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Treasure 87: His Majesty's Theatre Posters
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Treasure 87: His Majesty's Theatre Posters

Historic Documents
Léa Moreau
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Treasure 87: His Majesty's Theatre Posters
Historic Documents
Treasure 87: His Majesty's Theatre Posters
December 2016 marks 110 years since His Majesty's Theatre (HMT) was built on Rosemount Viaduct. The venue was designed by the renowned English theatre architect Frank Matcham (22 November 1854 - 18 May 1920) and opened with a production of Red Riding Hood.

His Majesty's Theatre is now operated by Aberdeen Performing Arts and remains an important part of the cultural life of the city. On its construction HMT replaced The Tivoli as Aberdeen's leading venue for plays and pantomimes. The Tivoli was sold two days prior to the opening of His Majesty's with the stipulation that it would not programme competing productions.

His Majesty's is the largest theatre in the north east of Scotland and continues to be a popular venue on UK's touring circuit. The venue's varied programme includes shows from London's West End and productions by Scotland's national arts companies.

Over the last 110 years Aberdeen City Libraries have collected a number of posters, flyers and programmes from throughout the history of our theatrical neighbour, some of which are on display here.

Take a closer look at posters from HMT's history on our interactive exhibition on the touchscreen.
His Majesty's Theatre
Aberdeen Local Studies