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Buxton Opera House

Water Street, Buxton, SK17 6XN
01298 72190

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The Rocket Man - A Tribute to Sir Elton John
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Buxton Opera House
Pack your bags, strap yourself in, zero out 8pm (sometimes 7.30) for a night like no other as we celebrate Sir Elton John!

The Rocket Man is the world’s favourite celebration to a musical icon, playing to audiences all around the world.

So, catch a star if you can and wish for something special as we ask you, are you ready for Love? Jimmy Love! No one else recreates the flamboyant megastar with as much vigour and brilliance.

Join us as Jimmy and our amazing live band take you down the Yellow Brick Road with two hours of glorious Elton hits, including Saturday Nights Alright, Crocodile Rock, I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues, Daniel, I’m Still Standing, Philadelphia Freedom, Your Song and many many more.

With dazzling costumes, stunning vocals and sensational piano solos, we take you on a journey through Elton’s life and career, the highs and the lows with many a laugh brought to life, live on stage. This show has it all!

Friday 30 September - 7.30pm
Price: £31.50
Groups (8+)/Senior/Disabled/JSA/Income Support/Students/Children: £2 off

Paul Hopkins' Roy Orbison & the Traveling Wilburys Experience
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Now in its ninth year of successful touring Roy Orbison (Paul Hopkins) and the Traveling Wilburys Experience’ will take you on a journey through the story of the Wilburys, with expert narrative and big screen action.

This 34th Anniversary Special is absolutely unmissable. Featuring tributes to Jeff Lynne, George Harrison, Tom Petty, Roy Orbison and Bob Dylan. All the Traveling Wilbury hits and classics are in the show, Handle with Care, End of the Line and many more.

Totally unique to this production are Five authentic Lookalike-Sound-alike’s to this famous Supergroup, enabling the show to explore the Solo Hits of the band. Mr Blue Sky, Pretty Woman, Blowin in the Wind, Here Comes the Sun, and Runnin Down a Dream are just a few of the Million-Selling hits you’ll hear throughout the show. This joyous, up-tempo feel-good celebration of classic pop music is guaranteed to give you a night to remember.

Saturday 1 October 2022 - 7.30pm
Duration: 2hr 30mins (includes interval)
Price: £21.50-£23.50
Groups (8+)/Senior/Disabled: £2 off (not Dress Circle)
JSA/Income Support/Students/Children: ½ price (not Dress Circle)

Newton Faulkner - Feels Like Home
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Stripping his songs back to their purest form, Newton will be out there solo, just him, his acoustic guitars, and his voice.

“On the forthcoming UK tour I’ll be focusing on the songs that work best with just a vocal and guitar part and no musical multitasking or loops says Newton. I’m sure there are some big songs I have never thought of stripping back, but the ones I can’t wait to play are Longshot Against The Grain, I'm Not Giving Up Yet, Never Alone, Been Here Before, Waiting On You and obviously Feels Like Home. Most of these songs I very rarely play on tour!”

After the mystery cloaked ventures of recent times, Faulkner’s new ethos of ‘no secrets’ promises open lines of communications as his boldest plans to date unfold. “After the last tour which was an immensely complicated setup, like flying a musical helicopter this one will be really stripped back and minimal, like how I started. There’s definitely a power to that.”

Tuesday 4 October 2022 - 7.30pm
Age Guidance: Under 16s must be accompanied by 18+
Price: £31 (VIP: £65.50)

VIP Meet & Greet, 5pm
Become a VIP ticket holder and have access to the best available seats in the theatre, along with a VIP Meet & Greet prior to the performance with Newton and a signed souvenir package.

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo
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For almost 50 years, the all-male comedy ballet company Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo (affectionately known as “The Trocks”) have been delighting audiences of all ages at sell-out performances featuring their fabulous sense of fun and their flawless dance.

Originally from New York, the Trocks are now loved world-wide for their sassy spoofs and hilarious homages to classical ballet, where 16 dancers each transform into two personas, both ballerina and danseur!

