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Women Bid To Buy Haymarket Theatre As A Female-Led ArtsSpace

Group seeks £3m to buy historic West End venue.

 Theatre Royal Haymarket

The Bossy collective is fundraising to buy the Theatre Royal Haymarket. (Photograph: Damian Crook)


A group of women from the world of the performing arts has launched a campaign to buy a West End theatre with the aim of making it a venue that showcases female-led work.

The Bossy collective are behind a 15,000-member Facebook group set up in 2016 as a supportive space for women in the creative industries. Now, in the wake of the #MeToo movement and continuing allegations of sexual misconduct in the creative and other industries, the group, has founded a campaign to buy the Theatre Royal Haymarket.

The lease for the theatre, venue for many major plays including Oscar Wilde premieres, went on sale last month. The asking price is not public but the Bossy GoFundMe target is set at £3m. By Saturday it had raised £7,561 from 384 donors.

Click here for the full article published on by Elle Ayres on February 10, 2018.