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 and to encourage and carry out research into his life and work. We also visit theatres by other architects so that we can appreciate great architecture wherever it may be.
We publish a newsletter quarterly which has articles, news and details of coming visits. Membership is open to everyone interested in theatre architecture and the current rates are £19 for single membership and £25 for joint membership at the same address.
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Brighton Hippodrome Development Proposal
At the Society’s recent AGM a question was asked about the future prospects for the Brighton Hippodrome, a wonderful Matcham theatre.
Members were reminded that this was the most important of his works no longer in beneficial use and listed Grade II*, putting it in the top six percent of all listed buildings in the UK. Members felt no effort should be spared in protecting and finding a fully sympathetic new use for such a great survivor.
The recent proposal of an 8-screen cinema project was reported and felt to be interesting, but not the answer for a work of architecture of such national importance. The Hippodrome demands a far less invasive treatment. The Society will be watching developments with concern.
See the developer’s proposal here.
See our Brighton Hippodrome photos on our gallery page here.
There is a Facebook campaign here.
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Ken Dodd OBE and Prunella Scales CBE & Timothy West CBE
for their support of the Frank Matcham Society.