Knock down unfit theatres says Andrew Lloyd Webber


Knock down unfit theatres says Andrew Lloyd Webber

It is reported that in a House of Lords debate ANDREW LLOYD-WEBBER warned that some of the West End's theatres could face demolition because they are not fit for 21st-century audiences.

The debate was on the Theatres Trust report on modernisation of West End Theatres. Lloyd-Webber said: " There is a case for the demolition and replacement of some of the playhouses, such as the Apollo, which has a wonderful interior but in which you can see practically nothing from most places." He went on to say "Would it not be better if we did not stay on the heritage side here and said, for once, we will actually allow a new development? "Let's keep the best buildings but think about the future of the playhouses."

The Evenind Standard says The Theatre Trust report warned that keeping the West End's 40 theatres in a usable state could cost at least £250 million over the next 15 years. It found 60 per cent of the theatres have seats from which the stage is not fully visible and 48 per cent have inadequate foyers. It said 40 per cent needed major restoration work.


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