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Theatres: Closures

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 29 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many regional theatres closed in each year since 1997. (194916)

Information on independent theatres and theatres funded only by local authorities is not held centrally.

The following information provides a breakdown of producing theatres receiving Arts Council funding that have closed, are currently closed temporarily and that have opened since 2002. Arts Council England does not hold data on theatre closures and openings prior to the merger of the Arts Council of England and the Regional Arts Boards in 2002.

Theatres

Region

Closures

December 2004

The Bridewell, City of London

London

January 2007

The Haymarket Theatre, Basingstoke (Venue reopened under the management of Anvil Arts in September 2007)

South East

March 2007

Gardner Arts Centre, Brighton

South East

Total

3

Current theatre temporary closures

January 2007

Leicester Haymarket (temporarily closed, new venue ‘Curve’ to open autumn 2008)

East Midlands

March 2007

Chester Gateway (temporarily closed, new performing arts centre to open in 2010-11)

North West

September 2007

Bristol Old Vic (temporarily closed. Funding confirmed for 2008-09)

South West

February 2008

Derby Playhouse (closed at present, in administration. Funding for produced theatre in Derby confirmed for 2008 to 2011)

East Midlands

Total

4

Theatre openings

February 2003

Hampstead theatre (Camden)

London

May 2005

M6 theatre studio (Rochdale)

North West

September 2005

Burnley Youth Theatre

North West

December 2005

Unicorn (Southwark)

London

September 2007

Round Theatre (Newcastle)

North East

Total

5