A hugely successful West End musical and a new production heading for the West End are two of the new shows announced this week by Aberdeen Performing Arts for their three venues – His Majesty’s Theatre, the Music Hall and The Lemon Tree.
The critically-acclaimed musical Ghost, based on the phenomenal Oscar-winning movie that captured the hearts and imaginations of a generation, will be staged at HMT (January 21 to February 8) following triumphant runs on Broadway and in London.
Before then, Lynda Bellingham and Christopher Timothy are to head the cast in Kay Mellor's glorious comedy A Passionate Woman (HMT, November 19 to 23), brought to the stage on its pre West End tour by David Pugh and Dafydd Rogers the multi award winning producers of Calendar Girls, Brief Encounter and The Full Monty.
There’ll be a huge North-east welcome for the return ofAberdeen’s own comedy team, the Flying Pigs who will surely add to their list of sell out runs at HMT with the wonderfully-titled Finzean in the Rain (HMT November 7 to 16).
For younger theatre-goers, there’s the stage version of Roald Dahl’s massively imaginative James and the Giant Peach (HMT October 22 to 26), which is packed with fruitfilled fun and wizzpopping wonders.
Tickets for the all the new shows featured in the new APA What’s On guide, published this week, go on sale to APA Friends on Thursday, April 18, and to the general public on Tuesday, April 23,online at www.boxofficeaberdeen.com, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty’s Theatre.
New shows at the Music Hall include the group which spawned a thousand ukulele orchestras and inspired millions of players around the globe, Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, stopping off at Aberdeen (October 2) on their world tour.
Following their sold-out tour Cheap Flights and newly invigorated by over ten million YouTube hits, comedy trio and global internet sensation Fascinating Aida bring their brand new show to the Music Hall on November 3.
The mirth continues with The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (November 9) a ground-breaking new stage production featuring the original radio show cast and packed with laughter, really wild sound effects, a live band, HD projections, and drinks with extremely silly names.
At the Lemon Tree, unmissable music nights includethe acclaimed British vocal group The Magnets (June 12), USA singer-songwriter and troubadour Nell Bryden (May 8) and the bewitching and unassuming Lucy Rose (May 6) will perform in the downstairs lounge.
Among the new shows being staged upstairs in the studio, there’s Maureen Beattie in the Herald Angel and Festival First award-winning play The List (September 5) by celebrated Quebec dramatist Jennifer Tremblay at The Lemon Tree.
While the Catherine Wheels production Lifeboat (October 4) is the extraordinary true story 15-year-olds Bess Walder and Beth Cummings, who were two of only 11 evacuees who survived a 1940 voyage to Canada to escape the relentless bombing and dangers of war torn Britain.
Focusing on teenage mental health issues, the APA Junior Youth Theatre are staging Claustrophobia on Friday and Saturday June 14 and 15, and the APA Senior Youth Theatre are staging Grey Matter from Thursday to Saturday, June 27 to 29.
“HMT has long been associated with a ghost, but never one quite as spectacular or visually stunning as in this thrilling West End musical and we are looking forward to welcoming the Ghost company to our theatre,” said APA chief executive Jane Spiers.
“We expect the Music Hall to be buzzing this season with the sensational Fascinating Aida and the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – both legends in their own lifetime.
“And The Lemon Tree has a singer songwriter flavour to the season in the Lounge and our own youth theatre is currently in rehearsal preparing to stage two home grown productions in June in the Studio, Claustrophobia and Grey Matter – not to be missed.”