Musical magic of the 1960s at His Majesty’s

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New touring productions at His Majesty’s Theatre in Aberdeen are all set to sweep their audiences back in time to an era of big hair and small skirts.

Four new shows announced by Aberdeen Performing Arts this week include the 60s show ‘Dreamboats and Miniskirts’, to begin a week-long run on Tuesday, August 18 and the international smash musical ‘Hairspray’, which opens at HMT on Monday, February 1, 2016.

And for dance aficionados, Scottish Ballet will stage two newly-premiered dazzling productions at the city theatre - ‘Elsa Canasta’ and ‘New Work’ on Friday and Saturday, October 9 and 10, and Christopher Hampson’s enchanting and magical ‘Cinderella’, from Wednesday to Saturday, January 20 to 23, 2016.

Tickets for all four shows went on sale to the general public on Tuesday (March 10), online at www.aberdeenperformingarts.com, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty’s Theatre.

Joyce Summers, APA press manager, said: “We are thrilled to be announcing such an amazing line-up of up-lifting and exciting shows for later this year.

“We are delighted to see ‘Hairspray’ return to His Majesty’s Theatre and we are sure fans of this fantastic musical will be thrilled, too.

“It was one of the hottest tickets in town when it last played at HMT in 2013 and we are sure it will be again.”

‘Dreamboats and Minskirts’ is the 60s sequel to the popular 50s show ‘Dreamboats and Petticoats’ and follows the story of Bobby and Laura, Norman and Sue and Ray and Donna against the backdrop of The Beatles and the Merseyside sound.

The new production of the big, bold and beautiful hit ‘Hairspray’ kicks off its 29-venue UK tour in Leicester in September and His Majesty’s Theatre will be the first Scottish date the following February.

Based on the 1988 film of the same name, it is in Baltimore 1962, where Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, is on a mission to follow her dreams and dance her way on to national TV. Tracy’s audition makes her a local star and soon she is using her new-found fame to fight for equality, bagging local heart-throb Link Larkin along the way.

The staging of ‘Elsa Canasta’ will be a Scottish Ballet premiere from renowned choreographer Javier de Frutos, and it is a dark, funny and sexy evocation of the music of Cole Porter, set to his ballet score ‘Within the Quota’ and a medley of his songs.

The enchanted, magical world of Christopher Hampson, Scottish Ballet artistic director’s ‘Cinderella’, originally created for the Royal New Zealand Ballet in 2007, brings a most beloved fairy tale to the stage at His Majesty’s Theatre at the start of 2016.