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Frank Matcham was responsible for designing over 100 theatres. No two buildings were ever the same, but he developed a very personal style, with astonishing theatrical flair.
Although many were demolished during the 1950s and 1960s, the survivors are now much admired and many have been refurbished with the most modern technical and audience facilities, while retaining beautiful period details such as painted ceilings and decorative plaster work.

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 and abroad
  • 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

Visit our JOIN us page and find out more.

 

FMS Newsletter Summer 2022

Our Summer 2022 Newsletter has already been dispatched to members with a cover image of the Theatre Royal Wakefield. Inside is an illustrated piece by Terry Davis about his 2009 trip with past Chairman Tony Layton to see theatres in Ukraine. There is also a write-up of the Society visit to Wakefield and also our visit to Belfast and the Annual General Meeting, plus dates for our diaries and more…with thanks to our Newsletter Editor, Fran Birch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Frank Matcham Society’s Matcham Journal 2022 includes a feature on Matcham’s London Theatres by Michael Coveney with photos by Peter Dazeley, a fully illustrated second

The Matcham Journal 2022

feature by David Crump drawn from his research into Matcham’s Karsino on Tagg’s Island on the Thames and Fred Karno, also an interview by Giles Woodforde with architect David Booth, and Professor Vanessa Toulmin writes about the ongoing restoration of Morecambe Winter Gardens, which we plan to visit later in the year.

Copies are free to members of the Frank Matcham Society and available for purchase by non-members. Details on how to order are available by sending a message to the Society via the Contact page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Frank Matcham Society 2023 Clendar

The 2023 latest of the Frank Matcham Society’s fully illustrated calendar series is about to be released. Members should look out for how to order in the Summer 2022 edition of the Newsletter already posted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Previously members of the Frank Matcham Society received the soft cover first edition of the The Matcham Directory by VP Mike Sell, edited by Fran Birch and featuring a Foreword by our President Emeritus John Earl, with many rare images from VP David Wilmore and theatresearch. This replaced the 2020 annual Journal and was a member benefit to mark the centenary year of his death and a fortaste of the planned hard cover second edition already in preparation.

Copies are free to members of the Frank Matcham Society and available for purchase by non-members. Details on how to order are available by sending a message to the Society via the Contact page. Work is now underway for a 2nd Edition hardback version, publication to be announced in due course.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Home page photos:  Theatre Royal Wakefield proscenium detail – Frank Matcham Society : Belfast Grand Opera House auditorium – Frank Matcham Society : Gaiety Douglas IoM upper auditorium – Frank Matcham Society : Gaiety Douglas IoM stage machinery – Frank Matcham Society : Royal Hall Harrogate auditorium – Royal Hall Preservation Trust : Full House at the O2 Empire Shepherds Bush – photo Daniel Gray

 

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