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.
The second edition of The Matcham Journal, now mailed to the membership, features illustrated articles about theatrical effects at the London Hippodrome, the Bourla in Antwerp and theatre design and architecture from Richard Pilbrow and Tim Foster.
A limited number of copies available to non-members £5 plus postage.
Click here for the membership form in PDF format to download and print.
If the form does not open properly download the PDF Reader here.
BRIGHTON HIPPODROME - GOOD NEWS AT LAST!
The Theatres Trust has just announced that Academy Music Group, the major music venue operator, has purchased the freehold of Frank Matcham's Brighton Hippodrome and have 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.
It is a significant and heartening step towards a triumphant return of this great survivor, 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.
It is essential that all those concerned for the future of this significant Frank Matcham live performance venue support this initiative. Brighton's theatre treasure must not join those already lost and this opportunity is not to be missed to make it so.
> Read the Theatres Trust press release here.
> Go to the Our Brighton Hippodrome local campaign here.
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Ken Dodd OBE and Prunella Scales CBE & Timothy West CBE
for their support of the Frank Matcham Society.