North-east residents are to get their first peek backstage at the revamped Music Hall.
Aberdeen Performing Arts has announced dates for backstage tours of the Union Street venue, which reopened last month after a £9 million transformation.
The tours – along with ones of the nearby His Majesty’s Theatre – tell the history of the building and its recent refurbishment.
Jane Spiers, chief executive of Aberdeen Performing Arts, said: “We are very much looking forward to welcoming the people of Aberdeen through our doors in 2019 for the ever-popular His Majesty’s Theatre tours.
“We are also extremely pleased to introduce tours of the recently reopened and revamped Music Hall.
“We are very proud of the restoration of this much-loved, iconic building and we are delighted to be able to open our doors and share this with the public through our new guided tours.”
The Music Hall, which first opened in 1820, has gained a reputation as one of the country’s finest venues and has not been upgraded since the 1980s.
The hall was completely refloored, the stage upgraded, organ painted and more comfortable concert hall seating installed.
Another addition to the space is the Big Sky Studio, which will host events such as Six O’ Clock Sessions for music fans and writers in conversation at lunchtimes.
The Music Hall tours will take place on Saturday January 26, February 2 and March 23 at 10.30am and 11.30am.
People can explore the history of the 113-year-old His Majesty’s Theatre on Rosemount Viaduct on Saturday January 12 and January 26, February 2, 9, 16, 23, and March 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30.
The tours of the Edwardian theatre last for 90 minutes and are led by APA’s volunteers.
They will take visitors through HMT’s modern £7.8m extension as well as the original building, which was designed by acclaimed theatre architect Frank Matcham.
Tours begin at 10.30am and end at noon.
Places for both are limited to 20 people per tour and can be booked through Aberdeen Box Office online at aberdeenperformingarts.com, in person at the Music Hall, His Majesty’s Theatre or The Lemon Tree, or by phone on 01224 641122.