EVENTS

SOCIETY EVENTS FOR 2020/21

 

Thursday 16th July 2020 saw the 120th birthday of Matcham’s beautifully restored and cherished Gaiety Theatre, Douglas, Isle of Man. We were hoping to be with the theatre staff to celebrate the occasion but we have had to postpone the trip due to the current Covid19 restraints.

Although the Isle of Man borders are closed to all but essential travellers and indoor live performances are not permitted, the Gaiety has re-opened for Island residents to take guided tours of the building. Hopefully this is an encouraging sign that some of our own theatres may be able to do the same. Morecambe Winter Gardens has already started to allow small groups to visit the theatre.

Even so it will not be possible , or wise, for us to proceed with the visit to Buxton. Having already laid all the groundwork for this visit, it should be relatively easy for us to rearrange this for 2021. However, one piece of good news over the summer was that Buxton Opera House was asked to host filming of a promo for Russell Watson’s new album “20” and they have sent us the YouTube link to view it:

 

We are living through strange and worrying times. The current world situation is unprecedented and affecting everyone in challenging ways.

Along with everyone else UK theatres were forced to close and The Frank Matcham Society by necessity took action to cancel and/or postpone all our planned activities to commemorate the centenary of Matcham’s death this year.

Despite those disappointments we are still able to carry on with support activities through our website and social media channels and our newsletters will be published as normal. The Frank Matcham Directory by Mike Sell has been published and distributed to members so they at least have some interesting reading whilst isolating.

Of course if you are not yet a member all this could be yours by clicking through to our JOIN page.

In the meantime our thoughts are not only with all our theatre and individual members struggling to make the best of a bad situation, but with all theatre operators and owners; creative, performance and support staff; deprived audience members; theatre enthusiasts and campaigners wherever you are.

 

 

 

Many of Matcham’s theatres are struggling to survive with little or no income, and some have launched funding appeals listed here:

ABERDEEN TIVOLI has a Just Giving crowdfunding page https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/tivolitheatreaberdeen?utm_term=YN3bpJZ5w

BLACKPOOL GRAND has a Grand Recovery Fund https://www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk/join-and-support-us/how-to-support-us/blackpool-grand-recovery-fund

HACKNEY EMPIRE has a crowdfunder appeal https://hackneyempire.co.uk/whats-on/save-hackney-empire/

NEWCASTLE THEATRE ROYAL has a donations page https://www.theatreroyal.co.uk/give-a-little-give-a-lot

NOTTINGHAM THEATRE ROYAL has a donaions page https://trch.co.uk/support-us/

PORTSMOUTH NEW THEATRE ROYAL has a donations page  https://newtheatreroyal.ticketsolve.com/products/donation

 

…and theatres by others that have come to our attention and equally deserving of support:

GLASGOW BRITANNIA PANOPTICON https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/0ce56d34dbfaa55bc92cd452edab0ea4

LEITH THEATRE https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/leith-theatres-big-radiator-generator

TYNE THEATRE & OPERA HOUSE https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/tynetheatre

MORECAMBE WINTER GARDENS https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/winter-gardens-morecambe-the-peoples-palace

CLAPHAM GRAND https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/savethegrand

BURNLEY EMPIRE TRUST https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/burnleyempiretrust

THEATRE ROYAL MARGATE & WINTER GARDENS https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/saveamargatetheatres

KINGS THEATRE EDINBURGH https://www.capitaltheatres.com/support

THEATRES TRUST – SAVE OUR THEATRES CROWDFUNDER https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/save-our-theatres?utm_source=Crowdfunder&utm_medium=TwitterOrganic&utm_campaign=SaveOurTheatres&utm_content=SaveOurTheatres

Send us a message via our Contact page if yours is missing.

The Frank Matcham Society wishes you all continued good health. Keep following official advice and we will all survive this very difficult time. The show will go on.

 

 

 

The Frank Matcham Society arranges a programme of visits to theatres in the UK plus an international visit at least once a year. This is so that members, and occasionally their guests, may learn about, view and explore theatre history and architecture. Members unable to attend can read about these visits in the Newsletter. Scroll down the Previous Events page to watch the YouTube reviews of earlier visits.

Most of us also like to see a performance or two along the way – comedy, drama, opera and ballet – as our membership includes those with a wide range of interests and some that have worked in theatres and enjoy seeing a performance in the buildings designed for them.