Glitterning new shows heading for Aberdeen are a work of art with a touch of Hollywood glamour thrown in.
A stellar cast of Nigel Havers, Stephen Tompkinson and Denis Lawson will star in the comedy Art in His Majesty’s spring season.
And joining the bill will be a stage version of the smash film Rain Man.
Musical fans are also in for a treat with the 10th anniversary tour of Green Day’s American Idiot stopping off at HMT.
The productions are among a slew of new shows revealed in Aberdeen Performing Arts’ latest brochure, to be released next week.
Jane Spiers, chief executive of APA, praised the line-up which includes previously announced big shows, such as Kinky Boots, Rock Of Ages, Calendar Girls and a stage version of Rebus.
“We aim to attract the very best stage plays to the city – stories that will thrill and delight, are thought- provoking and will make audiences laugh and cry,” said Jane.
“With star-studded casts, top-notch writers and fabulous production values, we couldn’t have hoped for better than Art and Rain Man for our spring session at HMT.”
Art is considered a modern comedy masterpiece and is still pulling in and delighting audiences 25 years after it premiered in Paris.
It is a real coup to have such an acclaimed acting trio in the lead roles when this story of a modernist painting and the reactions it provokes arrives at HMT from March 25-30.
Nigel Havers is getting on for national treasure status thanks to his roles on screen ranging from Chariots Of Fire to Coronation Street, while Stephen Tompkinson is a firm favourite after starring in TV hits like Wild At Heart and Ballykissangel.
Olivier-award winning Scots actor Denis Lawson has graced the screen in classics like the three original Star Wars films, as well as TV drama New Tricks.
Rain Man, which arrives from April 1-6, is a loving stage recreation of the multi-Oscar-winning film, starring Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman. It tells of selfish wheeler-dealer Charlie Babbitt who finds his father has left his multi-million-dollar estate to his other son, Raymond, who Charlie didn’t know existed.
After two West End runs and a sell-out UK tour, the explosive Green Day’s American Idiot will arrive at HMT from June 18-22.
The show – based on the band’s classic album – tells of three friends looking for meaning in a post-9/11 world.
Another treat for theatre goers will be a revival of Fiddler On The Roof. The popular musical will be staged by Aberdeen’s Phoenix Youth Theatre from January 23-26.
The new brochure also unveils a treat for family audiences at The Lemon Tree this Christmas. Night Light, which will run from December 1 to Christmas Eve promises to be a captivating show taking under-7s and their families into a magical universe.
It will complement the traditional HMT panto, Snow White, starring Lee Mead. Jane said: “Christmas is always an exciting time for us and I’m particularly looking forward to it this year, thanks to our star- studded panto line-up at HMT and beautiful family treat at The Lemon Tree.”