EVENTS

SOCIETY EVENTS FOR 2020/21

 

 

Previously, 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 had closed to all but essential travellers and indoor live performances were not permitted, the Gaiety re-opened for Island residents to take guided tours of the building.

We are currently reviewing when we will be able to rearrange this and the visit to Buxton. Having already laid all the groundwork, it should be relatively easy for us to rearrange these for 2021. However, one piece of good news over last 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:

 

Along with everyone else, UK theatres were forced to close in 2020 and The Frank Matcham Society by necessity took action to cancel and/or postpone all of our planned activities to commemorate the centenary of Matcham’s death.

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 had some interesting reading whilst isolating. The second edition hardback version is almost ready to launch when the time is right.

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. The good news is that May 17 2021 will see some theatres re-open with socially distanced audiences for the first time since they were forced to close many months ago. Larger theatres are beginning to announce opening dates in the hope that progress towards the Government roadmap targets will allow them to open with 100% of seats on sale later this summer and Autumn.

 

 

 

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.