Buxton Opera House is one of Britain’s leading provincial theatres, practically bursting at the seams with around 450 performances each year including dance, comedy, children’s shows, drama, music, pantomime, opera and even shows on ice! As well as a lively Fringe Theatre and Community and Education Programme, Buxton Opera House is also home to the prestigious Buxton Festival and The Four-Four-Time Festival of Live Music.
First opened on 1st June 1903 and lovingly restored to its former glory in 2001, Buxton Opera House is an exquisitely beautiful Edwardian theatre and one of the country’s finest examples of Frank Matcham theatre design.
Buxton is also home to the Pavilion Arts Centre, its first new theatre in over 100 years. The venue was originally opened in 1889 as ‘The Entertainment Stage’ and subsequently became the Paxton Suite. Its run down facilities have been converted to a state-of-the-art £2.5 million theatre and conference venue. The refurbishment has resulted in both a Main Room which seats 360 and a Studio Theatre which has 93 seats. The two venues can also be combined as one auditorium. Although the design of the arts centre, and the technology installed in it, are both contemporary, great care was taken to retain many of the building’s original features. For example, the balcony in the Main Room, which was taken out of use when a suspended ceiling was installed in 1979, has been restored and the seating it provides offers an excellent vantage point.
To find out what’s on at the Opera House or the Pavilion Arts Centre and for more information:
Telephone: 0845 127 2190 (local rate from anywhere in the UK)