THE 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
*encourage and carry out research into his life and work
*visit theatres by other architects in the UK
*appreciate great theatre architecture on our foreign visits
*publish a regular Newsletter with news and details of visits
*publish an annual Journal with more in-depth articles.
Membership is open to everyone interested in theatre architecture at £20 for single membership and £25 for joint membership at the same address. Click on the link below and post your membership application.
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OPTIONS REPORT & THE NEXT STEPS
Academy Music Group, the major music venue operator, purchased the freehold of Frank Matcham's Brighton Hippodrome earlier this year (2015). It then engaged with all the main stakeholders, including the Frank Matcham Society, to carry out a six month viability study to identify a future use for this unique Grade II* former circus variety theatre. The report, just released, concludes that there is a future for the Hippodrome. Brighton Hippodrome CIC has been set up to raise funds to purchase the building and lead the development project, with the stakeholder group acting as advisors.
This great survivor is the most important of Frank Matcham's works no longer in beneficial use. It is in the top six percent of all listed buildings in the UK and has the potential to be a major cultural asset to Brighton and the region. Please continue your support so that this opportunity is not to be missed to make it so.
> Read the Theatres Trust description here.
> Go to the Our Brighton Hippodrome local campaign here.
> The Stage report of the review results here.
> More Frank Matcham Society and Theatre news tap or click here...
Ken Dodd OBE and Prunella Scales CBE & Timothy West CBE
for their support of the Frank Matcham Society.