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

Visit our JOIN us page and find out more.


Our Autumn 2018 Newsletter has already been dispatched to members with a cover featuring this year’s highly successful international visit to the wonderful city of Vienna, and a visit write-up on the inside pages along with plenty of photos for those unable to join us.

Also you will find illustrated features on the Old Theatre in Penzance by Marion Reed, the Islington Red Bull Playouse Plaque by Adam Harrison, and a piece by Görel Garlick ‘From Vitruvius to Matcham: Theatre architecture and the science of acoustics – a brief history’ along with letters, comment and forthcoming events.











The Matcham Journal: Edition 6, 2019

Our 2019 Journal, already sent to members, features fully illustrated articles on:

The Theatres of the Broadhead Circuit by our Vice President Mike Sell who researches and writes on the theatres of Europe and is currently planning our visit to Berlin later this year;
My Life in Theatres by Tom Suttcliffe, professional singer, journalist and critic for the Guardian and Evening Standard, and author specialising in opera subjects;
Interview with the Artist: David Harrison of Hayles & Howe with our own Giles Woodforde, arts feature writer and reviewer.



Copies are free to members of the Frank Matcham Society
and available for purchase by non-members by sending a message to the Membership Secretary via the Contact form.









Home page photos: Royal Hall Harrogate drawing – Royal Hall Preservation Trust : Frank Matcham portrait photo – Theatres Trust : Kings Southsea full house – Kings Theatre : Theatre Royal Wakefield proscenium – Frank Matcham Society : Gaiety Douglas IoM stage machinery – Frank Matcham Society : Gaiety Douglas IoM upper auditorium – Frank Matcham Society



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