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Romance, laughs and a cursed video game all set to take to the stage in Aberdeen


By Alan Beresford

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Enjoy a romantic evening of music with the RNSO's Romeo and Juliet.
Enjoy a romantic evening of music with the RNSO's Romeo and Juliet.

A PACKED programme awaits on stage at the Music Hall, Lemon Tree and His Majesty's Theatre in Aberdeen this coming week.

Running from Tuesday to Saturday at the Lemon Tree will be A Play, A Pie and A Pint: Playthrough. In the 1980s, there were rumours of a cursed video game called Killswitch. The story went that anyone in the room when this game was played would die. Join friends Biggs and Wedge as they play Killswitch and recount the most chilling digital myths ever told. The audience will choose which haunting tales to hear and ultimately what will happen to the geeky duo.

The supposedly cursed video game Killswitch is the subject of A Play, A Pie and A Pint: Playthrough.
The supposedly cursed video game Killswitch is the subject of A Play, A Pie and A Pint: Playthrough.

Playthrough is a spooky interactive play that explores the darkness and addiction that lurks at the heart of our seemingly innocent playthings.

There are two performances daily, at 1pm and 6pm. Tickets for 1pm Tuesday-Thursday are £13.50 and for Thursday 6pm to Saturday £14.50, available from www.aberdeenperformingarts.com, phone (01224) 641122 or visit the box office at His Majesty’s Theatre or the Music Hall.

The classic tale of the Calendar Girls is coming to His Majesty's Theatre.
The classic tale of the Calendar Girls is coming to His Majesty's Theatre.

Also running from Tuesday to Saturday Calendar Girls the Musical. Following the death of a much-loved husband, a group of ordinary women in a small Yorkshire Women’s Institute are prompted to do an extraordinary thing and set about creating a nude calendar to raise money for charity.

However, upturning preconceptions is a dangerous business and none of the women are prepared for the emotional and personal ramifications they will face as the fabulous and funny calendar brings each woman unexpectedly into flower.

Calendar Girls the Musical brings together a stunning cast of music, stage and television stars. Laurie Brett (EastEnders), Liz Carney (The Full Monty, The Mousetrap), Maureen Nolan (The Nolans, Blood Brothers), Lyn Paul (The New Seekers, Blood Brothers), Helen Pearson (Hollyoaks), Samantha Seager (Coronation Street) and Honeysuckle Weeks (Foyle’s War) star as the ladies.

The shows at His Majesty’s Theatre are playing at 2pm, 2.30pm and 7.30pm, with tickets costing £19-£59 from www.aberdeenperformingarts.com, phone (01224) 641122 or visit the box office at His Majesty’s Theatre or the Music Hall.

Connor Fyfe will be the latest act to play at the True North Sessions.
Connor Fyfe will be the latest act to play at the True North Sessions.

The Big Sky Studio over at the Music Hall will play host musician Connor Fyfe at the True North Sessions on Wednesday.

Hailing from the outskirts of Glasgow, Connor is a triumphant musical force to be reckoned with. Simply beyond his years as a musician and with his richly textured vocals accompanied by his transcendent guitar skills, he performs from a place of raw emotion which connects with his fans who are hooked on every line he sings and every note he plays. Despite being only 14 years old it is undeniable that he deserves to be on every bill he plays as his natural musicality will connect with audiences far and wide.

The gig gets under way at 6pm. Tickets are £11 and include a pint, a glass of wine or a soft drink. Available from www.aberdeenperformingarts.com, phone (01224) 641122 or visit the box office at His Majesty’s Theatre or the Music Hall.

A romantic evening of music is on the cards on Thursday thanks to the RNSO's rendition of Romeo and Juliet. Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers have inspired some truly glorious music, and if you only know Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet from The Apprentice, you’re in for a wonderful surprise. In the week of Valentine’s Day, Thomas Søndergård and the RSNO will sweep you off your feet, while powerhouse pianist Simon Trpčeski brings the house down every time he plays. Saint-Saëns’ Second Piano Concerto has some serious sparkle: it just got even brighter.

