It all started with 'We Just Need A Lift!'...
We are asking for donations towards Phase 1 – The first step in getting The Grand Pavilion operating at it's full potential.
The Grand Pavilion in Matlock Bath is an unusual Theatre and Events centre in the heart of the Derbyshire Dales, on the cusp of the Peak District. Being a pink Edwardian monster of a building, we are rarely missed, but our lack of modernisation has meant we aren't operating at our full potential. Our Grand Hall and Theatre are situated on the second floor, and without a lift and proper disabled access, toilets etc, we're not as inclusive as we need to be.
However, it turns out we need a lift in other areas as well...
We need a proper face-lift! The decades-old crumbling pink render leaves us looking tired and unloved - belying the energy and passion for this building that burns within.
We need our theatre roof trusses and Edwardian lantern restored to their former glory.
We need to become more energy efficient and sustainable, replacing single pane windows and rethinking our energy supply.
And... (in a perfect world ????), we would pivot the orientation of the building to face the River Derwent and Gardens, to allow access to its banks, stunning views and wildlife. Our ultimate goal is to be more integrated with our community and world-class natural surroundings. Reviving Matlock Bath's reputation as a destination for all types of tourist – the nature lovers, the families, the arts enthusiasts, theatre-goers, the ramblers, rafters, cyclists, local and international...
But in the first instance, we need £5000 for an Options Appraisal and Feasibility Study. So this is where we begin. It's going to be an exciting ride...
Will you give us a lift?!
The Grand Hall through the years, from C.1910, to C.1990s to 2022 - renovated and stripped back to a beautiful theatre once again.
Local legend Isy Suttie recently performed her new standup show 'Jackpot' here at The Grand Pavilion. Isy Gave Us a Lift! by donating half her profits and these amazing testimonials;
“The first time I performed at the Pav was as a munchkin soldier in The Wizard of Oz in 1986. I still remember the excitement of being backstage and how magical the building was - it’s such an important part of the community.”
“The Pav can never be defeated! It’s such a fantastic building, bursting with history and dancefloor secrets. I’ve probably danced a total of 1000 hours in that place and to me it’s the hub of the community.”
– ISY SUTTIE Actor & Comedian