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Aberdeen, Rosemount Viaduct, His Majesty's Theatre

Theatre (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Aberdeen, Rosemount Viaduct, His Majesty's Theatre

Classification Theatre (Period Unassigned)

Canmore ID 144979

Site Number NJ90NW 399

NGR NJ 93748 06368

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

Permalink http://canmore.org.uk/site/144979

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Administrative Areas

  • Council Aberdeen, City Of
  • Parish Aberdeen
  • Former Region Grampian
  • Former District City Of Aberdeen
  • Former County Aberdeenshire

Architecture Notes

Architect: Frank Matcham 1904.

(Location cited as NJ 9378 0636). Theatre: designed by Frank Matcham, built 1904-6 and opened December 1906. Some modification by D MacAndrew and Co in 1933, the sightlines being improved at a cost of ?35,000. Completely refurbished in the 1980's, a new counterweight system and lift being installed backstage.

Free Renaissance four-storey Kemnay granite ashlar front, asymmetrically treated with columned and copper-capped dome on the E. Spacious and well-preserved interior, handsomely treated throughout in mixed baroque and neo-Jacobean strapwork decoration with much alabaster and marble. Large auditorium seated for 2550 with three galleries, the dress circle being not fully cantilevered with two columns. Elaborate aedicular treatment of boxes; frieze over the proscenium arch by W H Buchan.

(Newspaper references cited).

NMRS, MS/72/83.

EXTERNAL REFERENCES

Aberdeen Press and Journal - 8th August 1933 article titled 'Aberdeen's new theatre opens next Monday'

Sightline, vol 15, No1

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