Research Links



Much of the written and drawn materials of the Frank Matcham architectural practice were lost in WWII. The Frank Matcham Society donated its small collection to the Theatres Trust, which is the national body for the protection of theatres old and new. This and other useful sources of archival material are listed below and some may remain in the hands of the theatre owners and private collectors. It is hoped that recent projects to improve the cataloguing of the architectural drawings at the London Metropolitan Archive and the Theatres Trust, in addition to the holdings at the V&A, will improve access to this cherished heritage.




Metropolitan Edgware Road (lost) Boxes Elevation drawing © Victoria & Albert Museum, London

The Theatres Trust
National Archive – guide to Performing Arts records held by other archives
Historic England Archive
Historic England Listed Buildings – Search the List
V&A Theatre and Performance Collections
University of Bristol Theatre Collection
Arthur Lloyd Music Hall & Theatre History
Archiveshub – UK theatre drawings list
Society for Theatre Research – theatre history and technique
STR New Researcher’s Network – Research Resources
The Stage Archive
Theatre Architecture in Europe Database & Tours
London Metropolitan Archive
COLLAGE – The London Picture Archive
East London Theatre Archive (ELTA)
The Backstage Heritage Collection
London East End Memories
Wikipedia – Frank Matcham
The British Newspaper Archive
RIBA British Architectural Library Catalogue
RIBAPix Architectural Photos
Institute of Historical Research – University of London
Harvard College Library Theatre Archive
The Internet Archive
ArchDaily – modern theater projects
Modern Theatres 1950-2010 project
Before Shakespeare project & blog
Manchester Libraries & Archives theatre collection
Normansfield Theatre – Langdon Down Centre



Brighton Hippodrome
Burnley Empire
Coronet Elephant and Castle
Derby Hippodrome
Dudley Hippodrome
Eccles Crown
Futurist Scarborough
Garston Empire
Hulme Hippodrome
Morecambe Winter Gardens
Plymouth Palace
Salford Victoria
Swansea Palace
Swindon Mechanics Institute
Tameside Hippodrome
Theatre Royal Hyde
Theatre Royal Peter Street Manchester

See also our Theatres at Risk page



TaPRA (Theatre and Performance Research Association)
It’s Behind You (pantomime)
Theatricalia (performance database)
British Theatre Guide
V&A Theatre and Performance Collections
Arthur Lloyd Music Hall & Theatre History
The Stage Archive
Harvard College Library Theatre Archive
Adam Matthew : Victorian Popular Culture
Association of Performing Arts Collections (APAC)
Before Shakespeare project & blog
Drama and Theater Resource Guide (Comprehensive Learning Guide for Students and Teachers)



Spotlight – 40 Theatres on Broadway New York
Plaques on Frank Matcham buildings
Britannia Panopticon Pickard’s Papers Scrapbooks
Mark Sykes Theatre Photograph Collection
Flickr Bristol Hippodrome & Hackney Empire by Charles S P Jenkins
Flickr Opera Houses & Theatres by Ian Grundy
Carthalia – Theatres on Postcards
London’s Theatreland 1915 Eric Gill Map
Theatre Historical Society of America (THS)
Cinema Treasures
Cinema Theatre Association



Variety at Night is Good for You:  J O Blake, Badger Press 2016 ISBN 978-0-9526076-6-3 Just published with a foreword by our own John Earl. Read the review by theatre architect Tim Foster here.

Frank Matcham, Theatre Architect: Brian Walker, Blackstaff Press 1980 ISBN-10: 0856402311

Frank Matcham & Co: David Wilmore, Theatresearch 2008 ISBN-10: 0953412717

British Theatres and Music Halls: John Earl, Shire Publications Ltd ISBN-10: 0747806276


The impressive Arthur Lloyd Music Hall & Theatre History website maintains a list of recommended books about Frank Matcham and theatre history.

The Theatres Trust has a list of theatre books with which they are associated with.

A search of your preferred online source will find additional titles which include references to Matcham theatres in various context. Several Matcham designed theatres are pleased to promote his work for their theatre and produce a written history in book form, which may be purchased direct.