Ray of sunshine as new HMT brochure is unveiled

Ray of sunshine as new HMT brochure is unveiled

On sale to APA Friends Thursday 27 July 2017
General bookers Tuesday 1 August 2017

Sunshine on Leith, Jersey Boys and The Kite Runner are among the new shows announced today for His Majesty’s Theatre.

Aberdeen Performing Arts, which runs the city theatre, has also booked family shows Teletubbies Live (April 4 & 5) and Funbox: The Funtastic Factory (January 14) as well as classic music tributes Whitney: Queen of the Night (April 28) and The Johnny Cash Roadshow (February 12)

Contemporary dance company Rambert (February 15 – 17) also features in the theatre’s new brochure, while Strictly stars Jay McGuinness, Natalie Lowe and Louis Smith will swing into the city with dance show Rip It Up (September 4).

At The Lemon Tree, Northern Arc (November 4 & February 16, 2018) will make its return to the city and there are two new A Play, A Pie and A Pint shows (September 19 – 23 & October 31 – November 4).  

A Poisoned Cocktail Party (November 26) will celebrate the launch of next year’s Granite Noir, Aberdeen’s crime writing festival.

APA Chief Executive Jane Spiers said: “The launch of a new brochure is always an exciting time at APA and we’re pleased to have more wonderful shows and concerts lined up for Aberdonian audiences. Sunshine on Leith and Jersey Boys are two of the best upbeat, feel-good musicals, while The Kite Runner brings mesmerising storytelling, power and emotion to the stage.

“Add to that stunning dance spectacles, family shows and classic musical tributes and you have a programme with wide-ranging appeal. And, after a fantastic opening year, we’re thrilled to be launching our second Granite Noir crime writing festival with a Poisoned Cocktail Party in the 1906 restaurant at HMT.”

After a gap of 8 years, Sunshine on Leith will make a highly anticipated return to HMT (May 29 – June 2) with a brand new production. Families, friendships and life are not plain sailing in this funny and moving story about love and life, which follows the highs and lows of Ally and his friend Davy as they return home to Leith from the army. Featuring the songs of The Proclaimers, this energetic piece of musical theatre is loved by audiences and critics alike.

Direct from the West End, The Kite Runner will be at HMT from May 15 – 19. Based on the bestselling novel by Khaled Hosseini, the production is a haunting tale of friendship which follows one man’s journey to confront his past and find redemption. The story begins in Afghanistan, a divided country on the verge of war where two childhood friends are about to be torn apart. It’s a beautiful afternoon in Kabul and the skies are full of the excitement and joy of a kite flying tournament. But neither boy can foresee the terrible incident which will shatter their lives forever.

Internationally acclaimed stage sensation Jersey Boys (August 14 – 25, 2018) returns to the theatre next summer. This smash hit musical has won 57 major awards worldwide, including an Oliver Award for Best New Musical. Jersey Boys tells the true story of four boys from the wrong side of the tracks who wrote their own songs, invented their own unique sound, and sold 100 million records worldwide. Featuring hit after legendary hit including Beggin’, Cant Take My Eyes Off You, Oh What a Night, Bye Bye Baby andBig Girls Don’t Cry, Jersey Boys is a story full of heart and humour.

Teletubbies Live brings the colourful Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po to the stage for the first time in a show full of love and laughter, and music and puppetry, as they explore the magical world of Tellytubbyland, while Funbox: The Funtastic Factory is packed with singalong favourites like The Animals Went in 2 by 2 and The Hokey Cokey.

Whitney: Queen of the Night will take audiences on a magical rollercoaster ride through three decades of classic hits that include I Wanna Dance with Somebody, One Moment in Time, I’m Every Woman and so many more. The Johnny Cash Roadshow features respected singer-songwriter Clive John and takes the audience from the 1950s right up to 2002.

Two Strictly champions will come together with one Strictly professional for Rip It Up: Dancing Through the 50s. Jay McGuinness, Natalie Lowe and Louis Smith will swing, bop, jitterbug, lindy hop, jive and ballroom their way through some of the greatest songs from the decade. In the field of contemporary dance, Rambert returns to HMT, this time withone of their most successful works in Christopher Bruce’s masterpiece Ghost Dances, with stories that tell of love and compassions as death, in the form of the iconic ‘ghost dancers’ interrupts the lives of a series of ordinary people.

Northern Arc will make its very welcome return to The Lemon Tree this November, with two exciting, award-winning bands – Scottish group Talisk and Symbio from Sweden - each the recipient of the Best New Folk Act in their native national awards. Next February, Saltfishforty, a duo from Orkney, will be joined by Basco, a folk/roots band with members from Denmark, Sweden and Australia.

On the A Play, A Pie and A Pint line-up, there’s Witches of West Fife by Jane Livingstone, and From the Air by Anita Vetesse.

To celebrate the launch of Granite Noir 2018 APA is holding a Poisoned Cocktail Party. What could be more enjoyable than sampling delicious cocktails under the expert guidance of Dr Kathryn Harkup, author of A is for Arsenic and host of this year’s Poisoned High Tea – one of the highlights of the inaugural Granite Noir. Dr Harkup will talk attendees through how drinks can be used as a lethal weapon. If you don’t survive the evening at least there won’t be a hangover in the morning!

Tickets for the new shows are on sale to APA Friends on Thursday, July 27 and to general bookers on Tuesday, August 1, from aberdeenperformingarts.com, by phone on (01224) 641122 or in person at the Box Offices at His Majesty’s Theatre and The Lemon Tree. 

Posted on Thursday 20 July

comments (1)

write a comment