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Acquisition TermsDonated : 25 March 1988
RefDE3298
TitleRECORDS OF THE PHOENIX ARTS CENTRE [FORMERLY THE PHOENIX THEATRE], LEICESTER
DescriptionProgrammes, production folders, videos, publicity material, photographs, scrapbooks
Date1963-1988
Access StatusOpen
Administrative HistoryIn response to pressure for a new repertory theatre in Leicester after the Theatre Royal had closed in 1956, Leicester Corporation built the Phoenix Theatre as a temporary stop-gap whilst the larger Haymarket Theatre was being built. The temporary theatre, seating only 274 people was opened in 1963 and proved extremely popular. When the Haymarket finally opened in 1973, a nationwide 'Save the Phoenix' campaign ensured the continued existence of the theatre. In 1980 the old Phoenix Theatre was re-vamped and officially re-titled Phoenix Arts, becoming an arts centre supporting drama, dance, music, film and ethnic arts. An exhibition gallery was established in the Centre's bar area. During the period 1984-1985 cuts in grant-aid threatened the future of the theatre and the two touring companies were disbanded. In 1987 the Theatre lost its grant to stage anything other than touring productions. In 1988, Phoenix Arts went into voluntary liquidation and a new company was formed under the same name.
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