New season of music, dance and drama at Aberdeen’s top venues

The North-east will be alive with the sound of more than music in the new season of shows announced by Aberdeen Performing Arts (APA), the company which runs His Majesty’s Theatre, the Music Hall and the Lemon Tree.

Among the new shows coming to His Majesty’s Theatre (HMT) is perhaps the greatest musical of all time, The Sound of Music (January 12 to 16), featuring some of the world’s most memorable songs, on the 50th anniversary of the blockbusting movie which won the hearts of a nation.

Plus there is the eternally-youthful Tommy Steele in The Glenn Miller Story (February 9 to 13); the highly-acclaimed Guys and Dolls (April 5 to 9) prior to a run in the West End; Scottish Opera’s exciting productions of Carmen (October 22 and 24) and Mikado (May 26 to 28); the classic tale of Holly Golightly Breakfast at Tiffany’s (May 2 to 7); four-time Tony Award nominee Footloose (June 20 to 25) and Vincent and Flavia’s The Last Tango (June 13 to 16), featuring the famed dance partners on their last-ever tour together.

Still on the Strictly theme, following in the footsteps of Vincent and Flavia, famed choreographer and dancer Brendan Cole returns to the Music Hall with his new show A Night to Remember on Sunday, February 28. And shortly before that, Rambert presents a triple bill full of passion, drama, world- class dancing and live music in The Three Dancers at HMT (February 7 to 19).

APA have also unveiled a three-day celebration of the glorious Goldberg Variations, one of the most well-known works of great composer JS Bach, with two stunning versions of the composition.

Swedish company Andersson Dance and our own Scottish Ensemble present Goldberg Variations: Ternary Patterns for Insomnia in the Music Hall on Thursday, November 19 and Canadian pianist Angela Hewitt OC OBE presents the original arrangement of the piece on Saturday, November 21 as part of her Bach Masterworks series which also includes a performance of The Art of Fugue on Monday, February 29. In addition, there will be talks, masterclasses and workshops themed around this seminal work.

On the comedy front, Aberdeen’s favourite comedy troupe The Flying Pigs return to their home-base at HMT for a week with their brand new Dreich Encounter (June 2 – 11), packed full of their distinctive North-east flavour.

Local productions also have a starring role, as Phoenix Theatre present Legally Blonde at HMT (February 24 to 27) while youngsters have Funbox’s Santa’s Sleepover Show in the Music Hall (January 9 and 10) and Peppa Pig’s Surprise at HMT (July 6 and 7) to look forward to.

The autumn sees the return of APA and Oran Mor’s hugely popular A Play, A Pie and A Pint series to The Lemon Tree with One in a Million by Cathy Forde (September 29 to October 3), The Wakeful Chamber by Rebecca Sharp and Pippa Murphy (October 20 to 24) in partnership with the city’s sound festival, and The Course of True Love by David Leddy (November 17 to 21).

APA press manager Joyce Summers said: “We are delighted and very proud that we have managed to secure such a wealth and variety of new shows for our venues. And there is really something for everyone in the mix - from old favourites to new works, timeless classics to stunningly modern performances.

“Personally, I can’t believe it is 50 years since I saw The Sound of Music on the big screen and I can’t wait to see this heartwarming and uplifting musical on the stage. And another must-be-there highlight for me will be the three-day celebration of the glorious Goldberg Variations - anyone who’s ever played piano will want to see Angela Hewitt play Bach’s masterpiece - genre defining, humbling and inspiring all rolled into one. And Tommy Steele. And the Flying Pigs. And the new A Play, A Pie and A Pint series . . . I could go on and on.

“But we are confident that those who share our love of live performance will find something in our new season of shows to entertain and thrill them.”

Tickets for the new shows go on sale to APA Friends on Thursday, August 6 and to the general public on Tuesday, August 11 online at, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty’s Theatre.