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Buxton Opera House

Water Street, Buxton, SK17 6XN
01298 72190

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Gypsy: A Musical Fable
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Curtain Up, Light the Lights

Buxton Opera House and Buxton International Festival are delighted to present their second joint production, the legendary musical Gypsy, after the huge success of A Little Night Music.

With bitingly witty lyrics by Stephen Sondheim (West Side Story) and iconic music by Jule Styne this is the perfect summer treat, directed by Paul Kerryson. Gypsy tells the true, humorous and powerful story of the rise to fame of Gypsy Rose Lee, star of 1930s burlesque and her tempestuous relationship with her ambitious mother Rose. Perhaps the best role in any musical, Rose is a force to be reckoned with as she throws all love interest aside, pushing her daughters June and Louise to stardom. Truly memorable songs include Let Me Entertain You, Everything’s Coming Up Roses, You Gotta Have a Gimmick and Some People. Not to be missed!

Thu 7 – Sun 24 Jul 2022
Price: £25-£71
Duration: 3hr (includes interval)


Buxton is easy to reach from the A6, A515 and A53. The theatre is well sign-posted once you reach the town centre. A train service is available from Manchester Piccadilly Station to Buxton. and the town is well served by bus routes to and from local cities, towns and villages.


There is on-street pay and display parking around the theatre and a car park behind Pavilion Gardens, which is a short walk away. The car park is free after 6pm (please note: the covered area of the car park closes at 6pm). There is also free on-street car parking after 6pm close to the theatre, but please make sure that you avoid the Residents Parking Scheme areas.


Pre-show and interval drinks are available. The bars open 45 minutes before each performance.

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Buxton Opera House is located on The Square in Buxton, Derbyshire. This 902-seat opera house was designed by famous theatre architect Frank Matcham in 1903. It is the regular host of the Buxton Festival and was also the home of the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival which ran from 1994 to 2013. It now presents a wide-ranging selection of music, opera, ballet, films and cultural events.

Buxton Opera House was solely a successful theatre for its first few decades, regularly presenting touring companies of opera and other classical arts. However, in 1927 the theatre was turned into a cinema to accommodate for film-goers. It showed silent films until 1932 when the technology was put in place for it to show ‘talkies’. The Opera House still has a cinema which is used regularly by the public to this day.

During the 1970s, the venue fell into disrepair and was rumoured to be close to closing its doors until it received a boost in funding. In 1979, renovations were completed including the addition of an orchestra pit to accommodate for a wider number of touring shows. This refurbishment (amongst updates in the 2000s) saw the rejuvenation of the theatre which now presents over 400 performances a year.

Buxton Opera House presents a wide range of entertainment all year-round, which includes opera, dance, comedy, concerts, drama and children’s shows.

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