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Report - The Haymarket Theatre, Leicester - March 2014

Discussion in 'Theatres and Cinemas' started by RichPDG, Mar 14, 2014.

  1. RichPDG

    RichPDG 28DL Regular User
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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

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    Thanks for looking!
     

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  2. NoirLune

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    Re: The Haymarket Theatre - Leicester - March 2014

    Only just found this one... Hard to believe there's no comments here, the pics are beautiful.
     
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    Re: The Haymarket Theatre - Leicester - March 2014

    Looks like a good explore, cracking photo's too, love the ones with the natural lighting :)
     
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    Re: The Haymarket Theatre - Leicester - March 2014

    Never seen this report myself either.

    The dressing rooms look pristine and beautifully lit. :thumb
     
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    Re: The Haymarket Theatre - Leicester - March 2014

    As a child actor and later as an adult, I performed regularly at the Haymarket between 1973 and 1982 so was used to wandering about backstage and in the dressing rooms. It's so sad to see these pictures however fascinating and it's a shame that the building is no longer used as it was intended.
     
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    Re: The Haymarket Theatre - Leicester - March 2014

    This is nice, well captured too :)
     
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