Every performance frivolously froths with tutus and testosterone, blush-pink ballet pumps, fierce false eyelashes and prima ballerina attitude. However, what makes this company extraordinarily special is their immaculate technique and daring physicality, surpassed only by their impeccable comic timing.

Friday 7 October - 7.30pm
Saturday 8 October - 7.30pm
Duration: 2hr (includes interval)
Price: £30-£38

Leo Sayer - The Show Must Go On
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British music legend Leo Sayer will be touring the UK celebrating his 50th anniversary in music.

With this performance, Leo and his band bring boundless energy, exuberance and a hit packed show to some of his favourite venues across the country.

Known the world over for his army of hits which include Thunder In My Heart, Moonlighting, One Man Band, I Can’t Stop Loving You, More Than I Can Say, Have You Ever Been in Love, The Show Must Go On and the transatlantic number ones, When I Need You and You Make Me Feel Like Dancing.

This is a hit packed, high energy evening not to miss.

Sunday 9 October 2022 - 7.30pm
Price: £30-£35.50

An Evening with Michael Portillo
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Michael Portillo makes a welcome appearance in Buxton to talk about his life and career.
After studying at Cambridge University, he worked with Mrs Thatcher, briefing her before press conferences. As a Conservative politician, he took just over a decade to go from a seat in the Commons to being seen as possible future Prime Minister. His political career came to a humiliating end when he lost his seat in May 1997.

Since then, he has reinvented himself as a broadcaster of some renown, travelling the railways of the world for television, and investigating the history of numerous countries, and the daily lives of their people. He has also been a regular contributor to The Moral Maze, as well as writing for newspapers.

This special event will see Michael talk with flair and humour about his political recollections punctuated with hilarious anecdotes, will discuss today’s politics and behind the scenes glimpses into the filming of his popular railway journeys.

Monday 10 October 2022 - 7pm
Price: £21.50

Matcham Card discount - 12%
Groups (8+): 10% (not Dress Circle)

Psychic Sally
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Sally Morgan, the nation’s favourite Psychic and forerunner in the Psychic world is back on tour with her all new show.
Wowing audiences young and old across the country for over a decade, Sally’s show will have you on the edge of your seat, as she brings mediumship into the 21st century.

“My Ability” Sally explains “ Allows me to harness the energy around individuals in the audience and pass on messages from their loved ones who have passed with incredible accuracy. I call every message validated a wonder moment. So take your seats relax, be open minded and ready to come forward if you think the message is for you.”

With her love, laughter and warmth, this show is a unique evening not to be missed. Book your tickets now to see this phenomenal psychic in action.

Tuesday 11 October 2022 - 7.30pm
Price: £30
Matcham Card - 12% discount
Groups (8+)/Senior/Disabled: £3 off (not Dress Circle)
JSA/Income Support/Students/Children: ½ price (not Dress Circle)

ABBA Forever
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ABBA Forever are recognised as one of the best live recreations of ABBA Live in Concert, and theatre audiences worldwide have long enjoyed this superb recreation of possibly the world‘s greatest pop band.

A considerable landmark in their career was their sixth sell out theatre tour of Sweden, the home of the original super group ABBA.

In their amazing live show, the unique ABBA sound is replicated with incredible attention to detail, using a six-piece band featuring electric and acoustic guitars, keyboards and piano, drums and bass guitar. Two outstanding ABBA girls complete the line-up, adding the essential glitz and glamour to a well-polished and gently humorous show.

The wonderful lyrics penned by Benny and Bjorn are sung in wonderful harmony by all six performers on stage. Dynamic non-stop choreography, stunning visuals, top class musicianship and an all live performance ensures that the ABBA Forever show captivates audiences whenever they take to the stage.

Duration: 2hr 05mins (includes interval)
Price: £25.50-£27.50

Jon Richardson - The Knitwit
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Will the recycling be put out on the right day? Who is going to smooth over the top of the margarine? How many lights are on upstairs when everybody is downstairs?

Watch Jon pretend that these aren't his foremost concerns as he leaves home on his first tour since the last one.

