Buxton Opera House

Buxton Opera House, 

Water Street,



SK17 6XN

Telephone: 0845 127 2190

Buxton Opera House is an exquisitely beautiful Edwardian theatre and one of the country's finest examples of Frank Matcham theatre design, lovingly restored to its former glory in 2001,

The Opera House presents around 450 performances each year including dance, comedy, children's shows, drama, musical concerts, pantomime and opera as well as a lively Fringe Theatre and Community and Education Programme. The theatre is also home to the prestigious Buxton Festival, The International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival and the Four-Four-Time Festival of Live Music.

There is also a new second theatre: the Pavilion Arts Centre which opened in September 2010, housed in what was formerly the Paxton Suite of the Pavilion Gardens complex.

Close by are the wonderful Pavilion Gardens where you can stroll and enjoy the views. Here you will also find the Buxton Tourist Information Centre, coffee bar and cafes. 

The Opera House:

The Opera House is an Edwardian building and only partially accessible to wheelchair users. The wheelchair entrance is 72cms at its narrowest point. We have three wheelchair spaces in the Stalls at ground floor level, and a specially adapted toilet. Unfortunately the Stalls bar is not accesible by wheelchair, but a member of staff will gladly bring refreshments to your seat.

The Opera House Foyer and Box Office counter are not wheelchair accessible, but there is now wheelchair access to the side Box Office door (in Water St), with an intercom system to alert staff. The Dress Circle and Upper Circle levels are not wheelchair accessible and can only be reached by climbing the stairs. The building is not accessible by motorised scooter.

Pavilion Arts Centre:

All parts of the Pavilion Arts Centre (and both St John’s Rd entrances) are accessible by wheelchair, apart from the Main Room balcony.

In both venues your safety is paramount. In an emergency, if you would have difficulty making your way out of the building on your own, you are strongly advised to bring a companion.

Hearing Impairment:

There are passive infra-red (PIR) systems in both the Opera House & Pavilion Arts Centre for people with hearing impairments. This works through a special headset rather than your hearing aid and is available from the theatre. Please reserve one when you book your tickets (a £10 cash deposit on the night is required). There is also an induction loop system at both Box Offices.

Visual Impairment:

Audio & Braille copies of the Opera House/Arts Centre brochure are available on request. Please contact the Marketing Department on: 01298 72050. 

Assistance dogs are welcome.

Disabled customers are eligible for discounts on many performances, please see the information about each show.