Theatre Royal, Aberdeen

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Venue Type & Location


Site Name: Theatre Royal, Aberdeen
Location: Aberdeen
County: Aberdeen
Location Type: Town - in town at determined location


  • Address: Marischal Street.
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  • Capacity: Approximately 500-600 people

  • Audience Composition: The Theatre Royal was noted for attracting much of Aberdeen’s elite until the 1830s, when it declined in popularity.

  • Typical Fare: According to the Aberdeen City Council, the main attraction at the theatre after 1818 was the production of Rob Roy. A commemorative plaque in Aberdeen suggests that Charles Macready and Charles Kean performed at the venue as well.
  • Performance History

  • The Theatre Royal was Aberdeen’s first permanent theatre building, built in 1795 by Stephen Kemble. Construction cost 3000 pounds (raised by subscription)

  • Shortly after the opening of a (much larger) venue called His Majesty’s Theatre and Opera House, the theatre grounds were sold to the Church of Scotland. The building was demolished in 1877.

    Please see the 'Bibliographic Sources' link at right for a complete listing of materials (both primary and secondary) from which the above information was compiled.

    Beth Marquis

  • Troupes at Theatre Royal, Aberdeen

    Events at Theatre Royal, Aberdeen

    Event Date Venue Location Troupe
    Dramatic 17 December 1849 - 22 December 1849 Aberdeen, Aberdeen Aldridge, Ira
    Dramatic 24 December 1849 - 29 December 1849 Aberdeen, Aberdeen Aldridge, Ira
    Dramatic 15 November 1852 - 20 November 1852 Aberdeen, Aberdeen Uncle Tom's Cabin Troupe (Aberdeen, 52)

    Bibliographic Sources

    • Aberdeen City Council Website. 02/24/2008 (
    • Arthur Lloyd Website. 05/22/2008 (

      (Under More Provincial Theatres - Aberdeen)