One of the biggest West End shows of recent years, a stage version of one of the most terrifying films of all time and a musical take on Oor Wullie are all set to visit Aberdeen – along with Dame Darcey Bussell.
The big shows and big names set for His Majesty’s Theatre and the Music Hall are unveiled in Aberdeen Performing Arts’ summer brochure, due out this week.
And the season is being billed as a “dizzying array of exciting new shows, beloved favourites and star appearances” by APA.
One of the biggest draws is likely to be musical sensation Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, arriving at HMT from April 28 to May 2 next year on its first UK tour after taking the West End by storm.
Based on a true story, it tells of a 16-year-old drag queen from a Sheffield council estate who overcomes prejudice and beats the bullies when he asks a documentary maker to chronicle his life.
With an original score of catchy pop tunes by lead singer-songwriter of The Feeling Dan Gillespie Sells and writer Tom MacRae, it has won eight major theatre awards and was nominated for five Olivier Awards.
For horror fans, a must-see will be the stage version of The Exorcist, featuring the voice of Sir Ian McKellen as the demon who possesses a teenage girl. The controversial and shocking version of the Oscar-winning film is coming direct from the West End to HMT from November 19 to 23.
On a far lighter note, Oor Wullie will be at the theatre from March 3-7. The lovable scamp will be joined by his pals Wee Eck, Fat Boab and Soapy in a new musical adventure to celebrate their 80th anniversary.
While Dame Darcey might have decided to waltz away as a Strictly Come Dancing judge, she is still determined to inspire a new generation of dancers. She will be at the Music Hall on July 6 to front a new competition for school pupils, Diverse Dance Mix (DDMix). Schools shortlisted for the Aberdeen final will perform their routine in front of Dame Darcey and a live audience, to be crowned regional winner.
Jane Spiers, chief executive of APA, said they were delighted to announce the host of new shows for both His Majesty’s and the Music Hall.
“It’s been such a pleasure to welcome artists back and we’ve been blown away by our audiences. It just gets better and better,” she said.
“A personal highlight for me will be Everybody’s Talking About Jamie.”
Other shows in the new brochure include musical On Your Feet, the Broadway hit by Gloria and Emilio Estefan charting their love story from the streets of Cuba to global fame with hits such as Rhythm Is Gonna Get You and Get On Your Feet. It will be at HMT from March 10-14.
Music of a different sort comes courtesy of Scottish Opera’s acclaimed version of Puccini’s Tosca from October 31 to November 2 this year, and Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Gondoliers from May 29-30 next year.
A change of rhythm will be offered by disco divas Sister Sledge, appearing at the Music Hall on October 27 and New Romantic icon Adam Ant on November 25.
Also, Lulu will appear at the Music Hall on September 25, taking fans on a journey through her musical career. Tickets for her show are on sale now.
On the dance front, legendary choreographer Wayne McGregor will stage Autobiography, a work based on sequencing his own DNA genome, at HMT on October 19.
Tickets for all shows will be on sale to Friends of APA from Thursday April 18 and to the general public from Tuesday April 23.