Backstage theatre tours

His Majesty's Theatre in Aberdeen.
His Majesty's Theatre in Aberdeen.

With spring on the horizon, Aberdeen Performing Arts have announced a new season of behind-the-scenes tours of the city’s Edwardian architectural gem, His Majesty’s Theatre.

The Saturday morning 90-minute tours, which lift the curtain on the inside story of the history and day-to-day workings of the historic theatre, will be held at 10.30am on March 7, 21 and 28; April 4, 11, 18 and 25; May 2 and June 6 and 27.

Numbers are limited to only 20 people per tour, on a first-come-first-served basis.

Under the guidance of enthusiastic and knowledgeable volunteers, visitors can explore His Majesty’s modern £7.8 million extension as well as the 100-year-old original building, designed by the legendary theatre architect Frank Matcham.

There’s an opportunity to get onstage and get a performers-eye view of one of the most beautiful theatres in Britain. Then it’s backstage for a glimpse of the inner workings of a busy theatre – and pick up some inside knowledge of its spooky past.

Tickets cost £5 (£3 concession) and can be booked at www.aberdeenperformingarts.com, in person at the Music Hall or His Majesty’s Theatre or 01224 641122.

Tours for schools and groups can be organised, according to availability and scheduling, and information on these and individual tours for groups is available by emailing tours@aberdeenperformingarts.com.