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.



Yvonne Arnaud Theatre Guildford: photo John Cooper

The three theatres old and new in Guildford – Yvonne Arnaud, G Live and the Electric – featured in a good day out organised by Mike Sell. Read the write-up in the next member’s Newsletter.






Islington Peoples Plaque: image Islington Heritage Services

Not a Matcham Society event, but Islington Heritage Services unveiled a plaque marking the significant Frank Matcham designed Finsbury Park Empire in the borough at the original site now called Vaudeville Court. It took place on the 10th October and our Chairman Mark Fox and some Matcham Society members attended: photo and News item here.







‘Frank Matcham’s Masterpieces on Film’ in collaboration with the V&A Theatre & Performance Collections was on 25th October 2017 at the Victoria & Albert Museum in South Kensington. This marked the first European Historic Theatres day and featured a presentation by Richard Norman with clips from films that show Matcham theatres. Open to all, it drew a good house, almost filling the V&A large lecture theatre.





Canterbury Theatre: photo London Borough of Lambeth

A walking tour led by Mark Fox featured old and new theatre sights in Lambeth. Open to members and non-members, numbers were limited as with the popular Covent Garden tour last year.









For our seasonal get together, the New Wimbledon Theatre will host us for a tour in the morning of Wednesday 13th December followed by best seats for the matinee performance of this year’s pantomime ‘Jack in the Beanstalk’ with Al Murray and Clive Rowe. Members who have already registered their interest will have been contacted with details.





Planning for our 2018 international visit to Vienna is at an advanced stage and details will be available soon in our members Newsletter and here.

More visits in the planning stage include a theatre walk in the London Borough of Southwark, a return to Matcham’s fine Blackpool Grand to view the refurbished areas front and back of house, our AGM and associated events will be at the historic Theatre Royal in Nottingham, and we also hope to visit Great Yarmouth – expect more details here when available. See also past events here.


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.