Frank Matcham – Theatre Architect

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Theatre Buildings in England + Scotland, UK – Building Information + News

Frank Matcham – Key Projects

Key Frank Matcham Theatres, alphabetical:

Hackney Empire – former Music Hall, North East London, UK
Date built: 1901
Hackney Empire Redevelopment, London, England
Date built: 2001-04
Renewal design by Tim Ronalds Architects
Hackney Empire
photo © Nick Weall

His Majestys Theatre, Rosemount Viaduct, Aberdeen, Scotland
Date built: 1906
His Majestys Theatre Aberdeen
photo © Muriel Welch
His Majestys Theatre Aberdeen : Grade A listed

London Coliseum, St Martin’s Lane, Covent Garden, London, UK
Date built: 1904
English National Opera venue

London Coliseum Redevelopment, England, UK
Date built: 2001-04
Design: Arts Team @ RHWL
London Coliseum London Coliseum
photo © Adrian Welch

£41m approximate building construciton cost
English National Opera since 1968

Victoria Palace, Victoria, South West London, England, UK
Date built: 1911
Design renewal from 2008: Arts Team @ RHWL
Victoria Palace Theatre
image courtesy of architects

Victoria Palace Building in London
Victoria Palace has in 2008 submitted an application for permission to make significant improvements within the existing theatre, to build a new and extended stagehouse incorporating a six metre strip of land at the rear of the stage, and to provide two passenger lifts adjacent to the front-of-house facilities (also to be extended and improved) at the side of the theatre.

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Frank Matcham Practice Information

Architect office was based in England

This prolific British architect designed around 80 theatre buildings.

Born in1854 – died in 1920

An English theatrical architect and designer. He was known for his designs of many British theatres including those of the Moss Empires group and in London the Hackney Empire (1901); the London Coliseum (1904); the London Palladium (1910) and the Victoria Palace (1911).

Born in Newton Abbot, Devon, Matcham was apprenticed to the architect, George Sondon Bridgeman, before moving to London where he joined the architectural practice of Jethro Robinson, who was at that time consulting theatre architect to the Lord Chamberlain’s office. He completed his first solo design of the Elephant and Castle theatre which opened in June 1879. Between 1890 and 1915, Matcham helped train, Bertie Crewe and W.G.R. Sprague, and all three were responsible for the design and construction of over 200 theatres and variety palaces in the United Kingdom.

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