Buxton Opera House

Arts Council funding

Buxton Opera House, Water Street, Buxton, SK17 6XN

T: 01298 72190



Opening times: The main Opera House Box Office is usually open Monday to Saturday,
10am to 6pm (10am to 8pm when there is a performance) and Sunday, 4pm to 8pm (when there is a performance).

For special events and festivals, the Box Office will usually be open an hour before the performance for ticket collection and sales.

Buxton Opera House is an exquisitely beautiful Frank Matcham designed Edwardian theatre. Seating 902, dating back to 1903, it is one of the country’s finest examples of Frank Matcham theatre design displaying both a spectacular exterior and interior.

As one of Britain’s leading receiving theatres, the theatre presents around 450 performances each year including dance, comedy, children’s shows, drama, musical concerts, pantomime and opera as well as the lively Platform 3 Community and Education Programme. The theatre is also home to the renowned Buxton International Festival and International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival, which both take place annually.

Lovingly restored to its former glory in 2001, inside the theatre features a small Matcham Gallery featuring copies of Frank Matcham‘s original plans, photographs of the Opera House restoration and early show bills from the period.

The Opera House has a number of bars serving a wide range of drinks and snacks pre-show and during intervals. The Dress Circle Bar opens 45 minutes before a performance so you can relax and enjoy a drink in the sumptuous surroundings of this exquisite theatre.

Extensive programme for children and young people both seasonally and regular weekly clubs.

Coffee mornings are sometimes held on Saturdays in the Dress Circle bar hosted by Friends of Buxton Opera House, where you can enjoy light refreshments and volunteers give visitors short tours of the theatre. Contact the Opera house or check their website for latest dates.

Buxton Opera House has a large and lively pool of volunteers – check their website if you wish to find out more or how get involved.

Three wheelchair spaces are available in the stalls seats in the theatre at ground floor level and there is a specially adapted toilet.

Parking can be found nearby at the main Pavilion Gardens car park, in and around Buxton town centre or at the Waitrose car park at Springs Shopping Centre.

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