Buxton Opera House is one of Britain’s leading receiving theatres, presenting around 450 performances each year including dance, comedy, children’s shows, drama, musical concerts, pantomime and opera as well as a lively Fringe Theatre and Community and Education Programme. The theatre is also home to the prestigious Buxton Festival and The International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival and The Four-Four-Time Festival of Live Music. 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.
"Frank Matcham’s glorious Opera House at Buxton, with its warm and intimate design, always guarantees a night to remember for theatregoers."
"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
Selected reviews for this venue:
Pooh bear, 23/02/14
The South (23/02/14) - Brilliant
Amazin night in buxton. Still sounding great old songs and new songs. The north was rocking to the sound of the south.
As always the Opera House was clean and friendly and all the staff were very helpful and friendly and as always we had a great evening
The Solid Silver 60s Show (08/04/13) - Fantastic Show
Absolutely fantastic show,all artists were brilliant and you could tell that they all got on well together and made a tremendous atmosphere for a ll the a udience wayne fontana is hilarious as well as still being a great singer, the new Amen Corner are brilliant and did a fantastic job of backing everyone with great skill, Dave Berry is as great as ever and so is Mike Pender, in total it was the best show we have seen for a while.
Address: Buxton Opera House
A train service is available from Manchester Picadilly Station to Buxton. For further information on all available services and connections call 08457 484950.
Buxton is easy to reach via the A6, A515 and A53. The theatre is well sign-posted once you reach the town centre.
There is free parking after 6pm in the car park at the rear of Pavilion Gardens (N.B. the covered area of the car park closes at 6pm), a short walk from both venues, or in some streets close to the theatre which are not covered by the Residents Parking Scheme.
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The Opera House is an Edwardian building and only partially accessible to wheelchair users. The wheelchair entrance is 72cms at its narrowest point. We have four wheelchair spaces in the Stalls (ground floor level) and a specially adapted toilet. Unfortunately, the Stalls bar is not accesible, but a member of staff will gladly bring refreshments to your seat.
The Foyer and Box Office counter are not wheelchair accessible, but there is now wheelchair access to the side Box Office door (in Water Street), with an intercom system to alert staff.
The Dress Circle and Upper Circle levels are not wheelchair accessible and can only be reached by climbing the stairs. The building is not accessible by motorised scooter.
All parts of the Pavilion Arts Centre (and both St John’s Rd entrances) are accessible by wheelchair, apart from the Main Room balcony.
In both venues, safety considerations mean that, if you would have difficulty making your own way out of the building in an emergency, we strongly request that you bring a companion. Click here for more details of companions’ tickets.
The Paupers Pit, St John’s Church & Pavilion Gardens: Call the theatre on 01298 72050 for Access information about performances in these alternative venues.
We have passive infra-red (PIR) systems in both the Opera House & Pavilion Arts Centre for people with hearing impairments. This works through a special headset (rather than your hearing aid), which is available from the theatre – please reserve one when you book your tickets (a £10 cash deposit on the night is required). There is also an induction loop system at both Box Offices.
Audio & braille copies of each Opera House/Arts Centre brochure are available. To request a copy please contact the Marketing Department on 01298 72050. Guide dogs are welcome.