EVENTS

SOCIETY EVENTS FOR 2021/22

The Frank Matcham Society is currently reviewing our Events programme for 2022. A group has already visited Richmond Theatre for panto followed by a meal, reportedly a great success, and it is planned to include (subject to change) Wakefield Theatre Royal new extension in February, Belfast Grand Opera House post restoration possibly in May, a summer trip to Bournemouth and nearby, and Buxton Opera House hopefully in August, and London’s children’s theatres (to be confirmed).

 

Wakefield Theatre Royal & Opera House is Matcham’s smallest auditorium but also delightful and typical of his earlier style.

Our members have been sent booking details of a mid-February visit to Matcham’s Wakefield Theatre Royal, something to look forward to in 2022 (subject to Covid measures) including a tour of auditorium and backstage followed by lunch at the theatre and the option of the Matinee of Ruby and the Vinyl.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Terry’s Magical Theatre Tour

FRANK MATCHAM SOCIETY Zoom Event: Terry’s Magical Theatre Tour, with Terry Davies & Richard Norman: Thursday 25th November 2021 at 4.00pm UK time. Free and open to all via https://www.ticketsource.us/the-frank-matcham-society

Come on a magical mystery tour of world theatres with Terry Davis as he selects from his vast collection of over 2,000 photographs and film clips, images of some of his favourite theatres and performance spaces he has visited around the world. Terry’s talk will cover foreign theatre styles, customs and cultures that make them, in some instances, so vastly different from a theatre experience in the UK.

 

 

 

Belfast Grand Opera House pre restoration

FRANK MATCHAM SOCIETY Zoom Event: The GRAND OPERA HOUSE Belfast, its history and restoration, with Simon Goldrick & Peter Ruthven Hall: Monday 25th October 2021 at 4.00pm UK time. Free and open to all via https://www.ticketsource.us/the-frank-matcham-society

This year’s talk is the fifth in a series arranged by the Frank Matcham Society annually to mark ‘European Historic Theatres Day’. European Historic Theatres Day was established in 2017 by Perspectiv, the Association of Historic Theatres in Europe to highlight the work and achievements of historic venues across the continent.

 

 

FRANK MATCHAM SOCIETY Zoom Event: Tuesday 14 September 7pm UK time. Free and open to all.

Chatsworth Theatre : image Chatsworth Players

LOUISE CALF – The Theatre at Chatsworth House

Louise is working collaboratively with the University of York and Chatsworth House Trust, researching the theatre at Chatsworth. She will share some of her research on Chatsworth’s theatre before and beyond its Royal patronage. In anticipation of our planned visit in 2022, this will be the perfect introduction to Chatsworth’s theatre space, physical stage and scenery.

 

 

 

FRANK MATCHAM SOCIETY Zoom Event: Tuesday 22 June 7pm free and open to all.

Brighton Hippodrome 1897: In 1902 as a music hall under the vast circular tented (plaster) ceiling.

DAVID FISHER – The Brighton Hippodrome

David Fisher has been involved with the project seeking to restore Brighton Hippodrome as the full-scale lyric theatre first created by Frank Matcham in 1901. His research has not only discovered that part of the building dates back to the 1780s but that the 1902 modifications to convert Matcham’s circus-theatre into a variety house were by Bertie Crewe (sorry, Matcham fans).

Grade II* listed and number one on the Theatres Trust’s register of Theatres at Risk for the past eight years, the Hippodrome’s future hangs in the balance. David Fisher’s heavily illustrated and detailed account of its history shows why he and colleagues have continued to work for its restoration as ‘the UK’s most architecturally significant circus theatre—the finest surviving example of its type in the country’.

 

 

FRANK MATCHAM SOCIETY Online Zoom Event Tue 20 July 2021 3.45pm for 4.00pm free and open to all.

Burnley Empire by Ben Hamlem at North Films, 2019.

CLAIRE APPLEBY – Theatres at Risk Register
Claire is Architecture Advisor to the Theatres Trust. For 14 years the Theatres Trust have announced an annual list of the theatre buildings most at risk from closure, irreversible changes or demolition. The Brighton Hippodrome has been at the head of the list for several years but the scheme has been responsible for highlighting many buildings to a wider public and aiding them to make positive steps towards restoration and re-opening through its support from its team of advisors and through grant aid through its Theatres at Risk Capacity Building Programme.

Claire will talk us through the list of theatres included in 2021 following a particularly difficult year for all venues. She will highlight successes and losses and, most importantly, where there is hope of revival. For this meeting we will also be joining forces with The Friends of the Theatre Trust in recognition of the links between our two organisations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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.