to 20) and the feel-good musical Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story (September 30 to October 5) as well as Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (March 26 to 30), The Pirates of Penzance (May 23 to 25) and Richard O’Brien’s Rocky Horror Show (September 9 to 14).

At the Music Hall, three highlights include the legendary jazz quartet the Yellowjackets taking to the stage with Tom Bancroft’s pioneering Trio Red (March 12);Dunedin Consort reconstructing the original performance of Bach’s St John Passion (March 13)and Pasha Kovaley and Katya Virshilas topping the bill in An Evening with the Stars from Strictly Come Dancing (April 17).

An Aberdeenshire banker caught up in the Mumbai terrorist attack in November 2008 is the subject of a new drama, Be Silent, or Be Killed (May 24 and 25), at The Lemon Tree Studio. Roger Hunt’s true story, dramatised by Right Lines, is a tale of our times and captures the fear and horror of being involved in a life-threatening attack.

In the upcoming season, the intimate studio space will also host Vox Motus’s surreal and darkly comic stage play Slick (February 22 and 23)and the hugely popular Puppet Animation Festival next spring.

Other events at The Lemon Tree include gigs by Mercury Music Prize nominee Sam Lee and renowned punk-poet John Cooper Clarke.

Tickets for the new shows go on sale to APA Friends on Thursday, November 29 and to the general public the following Tuesday (December 4) online at, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty’s Theatre.

“We have some fascinating and thrilling new shows in our upcoming season” said APA chief executive Jane Spiers.

“The wildly energetic Priscilla, Queen of the Desert with its hit parade of dancefloor favourites is something of a jewel in the crown of touring productions at the moment, but we are confident our jam-packed programme has something for everyone in all three of our venues.”

Posted on Tuesday 13 November

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