Frank Matcham Society
The Society was set up following the centenary of the Wakefield Theatre Royal in 1994. Our members come from all over the U.K. and abroad. We aim to visit and develop links with all the surviving Matcham theatres and to encourage and carry out research into his life and work. We also visit theatres by other architects so that we can appreciate great architecture wherever it may be.
We publish a newsletter quarterly which has articles, news and details of coming visits. Membership is open to everyone interested in theatre architecture and the current rates are £19 for single membership and £25 for joint membership at the same address.
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Frank Matcham Society announces additional Patron
Ken Dodd OBE has become a Patron of the Frank Matcham Society, the body dedicated to the promotion of Britain's greatest and most prolific theatre architect, Frank Matcham.
Announcing Ken's acceptance of the invitation at this year's Matcham Seminar at the Theatre Royal, Newcastle, Chairman Rupert Rhymes said he couldn't think of anyone with a greater record of having played in theatres designed by Matcham: "Ken's debut was of course at the Matcham-designed Empire Theatre in Nottingham, so the bond formed there seems to have stood him in wonderful stead!"
Ken says he is extremely honoured to become a Patron and looks forward to his involvement. "I always love playing a Matcham theatre, where there is real contact with the audience. I think I can honestly claim to have played every one of Matcham's remaining theatres, and many that sadly no longer exist."
Prunella Scales CBE and Timothy West CBE continue as Patrons, with former Theatres Trust Director John Earl, as President.
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Ken Dodd OBE and Prunella Scales CBE & Timothy West CBE
for their support of the Frank Matcham Society.