The Haymarket Theatre reopened last night (2nd March 2018) after being closed and derelict for the past eleven years; previously hosting shows like The Nightingale and Christmas pantomime favourites.
The building benefited from a £3.6million investment which built a brand new entrance, two fully refurbished bars and more than 900 new seats in the restored auditorium The theatre is set to become a real asset for the city at last.
The ING Group, a Dutch financial services and banking company who own Leicester Haymarket, expect the success of the venue to save Leicester City Council around £180’000 per year. The question is whether the council will use this money effectively given Peter Soulsby’s track record of selling a freehold worth over £2.8million to developers for a measly £24’000…
The newly-refurbished reopened venue will be used for a range of arts including music, drama, comedy and dance. The venue will also be used for e-sports events and other functions and exhibitions
It will be used for music, drama, comedy, dance, e-sports events as well as other functions and exhibitions.
Since 2007 and until 2020, a consortium of individuals from the Leicester business and arts sectors have been managing the operation of the derelict site and the council has been meeting the costs associated with this. ING Group will take over meeting the costs in 2020 once they have had time to establish operations.