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The Haymarket Theatre was a theatre
Theatre is a collaborative form of fine art that uses live performers to present the experience of a real or imagined event before a live audience in a specific place. The performers may communicate this experience to the audience through combinations of gesture, speech, song, music or dance...

 in Leicester
Leicester is a city and unitary authority in the East Midlands of England, and the county town of Leicestershire. The city lies on the River Soar and at the edge of the National Forest...

, England
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, based in the Haymarket Shopping Centre on Belgrave Gate in Leicester city centre
Leicester City Centre
Leicester City Centre is an area covering the core inner city area and central business district of the city of Leicester, England. It is roughly delineated from Leicester's suburbs by the A594, Leicester's inner ring road....

. The theatre closed at the end of 2006 and has been replaced by the Curve Theatre
Curve Theatre, Leicester
Curve is a theatre in Leicester, England, based in the Cultural quarter in Leicester City Centre. Before being named Curve, it was referred to as Leicester Performing Arts Centre...

. The last show on was Wizard of Oz
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starring Helena Blackman
Helena Blackman
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 and Ceri Dupree.

The venue has had a mixed history of successes and failures, suffering a brief closure from 2003 to 2004 due to financial problems. However, it is understood that the theatre drew a net profit in its final season two years later.

Leicester Theatre Trust

Leicester Theatre Trust (LTT) is the independent charitable body that will take over the operation of the new theatre on Rutland Street to which is to be named "Curve" at the end of Autumn 2008. The Leicester Theatre Trust formed in 1973, it is a regularly funded client of Arts Council England
Arts Council England
Arts Council England was formed in 1994 when the Arts Council of Great Britain was divided into three separate bodies for England, Scotland and Wales. It is a non-departmental public body of the Department of Culture, Media and Sport...

 and receives annual revenue funding from Leicester City Council
Leicester City Council
Leicester City Council is a unitary authority responsible for local government in the city of Leicester, England. It consists of 54 councillors, representing 22 wards in the city, overseen by a directly elected mayor. It is currently controlled by the Labour Party and has been led by Mayor Sir...


From 1973 to 2007, the organisation programmed and operated the Haymarket Theatre with a varied offer, aimed at attracting a broad and diverse audience, reflecting the unique nature of the city and its surrounds. In moving to the new facility, LTT aims to build on these successes and become an invaluable resource for the people of the city, the county and the region, as well as a nationally and internationally admired theatre provider.

Since closing the doors of the Haymarket Theatre at the end of January 2007, a decommissioning programme has begun to sort out years' worth of accumulated 'stuff', much of which will be of value in the new building; the rest will be offered to local theatre companies or, where possible, recycled.

During the transitional year, a programme of participatory learning activity will continue, and artistic development and planning will lead to a launch programme for the new theatre. The LTT offices, previously based in the Haymarket, have moved to Rutland Street, next to the new theatre and will begin moving into the new theatre in August 2008.

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