Buxton Opera House

Buxton Opera House
Water Street, Buxton, Derbyshire, SK17 6XN
  • Box office 0845 127 2190
  • General enquiries 0845 127 2190
  • Box office times Mon–Sat 10am–8pm; Sun noon–8pm.
  • Email
  • Website www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk

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Home to both the Buxton Festival – one the largest opera festivals in the UK – and the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival, Buxton Opera House has a bustling performing arts calendar year round, capped off with the obligatory pantomine at Christmas. Designed by British theatre architect Frank Matcham and opened in 1902, the opera house has been both a performance space and a cinema in its century-long career.

Buxton Opera House is reachable by train from Manchester Piccadilly Station and there is free parking after 6pm in the nearby Pavilion Gardens car park.

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80s Mania

Top of the Pops and Radio One DJ Mike Read is the video roadshow host at this night dedicated to the best of the decade.

Sat 28 Jan 2017

£24.50 / 0845 127 2190

Afro Celt Sound System

The return of the group who fuse electronic dance rhythms with traditional Irish and West African music.

Fri 11 Nov

£22.50 / 0845 127 2190

Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom

  • Directed by: Richard Lewis
  • Written by: Mani Svavarsson (music)

Richard Lewis' adaptation of the award-winning television animation set in a miniature world of fairies, elves and insects. The production features original music by Mani Svavarsson, with original lyrics by Matt Lewis.

The Bootleg Beatles

Relive the sights and sounds of the 60s with the most established Beatles tribute band.

Sun 2 Apr 2017

£28.50 / 0845 127 2190

Brian May and Kerry Ellis

The guitarist of Queen and the singer perform a selection of rock and pop songs in aid of the Born Free Foundation.

Sun 11 Dec

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Buddy Holly & The Cricketers

Rock'n'rollercoaster of a show featuring all the timeless classics from a band who have been on the tribute trail for 24 years.

Sun 27 Nov

£20; £18 disabled ( £18; £10; Children £10) / 0845 127 2190

Count Arthur Strong

Steve Delaney's deluded thespian creation returns with a new show.

Sun 12 Mar 2017

Dr Hook

Dennis Locorriere brings his incarnation of Dr Hook to town.

Wed 23 Nov

£33–£36 / 0845 127 2190

Elaine Paige

The first lady of the British musical sings songs from the nation's favourite musicals and a smattering of hit pop songs including 'Memory', 'Closest Thing to Crazy', 'Cry Me A River' and 'Je Ne Regrette Rien'.

Sun 6 Nov

£42.50–£60.50 / 0845 127 2190

Ellen Kent's Opera & Ballet International: Aida

Verdi's drama about an enslaved Ethiopian princess stars Olga Perrier in the title role and Liza Kadelnik as Amneris. Sung in Italian with English surtitles.

Sun 13 Nov

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English Touring Opera: La Calisto

Timothy Nelson conducts and directs Cavalli's irreverent take on the relations between gods, men and women, following the infatuation of Jove with the lovely Calisto and the unlikely attraction of virgin Diana to the handsome youth Endymion. Starring George Humphreys and Paula Sides. Sung in English.

Thu 17 Nov

£28–£36.50 / 0845 127 2190

English Touring Opera: Ulysses' Homecoming

James Conway directs Benedict Nelson and Carolyn Dobbin in a production of Monteverdi's masterpiece, recounting the delicate interplay between gods and men when, long after the end of the disastrous Trojan war, Ulysses is reunited with his wife Penelope. Sung in English with surtitles.

Fri 18 Nov

£28–£36.50 / 0845 127 2190

English Touring Opera: Xerxes

James Conway directs Handel's setting of a Venetian text relocated to the Battle of Britain, with the Persian king recast as a glamorous prince-turned-pilot jealous of his brother's stronger sex appeal. Sung in English with surtitles.

Sat 19 Nov

£28–£36.50 / 0845 127 2190

An Evening With Levison Wood

Join explorer, Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and best-selling author of Walking the Nile and Walking the Himalayas as he shares stories from his latest adventure.

Tue 21 Feb 2017

Forever In Blue Jeans

High energy, hit songs and hot dance in one show as the cast of eight singers take the audience on a musical journey starting in the 50s and ending in the present, passing the likes of Brenda Lee, The Carpenters and Abba on the way.

Sun 15 Jan 2017

£25 / 0845 127 2190

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Henning Wehn: Westphalia Is Not An Option

New show from the German Comedy Ambassador.

Sun 14 May 2017

Home At Seven

A man suffering from apparent amnesia is at the centre of this well-crafted thriller by RC Sherriff in a version staged by Elite Productions. Starring Brian Capron and Jenny Funnell.

Mon 14 Nov

£16–£18 / 0845 127 2190

Tue 15 Nov

£16–£18 / 0845 127 2190

Jon Richardson: Old Man

Wry observations and pessimistic humour from the 8 out of 10 Cats star, who is starting to feel his age.

Sun 21 May 2017


Exquisite melancholic harmonies from the Mormon slowcore trio from Minnesota.

