BUXTON OPERA HOUSE
Water Street, Buxton,
t: 01298 72190
f: 01298 27563
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. We are also home to the Pavilion Arts Centre and Studio Theatre, our two smaller auditoriums in the Pavilion Gardens complex.
The theatre plays an important part in the town's activities – beyond its varied programme of events in the theatre there are many festivals throughout the year, covering opera, literature and music. We’re delighted that The Big Session now has its new home in Buxton – three nights of fabulous folk music in Spring. The Festival Fringe in Buxton is the largest in England and second only to the Edinburgh Fringe in the UK, many other venues join in during the festivals adding to the town's lively, fun-filled atmosphere.
“Frank Matcham’s glorious Opera House at Buxton, with its warm and intimate design, always guarantees a night to remember for theatregoers” Knutsford Guardian
We love Group visits! We were voted ‘The Most Welcoming Theatre in the East Midlands 2015 and 2016’ by UK Theatre and we will make sure your group visit goes as smoothly as possible. Coaches can drop off right outside the Opera House and your group will be met by our friendly front of house team.
We offer Group rates and free leader places on many shows and events and we can arrange refreshments for your group in advance. For more information, please visit our website. To make a booking or to receive a copy of our Groups Information pack, please call the Box Office on: 01298 72190.
Although we are an opera house, we have so much more than just opera! Below is a small sample of the type of shows we have on stage, but to find out more check our website: www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk.
If you’re looking for a belly laugh we have well known stand-up comedians, comedy dramas and our informal Buzz Comedy Club.
We have a varied programme of drama, with adaptations from classical literature and popular stories to Shakespeare and whodunits.
Almost every genre puts in an appearance; from popular performers, recitals, choirs, and tribute acts, to brass bands, folk music, gala concerts, musicals and our increasingly popular Jazz sessions.
Buxton Opera House offers a great way to introduce your children to the magic of theatregoing, with adaptations of children’s books and TV shows, weekly Mini-Movers sessions for little tots, Children’s comedy, holiday activities and not forgetting our yearly pantomime.
“There is no better place for a panto than this gilded fairy palace, especially filled with hundreds of clap-happy, singalong children” Manchester Evening News
If you love dance we have everything from classical ballets to Irish dancing and contemporary dance to choose from.
Starting from the Dress Circle bar, the tour will take you through to the auditorium and backstage where you will get a glimpse of the inner workings of the theatre while learning about the fascinating history of this iconic building.
We host a celebration of the very best speakers and films from the world of adventure-travel with stories of intrepid expeditions, challenges and races paired with epic films for outdoor enthusiasts, weekend warriors and armchair adventurers.
Ah, yes, Opera. Where better to see it than in one of Matcham’s glorious theatres? After all, the man who designed the London Palladium must have known how to present Opera at its very best…
For a full listing of what’s on at Buxton Opera House visit: www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk or call our friendly box office on: 01298 72190