The Theatre Royal Haymarket in London is up for sale
After 47 years in charge, the custodians of the Theatre Royal Haymarket are moving on.
London's TheatreRoyal Haymarket has been put up for sale by it's owners.
The Grade I-listed West End Theatre first opened centuries ago in 1720 and was the temporary hometo John Gielgud during the blitz as well as staging premieres of OscarWilde plays.
Owner of Theatre Royal Haymarket, Arnold Crook, says the timing has to do with a recent birthday: "This is the year I become an octogenarian and there comes atime when life moves on.
"But the years here have been wonderful and Iknow I shall miss it."
Crook also spoke of how he came into possession of the theatre: "Louis Michaels and his partner Enid Chanelle had bought alease on the Theatre Royal in the Haymarket.
"But sadly in 1981 Louisdied and as I was then married to Enid's daughter I suddenly foundmyself chairman.
"I suppose I didn't really know what I was taking on but I jumpedin with both feet. I soon realised what a superb building I was incharge of.
“Ascustodian of the Theatre RoyalHaymarket since 1981, it has been my life’s pride … it is nowtime to hand over the reins to the next generation of dream-makers.”
The Rat Pack is currently playing at the theatre despite the venue's primary focus on serious fair.
The elegant theatre has hosted a number of classic andcontemporary plays over the years, and along with them a string ofstars.
"It's important you look after the bricks and mortar. Butalso we look after our performers and make them at home. That's whywe've had so many huge stars here," says Crook.
"Justin my time, there's been Lauren Bacall and Jack Lemmon and Judi Denchand Maggie Smith and so many others.
"But I'm also proud of theMasterclass scheme which has brought in 100,000 young theatregoers,many of whom had never been in a theatre before."
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