Just as you can judge a restaurant on the basis of the quality of its chips, you can get the size of a city in the theater – if there is one.
Unfortunately do not do too much. And they tell you a lot about a place. First of all, their presence indicates that the local population is a social couple. Not for them nights at Netflix.
Even if they do not attend a show, they may be able to take a cup of coffee or a class. There is much more to theater than theater.
In the spotlight: Chester is the home of Storyhouse theater, cinema and library
The best range of drama groups for children, lunch recitals and shows for seniors.
They usually have good restaurants and bars – the facilities that enable new residents to mix and make friends.
I do not deny that you need an attractive shopping street, good schools and sports clubs & # 39 ;, says James Greenwood of the Stacks finders.
& # 39; But having a good theater or art center is the last card in the royal flood of facilities that make a city special. & # 39;
The cathedral city of Chichester in West Sussex is a place where a theater has attracted homebuyers.
Productions in the monumental Festival Theater, which annually entertains 230,000 people, are often transferred to the West End of London.
Buyers love the beautiful cottages in Cavendish Street and Parchment Street, close to the theater, says Serena Strange of Strutt & Parker.
& # 39; The actors often rent or even buy there. & # 39; The cottages sell quickly for between £ 300,000 and £ 450,000.
King George Gardens – a development of flats and mansions on the site of a former hospital – is also nearby. The cost of apartments is about £ 400,000.
The theater that attracts most buyers is the Royal Shakespeare Theater at Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire.
Almost everyone has had a family outing or a school trip to the birthplace of the bard.
Chichester, in West Sussex, is a city whose cathedral and theater attract home buyers
Many are bogged down – not only with the plays, but also with the river, the rowing and the swans, plus the actor's cafe The Dirty Duck, the walls bordered with signed photographs of the stars of yesterday.
The Spitfire development, built in 2016, in Shottery has two-room terrace dwellings for £ 335,000; a four-room apartment on Evesham Place in the desirable old town of Stratford costs £ 625,000.
The trophy houses, with gardens leading to the river in Tiddington Road, sell for £ 1.5 million and more.
Arts centers have a slightly different purpose than theaters. In addition to giving shows, they encourage the community to participate in artistic projects by offering theater and gallery space and educational facilities.
The Storyhouse in the city of Chester offers a cinema, shows, music, the Grosvenor open-air theater, literature festivals, workshops, comedy, story for children, adult art and crafts.
The Chester Storyhouse is built around an Odeon from 1936 and has a library with the longest opening hours in the UK – until 11 p.m.
"We have asked people for properties near the Storyhouse so they can easily go to events and theater shows," says Bells Lewers of Strutt & Parker. & # 39; It is especially popular with pensioners who want to be regulars in the theater. & # 39;
The most sought after roads near the theater are Dee Banks, Sandy Lane and Dee Hills Park, where homes sell for more than £ 700,000 and apartments for £ 350,000 plus.
Handbridge is also popular and you pay more than £ 200,000 for a two-bedroom bedroom, although there is little on the market.
Theaters and art centers can also play a role in the reconstruction of less prosperous areas of the country.
Pontardawe, near Neath, South Wales, has a high number of adults who are not at work, perhaps because they are full-time carers, have long-term illnesses or have retired early.
The local arts center and the setting up of acts such as the band Fairport Convention and comedians Rich Hall and Zoe Lyons, also organizes screenwriters, poetry evenings and promotes musicians.
It's great to play for an audience that has paid to see you & # 39 ;, says local singer / songwriter Dai C. Thomas who also performed in cafes.
Arts centers encourage songwriters to make their own material, while pubs usually only want covers from old hits. & # 39;
The driving force behind the center is artistic manager, Angie Dickinson. "I have seen that Pontardawe has improved a lot over the past ten years," says Dickinson, who moved to town from Cheshire.
New stores, including an organic greengrocer and a butcher, have been opened and I am convinced that the arts center hides behind the new spirit of optimism. & # 39;
Pontardawe, where a newly built three-bedroom house is sold for less than £ 200,000, is only half an hour from the coast at Mumbles and 50 minutes from the market town of Brecon.