Best known as a team captain on 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (Channel 4), host of Dave’s Ultimate Worrier, and upcoming sitcom Meet the Richardsons. As well as Would I Lie To You (BBC One), Have I Got News For You (BBC One), Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow (BBC One), and Taskmaster (Dave).

Saturday 15 October - 8pm
Sunday 16 October - 8pm
Duration: 1hr 50mins (includes interval)
Age Guidance: Strictly 14+
Price: £26

Doctor Richard Shepherd 'Unnatural Causes'
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Meet the forensic pathologist, Dr Richard Shepherd. A detective in his own right, who has solved the mystery of sudden and unexplained deaths as he takes to the road in 2022, following his hugely successful 2021 theatre tour and award-winning book Unnatural Causes: The Life and Many Deaths of Britain's Top Forensic Pathologist.

Dr Shepherd has performed over 23,000 autopsies, including some of the most high-profile cases of recent times; the Hungerford Massacre, the Princess Diana inquiry, and 9/11. He has faced serial killers, natural disaster, 'perfect murders' and freak accidents. His evidence has put killers behind bars, freed the innocent, and turned open-and-shut cases on their heads.

Yet all this has come at a huge personal cost. Join Dr Richard Shepherd for an evening which promises to be utterly fascinating. Unnatural Causes will tell the story of not only the cases and bodies that have haunted Doctor Shepherd the most, but also how to live a life steeped in death.

Tuesday 18 October 2022 - 7.30pm
Age Guidance: 16+
Price: £28
Matcham Card - 12% discount

Harry Hill: Pedigree Fun!
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Harry is back with brand-new amazing jokes in an all-singing, all-dancing one-man spectacular.
“I hadn’t realised how much I missed performing live until lockdown stopped me from doing it,” says Harry, “It’s great to be going back on stage and the good news is I am planning a very silly show.”

Audiences will meet Harry’s new baby elephant, Sarah, and Ian, The Information Worm.

Harry will also be joined by Stouffer the Cat (his famous sidekick) who commented “what can I tell you? When Harry calls you say yes – end of!”

Wednesday 19 October 2022 - 7.30pm
Age Guidance: 14+
Price: £33.50

Marc Almond In Concert
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Marc Almond is heading back to the stage with his first British live tour in over three years.

Marc will be singing songs from his last top 20 solo album, Chaos and a Dancing Star, released in March 2020, plus many favourites from his extensive catalogue and his biggest hits.

Not only will this be the first outing of his recent solo album, Soft Cell have also released a UK chart top 10 album Happiness Not Included, which includes the much celebrated No.1 single featuring the Pet Shop Boys, Purple Zone.

Marc always has surprises up his sleeve!

Book now!

Thursday 20 October 2022 - 7.30pm
Price: £31-£66

Levison Wood - The Art of Exploration
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In Autumn 2022, join critically acclaimed author and explorer Levison Wood as he takes to the stage for his third UK tour, The Art of Exploration.

In this entertaining two-hour show, Levison shares his experiences and learnings from a lifetime of travel, from his army career and the front-lines of Afghanistan to his photo-journalism assignments in the Congo and Nepal, as well as world-renowned expeditions through some of the most testing environments on earth, including the Nile, Himalayas and the Arabian peninsula. Levison will reveal the lessons he has learnt on the road and how we can all benefit from applying the philosophy of travel and the Art of Exploration to our normal everyday routines, so we can achieve a positive mindset and get things done.

By sharing his fascinating anecdotes and honest experiences, along with photography from his extensive travels, Levison hopes to inspire the audience to embark on their own journeys - whether through travel or day-to-day life.

Friday 21 October 2022 - 7.30pm
Duration: 1hr 50mins (includes interval)
Price: £29.50

Shona the Musical Choir
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Shona the Musical Choir is an African/Scottish choir based in Edinburgh, presenting original songs from African composer and playwright, Neo Vilakazi, who lives and works in Scotland.
Shona, is as Scottish a name as you can find, but is also a tribal name in Africa. In this concert performance the voices of Africa and Scotland blend in the richest of harmonies, with an eclectic western twist, akin to Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Paul Simon’s Graceland album.