Taking place at the Music Hall at 7.30pm, tickets are priced at £14-£32 from www.aberdeenperformingarts.com, phone (01224) 641122 or visit the box office at His Majesty’s Theatre or the Music Hall.

Queer Folks' Tales is coming to the Granite City as part of its Scotland-wide tour.
Queer Folks' Tales is coming to the Granite City as part of its Scotland-wide tour.

The same evening over at the Lemon Tree will see Queer Folks’ Tales take to the stage. This is a hugely popular, five star rated LGBTQ+ storytelling show that’s been running at the Scottish Storytelling Theatre on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile since October 2021. With new Creative Scotland funding, these sell-out Queer Folks’ Tales shows are going Scotland-wide, featuring local LGBTQ+ storytellers in Aberdeen, Glasgow & Inverness.

Queer storytellers from around Scotland share stories of LGBTQ+ lives, past, present and future. Sometimes hilarious, often moving, occasionally shocking, always authentic, the mix of stories is as varied as the storytellers we invite. Household names feature alongside new and diverse queer storytellers from the different communities of Scotland.

Tickets are £13.20, available from www.aberdeenperformingarts.com, phone (01224) 641122 or visit the box office at His Majesty’s Theatre or the Music Hall, with the show getting on the road at 7.30pm.

Award-winning comic Ania Magliano set to raise a smile or two at the Lemon Tree.
Award-winning comic Ania Magliano set to raise a smile or two at the Lemon Tree.

There'll be a laugh or two for sure the following evening when award-winning comic Ania Magliano appears at the Lemon Tree

Winner of Best New Show at Leicester Comedy Festival 2022, Ania sold-out both runs of her critically acclaimed shows at the 2022 and 2023 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Her second show ‘I Can’t Believe You’ve Done This’ was ranked #1 in Time Out’s The 11 Best Comedy Shows at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2023 list. Ania has previously supported Marc Maron, Cat Cohen and Ed Gamble on tour and writes for Amelia Dimoldenberg’s Chicken Shop Date.

Starting at 7.30pm, tickets cost £15.40, available from www.aberdeenperformingarts.com, phone (01224) 641122 or visit the box office at His Majesty’s Theatre or the Music Hall.

Jason Fox will be recounting tales from his life as a Special Forces soldier.
Jason Fox will be recounting tales from his life as a Special Forces soldier.

The life of an elite soldier takes centre stage on Saturday in Jason Fox's Life at the Limit show. Ex-special forces soldier, star of TV’s SAS: Who Dares Wins, Inside The Real Narcos and author of the number one bestseller Battle Scars, Jason will bring to the stage and on tour the remarkable story of his daring exploits in a distinguished career as an elite operator in the UK Special Forces.

From gunfights, hostage rescues, daring escapes and heroic endeavours that defined Jason Fox’s service, to a very different battle that awaited him at home.

The Music Hall at 7.30pm is the place to be to catch this show. Tickets are £32.50, available from www.aberdeenperformingarts.com, phone (01224) 641122 or visit the box office at His Majesty’s Theatre or the Music Hall.

Canadian funnyman Tom Stade will be musing on many aspects of life in his show.
Canadian funnyman Tom Stade will be musing on many aspects of life in his show.

Bringing the week to a close on Sunday is Tom Stade with Natural Born Killer. Join the legendary Canadian superstar as he toys with the complexities of our ever-changing world and muses on progressiveness and pronouns – not to mention 27 years of marriage and adult kids who refuse to respect him.

A master of his craft, he’s wowed sell-out audiences across the UK for the past two decades and remains one of the most compelling, instinctive stand-ups around.`

Make your way to the Lemon Tree at 7pm for this performance. Tickets are priced at £20.35 from www.aberdeenperformingarts.com, phone (01224) 641122 or visit the box office at His Majesty’s Theatre or the Music Hall.


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