Take a tour through the JR Board Collection. This photographic archive contains several images of Buxton Opera House in the early and mid-20th century.
Click ‘Tell me more’ to see some interior details of the Opera House.
The fine design of the Opera House is the work of Frank Matcham (1854-1920). He designed and built over 120 theatres and venues in total, including the Hackney Empire, London Coliseum and Blackpool Tower Circus and Ballroom.
Matcham is celebrated as a master of sight-line and acoustic design. His creativity also meant that no two theatres were ever the same. Amazingly, he wasn’t a qualified architect.
Buxton Opera House opened in 1903 and soon became a busy and successful theatre. Touring Shakespeare companies, West End shows and ballets were all regular performers. The building was turned into a cinema in 1927.
The building closed in 1976 amidst falling audiences and the need for urgent repairs. Dedicated restoration projects followed in 1979 and again in 1999.
Buxton Opera House continues to thrive and still attracts a host of famous names.
More information about the history of the Opera House visit http://buxtonoperahouse.org.uk/hisotry-of-building-theatre
(this link won’t work if you don’t have an internet connection right now)