Aberdeen Arts Centre is one of Aberdeen's most inclusive theatres. This community-focused arts venue on King Street aims to provide access to the performing arts for people of all ages. You can pick up tickets to Aberdeen Arts Centre events right here via TickX.
Aberdeen Arts Centre opened in 1831 as a church for the city of Aberdeen. The church closed in the 1950s and reopened as an arts centre in 1963, the first of its kind in Scotland. The city council ran the centre until 1998 when it withdrew core funding. The community stepped in to prevent the centre's closure and the theatre is now an independent charity.
Aberdeen Arts Centre aims to provide accessible theatre and arts experiences suitable for all people. The theatre’s programme is wide-ranging, featuring hard-hitting new plays, musicals, dance, and musical performances. It also hosts shows specifically for children as well as family variety shows. Like many theatres, it has a tradition of hosting an annual pantomime.
Aberdeen Arts Centre’s 350-seater auditorium is split across two levels, an upper and lower gallery for audiences. In addition, it includes a small orchestra pit. Occasionally, the venue uses its café bar/downstairs rooms as more intimate performance spaces. Aberdeen Arts Centre also has its own exhibition area which hosts both the work of local artists and visiting art shows.
In addition to its shows, Aberdeen Arts Centre prides itself on its Creative Learning programme. This hosts classes catered towards 3-18 year olds which focus on drama and musical theatre. However, the venue also hosts classes during the school holidays including dance, music and crafts.
Whatever your interests are, you’ll find few more accessible theatres to visit in north-east Scotland than Aberdeen Arts Centre. You can find the very best Aberdeen Arts Centre tickets right here at TickX.
Aberdeen Arts Centre has ramp access at the stage door on Queen Street. It has a disabled toilet, and a lift up into the auditorium. Please advise staff if any assistance is required. Auditorium wheelchair spaces can be purchased by telephoning 01224 641122.