On tour behind the scenes at HMT

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With bare a summer worthy of the name, thoughts are already turning to autumn, and Aberdeen’s His Majesty’s Theatre has announced a new season of the tremendously popular tours of the iconic Edwardian city landmark.

The 75-minute-long Saturday morning tours are a big draw for local groups and organisations, as well as visitors to the city.

Numbers are restricted to 20 per tour, and they will be held at 10.30am on August 25; September 1, 8, 22 and 29 and October 6, 13 and 27.

There will be a second tour at 11.30am on four Saturdays – August 25, September 22, September 29 and October 27.

Individual tours for groups and schools can also be organised separately by contacting Aberdeen Performing Arts creative learning manager Johanna Duncan on 01224 337664 or at johanna.duncan@aberdeenperformingarts.com

Enthusiastic and knowledgeable volunteers take visitors through His Majesty’s modern £7.8 million extension as well as the 106-year-old original building, designed by the legendary theatre architect Frank Matcham.

The tour explores the new and old sections of the city centre landmark, providing an opportunity to get onstage and see HMT from the eyes of a performer in one of the most beautiful theatres in Scotland.

Then it’s backstage to get a glimpse of the inner workings of a busy theatre – and pick up some inside knowledge of its spooky past.

School tours are free and public tours costs £5 (£3 concession) and can be booked through Aberdeen Box Office in person at the Music Hall or His Majesty’s Theatre, by phone on 01224 641122.

They are subject to availability and sell out very quickly.