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 weekend will feature back-stage tours of the Theatre Royal and Playhouse, with visits to the Arts Theatre, Lace Market theatre, Malt Cross, Albert Hall and the Broadway cinema, amongst other venues in a weekend in Nottingham. More information already sent in the member’s Winter Newsletter and the 2018 Matcham Journal.






JUNE 2018

Vienna Staatsoper: photo Vienna Info

Our 2018 International Visit will be to Vienna in June for a week of nine theatre visits (subject to change) and time for a little sightseeing or just enjoying the cafe culture. The final itinerary has already been sent to members that have registered their interest in the visit. Fully subscribed, there is now a waiting list.






A visit to the Grand Order of Water Rats Lodge and museum has been arranged for mid October. Details will be announced in the member’s Summer Newsletter.





More visits in the planning stage include a theatre walk in the London Borough of Southwark, we also plan to visit Great Yarmouth in September and a possible visit to the Lyric Hammersmith when they can take us – more details in the member’s Newsletter 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.