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Gripping drama Twelve Angry Men heading for His Majesty’s Aberdeen

By David Porter

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Following previous record-breaking West End seasons, Twelve Angry Men comes to Aberdeen’s His Majesty’s Theatre from February 20-24.

12 Angry Men comes to Aberdeen. Picture: Jack Merriman
12 Angry Men comes to Aberdeen. Picture: Jack Merriman

Reginald Rose’s gripping knife-edge courtroom thriller will see Jason Merrells (Casualty, Emmerdale) taking the role of Juror 8 for the 2024 tour, with Tristan Gemmill (Coronation Street, Casualty), Michael Greco (EastEnders, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes), Ben Nealon (Soldier Soldier, Doctors), Gary Webster (Minder, Family Affairs), and Gray O’Brien (Coronation Street, Peak Practice) all returning to their previous roles.

Completing the cast are Paul Beech, Samarge Hamilton, Jeffrey Harmer, Mark Heenehan, Kenneth Jay, Paul Lavers, Owen Oldroyd and Adam Phillip Bloom.

Aberdeen Performing Arts chief executive, Sharon Burgess, said: “This is such a powerful story and will be brought to life in spectacular fashion by this amazing cast.

“It will be showing at His Majesty’s Theatre during our Granite Noir Festival and fits in perfectly with the dramatic exploration of so many broad themes such as justice, prejudice, class and society through the lens of crime fiction.”

Twelve Angry Men has been hailed ‘the classiest, most intelligent drama playing on the West End’ with two West End seasons at London’s Garrick Theatre starring Martin Shaw followed by Tom Conti. It brings the 1957 three-time Academy Award nominated film, considered one of the great ‘must-sees’ of all time, to the stage.

12 Angry Men comes to Aberdeen. Picture: Jack Merriman
12 Angry Men comes to Aberdeen. Picture: Jack Merriman

A jury has murder on their minds and a life in their hands as they decide the fate of a young delinquent accused of killing his father. But what appears to be an open and shut case soon becomes a huge dilemma, as prejudices and preconceived ideas about the accused, the trial, and each other turn the tables every which way, until the nail-biting climax.

Granite Noir, Aberdeen’s crime writing Festival, returns to the city from February 20-26 with a packed programme of events for crime writing fans of all ages, with legendary detectives, code-breakers, spies, serial killers, perfectly plotted psychological thrillers, darkly comic horror, dramatic theatrical performances and murder mystery movies.

Tickets are on sale now, available 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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