Buxton Opera House
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Buxton Opera House

...a great venue

Buxton Opera House is in The Square, Buxton, Derbyshire. It is a 900 seat opera house.


The Opera House was built in 1903 and designed by Frank Matcham, one of Britain's finest theatre architects. It ran as a successful theatre, receiving touring companies until 1927, and also became the venue for an annual summer theatre festival from 1936 to 1942 in conjunction with the London-based Old Vic company. In the intervening years it served as a cinema. In 1979 a major restoration took place with people both from the local area and across the UK helping with the work.


Between October 1999 and June 2001 an extensive program of both internal and external restoration took place. In February 2007, another refurbishment was completed at the Opera House that saw the installation of air conditioning in the gallery and backstage area, new seats in the gallery and upper circle, a new get-in lift to replace the ramp and new backstage working lights as well as re-wiring and painting the backstage area and dressing rooms


Buxton Opera House is one of Britain’s leading receiving theatres, presenting around 450 performances each year including dance, comedy, children’s shows, drama, musical concerts, pantomime and opera as well as a lively Fringe Theatre and Community and Education Programme. The theatre is also home to the prestigious Buxton Festival and The International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival and The Four-Four-Time Festival of Live Music. Lovingly restored to its former glory in 2001, Buxton Opera House is an exquisitely beautiful Edwardian theatre and one of the country’s finest examples of Frank Matcham theatre design.


Check the Opera House’s own website for details of productions and ticket prices.

Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015