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Theatre fans set to be given new support as they look to future

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The cultural life of Swansea’s Maritime Quarter is about to be given a new boost.

Swansea Council’s cabinet is being asked to extend a lease that allows the popular Swansea Little Theatre Company to run the area’s Dylan Thomas Theatre.

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The council owns the building but the theatre company – supported by volunteers, amateur and professionals – has leased it for 17 years, attracting thousands of people to events there every year.

On October 20, the cabinet will be asked to grant a new 125-year lease with similar terms, including a peppercorn rent.

Cabinet member Elliott King said: “The activities of the Little Theatre contribute to the wider objectives for the council and the city as a creative and cultural destination to visit, stay and enjoy – and we want that to continue.

“It operates the venue as an independent concern, contributing to the cultural infrastructure of the waterfront district, supporting community theatre in an accessible and welcoming environment.”

The Dylan Thomas Theatre in Swansea’s Maritime Quarter (Image: Swansea Council)

Cabinet member David Hopkins said: “The current 25-year lease is due to expire in 2030; the lack of certainty beyond this date limits the theatre company’s ability to secure investment for the building.

“Our new 125-year lease, in line with our community asset transfer policy, will help overcome this.”

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The theatre is in Gloucester Place, close to other cultural attractions including Swansea Arena, Swansea Museum, the National Waterfront Museum and the Dylan Thomas Exhibition.

Swansea Little Theatre has successfully operated and occupied it since 1979.

With consistent support from volunteers, amateur and professional practitioners, it attracts around 15,000 visitors a year. It’s used by a range of organisations including schools and professional groups such as Wales’ Theatr na n’Og.

The auditorium, with 150 seats plus disabled viewing, lends itself well to diverse programming for young talent and touring productions, as well as new work in development, small scale cabaret and comedy, jazz and film.

Drawing on the passions of local contributors, volunteers and theatre companies, all maintenance and costs are covered through income generation and grants available to the third sector. They have recently upgraded the theatrical lighting and sound with a substantial grant.

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A further grant for a new-sprung stage floor has made this space ideal for dance as well as theatrical performance.

Through the company’s investments, the building is fully accessible with ramps, lowered bar and box office, disabled toilets and baby changing facilities. The stage is ramped and fully accessible, with disabled toilets and shower backstage.

Poet Dylan Thomas spent time with the Little Theatre in the 1930s

(Lead image: Swansea Council)

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