Buxton Opera House opened amidst great celebration on 1 June 1903. An appreciative full house was treated to The Prologue written specially for the occasion followed by the first plays to be staged, Mrs Willoughby’s Kiss and My Milliners Bill.  The Opera House ran as a successful and vibrant theatre. Touring Shakespeare companies, West End successes, ballets, concerts and musical comedy were regular visitors to the Opera House and in 1925 the great Anna Pavlova performed the Dance of the Dying Swan.

In 1927 the theatre was turned into a cinema. Silent films were shown at first and in 1932 the theatre was wired for sound and ‘talkies’ took over. The demand for live theatre persisted though.  Among the stars to delight Buxton audiences at this time were Sybil Thorndike, Lewis Casson, Robert Donat, Anthony Quayle, Robert Morley and Alec Guinness.

Despite its success as a cinema through the fifties and sixties, audiences began to diminish and the Opera House fell into disrepair. In October 1976 the theatre was closed until the Spring. In 1979 following dedicated work by many people both locally and nationally the Opera House was lovingly restored and an orchestra pit was added to th original Frank Matcham design, otherwise largely unaltered since 1903.

In the late 1990s however it became apparent that the Opera House required further urgent restoration work in order to secure its future into the next century and beyond. An extensive programme of external and internal restoration was undertaken between October 1999 and June of 2001.

Since the completion of this restoration work Buxton Opera House has been at the centre of a remarkable success story and has developed as a community theatre catering for wide-ranging tastes and ages. The theatre continues to attract a host of famous names including Elvis Costello, Steven Berkoff, Peter Kay, Patricia Routledge, Bill Wyman, Ken Dodd, Sarah Millican, Razorlight, Courtney Pine, The Osmonds and Aled Jones.



is in Sheffield, you can catch the train to Sheffield from Edale station 5 min walk into village.  Get off at Sheffield station and walk out of the exit left up the hill past the waterfall.  The cinema is on your left.  They do wonderful arthouse films and if you book early enough you can get tickets for two, a meal and a bottle of wine for about £34.00.   Great place to go lovely atmosphere and the food is really reasonable and good quality. Do check the last train back to Edale though and book early enough not to rush.