The music is inspired by historical events and the socio-political turmoil of Robert Mugabe’s rule of Zimbabwe, and comes from Neo’s work in progress - Shona the Musical - a cross-cultural love story that transcends racial barriers.

Performed by supremely talented artists, the vocals and dancing of Shona the Musical Choir have been described as ‘simply stunning’ by The Scotsman.

Saturday 22 October 2022 - 7.30pm

Ned Boulting - Retour de Ned
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What I Talk About When I Talk About The Tour de France

After a year away from the front line, ITV’s Tour de France commentator Ned Boulting returns with a fresh assault on our cycling senses.

The cunningly entitled “Retour de Ned” is an indispensable theatrical road map for anyone aspiring to wear the yellow jersey on the Champs Elysées: a really very rough guide to the tactics (pedal faster) and challenges (not pedalling fast enough) which will need to be deployed to win the biggest bike race in the world. Along the way, there will be time to call to mind the greatest racers of the age, and to do hopelessly bad impressions of them. There will be scope to celebrate all that is French about France, and all that is Tourish about the Tour: Stuff like ignoring 12th century cathedrals, peeing at the side of the road, pushing spectators over, punching demonstrators and generally behaving like a shaven-legged hooligan for a month while riding over entire mountain ranges.

Sunday 23 October 2022 - 7.30pm
Price: £28

An Evening with Adam Frost
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Buxton Opera House
Spend an evening with award-winning British garden designer and Gardeners’ World presenter, Adam Frost, as he shares advice and amusing stories from a lifetime in the garden.

Best known for his successes at RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Adam will explore how his love for the great outdoors started from a young age when he helped on his grandparent’s allotment. His fascination with watching plants and vegetables grow, and the wildlife it attracted, has stayed with him ever since. Sharing tales from working with Geoff Hamilton at Barnsdale Gardens, to going solo in 1996 for the rollercoaster ride of designing multiple award-winning show gardens, Adam will also detail why he remains passionate about inspiring adults and children alike to start their own horticultural journeys.

Enlightening and engaging, this event promises to leave you eager to head home and get your gardening gloves on.

Monday 24 October 2022 - 7.30pm
Duration: 1hr 50mins
Age Guidance: 14+
Price: £29-£33

Howard Jones Acoustic Trio with Nick Beggs & Robin Boult
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The acoustic shows will highlight a fresh take on Howard’s best-known hits and will provide a rare and intimate opportunity for the audience to hear first-hand about the inspiration behind Howard’s beloved material, plus fascinating recollections from his international touring career.

'I am really excited about the trio tour we have planned for 2022,” says Howard. “Nick and Robin are dear friends and world class musicians and I love performing with them. After touring the trio in America, I thought the time was right for us to bring the fun of this acoustic show back home. I will play a range of songs from the Hojo canon including the hits old and new as well as some deep cuts and fan favourites'

Howard Jones first burst upon the contemporary music scene in 1983, with his very English song-writing and pioneering synthesizers. His first two albums Human’s Lib and Dream into Action were worldwide hits. Human’s Lib #1, 1984 in the UK and featured the hits New Song and What Is Love?

Tuesday 25 October 2022 - 7.30pm
Price: £33.50

The Black Blues Brothers
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No one can resist the energy of The Black Blues Brothers in their acrobatic tribute to the legendary cult movie.

Expect jaw-dropping balancing acts, acrobatics with fire and human pyramids as The Black Blues Brothers use every chair, table and coat rack as part of their breathtaking routines!

Set in a nightclub, reminiscent of the Cotton Club, a vintage radio blasts out all of your favourite hits from the film, including Gimme Some Lovin’, Sweet Home Chicago and Soul Man.

Everybody needs someone to love, and The Black Blues Brothers need you, you and you to get up and get down with them!

Wednesday 26 October 2022 - 7.30pm
Duration: 1hr 40mins (includes interval)
Price: £30.50

Show of Hands
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Folk supergroup Show of Hands are finally reuniting with formidable folk singer Miranda Sykes to captivate audiences at a long-awaited autumn tour.
The trio will perform brand-new tracks, live renditions of their award-winning hits and festival favourites for the first time in five long years.