Fri 2 Dec

£22.50 / 0845 127 2190

The Magic of Motown

Tribute to the sweet soul sounds of Motown starring the supremely-talented Magic of Motown band, with hits made famous by the Isley Brothers, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Martha Reeves and more.

Fri 24 Mar 2017

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Maximum Rhythm & Blues

Rock and blues with a twist of jazz by the Paul Jones-fronted combo, together with PP Arnold and Zoot Money.

Tue 22 Nov

£29.50–£30 / 0845 127 2190

Miles Jupp: Songs Of Freedom

The son of a minister in the United Reform Church, Jupp was a natural when it came to the casting of Nigel, a Church Of England Lay Reader, in the BBC sitcom Rev. Now the actor, stand-up and Radio Four stalwart presents his latest show about modern life. Astronauts, regrets, social media, hipsters, rage and medicine are…

Fri 28 Oct

Nathan Carter

Irish charmer Nathan Carter and his band play an easy listening mix of Irish, country and popular songs.

Wed 8 Feb 2017

£24.50–£29.50 / 0845 127 2190

Omid Djalili

The British-Iranian comedian and star of stage and screen brings his new show to an adoring public.

Tue 8 Nov

£25 / 0845 127 2190

A Party To Murder

Talking Scarlet presents a twisty mystery written by Marcia Cash and Douglas E Hughes about what happens when six people arrive in secret at a rustic island cottage, on Halloween.

Wed 2 Nov

£16–£18 / 0845 127 2190

Thu 3 Nov

£16–£18 / 0845 127 2190

Fri 4 Nov

£16–£18 / 0845 127 2190

Sat 5 Nov

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Reginald D Hunter: The Man Who Attempted To Do As Much and Such

The self-proclaimed 'comedian, swashbuckler and scientist' takes his latest and no doubt controversial show on the road.

Rich Hall: 3:10 to Humour

The latest musings from the deadpan grouch, star of ridiculous amount of stuff on the tellybox and a favourite at the Fringe each year.

Wed 30 Nov

Roy Orbison & The Traveling Wilburys Tribute Show

Paul Hopkins steps into the Roy Orbison role with this tribute to the 80s supergroup.

Fri 20 Oct 2017

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra: L'apres Midi

Cristian Mandeal conducts the orchestra, with clarinettist Benjamin Mellefont, for Debussy's Prelude A l'apres-midi d'un Faune, Mozart's Concerto In A For Clarinet And Orchestra and Brahms's Symphony No 3 In F.

Wed 9 Nov

Rumours of Fleetwood Mac

The Mick Fleetwood-approved tribute act who cover the gamut of Mac material from the Peter Green era to the Buckingham/Nicks days.

Sun 29 Jan 2017

£26.50–£31.50 / 0845 127 2190

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Russian State Ballet: Swan Lake

  • Written by: Russian State Ballet

Tchaikovsky's magical score accompanies this tale of mystery and romance with spellbinding ballet dancing from the Russian State Ballet.

Sun 30 Oct

The Searchers

The Searchers have survived multiple line-up changes as well as a schism of People's Front of Judea-style bitterness, the echoes of which twang across the internet to this day. Longest-lasting original member John McNally leads the band that gave us 'Needles and Pins' and 'Sweets for my Sweet'.

Thu 24 Nov

£22.50 / 0845 127 2190

Sensational 60's Experience

The Marmalade, Herman’s Hermits, Chris Farlowe and Steve Ellis’ Love Affair perform their evergreen hits.

Tue 29 Nov

£30 / 0845 127 2190

Shakin' Stevens

The eighties' singer with the famous hips performs his past hits to celebrate the anniversary of 30 years since the release of his first hit in the UK. In 1980 the singer released Hot Dog after years of touring and recording Stevens got his big break. His success in the eighties continued with the release of Marie Marie…

Sun 23 Apr 2017

£22.50–£35 / 0845 127 2190

South Downs & The Browning Version

Endellion Theatre Company presents a double bill of public school dramas by David Hare and Terrence Rattigan.

Sun 20 Nov

£14–£16 / 0845 127 2190

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Stand By Me: The Ben-E King & Drifters Revue

The story of Ben E King and the Drifters. Featuring 'Under the Boardwalk', 'Saturday Night at the Movies', 'Up on the Roof', 'On Broadway' and more.

Tom Paxton

US singer-songwriter who has been honoured with two Lifetime Achievement Awards – from the North American Folk Music Alliance and the Radio 2 Folk Awards.

Fri 20 Jan 2017

£28.50 / 0845 127 2190

The Ukulele Orchestra Of Great Britain

The ensemble performs classical and rock favourites.

Wed 26 Oct

Vampires Rock

Steve Steinman's musical mixes comedy with rock music and, naturally, the undead.

Sat 26 Nov

£13.25–£28.50 / 0845 127 2190

A Vision of Elvis

2008 European Elvis Tribute Artist Champion Rob Kingsley presents the total Elvis package, from custom-made costumes to that curl of the lip.

Sat 12 Nov

£25 / 0845 127 2190

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