Roderick Ham

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Thorndike Theatre, now known as the Leatherhead Theatre

Roderick Thomas Mathieson Ham (September 1925 – 19 January 2017) was a British architect, principally of theatres, who often worked with George Finch. He designed the New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich, and the Thorndike Theatre in Leatherhead.[1]

Early life[edit]

In World War II, he served in the British Army, rising to Second Lieutenant.[2]


Ham designed the Thorndike Theatre in Leatherhead within the shell of the disused 1930s Crescent Cinema, which opened in 1969.[1][3]

Ham designed the Derby Playhouse, which opened in 1975.[3]

Ham designed the New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich, which was built from 1977 to 1979.

Personal life[edit]

In 1955, he married Cara P. Aldridge. He died on 19 January 2017 at the age of 91.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Thorndike Theatre, Leatherhead — The Twentieth Century Society". Retrieved 2016-12-14.
  2. ^ "Supplement to the London Gazette" (PDF). 19 June 1945. p. 3173. Retrieved 2016-12-14.
  3. ^ a b Alistair Fair (3 March 2016). Setting the Scene: Perspectives on Twentieth-Century Theatre Architecture. Routledge. p. 20. ISBN 978-1-317-05692-8.
  4. ^ "Roderick Mathieson Ham's Obituary on The Times". Retrieved 3 February 2017.