HMT to host murder mystery evening to raise cash for Aberdeen’s Music Hall

Alison Telfer and Dan Greavey and 'murder victim' Bethany Hogg.

Budding sleuths will have to put their detective caps on when a historic Aberdeen theatre is transformed into a crime scene.

His Majesty’s Theatre will host a murder mystery evening this weekend to raise cash for the renovation of the Music Hall.

And the amateur investigators taking part in the after-hours theatre experience will be taken around the building to hunt for clues to solve the mystery.

Aberdeen Performing Arts (APA) marketing and fundraising co-ordinator Bethany Hogg is behind the whodunnit event, which will take place on Saturday.

She said: “His Majesty’s Theatre has a rich and intriguing history and it seemed the perfect setting for our one-off murder mystery evening.

“Our budding detectives will be treated to a specially prepared three-course meal, but they should be prepared for events to take a dramatic turn. Everyone is a suspect, and to solve the crime our investigators will be taken around the theatre to collect clues.”

The entertainment for the evening will be provided by Right Here Productions.

The company’s director Alison Telfer said: “We’re delighted to have been asked to perform in such an iconic venue. It will be a unique night of glitz, glamour and a little bit of murder.”

Dan Greavey of Right Here Productions added: “Our script for the evening is unique and completely tailored to the HMT experience. As a Music Hall ambassador, I’m really looking forward to the venue reopening, and it would be wonderful to think we might be able to hold a similar event in the hall in the future.”

The renovation of the city’s Music Hall reached a milestone last month with the successful completion of major works to expand the basement.

The £8.7 million project is on track to reopen this winter, with £6.7m raised.

The transformation has been spearheaded by APA, which operates the venue.

The arts charity has invested £1.5m of its own reserves into the project.

The event will begin at 7pm and tickets are available from the APA website or 01224 641122.