Leith Theatre
Leith Theatre
Leith Theatre (interior)
Leith Theatre (interior)

Leith Theatre (also known as Leith Town Hall and alternatively, in 1975 and 1976, Citadel Theatre)[1] is a theatre located on Ferry Road in Edinburgh, Scotland. It opened in 1932 and ceased operation in 1988. Following the efforts of Leith Theatre Trust, fundraising and campaigning is currently underway to support Leith Theatre's redevelopment and eventual full reopening as an arts and community venue.

History

Leith Theatre was a gift from the people of Edinburgh to the people of Leith, following the forced merger of the burgh of Leith into the larger city in 1920.[2] Construction started in 1929.[2] It was designed by Bradshaw Gass & Hope and opened in 1932.[2][3] It was badly damaged by bombing during the Second World War and remained closed until 1961.[2]

The theatre was used by the Edinburgh International Festival from 1961 to 1968.[2] Over the years the theatre hosted a wide variety of famous artists and bands, including Mott the Hoople, Thin Lizzy and AC/DC.[1][2] The stage was also used by legendary director Yuri Lyubimov.[4]

The Town Hall building, which houses the Leith Theatre in its East Wing and the Thomas Morton Hall (named after the shipwright, Thomas Morton) in its West Wing, stands adjacent to the Leith Library.[5] The smaller Thomas Morton Hall portion of the complex is still in use, for receptions and parties.[6][7]

The Leith Theatre Trust was organized in 2004 to "facilitate the refurbishment of Leith Theatre, it’s [sic] reopening and ongoing management."[8] In May 2017, the Leith Theatre was used for the first time in 25 years, when the public was welcomed to the Hidden Door arts festival.[9] The Hidden Door, which is a volunteer-run arts collective that exposes the hidden spaces of derelict buildings by using them as temporary performance venues, returned to the Leith Theatre for its May 2018 event.[10][11]

References

  1. ^ a b showing 1975/76 tickets marked Leith Town Hall and/or Citadel Theatre. "The Edinburgh Gig Archive, Leith Town Hall/Citadel". EdinburghGigArchive. Retrieved 25 August 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "History". Leith Theatre Trust. Archived from the original on 28 November 2015. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  3. ^ "Leith Theatre". Arthur Lloyd. Retrieved 28 January 2021.
  4. ^ "Yuri Lyubimov". Herald Scotland. 13 October 2014. Retrieved 28 January 2021.
  5. ^ "Leith Theatre Portfolio View". Leith Theatre Trust. Archived from the original on 25 November 2015. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  6. ^ "Thomas Morton Hall". Duke Street Events Ltd. 2015. Retrieved 25 August 2015.
  7. ^ "Thomas Morton Hall Portfolio View". Leith Theatre Trust. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  8. ^ "About: Leith Theatre Trust". Leith Theatre Trust. Retrieved 1 September 2016.
  9. ^ Cooper, Neil (25 May 2017). "Hidden Door finds a new home at Leith Theatre". Sunday Herald. Retrieved 15 July 2018.
  10. ^ McMillan, Joyce; Apter, Kelly; Gordon, Barry (29 May 2018). "Arts review: Hidden Door Festival, Leith Theatre & State Cinema, Edinburgh". The Scotsman. Retrieved 15 July 2018.
  11. ^ "Hidden Door set to return to Leith in 2018". Hidden Door. 1 November 2017. Retrieved 15 July 2018.

Coordinates: 55°58′33″N 3°10′48″W / 55.975833°N 3.180111°W / 55.975833; -3.180111