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.



Late availability gives us the opportunity to visit the Shepherds Bush Empire (1903) which now operates as the O2 Empire, a very busy music venue owned by Academy Music Group. The Bush Theatre is nearby and they have also agreed that we may visit and see their new performance spaces. Registration details are in the Winter Newsletter already with members.  Please note that we have exceeded our allocation of places for this visit and names are now being taken for a reserve list.




We will visit the Blackpool Grand and view the latest refurbishment on a tour to be led by the Chief Executive, Ruth Eastwood.  This will be followed by a performance of Puccini’s Madam Butterfly that evening. The following day will feature the Tower Ballroom and Circus, both designed by Frank Matcham, on a tour of the Tower complex.  A nice little taster of the visit is in the BBC News clip featuring the winching down of the Tower Ballroom chandeliers on iPlayer here.







MAY 2018

Our 2018 Annual General Meeting will feature back-stage tours of the Theatre Royal and Playhouse, with visits to the Lace Market theatre, Albert Hall, Broadway cinema, amongst the other venues in a weekend in Nottingham. More information here and in the member’s Newsletter when the details have been finalised.






JUNE 2018

Vienna Staatsoper: photo Vienna Info

Our 2018 International Visit will be to Vienna for a week of theatre visits and time for a little sightseeing or just enjoying the cafe culture. The final itinerary is being assembled and will be sent to members that have registered their interest in the visit. Registration instructions are in the Winter member’s Newsletter.





More visits in the planning stage include a theatre walk in the London Borough of Southwark, we also hope to visit Great Yarmouth and a possible visit to the Lyric Hammersmith – 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.