Established in 1973 and operated by the Leicester Theatre Trust until their move to new premises in 2007, Leicester’s Haymarket Theatre stood empty for almost a decade. In June 2016 the management of the theatre was taken over by the Haymarket Consortium who have subsequently rejuvenated and re-opened The Haymarket as a performance, training and venue.
A £3.6 million investment from the local authority, which owns the lease to the venue, meant this vision could be realised and it soon became clear that bringing the auditorium back to life with 900 new seats and state of the art sound and lighting systems was central to achieving this goal. Elsewhere a café, licensed bar and TV gallery have also been created, while the foyer, studio theatre and entrance areas have been extensively modernised.
were called in to bring the theatre’s audio infrastructure up to the standards expected of a modern performance space, playing a pivotal role in the sound design for the main auditorium, engineering multi-role mobile systems, creating bespoke cabling solutions and much more.
With over 20km of cabling and custom panel work needed, Autograph turned to VDC Trading for the bulk AV cabling.
Over 6000 metres of Van Damme
V7Ps, E6s and E8sSD10 was chosen for FOH duties in the main auditorium, alongside an SD12 for monitors. The Haymarket is also one of the first venues in the UK to own Axient Digital radio mic technology, with 18 channels in use throughout the building.
Photo credit: Leicester City Council