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Magic, mayhem and spellbinding enchantment are all part of shows announced by Aberdeen Performing Arts

By David Porter

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Audiences at His Majesty’s Theatre and the Music Hall will be invited to step into a world of enchantment, wonder and captivating entertainment with a string of spectacular new shows announced by Aberdeen Performing Arts as part of a bumper re-opening season.

Hit shows including musicals The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Rock of Ages, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, plus Penn and Teller’s comic catastrophe Magic Goes Wrong, and beautiful family dance production The Lost Happy Endings join an already packed line up at His Majesty’s Theatre, which already includes some of the biggest shows from the West End.

The lineup at the Music Hall includes the return of Scotland’s national orchestras, rock legends including Paul Weller, and a feast of huge comedy talent from Sarah Millican to Alan Carr.

Jane Spiers, Aberdeen Performing Arts’ chief executive said: “We’re thrilled to be adding these amazing shows to our already packed programme. We have hugely anticipated shows like The Book of Mormon, Waitress, and Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Scottish Ballet’s luscious new Gene Kelly and George Gershwin show Starstruck, and our much-loved panto, Beauty and the Beast in the calendar, so to be adding shows of this calibre is very exciting.

“The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe has been receiving rave reviews and we are so excited to be bringing this spectacular production to Aberdeen – it is sure to be memorable.

"Another highlight will definitely be the latest title from the Play That Goes Wrong family, created by the incomparable magical talents of Penn and Teller.”

“Our venues have just reopened and it has been wonderful to welcome back audiences once again.

"We’re sure that this new season announcement will include something for everyone from the biggest musical theatre hits to living rock legends, and we can’t wait!”.

The Lost Happy Endings marks the return to HMT of the wonderful balletLORENT company, on Friday, November 5 and Saturday, November 6. An original story by former Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy featuring recorded narration by Joanna Lumley, the tale follows Jub on her quest to save the fairytale happy endings. Packed with spirit, adventure and glorious surprises, and retold as magical dance theatre, this fantasy family show will delight generations old and young.

Sam Womack as the White Witch
Sam Womack as the White Witch

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe comes to His Majesty’s Theatre from Tuesday, January 25 – Saturday 29.

Direct from London, the smash hit production of C.S. Lewis’ classic, voted the nations favourite book in 2019, is coming to His Majesty’s Theatre.

Step through the wardrobe this winter into the enchanted kingdom of Narnia. Join Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter as they wave goodbye to wartime Britain and embark on the most magical of adventures in a frozen, faraway land where they meet a Faun, talking Beavers, the noble king of Narnia, Aslan, and the coldest, most evil of all, White Witch. This critically acclaimed production is pure theatrical magic.

Magic Goes Wrong
Magic Goes Wrong

Magic Goes Wrong will be at His Majesty’s Theatre from Wednesday, February 2 – Saturday, February 5.

Back with their biggest comedy catastrophe to date, multi award-winning Mischief (The Play That Goes Wrong, BBC One’s The Goes Wrong Show) return to the stage with their hilarious new show created with magic legends, Penn & Teller.

Raising the bar with their dare-devil stunts, jaw-dropping feats and irresistible comedy genius, Mischief’s Magic Goes Wrong comes direct from the West End.

Rock of Ages visits Aberdeen from Tuesday, February 8 – Saturday,12.

The West End and Broadway hit musical is back, and the party is gonna be bigger than ever.

A classic LA love story lavished with over 25 classic rock anthems played loud and proud by an awesome live band at the biggest party in town. Lose yourself in a city and a time where the dreams are as big as the hair, and yes, they can come true!

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat will be at the city theatre from Tuesday, June 28 – Saturday, July 2.

Direct from a triumphant season at the London Palladium, the brand new production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat comes to Aberdeen for one week only.

The multi-award winning show features songs that have gone on to become pop and musical theatre standards, including Any Dream Will Do, Close Every Door to Me, Jacob and Sons, There’s One More Angel In Heaven and Go, Go, Go Joseph.

Tickets for all new events go on sale to Friends on Tuesday, September 21 and on general sale on Thursday, September 23 and are available from www.aberdeenperformingarts.com, at the box office at His Majesty’s Theatre or the Music Hall or phone (01224) 641122.

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