Aberdeen favourite actor Alan McHugh is to return to His Majesty’s Theatre in November playing John Guthrie in a new production of Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s famed novel Sunset Song.
Marking a hundred years since the start of the First World War, Sell a Door Theatre Company is reviving Alastair Cording’s faithful adaptation of the classic, recently voted Scotland’s most popular novel of all time.
It will be staged at HMT from Tuesday to Thursday, November 11 to 13, at the end of a Scottish tour taking in Perth, Kirkcaldy, Kilmarnock, Stirling, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness and Dundee.
Alan is well known in Aberdeen having played the dame in HMT’s annual pantomime for more than seven years, a role he takes up again on November 29, and as the script writer for the hugely popular Christmas show.
Sunset Song will also star Rebecca Elise (playing Chris Guthrie), Clare Waugh (Jean Guthrie), Craig Anthony-Ralston (Ewan Tavendale), David McKay (Chae Strachan), Fraser Sivewright (Will Guthrie), Jennifer Hainey (Margret Strachan) and Sandy Nelson (Rob Duncan).
Produced by Sell A Door Theatre Company in Association with The Beacon, Sunset Song is directed by Julie Ellen, designed by Jan Bee Brown with lighting designed by Alexander Ridgers.
In Grassic Gibbon’s acclaimed novel, set in the North-east, Chris Guthrie is bound to a harsh farming life by her intense love of the land. She dreams of the seductive yet distant world of books and learning, but when war breaks out, she suddenly finds herself facing a very different reality as a widowed, single mother in a land altered beyond recognition.
Set in a farming community, Sunset Song charts Chris’s struggle to adapt to her new world and hold together her fragile family. Her survival depends solely on her belief that beyond the sunset lies hope.
Tickets for the production at His Majesty’s Theatre are available online at www.aberdeenperformingarts.com, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty’s Theatre.