Aberdeen Arts Centre (as we now know it) was erected in 1828 as The North Parish Church in the parish of St Nicholas. The site for the North Church was chosen as it was in the heart of the new parish and was regarded as a very commanding position being on the corner of King Street and Queen Street. The building was designed by John Smith, successor to Archibald Simpson as City Architect, and was similar to St Pancras Church in London. It cost £10,500 to build and could accommodate over 1700 parishioners during services and events. The church was opened on 19th June 1831.
The church closed in the 1950s and reopened as an Arts Centre in 1963. The conversion, which cost £53,000, provided a proscenium arch theatre on the first floor and meeting rooms on the ground floor. It was the first venue of its kind in Scotland and, run by the City Council, it served the local community until 1998 - when core funding was removed and the building was threatened with closure. The Aberdeen Arts Centre Association, led by Annie Inglis (MBE), was established to ‘Save the Arts Centre’ and in 1999 Castlegate Arts Limited (CAL) was founded to support the building’s vital creative activity. Now, Aberdeen Arts Centre is an independent charity, where our very small team of staff and volunteers remain committed to providing accessible theatre and arts experiences for all.
We are located at 33 King Street, Aberdeen, AB24 5AA.
The nearest parking options include Frederick Street, Gallowgate, Loch Street. and Marischal College.
Any bus that takes you through the Castlegate area; near Morrisons on King Street; or near Marischal College will get you close to the Arts Centre.
For taxis, it may be easiest to direct drivers to our Queen Street entrance next to the Police Station.
Our Office/Box Office is open Tuesdays-Saturdays 10am-4pm; and half an hour before performance times. Opening hours may vary during school holidays.
Aberdeen Arts Centre has ramp access at the stage door on Queen Street. We have 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.
Performances will be due to start at the time advertised/the time printed on your ticket. Doors will open approximately half an hour before the start time.
www.aberdeenartscentre.com/whatson | 01224 641122
Tickets can be purchased in person at Aberdeen Arts Centre, or alternatively at any Aberdeen Performing Arts venue.
If you have chosen to pick up your tickets on the night, head to our Box Office (next to the ladies’ toilets) for collection.
Tickets can generally still be purchased from our Box Office on the day/night of the performance - please ensure you leave plenty of time before the performance is due to start to purchase any last minute tickets to avoid disappointment.
We have a small team of friendly, hard working volunteers who will be looking after you during your visit. Our volunteers run the Cafe Bar, help audiences find their seats, and are ready to answer any questions you might have.
Our Café Bar is open to the public before and during performances. We offer a wide selection of alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, as well as a variety of snacks. We also stock Mackie’s ice cream for you to enjoy during the interval.
All seats in Aberdeen Arts Centre’s auditorium are located upstairs. If you are unsure where to go, please do not hesitate to ask one of our friendly volunteers. Our staff and volunteers will also be at hand to escort you upstairs in the lift – please ask at the Box Office for assistance. A detailed seating plan and photos of the auditorium can be found below.
Occasionally our Café Bar/downstairs rooms are used for a more intimate performance space. Please check your ticket/advertising, or ask a volunteer if you are unsure which room you are looking for.