Latest news / 5 April, 2016
Back by huge popular demand Elaine C Smith, Alan McHugh and Jordan Young will make a welcome return to His Majesty’s Theatre for this year’s magical pantomime adventure Dick McWhittington.
This will be the seventh time the much-loved and critically acclaimed trio have topped the bill together at the theatre.
One of Scotland’s best known actresses and comedy entertainers, Elaine C Smith has starred in numerous roles in popular television and theatre shows throughout her career; from television shows City Lights, Naked Video and Rab C. Nesbitt to stage appearances as Susan Boyle in the musical I Dreamed a Dream and The Rise and Fall of Little Voice. Elaine will soon be starring as Miss Hannigan in the UK tour of Annie, a role she brings to His Majesty’s Theatre in May 2016.
The doyenne of Aberdonian pantomime will star as The Spirit of the Don opposite actor, comedian, writer and panto dame Alan McHugh who will be appearing as The Quinie Frae Rhynie. No stranger to the HMT stage, Alan has written and performed in pantomime for a number of years alongside River City star Jordan Young who plays Ba’Heid Boabby. The popular double act have played opposite each other for a number of years in a comedic relationship that delights HMT audiences at every performance.
Michael Harrison, managing director of Qdos Entertainment’s pantomimes division and executive producer of the pantomime said: “As always we’re delighted to be bringing back Elaine, Alan and Jordan to star in the HMT panto. They have such undeniable chemistry and stage presence making them the perfect stars to lead another unmissable cast. After the record-breaking and runaway success of last year’s Peter Pan Aberdeen audiences can expect just as much comedy, singing and audience participation with their favourite panto stars this Christmas.”
Jane Spiers, Chief Executive of Aberdeen Performing Arts said: “As anybody in Aberdeen knows, Elaine, Alan and Jordan make our pantomimes such a success and such a local attraction for theatregoers over the festive season. We’re thrilled they delight in returning to HMT every year we look forward to welcoming them back.”
Alan McHugh said: “I’m delighted to be coming back to play dame at HMT for the thirteenth year running, and looking forward to teaming up with Elaine and Jordan again in the best panto, in the best theatre, with the best audiences in the country.”
The traditionally London-based story will be set in the streets of Scotland in an all-new production written by Alan McHugh. Audiences can expect to join their hero Dick McWhittington (and his trusty cat Tommy) as he seeks fame, fortune and happiness to become Lord Provost of Aberdeen, on an adventure that sends him from the North Sea to the High Sea, headed for Morocco in an action-packed pantomime.
Can he outwit the evil rodent King Rat and free Aberdeen from his team of revolting rodents and win the beautiful Alice’s hand in marriage? Audiences should book tickets now to find out in the ultimate magical pantomime.