125th Anniversary

The Matcham Auditorium turns 125!

Our wonderful Matcham Auditorium celebrated its 125th Anniversary on 15 October 2019.

Built in 1894, Theatre Royal Wakefield, the jewel in Wakefield’s crown, was the design and vision of famous architect Frank Matcham. Since its conception, Matcham’s Theatre has been at the heart of the Wakefield community – no matter what its use – whether as a theatre, or cinema house, or Lucky Seven’s Bingo Hall!

To ensure Matcham’s Auditorium is around to be enjoyed for another 125 years, we are embarking on a campaign to secure the future of the auditorium! It is slightly run down and worse for wear, so every donation, however large or small, will be greatly received.

By donating…

£62.50 – you can refurbish a seat in the auditorium

£125 – you can refurbish two seats

£1,250 – you could refurbish a whole row of seats



Box Office: 01924 211 311

Minicom (text-type users): 01924 215 522

Theatre Royal Wakefield, Drury Lane, Wakefield, West Yorkshire WF1 2TE

Wakefield Theatre Royal and Opera House was designed by Frank Matcham and opened in 1894.