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Another photograph taken during a delightful meeting with some other TE members in Derbyshire, this time of the Opera House in the town of Buxton. And taken during what were probably the only couple of hours of sunshine which we had during our three day meeting!

Buxton Opera House was built in 1903 and designed by Frank Matcham, one of Britain's finest theatre architects, who also designed two famous London theatres: the London Palladium (1910) and the London Coliseum (1904). The building ran as a successful theatre, receiving touring companies until 1927, when it was turned into a cinema. Silent films were shown until 1932 when the theatre was wired for sound and could present ‘talkies’. The Opera House also became the venue for an annual summer theatre festival from 1936 to 1942.

However, the Opera House gradually fell into disrepair and in 1976 it was closed and rumours circulated that it would never reopen. But in 1979 it was restored and an orchestra pit was added to the original Frank Matcham design. Since then, the Opera House has been a full-time venue for stage productions, presenting approximately 450 performances per year, including opera, dance, musical theatre, pantomime, comedy, drama, children's shows and concerts.

Since 1979, Buxton Opera House has hosted the annual Buxton Festival of opera, music and (since 2000) literature.

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