Leicester Haymarket Theatre

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Leicester Haymarket Theatre
Leicester Haymarket Theatre entrance.jpg
Entrance to the Leicester Haymarket Theatre following refurbishment in 2018
Address1 Garrick Walk, Harmarket,
Leicester
 United Kingdom
OwnerING Real Estate Management
Capacity901 (main theatre) 120 (studio theatre)
Current usePerforming arts centre
Construction
Opened1973
Years active1973-2007, 2018-present
ArchitectBuilding Design Partnership
Website
https://www.haytheatre.com/

The Leicester Haymarket Theatre is a theatre in Leicester, England, based next to the Haymarket Shopping Centre on Belgrave Gate in Leicester City centre.

History[edit]

The Haymarket Theatre was opened by Sir Ralph Richardson and the opening season started with The Recruiting Officer on 17 October 1973, Economic Necessity on 24 October and Cabaret on 21 November. Leicester City Council purchased a 99-year lease of the theatre in 1974.

Between 1974 and 2007 the theatre was operated by The Leicester Theatre Trust. The trust vacated the theatre in 2007 when it moved to the newly built Curve Theatre, Leicester in Leicester’s Cultural Quarter. The last show held here by the Leicester Theatre Trust was Wizard of Oz starring Helena Blackman and Ceri Dupree in 2006. The theatre was closed in 2007 and would remain so for the next 10 years.

In June 2016 the management of the theatre was taken over by an organisation known as the Haymarket Consortium who undertook that it would be re-opened as a performance, training and e-sports venue.[1][2] The theatre was re-opened for performances on 2 March 2017 and a formal opening ceremony took place later that year. [3]

Metal Tree sculpture[edit]

The Metal Tree sculpture by Hubert Dalwood, located at the front of the entrance to the Haymarket Theatre, was the only major piece of abstract sculpture in the city centre for many years. It was unveiled in 1974.[4]

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.

Image gallery[edit]

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