Named after the Earl of Leicester, De Montfort Hall is a beautiful theatre situated opposite Victoria park in Leicester. Designed by Shirley Harrison, the building has a very Greek like structure with a whitewashed exterior and pillars holding up the foyer. The entrance greets you with an uplifting fountain surrounded by a well kept garden putting you in a good mood to start your evening. It has two performance venues inside where the auditorium seats roughly 2000 spectators; and following the Greek theme, the amphitheatre is much larger, where it is able to host a maximum of 7,000 guests.
Despite being built only in the early 20th c. by the Corporation of Leicester, the hall has many historic quirks to it, the most notable being the restored pipe organ. It is said that this organ is the only one remaining that was constructed by the Leicester organ builders Stephen Taylor and Son Ltd. for the purpose of large concerts. It is special to the city’s heritage in that it marks an industry bred by Leicester’s very own. The shows that play here are very diverse in that the venue has welcomed classical works of opera, ballet and jazz as many a time as they have west end Musicals. It is truly a remarkable place to experience culture.
To get to De Montfort Hall, turn left after Leicester train station going south onto the A6. You will notice Victoria Park approaching as you drive along. Turn right onto Granville road just before the park. The hall will appear on your right. The walk from the station is no longer than 20 minutes, while by car it is roughly 5 minutes drive. The hall has its very own secure car parking facility for attendees just off University Road.
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Did you know Simon De Montfort, the 6th Earl of Leicester who the hall is named after, was the nobleman who lead the rebellion against King Henry III of England?