New touring productions at His Majesty’s Theatre in Aberdeen are all set to sweep their audiences back in time to an era of big hair and small skirts.
For four new shows announced by Aberdeen Performing Arts (APA) today include the 60s show Dreamboats and Miniskirts, to begin a week-long run on Tuesday, August 18 and the international smash musical Hairspray, which opens at HMT on Monday, February 1.
And for dance aficionados, Scottish Ballet will stage two newly-premiered dazzling productions at the city theatre - Elsa Canasta and New Work on Friday and Saturday, October 9 and 10, and Christopher Hampson’s enchanting and magical Cinderella, from Wednesday to Saturday, January 20 to 23.
Tickets for all four shows on sale to Matchams members on Thursday (March 5), APA Friends this Friday (March 6) and on sale to the general public on Tuesday, March 10, online at www.aberdeenperformingarts.com, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty's Theatre.
“We are thrilled to be announcing such an amazing line-up of up-lifting and exciting shows for later this year,” said APA press manager Joyce Summers.
“We are delighted to see Hairspray return to His Majesty’s Theatre and we are sure fans of this fantastic musical will be thrilled, too.
“It was one of the hottest tickets in town when it last played at HMT in 2013 and we are sure it will be again.”
Dreamboats and Minskirts is the 60s sequel to the popular 50s show Dreamboats and Petticoats and follows the story of Bobby and Laura, Norman and Sue and Ray and Donna against the backdrop of The Beatles and the Merseyside sound.
The new production of the big, bold and beautiful hit Hairspray kicks off its 29-venue UK tour in Leicester in September and His Majesty’s Theatre will be the first Scottish date the following February.
Based on the 1988 film of the same name, it is in Baltimore 1962, where Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, is on a mission to follow her dreams and dance her way onto national TV. Tracy’s audition makes her a local star and soon she is using her new-found fame to fight for equality, bagging local heartthrob Link Larkin along the way.
Hairspray originally opened to rave reviews on Broadway in 2002 and subsequently won eight Tony Awards. The production opened in London at the Shaftesbury Theatre in 2007 and won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Musical, Best Actor in a Musical, Best Actress in a Musical and Best Performance in a Supporting Role.
The staging of Elsa Canasta will be a Scottish Ballet premiere from renowned choreographer Javier de Frutos, and it is a dark, funny and sexy evocation of the music of Cole Porter, set to his ballet score Within the Quota and a medley of his songs.
Scottish Ballet artistic director Christopher Hampson says: “After spending time observing the Company, Javier plans to re-stage his work with specific, and surprising, changes in mind to ensure that this version of Elsa Canasta is unique to Scottish Ballet.”
This being premiered with Scottish Ballet, New Work will mark the first time that Bryan Arias has ever presented work within the UK.
Winner of the sixth Copenhagen International Choreography Competition in 2013, he will be creating a new work that showcases his unique blend of dance styles.
“Bryan is just at the start of an exciting trajectory that springboards from some of the most innovative dance making of today” says Christopher Hampson.
And the enchanted, magical world of Christopher’s Cinderella, originally created for the Royal New Zealand Ballet in 2007, brings a most beloved fairy tale to the stage at His Majesty’s Theatre at the start of 2016.
In a ravishing interpretation of the timeless rags-to-riches romance, acclaimed New Zealand designer Tracy Grant Lord’s luxurious costumes and extravagant sets create a glittering fantasy world peopled with characters that are touching, funny and real, dazzling against the light and dark of Prokofiev’s powerful score.