Theatresearch are the UK’s leading historic theatre consultants, specialising in theatre restoration.

Formed on Christmas Day 1985 when the Tyne Theatre and Opera House suffered a major fire which severely damaged the fly tower and the theatre's historic stage machinery - 30 years later we are now involved in historic theatre restoration projects throughout the British Isles.

Our Services

Theatresearch offer a wide range of services from consultancy to period television services thorough to consultants in heritage lottery applications. Click for more details

Theatre Productions

David Wilmore has also been involved in directing and creating theatre productions. In 2014 he directed a professional performance of “Ages Ago” with music by Frederic Clay and a libretto by W.S. Gilbert. This was performed at the Harrogate Theatre as part of the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival. Click for more details

CGI Development

As part of the historic restoration package, Theatresearch offers a CGI solution for the visualisation of restoration proposals prior to inception. Click for more details


The Winston Project

Winston, James. The theatric tourist : being a genuine collection of correct views, with brief and authentic historical accounts of all the principal provincial theatres in the United Kingdom. Click for more details

Theatreshire Secondhand Books

Theatre books and ephemera are our speciality – theatre architecture, programmes, playbills, design, technical theatre, opera, music scores, libretti etc. etc! We issue an e-mail catalogue on a regular basis – please e-mail us at: theatreshire@theatresearch.co.uk if you would like to receive it. Click for more details

Overseas Customers

If you wish to buy a book from outside the UK you can use the secure PayPal service. Click for more details


Books Published

Edwin O.Sachs, Architect...

His Life and His Satellites, Diagrams of a Victorian innovator and theatre architect aimed at theatre historians… Learn More >

British Theatrical Patents (1)

From the rich archives of the Patent Office (now part of the British Library) a major source of information… Learn More >

British Theatrical Patents (2)

It reads like the Who’s Who of entertainment manufacturing. Many famous names appear in the database… Learn More >

Frank Matcham and Co.

Frank Matcham was the most prolific theatre architect of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries… Learn More >