The opening half of the show will see them playing as duos and soloists. Miranda will feature songs from her lockdown album The Farmhouse Sessions while Steve and Phil will perform new material generated over the last two years.

During the second set the trio will play a host of anthemic Show of Hands classics plus one or two hitherto unheard surprises.

Thursday 27 October 2022 - 7.30pm
Price: £36
Matcham Card holders receive a 12% discount for this event
JSA/Income Support/Students/Children: ½ price - £18 (not Dress Circle)
Groups (8+)/Senior/Disabled: £3.50 off (not Dress Circle)

Jurassic Earth
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A unique, immersive Dinosaur experience for all ages!

Jurassic Earth features roaming, state-of-the-art animatronic life-like Dinosaurs in an interactive and exciting story-telling show, creating a unique, immersive experience for all audiences!
This is an unmissable opportunity to talk to a Triceratops, roar with a T-Rex, look up to a Brontosaurus, scream with a Spinosaurus and run from a Raptor!

Joined by a zany Professor, an eccentric Doctor and a team of Rangers and Dinosaurs bring the Jurassic Era to life in this family-friendly show. Combining entertainment with education,
Jurassic Earth brings these remarkable creatures to your local theatre, thrilling not just the children in the audience, but the adults too!

AS SEEN ON TV – Our dinosaurs have featured on BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and SKY. You may have seen them most recently on ITV’s Dancing On Ice where our naughty Raptor sneaked up on Holly Willoughby and Ashley Banjo!

Friday 28 October - 11:30am and 2:30pm
Duration: 1hr 20mins
Price: £22.50 (VIP: £33.50)
Matcham Card holders receive a 12% discount for this event

VIP Meet & Greet (1 hour before the show)
Priority seating
Meet & Greet the show’s Baby Dinosaurs and chat to our Rangers!
Free Programme & Activity Book with Crayons
VIP Tickets: £33.50

Woman to Woman
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Beverley Craven, Judie Tzuke, Julia Fordham & Rumer

After the huge success of their last tour which played to over 35,000 people, Beverley Craven, Judie Tzuke and Julia Fordham reunite and this time have invited Rumer to join them.

Woman to Woman sees a unique and timeless collaboration between four of the UK’s most celebrated female singer-songwriters performing their classic hit singles and album tracks alongside their sensational band.

This unforgettable experience will be a chance to hear much loved songs including the worldwide smash hit Promise Me, Happy Ever After, Welcome To The Cruise, Slow, Holding On, (Love Moves In) Mysterious Ways, Aretha and the haunting Stay With Me Till Dawn alongside many other favourites.

Reflecting on the upcoming tour, the ladies said “We cannot wait to share a stage together, create beautiful vocal harmonies with each other and collaborate on some possible new material”.

This is guaranteed to be a truly memorable and special concert.

Saturday 29 October 2022 - 7.30pm
Price: £42.50-£50 (VIP: £135)
VIP Meet & Greet
Prime Seating (Stalls A-B)
Meet & Greet post show with artists
Signed Lithograph
VIP Laminate
Photo Opportunity
VIP Tickets: £135

The Big Chris Barber Band
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Chris Barber was one of the leading figures in European jazz. Together with Kenny Ball and Acker Bilk, he was one of the “Three B’s” who defined traditional jazz in Britain. Chris Barber’s legacy to the British and European music scene started with a love of 1920s American jazz and blues. Together with Trumpeter, Ken Colyer (one of the first British players to make it to New Orleans and play with the “Old Guard” of American Jazz Musicians), Chris’s band aimed to reproduce the New Orleans sound as authentically as they could. After Ken and Chris parted company, Chris and members of his band were also responsible for the introduction of many American blues artists to Britain in the 50s and 60s including Muddy Waters, Sonny Terry, Brownie McGhee and Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

The programme features Barber classics such as Petite Fleur, Bourbon Street Parade and When The Saints Go Marching In, plus a journey through many of the other genres that the band has explored over the years.

Monday 31 October 2022 - 7.30pm
Price: £24
Matcham Card holders receive a 12% discount for this event


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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