New website for Matcham masterpiece

We've recently launched a new website for beautiful Buxton Opera House. Set in the Peak District hills and designed by renowned theatre architect Frank Matcham, the opera house first opened on 1 June 1903 – so is about to celebrate its 114th anniversary.

Though originally built to stage operas, Buxton Opera House – alongside sister venue Pavilion Arts Centre – provides a wide variety of entertainment; from opera to cinema, stand-up to classical music, family theatre to contemporary dance, talks to musicals.

As such, the new website has been thoughtfully designed to be super-easy to navigate – with a pared-back, elegant design style befitting of such an impressive, historic venue.

We’ve used a balanced mix of classic serif and modern sans-serif typography; and the simple, contemporary line-art icon set and venue illustrations add personality and style.

But it’s not all about looks – behind the scenes, the website’s built to be easy for the team to use day-to-day, and to work beautifully for visitors whatever the device they’re using. The mobile experience, for example, is fast and lightweight – with quick and clear routes to buying tickets on-the-go (via Spektrix).

One of our favourite parts of the website is the Our Story timeline.

Here the Buxton Opera House & Pavilion Arts Centre team can add text, imagery, video, quotes etc. relating to significant milestones and events – an engaging, logical and easily-digestible way to explore the venues’ rich and interesting history.

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