Once described by Billy Connolly as ‘playing inside a wedding cake,’ His Majesty’s Theatre is an architectural marvel, even before you begin to look at who has performed there. Whether it is contemporary dance, West End theatre shows, a seasonal panto, or the latest performance by Scottish Opera or Scottish Ballet, it’s all here. Opened in 1906 (and 1906 is also the name of the Theatre’s restaurant) and designed by Frank Matcham, there are over 1400 seats in this iconic venue. It really has played host to some of the greatest names in show business: Noel Coward, Alec Guinness, Vivien Leigh, and Ian McKellan, to name a few.
His Majesty’s Theatre, Rosemount Viaduct, Aberdeen +44 1224 641122
The name describes it well — The Tunnels is housed below-ground in two arches stretching out below Aberdeen’s Union Street. They host live bands, both new and established, known and up-and-coming, and regularly attract some of the very best DJs. This is a legendary venue in Scotland and regularly receives excellent reviews for the quality of the entertainment on offer.
The Tunnels, Carnegie’s Brae, Aberdeen +44 1224 211121
Yet another legendary venue, the art deco Beach Ballroom has had toes tapping for nearly 90 years. The Beatles played here, as did Cream, Pink Floyd, and The Small Faces. The Beach Ballroom continues to host music and dance events, as well as being available to hire for weddings and other functions.
Beach Ballroom, Beach Promenade, Aberdeen +44 1224 647647
The Lemon Tree is home to a vast variety of events and has a fantastic reputation, with two bars, two venues, and everything from rock, jazz, folk, puppetry, dance, to plays, book festival talks, and more on offer. Their youth theatre programme is one of the largest in Scotland and has inspired many hundreds of young people to participate in the arts. With an artists in residence programme and a healthy support network for new talent, The Lemon Tree is definitely worth checking out.
The Lemon Tree, 5 West North Street, Aberdeen +44 1224 641122