Aberdeen’s spectacular Christmas panto, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, has proved a red-hot ticket at the Box Office as ticket sales soared past the £1million mark today before the opening night curtain goes up tonight (Saturday).
It makes the show the SIXTH record-breaking panto at His Majesty’s Theatre in a row and the first to reach the million pound milestone before the first performance.
And ticket sales continue to rise as there are still good seats available for the post-Christmas and January performances of the fairytale smash-hit production by Aberdeen Performing Arts (APA) and Qdos Entertainment.
Already established as part of city’s Christmas tradition, this year’s laughter-filler show stars Aberdeen’s own panto Queen Elaine C Smith as the Wicked Queen, hugely popular comedy duo Alan McHugh and Jordan Young as Dame Sweaty Betty and Boabby respectively, Frances Mayli McCann as Snow White, Matt Wilman as the Prince, Liz Ewing as the Fairy and Tom McGovern as First Minister Alex Mackerel.
“£1 million in ticket sales is an amazing milestone,” said APA chief executive Jane Spiers. “For the HMT panto to be so successful year after year is a tribute to the hugely talented cast and to everyone behind the scenes from the director and back-stage crew to the admin staff – it is truly a team effort.
“And it is very encouraging to see that the trend looks as if it will continue in 2013 with over 1300 tickets already booked for next year’s panto Cinderella.”
“We say it every year I know, but this year’s show really will be our most spectacular yet and once again we’ve smashed our pre-opening sales target by a large margin,” said Michael Harrison, managing director of Qdos Entertainment’s pantomime division and executive producer of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
“Every year more and more people come to see the Aberdeen pantomime which has become one of the most successful shows in Scotland.
“There is a terrific on-stage chemistry between Elaine, Alan and Jordan and I have no doubt that we are in for another spectacular five-week run but in the past many people have been left disappointed as they couldn’t get seats, so book early.”
The milestone celebration tops a good year for APA, which runs His Majesty’s Theatre, the Music Hall and The Lemon Tree in Aberdeen, for the blockbusting musical Dirty Dancing set a new record at HMT in March by notching up close to £1.5million to become HMT’s biggest selling show of all time.
Tickets for both Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Cinderella are available online at www.boxofficeaberdeen.com, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty’s Theatre.