The Panto is just for kids, right? Oh no it isn’t!

The Pantomime Adventures of Peter Pan has been delighting audiences, young and old. There are some brilliant shows on across Aberdeen this Panto season, including Aladdin at Tovoli and Cinderella at Aberdeen Arts Centre. However, there can be no doubt that the daddy of them all is at HMT.

To experience the show first-hand, we sent Northsound 1 breakfast presenter Jeff Diack along. It's safe to say he had a brilliant night.

Well, it might be, but I am a huge kid and had a brilliant time at this year's HMT show, The Pantomime Adventures of Peter Pan.

Alan McHugh is back for his umpteenth outing as the Dame. He is truly hilarious as Maggie Celeste. His partnership with PJ Corrigan as the wee dafty, Smee, is effortlessly funny. It’s hard to tell if the fluffs are genuine fluffs, or if the writing is just brilliantly done. In either case, the two will draw the audience in and keep them engaged throughout the entire show.

The pair relentlessly take the mick out of Brendan Cole’s Captain Hook, who himself is brilliant, switching from evil to funny at the drop of a hat. The dance-off between the characters captures everything that panto should be, engaging and tremendously funny.

Aberdeen’s own Danielle Jam also returns this year as Tinkerbell the Doric Fairy who truly is a treasure. Fellow Aberdonain Michael Karl-Lewis, who went to the effort of waxing his chest to be a convincing boy who never grew up, pulls it off as Peter. And a Pan story wouldn’t be complete without Wendy, who is played by the dazzling Beth Nicolson.

Strap yourself in for a laugh a minute. The show really is a great jig, Bobby.

The Pantomime Adventures of Peter Pan runs at HMT until 8th Jan 2023, where the big kids can enjoy the show just as much as the actual kids.

Jeff Diack

The Rothienorman Picture Show

Aberdeen’s own Flying Pigs return to HMT with ‘The Rothienorman Picture Show‘, a new mix of songs and sketches. Fast, funny, and with a distinctive North-East flavour, the punk ‘Scotland the What‘ are sure to delight toonsers, teuchters and ab’dy in atween.

“Father Ted meets The Broons“ Scottish Daily Express
“Fabulously funny…outstanding“ Press and Journal
“Hilarious…“ The Scotsman
“…albeit lowbrow.“ The Herald

The return of Aberdeen Performing Arts

Aberdeen Performing Arts has announced that all of its venues will re-open to the public from Tuesday 7 September. APA closed The Music Hall, His Majesty’s Theatre and the Lemon Tree on 17 March 2020, as the Covid-19 pandemic forced the world into lockdown. This resulted in the arts charity rescheduling or cancelling over 700 performances and placing 270 staff on furlough.

Jane Spiers of Aberdeen Performing Arts

Chief Executive Jane Spiers said: “We are so pleased, relieved and grateful to be opening our doors again after such a difficult 18 months.  We earn nearly 90% of our turnover through earned income and that was wiped out overnight. I can’t thank our loyal team enough, our furloughed team who stayed with us in spirit and the handful of retained team who ripped up their job descriptions and did whatever it took to keep us afloat. It’s a milestone moment for all of us and we can’t wait for curtain up. As we start to see people coming back to work it’s hard not to feel emotional. It’s much more than a turn of the key to get our three venues open again after so long and everyone is working so hard to get us there.”

“We are gradually phasing back and plan to offer a full programme again by November. For now, though, our immediate priority is to bring our beautiful buildings back to life and put measures in place to make sure that our customers and audiences feel safe and comfortable going forwards.

We’ve just put the finishing touches to a terrific Autumn/Winter season brochure. We’re so grateful to our audiences who donated so generously during the pandemic to help keep us going. There would be no show without you. Enjoy!”

New opening hours

Box offices at His Majesty’s Theatre and the Music Hall will open on Tuesday, September 7. They'll be open Tuesday to Saturday, from 10am – 6pm. Coda Café in the Music Hall will be open from Tuesday, September 14. It opening hours of Tuesday to Saturday from 9.30am – 5pm. HMT 1906 café and restaurant will remain closed until the end of November. This will allow APA to increase circulation space in the HMT foyer/box office as part of COVID safety measures.

What's on

The first performance at the Music Hall will be Nick Cave and Warren Ellis on Sunday 19 September, with the first event, the National Whisky Festival, taking place on Saturday 18 September. The first show at His Majesty’s Theatre will be the 100th Aberdeen Student Show, Freezin’ which runs at the theatre from Tuesday 14 September to Saturday 18 September, while at the Lemon Tree the first show will be The Wandering Hearts on Wednesday 8 September.

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