Buxton Opera House
is in The Square, Buxton
, England. It is a 902 seat opera house that hosts the annual Buxton Festival
and International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival
, among others, as well as pantomime
at Christmas, musicals
and other entertainments year-round. Hosting live performances until 1927, the theatre then was used mostly as a cinema until 1976. In 1979, it was refurbished and reopened as a venue for live performance.
It was built in 1903 and designed by Frank Matcham
, one of Britain's finest theatre architects. He also designed two famous London
theatres: the London Palladium
(1910) and the London Coliseum
The Opera House ran as a successful theatre, receiving touring companies until 1927, when it was turned into a cinema. Silent films were shown until 1932 when the theatre was wired for sound and could present ‘talkies’. The Opera House also became the venue for an annual summer theatre festival from 1936 to 1942, two of them in conjunction with Lillian Bayliss
and her London-based Old Vic
company. After the Second World War, the theatre continued to serve as a cinema, gradually falling into disrepair until it was closed in 1976 and renovated in 1979.
Since then, the Opera House has been a full-time venue for stage productions, presenting approximately 450 performances per year, including opera, dance, musical theatre
, comedy, drama, children’s shows and concerts. The theatre is staffed by a small full time... Read More