For schools, colleges and teachers

We operate an exciting programme of activities for schools, colleges and universities and can offer support to make sure your group gets the most out of their theatre visit.

We can arrange tours of the theatre to give students a glimpse behind the scenes of a busy working theatre and learn the history of this fascinating building designed by the celebrated theatre architect Frank Matcham. Alongside the tours we also offer workshops based on either the history of the Opera House or current productions - this allows the young people to get the most out of their visit to us. The tour lasts 30 minutes and the workshop lasts 45 minutes, we can arrange these for mornings or afternoons. Please note that our availability is subject to the various productions and festivals we have in the Opera House. 
We can offer bespoke workshops delivered for all key stages, from primary to A Level, plus FE and HE. If there's something special in your English, Drama or Dance curriculum where a specially-designed workshop would help get behind the text and bring it to life for your students. 

We are currently offering free taster workshops to all schools/colleges (dependant on driving time distance) - all we ask is that you have an adequate space for us to deliver the workshops at your school/college. Please get in touch to find out more or to book your free workshops. This offer is only available until April 2019 so please book soon to avoid missing out on this opportunity. 

Education Packs
If your school, college or university has booked to see one of our shows, please check the event listing for that show to see if there’s an education pack to enhance your visit.

Work Experience
Thank you for your interest in work experience at Buxton Opera House. We are currently reviewing our Work Experience Programme and will be accepting applications in September 2018. Our Work Experience programme is very popular and we receive a high number of applications throughout the year. We are often limited to taking one placement student at a time so we would recommend you apply early in order to avoid disappointment.

Our Work Experience programme offers placement students an insight into the everyday operations of a professional theatre. Subject to availability and the programming schedule, you will be given the chance to work within our Learning and Participation Department who work collaboratively with all the different departments here at the Buxton Opera House and the Pavilion Arts Centre and organise and deliver a wide variety of workshops, events and tours. Working alongside the Learning and Participation Officer and freelancers, you will have the opportunity to develop skills in workshop planning and delivery, marketing and social media, working with young people and event management. 

Due to the high level of applications we receive each year, we will always endeavour to give a response to all who apply but please allow up to 14 days after applying for a response. 

Please download the application form below and send this to and give as much detail as possible. We shall be accepting applications from the 1st September. Any applications we receive before this time will be kept on file and we shall let you know the outcome in September. 

Find out more:
Our friendly team are always happy to answer any additional questions you may have, please email: or call: 01298 72050.