Frank Matcham was responsible for designing over 100 theatres. No two buildings were ever the same, but he developed a very personal style, with astonishing theatrical flair.
Although many were demolished during the 1950s and 1960s, the survivors are now much admired and many have been refurbished with the most modern technical and audience facilities, while retaining beautiful period details such as painted ceilings and decorative plaster work.
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 and abroad
- 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
Our 2016 Journal features fully illustrated articles on:
Matcham and the legacy of C J Phipps – by theatre and architectural historian Görel Garlick
Agatha Christie in Theatreland – by theatre producer and author Julius Green
Interview with theatre architect Steve Tomkins – with our own Giles Woodforde
Copies are free to members of the Frank Matcham Society
and available for purchase by non-members via the Contact form.