Published: 15/09/2014 15:53 - Updated: 16/09/2014 13:49

McHugh takes major role in 'Sunset Song'

Sunset Song, Alan McHugh
Well-known to North-east theatre audiences for playing the dames in His Majesty's Theatre's festive pantomimes, Alan McHugh (centre) will be taking on the key role of John Guthrie in a stage adaptation of Lewis Grassic Gibbon's classic novel 'Sunset Song'.


ABERDEEN'S favourite actor Alan McHugh will return to His Majesty's Theatre in November to play John Guthrie in a new production of Lewis Grassic Gibbon's famed novel Sunset Song.

Marking 100 years since the outbreak of World War I, the Sell a Door Theatre Company is reviving Alastair Cording's faithful adaptation of the classic, which was recently voted Scotland's most popular novel of all time.

It will be staged at His Majesty's Theatre from Tuesday to Thursday, November 11 to 13, to mark the end of a Scottish tour which will take in Perth, Kirkcaldy, Kilmarnock, Stirling, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness and Dundee.

McHugh has endeared himself to North-east audiences playing the dames in HMT's annual pantomimes for many years.

Sunset Song also stars Rebecca Elise as Chris Guthrie, Clare Waugh as Jean Guthrie, Craig Anthony-Ralston as Ewan Tavendale, David McKay as Chae Strachan, Fraser Sivewright as Will Guthrie, Jennifer Hainey as Margret Strachan and Sandy Nelson in the role of Rob Duncan.

Produced in association with The Beacon, Sunset Song is directed by Julie Ellen and designed by Jan Bee Brown with lighting designed by Alexander Ridgers.

In Grassic Gibbon's acclaimed novel, which is 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 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 with her survival dependent solely on her belief that beyond the sunset lies hope.

Tickets for the shows at His Majesty's Theatre are available online at, by phone on 01224 641122 and at the Aberdeen Box Office outlets at the Music Hall and His Majesty's Theatre.

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