The Archie Foundation’s inaugural Variety Show is fast approaching, with a few tickets still left on sale. The show is being held at Aberdeen’s iconic Tivoli Theatre and will see children of all ages taking to the stage and being given their chance to shine with a whole range of talents.

To add to the excitement, the organisers have announced that the evening will be hosted by pantomime legend Alan McHugh. As well as appearing in His Majesty’s Theatre’s annual pantomime since 2004, Alan has also appeared in TV shows such as Taggart, Limmy’s Show and Two Doors Down.

Speaking about the upcoming show, Alan said: "I am absolutely delighted to be involved with The Archie Foundation Variety Show, and to continue my long-standing relationship with the wonderful Archie Foundation, having witnessed first-hand the phenomenal work they do each year at the hospital during the panto cast's visits.

“I'm very excited to be sharing the stage with Aberdeen’s next generation of stars and I'm hoping to pick up some tips for panto from these budding young performers."

The children, who have all been supported either by The Archie Foundation or NHS Grampian, will tread the boards from 7.30pm on Saturday, May 4.

Sponsored by TEXO, the variety show will be made up of 16 acts, each of which will celebrate the children’s unique talents and abilities.

While tickets have nearly sold out, those who are still interested in the event have the chance to get their hands on the final few.

Local pantomime legend Alan McHugh

Local pantomime legend Alan McHugh

Cassie McGunnigle, Fundraising Manager at The Archie Foundation, said: “There’s a real buzz of excitement around the event and it’s fantastic to see the lift that our performers are already getting from the experience.

“There are still a few tickets left and we really hope the show is a sellout with a supportive audience who will show their appreciation for the children’s performances.

“As well as raising vital funds for The Archie Foundation, this event is also giving the children the opportunity to take part in an unmissable experience. Some of them have come to The Archie Foundation or NHS Grampian because of an injury, and others because of illness or to receive bereavement support. This show is a chance for them to do something completely different.”

Speaking about its involvement with the Variety Show, TEXO’s Managing Director, Chris Smith, said: “We're thrilled to be sponsors of The Archie Foundation's Variety Show this May.

“The Archie Foundation plays such a vital role in supporting local families facing unimaginable challenges, and we're proud to play our part in ensuring the success of this show. The Variety Show promises an inspiring evening to celebrate the courageous children that Archie’s supports, bringing the local community together to raise crucial funds for The Archie Foundation’s essential work.”

Cassie added: “We received fantastic support from TEXO as our main sponsor and also from many other local businesses. We’ve been blown away by the number of people getting in touch to see how they can get involved. Big thanks has to go to our band, Glitz. They have been amazing, not only providing the music for the rehearsals and on the night, but also bringing incredibly positive energy to the event and helping everyone to be part of something really special.

“We still have some business sponsorship opportunities available, if anyone is interested in helping to support the Variety Show they should contact me by emailing”

Visit to get the final tickets, priced at £15 for adults and £12 for children.

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