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THE FRANK MATCHAM SOCIETY

The Society was set up following the centenary of the Wakefield Theatre Royal in 1994. Our members come from all over the U.K. and abroad. We aim to:

*visit and develop links with all the surviving Matcham theatres
*encourage and carry out research into his life and work
*visit theatres by other architects in the UK
*appreciate great theatre architecture on our foreign visits
*publish a regular Newsletter with news and details of visits
*publish an annual Journal with more in-depth articles.

Membership is open to everyone interested in theatre architecture at £20 for single membership and £25 for joint membership at the same address. Click on the link below and post your membership application.



The Frank Matcham Society annual Journal first edition has been posted to members. Over sixty full colour pages of articles about theatres - a new membership benefit. Contributions from John Earl, Mike Sell and Giles Woodforde with architects Clare Ferraby and Nick Thompson, plus original Frank Matcham artwork. Click on the thumbnail image to view the front cover.






Click here for the membership form in PDF format to download and print.

If the form does not open properly download the PDF Reader here.




SECRETARY OF STATE REFUSES THEATRES TRUST CALL-IN PLEA - BRIGHTON HIPPODROME - LATEST

Brandon Lewis MP, the Minister of State for Housing and Planning has refused the call-in request to scrutinise the flawed planning process at Brighton planning department reports the Theatres Trust.

Matcham's Hippodrome is already the most threatened theatre in the UK and the Theatres Trust, amongst many including the Frank Matcham Society, does not believe that the developer's plan to divide and demolish the major components of this unique national asset has been properly thought through or that the reasoned objections by the local campaigners have been given the careful consideration that they are due. Brighton's cultural treasure must not join those that they have already lost for yet more restaurants and shops. Tap or click here to read the Theatres Trust update.


It is essential that all those concerned for the future of this significant Frank Matcham live performance venue pledge your support now via the online petition here. Keep it Alive.

This is the most important of Frank Matcham's works no longer in beneficial use and listed Grade II*, putting it in the top six percent of all listed buildings in the UK. No effort should be spared in protecting and finding a fully sympathetic new use for such a great survivor.

The proposal of an 8-screen cinema and new retail units is not the answer for a work of architecture of such national importance. The Hippodrome demands a far less invasive treatment. The Society is concerned at the failure of local and national government to appreciate the value of live theatre and the UK's built theatre heritage.

> Read the full Theatres Trust letter to the Secretary of State here.
> See the Frank Matcham Society letter to the Secretary of State here.
> The Stage says "Hippodrome campaigners to fight on..." here.
> See the latest from the local Brighton Argus here.
> Join the big names supporting the local campaign for live performance.
> See The Times newspaper opinion piece here.
> Read the Chairman of the Theatres Trust response to The Times here.
> See the Theatres Trust planning objection letter here.
> Note the Theatres Trust ten substantial objections list here.
> See the Our Brighton Hippodrome local campaign objections here.
> Read the Frank Matcham Society planning objection letter here.




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We are grateful to our Patrons
Ken Dodd OBE and Prunella Scales CBE & Timothy West CBE
for their support of the Frank Matcham Society.

     
 
 

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