Abbey Theatre’s first wedding

Eileen and Alan married at the Abbey Theatre, Arbroath on April 25
Eileen and Alan married at the Abbey Theatre, Arbroath on April 25

Alan Christison married fellow thespian Eileen Masson in a showstopping ceremony in a first for Arbroath’s Abbey Theatre on April 25.

The couple first met while rehearsing and performing ‘Frankenstein’ the panto in the late 90s but didn’t become friends until performing together again in 2010.

They were back on stage together as an official couple in Jesus Christ Superstar with the Arbroath Musical Society.

Mr Christison (40), a retail manager at Dundee Football Club, popped the question in the traditional way, down on one knee in Eileen’s favourite spot at Keptie Pond in 2013.

Together they made the decision to get married in the Abbey Theatre. Eileen said: “We wanted somewhere personal and special to us and it seemed like the only thing to do. We contacted the theatre and they were happy to help.”

Alan and Eileen were the first couple ever to get married at the venue which coincided with the theatre’s 50th Anniversary. The wedding ceremony took place on the stage allowing all the guests front row seats.

“The day was perfect - intimate and meaningful as we wrote our own vows,” continued Mrs Christison.

Mr Christison said his favourite moment of the day was being sung to by Eileen at the evening reception at Seaton Estate holiday village.

Revisiting one of their earlier shows together, the couple are starring in ‘Hi De Hi’ in the Blyth Hall in Newport on Tay in June. Playing the part of Peggy Ollerenshaw is Eileen and Alan as Jeffrey Fairbrother, they are acting in the same roles as when they first performed the show.