All old buildings need some care and attention, and our beautiful Buxton Opera House is no different. You may have noticed some work going on around the Opera House, but it doesn’t mean the show stops! We are still bringing great entertainment, while making sure the building stays in great condition for all to enjoy.
Buxton Opera House was designed by the celebrated theatre architect Frank Matcham, and it opened its doors on 1 June 1903. The theatre has gone through many changes since then, opening as a cinema in 1927 before falling into disrepair in the mid-70s. Through hard work and dedication the Opera House was restored and reopened in 1979. During the late 1990s further internal restoration work was carried out, and now we are keeping that work up to date to secure the future of the Opera House for many generations to come.
Buildings and Maintenance Manager, Barry Cook, explained that the High Peak Borough Council is kindly undertaking refurbishment to keep the building in good condition. Alongside vital maintenance to some of the structure, the exterior of the building is having a face lift. The exterior walls are being repointed and all the windows and down spouts are being repaired or replaced. The project is due for completion in early December.
While the scaffolding may hide some of the building’s beauty, this work will ensure the building is around for many more years to come for all to enjoy our stunning Opera House in the peaks.