His Majesty's Theatre

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For the theatre in Perth, Western Australia, see His Majesty's Theatre, Perth. For the London theatre sometimes known as His Majesty's when appropriate, see Her Majesty's Theatre.
His Majesty's Theatre
Exterior of His Majesty's Theatre
Address Rosemount Viaduct
City Aberdeen
Country Scotland
Coordinates 57°08′53″N 2°06′18″W / 57.148°N 2.1049°W / 57.148; -2.1049Coordinates: 57°08′53″N 2°06′18″W / 57.148°N 2.1049°W / 57.148; -2.1049
Designation Category A listed
Architect Frank Matcham
Owned by Aberdeen Performing Arts
Type Regional theatre
Capacity 1,470 seated (now)
2,300 on four levels (1906)
Opened 3 December 1906
Rebuilt 2003-5 LDN Architects
Other names Aberdeen Playhouse
Current use Touring productions

His Majesty's Theatre in Aberdeen is the largest theatre in north-east Scotland, seating more than 1,400. The theatre is sited on Rosemount Viaduct, opposite the city's Union Terrace Gardens. It was designed by Frank Matcham and opened in 1906. On its centenary in 2006, the theatre was "twinned" with His Majesty's Theatre in Perth, Western Australia.[1]

After a National Lottery grant was awarded in 1999, the theatre was the subject of a refurbishment and extension. The new glass-fronted box office, café and restaurant was designed by City Architect Trevor Smith, who also designed the award-winning Aberdeen Maritime Museum. The auditorium was completely refurbished and new seats were installed. Backstage facilities were also upgraded.

The theatre is regularly visited by Scotland's national arts companies and hosts performances from other major companies and the annual Aberdeen International Youth Festival.

The theatre is managed by Aberdeen Performing Arts which also runs The Music Hall, Aberdeen Box Office and the Lemon Tree.


  1. ^ Edi Swan: His Majesty's Theatre – One Hundred Years of Glorious Damnation (Black & White Publishing) (2006) ISBN 978-1-84502-102-3
  • Guide to British Theatres 1750-1950, John Earl and Michael Sell pp. 2–3 (Theatres Trust, 2000) ISBN 0-7136-5688-3

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