After much negotiating and fund-raising by Ledbury Amateur Dramatic Society (LADS), Ledbury’s new Market Theatre was opened on 19th January 2000 by the Mayor of Ledbury, Cllr. Spencer Lane.
Work started on 30th March 1999, commencing with demolition of the much loved but decrepit ‘tin shed’ that had been our home for over 40 years. That evening, a fire was started in the remains of old shell in ‘suspicious circumstances’, but it did not prove to be a set-back. It was a sad end to the old building, but it could have been our old poltergeist refusing to be upstaged and insisting on going out in style! The steelwork was put up in mid-May and the keys to The Market Theatre were handed to our then Patron, the late Richard Briers, on 10th November 1999. From then until the opening, LADS members worked 25 hours a day fitting it out and decorating it in time to open for our first show – Cinderella, by John Sperinck.