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 June 2017 Newsletter, already sent to members with a cover photo of the Hackney Empire, has reviews of our international visit to the South of France and the AGM and Bristol visits with a piece on Garrick’s temple to Shakespeare and our Autumn visits schedule.




Our 2017 Journal features fully illustrated articles on:

The Broadhead family and their theatre circuit – by theatre and popular culture historian Dr Victoria Garlick who we met on our recent Manchester visit at the Hulme Playhouse;
The Grand Old Girl of Blackpool – by Ruth Eastwood Chief Executive of the Grand Theatre Blackpool and Vice Chairman of the Theatres Trust;
Interview with the Architect… and Cameron Mackintosh – with our own Giles Woodforde, journalist and Secretary of the Frank Matcham Society.

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.











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