As the curtain rigs down on the last performance of an another record-breaking panto at His Majesty’s Theatre in Aberdeen today (Sunday), a new season of the tremendously popular tours of the Edwardian theatre is being drawn up to start later this month.
And the hour-long tours have been extended to an hour and 15 minutes to be even a bigger draw for local groups and organisations, as well as visitors to the city.
The new set of 75-minute Saturday 10.30am tours are to be held on January 28, February 4, 11 and 25 and March 10, 17, 24 and 31.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
School tours are free while 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.
Enthusiastic and knowledgeable volunteers take visitors through His Majesty’s modern £7.8 million extension as well as the 105-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.