A new season of shows for two of the city’s most iconic venues, the Music Hall and His Majesty’s Theatre, have been announced today by Aberdeen Performing Arts, and the bumper line up boasts a dizzying array of exciting new shows, beloved favourites, and star appearances.
A bumper line up of musicals, drama and dance at His Majesty’s Theatre, includes West End smash hit Everybody’s Talking About Jamie April 28 – May 2 2020, Gloria Estefan musical On Your Feet from March 10-14 2020, and a brand new stage adaptation of Scotland’s favourite comic strip, Oor Wullie from March 3 – March 7 2020.
Classic movie thriller The Exorcist will be brought to life on the HMT stage in from November 19 – November 23 in an unmissable, spine-tingling play, and legendary British choreographer and director Wayne McGregor will visit the city theatre for one night only on October 19 with Autobiography. Scottish Opera will present Puccini’s Tosca from October 31 – November 2, and Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Gondoliers will add some humour to proceedings from May 28 – May 30, 2020.
In addition to this, the newly re-opened Music Hall will host visits from an array of music icons, starting with Grammy award winning K.D Lang (Miss Chatelaine, Constant Craving) on July 21 as part of her Ingenue Redux 25th Anniversary Tour. Also appearing at the venue are disco divas Sister Sledge (Lost in Music, He’s the Greatest Dancer, We are Family) on October 27, Adam Ant, at the forefront of the New Romantic movement in the 1980’s (Prince Charming, Stand and Deliver, Antmusic) on November 22 and the legendary Lulu will appear at the city venue this September 25 taking us on her own personal journey through her music. Supported by a four-piece band, LED screen with carefully selected family and career defining moments.
Lucky local school pupils will get the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take part in a brand new competition hosted by Diverse Dance Mix (DDMix) at the Music Hall on July 6 with former prima ballerina and TV star Dame Darcey Bussell DBE. Schools shortlisted for the regional Aberdeen final perform their DDMix dance routine in front of Dame Darcey and a live audience for a chance to be crowned regional winner.
The amazing line up continues at the Music Hall this season with Scottish rock legends Idlewild, Heather Small, Beverley Knight, Lau Land, The Australian Pink Floyd, The Waterboys, Judy Murray, Russell Kane, Rhod Gilbert and Frank Skinner.
Aberdeen Performing Arts Chief Executive Jane Spiers said: “We are delighted to be announcing new shows for both HMT and the Music Hall. It’s been such a pleasure to welcome artists back and we’ve been blow away by our audiences. It just gets better and better. In this season we are beyond thrilled to be welcoming the absolute icon that is KD Lang to the Music Hall and disco legends Sister Sledge.
“At HMT a personal highlight for me will be Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. It’s the musical that the whole world is talking about - it’s bright, energetic, soulful and straight from the West End, where it has had rave reviews – and who can resist the nostalgic charm of Oor Wullie – sure to be a hit with audiences of all ages!”
The smash-hit and critically acclaimed West End musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie comes to His Majesty’s Theatre. With an original score of catchy pop tunes by lead singer-songwriter of The Feeling, Dan Gillespie Sells and writer Tom MacRae (Doctor Who), this brand new musical will have everybody talking about Jamie for years to come. Sixteen: the edge of possibility. Time to make your dreams come true.
The Broadway and West End production of Gloria and Emilio Estefan’s smash-hit musical On Your Feet is the inspiring true love story of Emilio and Gloria and charts their journey from its origins in Cuba, on to the streets of Miami and finally to international stardom. The show features some of the most iconic pop songs of the era, including Rhythm Is Gonna Get You’, ‘Conga’, ‘Get On Your Feet’ and ‘1-2-3’.
Jings, Crivens, Help Ma Boab! Scotland’s cheekiest, spiky haired scamp Oor Wullie is back! Only question is; where’s his bucket?! Join Wullie, Fat Boab, Soapy Soutar, Wee Eck and the rest of the Sunday Post gang, in a brand new musical adventure celebrating their 80th anniversary.
Inspired by true events, the two-time Oscar-winning movie The Exorcist has thrilled generations the world over since its release in 1973. Now it’s your turn to experience The Exorcist live, featuring the voice of Sir Ian McKellan as the Demon in this spine-tingling new stage production direct from London’s West End.
Internationally renowned and multi award-winning choreographer and director Wayne McGregor CBE has been at the forefront of his field for 25 years, producing choreography that interrogates life through the experience of the body. Now McGregor turns his attention to the body as archive, with a dance portrait illuminated by the sequencing of his own genome. In a continuous re-imagining, Autobiography is constantly reinvented; the order of the dance pieces algorithmically-assembled from a collection of 23 choreographic volumes which unfold uniquely at each performance.
Passion, glamour, love worth dying for – Anthony Besch’s Tosca has it all. In 1940s Rome, in the shadow of Mussolini’s tyrannical rule, the ill-fated lovers come to life against a backdrop of political corruption and intrigue. This superb production is beloved the world over – don’t miss it as it comes home to the Scottish Opera stage.
Sunny, funny and with more ‘tra la las’ per square inch than any other opera in the canon, The Gondoliers is a joy from start to finish. Don’t miss this fast, furious and fun production.
The full menu of new productions also includes beloved children’s favourite The Gruffalo, from October 15-17, and a return by popular demand of the much-loved Carole King musical, Beautiful.
Tickets for all shows are on sale to APA Friends on Thursday (April 18) and for general sale on the following Tuesday (April 23). In addition to priority booking, APA Friends also receive discounts on all shows at His Majesty’s Theatre. To purchase a Friends membership and/or tickets go to aberdeenperformingarts.com, phone on (01224) 641122 or visit the Box Office at HMT and The Lemon Tree.