Haymarket Theatre (Leicester)

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Haymarket Theatre
Address Haymarket
 United Kingdom
Owner ING Real Estate Investment Management
Capacity 753 (main theatre) 120 (studio theatre)
Current use Vacant
Opened 1973
Years active 1973-2007
Architect Building Design Partnership

The Haymarket Theatre is a theatre in Leicester, England, based in the Haymarket Shopping Centre on Belgrave Gate in Leicester city centre. The Leicester City Council purchased a 99-year lease of the Haymarket Theatre on behalf of the public on the 29th of September 1974. The Leicester Theatre Trust operated the theatre from this date then vacated in 2007 in favour of the new Curve Theatre, Leicester on Halford Street. Located at the front of the entrance to the Haymarket Theatre is the only major piece of abstract sculpture in the city centre.[1]

The Haymarket Theatre was opened by Sir Ralph Richardson and the opening season started with The Recruiting Officer on the 17th October 1973, Economic Necessity on the 24th of October and Cabaret on the 21st of November. The last show on was Wizard of Oz starring Helena Blackman and Ceri Dupree in 2006.

On 3 June 2016 plans were announced to re-open the Haymarket Theatre as a performance and training venue.[2]

Notable Performances[edit]

Oliver! in 1977 directed by Robin Midgley and featuring Roy Hudd.

Me and My Girl in 1984 directed by Mike Ockrent and featuring Robert Lindsay, Emma Thompson, and Frank Thornton.

Macbeth in 1984 directed by Nancy Meckler and featuring Bernard Hill and Julie Walters.

M Butterfly in 1989 directed by John Dexter and featuring Sir Anthony Hopkins.

Murders in the Rue Morgue in 1989 directed by Simon Usher.

Leicester Theatre Trust[edit]

The Leicester Theatre Trust (LTT) formed in 1973 as an independent charitable body, it is a regularly funded client of Arts Council England and receives annual revenue funding from Leicester City Council. From 1973 to 2007, the organisation programmed and operated the Haymarket Theatre, which closed at the end of January 2007, with a varied offer, aimed at attracting a broad and diverse audience, reflecting the nature of the city and its surrounds. The LTT offices, previously based in the Haymarket, moved to Rutland Street, next to the new theatre named "Curve", which opened on 11 November 2008.


  1. ^ "Abstract Sculpture, Haymarket". Leicester City Council. Retrieved 27 May 2011. 
  2. ^ Leicester Haymarket to be reborn after nine-year closure: https://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2016/

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Coordinates: 52°38′15″N 1°07′55″W / 52.6375°N 1.1320°W / 52.6375; -1.1320