Alan all set for ‘Sunset Song’ in granite city

Alan McHugh in 'Sunset Song'.

Alan McHugh in 'Sunset Song'.

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The north east’s favourite actor Alan McHugh is to return to His Majesty’s Theatre in Aberdeen in November playing John Guthrie in a new production of Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s famed novel ‘Sunset Song’.

Marking 100 years since the start of the First World War, Sell a Door Theatre Company is reviving Alastair Cording’s faithful adaptation of the classic, recently voted Scotland’s most popular novel of all time.

It will be staged at HMT from Tuesday to Thursday, November 11 to 13, at the end of a Scottish tour taking in Perth, Kirkcaldy, Kilmarnock, Stirling, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness and Dundee.

Alan is well known in Aberdeen having played the dame in HMT’s annual pantomime for more than seven years, a role he takes up again on November 29, and as the script writer for the hugely popular Christmas show.

He trained at RSAMD, and since graduating in 1991, has worked and toured with each of the country’s leading theatre companies, including The Citizens, Royal Lyceum, The Traverse, The Arches, Dundee Rep, Perth Rep, Pitlochry Festival Theatre, Oran Mor, Borderline, The Byre, Wildcat, 7:84, Scottish Opera, and Aberdeen Performing Arts.

TV credits include several ‘Taggarts’; four years on ‘High Road’; two seasons of the BAFTA award winning ‘Limmy’s Show’, ‘River City’, ‘Rab C Nesbitt’, ‘Still Game’, ‘Sea Of Souls’, ‘Dear Green Place’ and ‘Single Father’.

‘Sunset Song’ will also star Rebecca Elise (playing Chris Guthrie), Clare Waugh (Jean Guthrie), Craig Anthony-Ralston (Ewan Tavendale), David McKay (Chae Strachan), Fraser Sivewright (Will Guthrie), Jennifer Hainey (Margret Strachan) and Sandy Nelson (Rob Duncan).

Produced by Sell A Door Theatre Company in Association with The Beacon, ‘Sunset Song’ is directed by Julie Ellen, designed by Jan Bee Brown with lighting designed by Alexander Ridgers.

In Grassic Gibbon’s acclaimed novel, set in the North-east, Chris Guthrie is bound to a harsh farming life by her intense love of the land. She dreams of the seductive yet distant world of books and learning, but when war breaks out she suddenly finds herself facing a very different reality as a widowed, single mother in a land altered beyond recognition. Set in a farming community, ‘Sunset Song’ charts Chris’s struggle to adapt to her new world and hold together her fragile family. Her survival depends solely on her belief that beyond the sunset lies hope.

Tickets are available online at, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty’s Theatre.