The Haymarket Theatre - Leicester - March 2014

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The Haymarket Theatre was built in 1973 to supersede the Phoenix Theatre. It was built immediately opposite what had been the Palace Theatre on Belgrave Gate, which had been demolishe in the 1960's. The Architects were Stephen George and Dick Bryant of the City Architects department, and Peter Forbes of the Building Design Partnership. The auditorium sat 750 people in a wide fan shape, close to the stage. The stalls seating was well stepped giving a good clear view of the vast stage.

The Theatre had a brief closure in 2003 to 2004 due to financial problems. The last production in 2006 was 'The Wizard of Oz' featuring Helena Blackman and Ceri Dupree. It then closed and was replaced by the new 'Curve' theatre in the new 'cultural quarter'. The City Council had plans to reopen the venue in the summer of 2011, converted to a £6.5 million Youth Centre. Some stripping took place, but then the project was abandoned and the theatre still remains empty.

Was good to finally get this one ticked off the list, Whilst the theatre has been stripped out, there is plenty to see. Visited with King Mongoose

Thanks for looking!

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