Basic Site Details

Name: His Majesty's Theatre
City or county: Aberdeen
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: Cost £35,000. Arrowsmith and W H Buchan, Sculptors.

Plans are in hand for reconstruction and additions to His Majesty’s Theatre Rosemount- viaduct. Mr George Watt 24 Union-street Aberdeen has prepared plans [Builder 21 July 1933, p118]

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 1Theatre  

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 1Rosemount ViaductYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 91901 Journal referenceFirst scheme
Item 2 of 9September 1901 Plans prepared, construction not yet begunPlans lodged by Brown & Watt
Item 3 of 919031906 Theatre built
Item 4 of 91904 Journal referenceFinal scheme
Item 5 of 926 November 1906  Completion
Item 6 of 93 December 1906 Opened 
Item 7 of 91933  Sightlines improved
Item 8 of 91933 Plans prepared, construction not yet begunReconstruction and additions (may not have been executed as building rem ained in use as a theatre)
Item 9 of 920032005AdditionGlass and granite extension


Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 7Frank Matcham A19031906Designed new building
Item 2 of 7Alexander Brown A19041906Supervised construction for Frank Matcham
Item 3 of 7Brown & Watt A19041906Supervised construction for Frank Matcham
Item 4 of 7George Watt A19041906Supervised construction for Frank Matcham
Item 5 of 7D Macandrew & Co B1933 Sightlines improved
Item 6 of 7George Watt D1933 Reconstruction and additions
Item 7 of 7Aberdeen City Council Property and Technical Services E20032005Granite and glass extension (with Robertson Group as contractor)


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 1Robert Arthur Theatres Co 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 3Peter, Bruce1999Scotland's Splendid Theatres: Architecture and Social History from the Reformation to the Present Day Edinburgh: Polygon (an imprint of Edinburgh University Press Ltd)pp184-187
Item 2 of 3Sharples, J, Walker, D W and Woodworth, M2015The Buildings of Scotland: Aberdeenshire South and Aberdeen London and New Haven: Yale University Presspp86, 92,162
Item 3 of 3Walker, Brian Frank Matcham Theatre Architect  p149

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 8Aberdeen Daily Journal14 September 1901  First scheme
Item 2 of 8Aberdeen Daily Journal3 October 1904  Final scheme
Item 3 of 8Aberdeen Daily Journal26 November 1906  Completion
Item 4 of 8Aberdeen Daily Journal3 December 1906  Opening
Item 5 of 8Architect and Building News1933July-Dec p80
Item 6 of 8Builder21 September 1901  p256
Item 7 of 8Builder25 March 1905   
Item 8 of 8Builder21 July 1933  p118

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 4Aberdeen City Archives (Copy in Public Library)Aberdeen Plans Committee Minutes 8 January 1903 (first submission), 16 March 1904 (second submission)
Item 2 of 4Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register20605 
Item 3 of 4National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSBrown and Watt Scrapbook p104,122
Item 4 of 4National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSDrawings Collection Copies of drawings Acc No 2002/16 (originals held in Theatre Museum in London)