On track for fantastic new season!

Dirty dancing: The West End smash hit is one of many musicals coming to Aberdeen this year.
Dirty dancing: The West End smash hit is one of many musicals coming to Aberdeen this year.

Aberdeen Performing Arts are on the right track for a starlight-struck new season of sizzling shows for young and old alike.

For the company have a line-up of dramatic, diverse and downright diabolical live shows at the city’s Music Hall, Lemon Tree and His Majesty’s Theatre in 2012.

The new performances include the smash-hit roller-skating musical sensation Starlight Express (HMT October 2 to 13) and the sharpest and slickest show on the cell block Chicago (September 3 to 8), adding their names to an already formidable line-up of musicals for this year including Grease, Dirty Dancing and Sister Act.

As part of the new season, APA also announced the cast for the international award-winning hit Legally Blonde (May 22 to June 2) with Ray Quinn as Warner, Les Dennis as Prof Callahan and introducing Faye Brooks as Elle.

With an affectionate take on the cult classic movie, the National Theatre of Scotland will premier their exhilarating new production of An Appointment With The Wicker Man (February 21 to 25) at HMT and weirdly wonderful local magicmen Barry and Stuart (Music Hall, May 19) are forsaking the intimate setting of The Lemon Tree for the larger stage at the Music Hall to prove just why they are considered THE consistently original and exciting force in British magic today.

For the younger show goers there is the almost iconic and much-worshipped Peppa Pig, with her new live stage show called Peppa Pig’s Treasure Hunt (HMT July 7 and 8) as well as, Science Museum Live on Tour (HMT April 10 and 11) which aims to unleash the inner Einstein with explosive fun for all the family.

Dance fans will not want to miss Scottish Ballet’s blistering production of A Streetcar Name Desire (HMT May 2 to 5) or the breath-taking return to Aberdeen of the Michael Clark Company with come, been and gone at a date yet to be announced.

At The Lemon Tree Studio, rising stars and internationally acclaimed musical comedy duo Worbey & Farrell take to the stage on April 7 with musical virtuosity, utter stupidity and rapier wit while NPL Theatre are bringing The Stage Best Actor winner 2010 Scott Kyle to the city venue in Passing Places by Stephen Greenhorn, the man behind River City and Sunshine on Leith on May 1.

And as the record-breaking run of the HMT panto Jack and the Beanstalk comes to an end – last performance on Sunday, January 8 – APA and Qdos Entertainment are already planning a wicked follow up – with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Tickets for the next panto and other 2012 shows are available online at www.boxofficeaberdeen.com, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall, His Majesty’s Theatre and The Lemon Tree.