ABOUT THIS BOOK
PUBLICATION DATE: September 5, 2006
His Majesty’s Theatre: One Hundred Years of Glorious Damnation
By (author) Edi Swan
This work celebrates a hundred years of His Majesty’s Theatre in Aberdeen. “His Majesty’s Theatre – One Hundred Years of Glorious Damnation” is a celebration of the long and colourful history of Aberdeen’s favourite theatre. Standing alongside a library and a church, the theatre and its neighbours are known locally as ‘Education, Salvation and Damnation’, with the theatre fulfilling the infernal role. But it’s a glorious damnation and a fascinating story which has never before been fully told. Rich with illustrations, and full of information and theatrical anecdotes, “His Majesty’s Theatre – One Hundred Years of Glorious Damnation” is a compelling guide to an Aberdeen institution. The march of managers and owners through the doors, the construction of the original Frank Matcham master-piece that houses the theatre, its exciting new Modernist extension: this is the definitive archive of His Majesty’s, and is sure to inform and entertain theatre enthusiasts, actors, producers and ‘rude mechanicals’ across the country.
Edi Swan has been associated with His Majesty’s Theatre for fully half of the theatre’s hundred years. He worked painting and designing for the theatre while an art teacher and in 1979 became its first Technical Director. Recently he has been appointed as the theatre’s Honorary Archivist.