Oral Answers to Questions — Regent's Park (Open Air Theatre).

– in the House of Commons on 20th June 1934.

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Photo of Mr Robert Bernays Mr Robert Bernays , Bristol North


asked the First Commissioner of Works the rent paid by the organisers of the open air theatre for the use of the Botanical Gardens, Regent's Park?

Photo of Sir James Blindell Sir James Blindell , Holland with Boston

I have been asked to reply. The rent for the open air theatre in the Inner Circle Gardens, Regent's Park, is calculated on the basis of 10 per cent. of the gross takings (less tax and library discounts), subject to a minimum payment of £50 per week. The licensee bears the expense of providing all equipment, including chairs.

Photo of Mr George Knight Mr George Knight , Nottingham South

Is it not the case that this theatre provides a good deal of employment in a distressed profession and that the performances are splendid advertisements for British dramatic art?

Photo of Mr Arthur Samuel Mr Arthur Samuel , Farnham

Does it mean that we are going to get the Botanical Gardens in Regent's Park made into a fair for roundabouts, or are we still to have it as a garden?