With three excellent theatres, Aberdeen truly punches above its weight when it comes to performances, plays, musicals and more.
His Majesety's Theatre
His Majesty’s Theatre is not only the leading theatre in Aberdeen but one of the most prestigious in Scotland, having had names like Sir Sean Connery, Sir Ian McKellan and Queen’s Brian May gracing the stage.
Opened in 1906, it underwent a huge redevelopment in 2006 incorporating a beautiful glass-fronted box office to go with the Edwardian design. Described by Scottish comedian Sir Billy Connolly as like playing a ‘gig inside a wedding cake,’ the theatre was designed by renowned architect Frank Matcham and holds up to 1,400 people. With a popular programme of events spanning plays, musicals, comedy and live music, it’s one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city, with events taking place most nights of the week.
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The Tivoli Theatre is another impressive venue in the city centre, next to Union Square. Dating back to 1872, it’s opened and closed several times and been a bingo hall during its long history. After a refurb in 2013 though, it is once more an all-singing and all-dancing theatre putting on an impressive range of operas, plays, musicals and stand-up comedy.
One of Scotland’s most notable buildings, the interior is stunning, with impressive frescoes, colonnades and arches – and thanks to a major recent refurbishment, it’s fully up to modern 21st-century standards. The theatre has attracted big names during its time, including George Formby, WC Fields, Ed Byrne and Stewart Lee, and is once again a shining beacon in Aberdeen’s theatre scene.
Finally, there’s ACT Aberdeen, a 350-capacity two-level theatre that puts on a wide range of event,s including a mix of professional and amateur productions, youth group dramas, musicals and plays. On top of that, ACT also has an exhibition space which showcases work from local artists.