Leicester’s Haymarket Theatre will reopen next week, more than 10 years after it closed its doors.
The Haymarket shut after ongoing funding problems in 2007 and was replaced by the £61m Curve arts centre, which opened in November 2008.
Over £3m has been spent on the disused Haymarket Theatre, transforming it into a 863-seat music, arts and e-sports venue. The theatre will be opened by city mayor Sir Peter Soulsby and members of the Haymarket Consortium on Tuesday 27 February.
A brand new entrance will welcome visitors to the building, along with a remodelled lobby area, with glazed walls allowing light to flood in to the space.
Sir Peter Soulsby said: “When we started work on this project, our intention was simply to refresh the fixtures and fittings in the 1970s theatre, without carrying out a full refurbishment of the building.”
“But much has changed since then, with news that Travelodge will be moving into the Haymarket centre and a recognition that the theatre could become a national hub for the growing eSports market.”
“These wider regeneration opportunities have convinced me that we needed to upgrade our plans for the theatre’s refurbishment and provide the high quality facilities that people expect to find in a modern venue.”
The venue will hold small-scale productions before a grand opening, which is expected later this year.
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