Haymarket Theatre (Leicester)

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Haymarket Theatre
Address Haymarket
 United Kingdom
Owner ING Real Estate 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 29 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. The Metal Tree sculpture by Hubert Dalwood, 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][3]

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.


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