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Dylan Thomas Theatre seeks new 125-year lease deal

Dylan Thomas Theatre

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.

The council owns the building and the theatre company – supported by volunteers, amateur and professionals – lease it, attracting thousands of people.

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 – and we want that to continue.”

Cabinet member David Hopkins said: “The current 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 lease will help overcome this.”

Swansea Little Theatre has operated the venue since 1979. It’s used by a range of organisations.

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