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!
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 centre. The refurbishment has resulted in both a Main Room which seats 360 and a Studio Theatre which has 93 seats. The two venues can 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 buliding'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.
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