The curtain is about to go up on a monster season for theatre lovers in the Granite City.
Aberdeen Performing Arts has announced a string of new shows for His Majesty’s Theatre and Music Hall – including a specially curated “monsters and murders” strand designed to thrill audiences.
It will see a new adaptation of Frankenstein, the West End hit A Monster Calls and the Hitchcock thriller Dial M For Murder join the already announced stage version of The Exorcist in HMT’s line-up.
Also unveiled in APA’s autumn brochure, out tomorrow, is the hit musical Once, David Walliam’s Billionaire Boy, a special Christmas show for children – the Ice House – as well as comedy, classical music and dance shows.
Director of programming and creative projects for APA, Ben Torrie, said: “Star-studded theatre, award-winning drama, cutting edge dance, hilarious comedy, brilliant writers and spectacular music, all in the surrounds of our wonderful A-listed venues, ensures there are countless opportunities for audiences from near and far to spend time in Aberdeen in the coming months.”
Central to the new season is the “monsters and murders” programme which will see West End hit The Exorcist at His Majesty’s from November 19 to 23.
The next creepy offering will be Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, adapted for the stage by Aberdeen writer Rona Munro.
The play, which will run from February 4 to 8, puts Shelley herself in the action after the 18-year-old writer dreams up a monster.
Another killer show will be Dial M For Murder, starring TV and stage favourite Tom Chambers.
He plays charismatic but jaded ex-tennis pro Tom Wendice, who sets out to commit the perfect crime when he discovers his wife has been unfaithful.
It will be at HMT from February 18 to 22 and will form part of the Granite Noir crime fiction festival.
Rounding off the chilling shows will be A Monster Calls, from March 17 to 21.
Inspired by the fantasy novel by Patrick Ness, it tells of Conor who is woken by a monster at his window.
The creature tells Conor tales to help him face his own darkest fears in an Olivier-award winning production.
On the lighter side is the celebrated musical Once, based on the acclaimed film about two lost souls – a Dublin busker and a Czech musician – who fall in love.
The score includes the Oscar-winning song Falling Slowly. It will be at His Majesty’s from March 30 to April 4.
David Walliam’s Billionaire Boy is about the richest 12-year-old in the land who does not have a friend, so decides to ditch his posh school and go to the local comprehensive. It will be on from March 25 to 26.
Also for families is the Lemon Tree’s Christmas show Ice House, from December 3 to 22, billed as a “visual delight full of magic and mischief for kids aged under seven”.
For classical music fans, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra opens the orchestral season with a special Proms Concert on September 15.
The event will include some of the world’s best-loved classical music, including Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries and Sibelius’s Finlandia. Performing will be rising Scottish classical musicians the Ayoub sisters.
For dance fans, Rambert will bring its new show to HMT from February 25 to 27.
Local comedy will also be to the fore when the Flying Pigs present The Rothienorman Picture Show from June 24 to 27.
The new shows join a season which already includes Annie, Saturday Night Fever, 9 To 5, Cabaret, John Bishop and Frankie Boyle.
Ben said: “We are thrilled to present a spectacular season of performances which demonstrates our commitment to providing a diverse and varied programme of quality productions for our audiences.”
Tickets for the newly-announced shows go on sale to APA Friends on Thursday July 18 and then on general sale from Tuesday July 23.