The Little Theatre is a predominantly voluntary run organisation and has established itself as home of the Leicester Drama Society (LDS), having run for 90 years in the heart of Leicester’s city centre. Proudly boasting patrons such as Sir Anthony Hopkins, Richard Cadell and Sooty, Gervase Phinn and former Honorary Life President the Late Lord Richard Attenborough, (who once trod the boards at The Little Theatre himself!), the society produces twelve main-house shows each year and a consistently popular pantomime, performed in the 350 seat auditorium to an annual average 30,000 plus audience members. As well as Lord Attenborough, Joe Orton was also an alumnus of the Society.
The theatre is also host to shows from other societies based in Leicestershire and touring productions from famous faces, ballet and variety shows. We also have a outstanding Youth Theatre program, who perform a main house production each year and a studio area, the Moyra Haywood Studio, which hosts more niche productions and is an opportunity for budding directors to showcase their talent in our popular ‘One Act Play Festival’. Every year The Little Theatre also welcome a week long comedy stint, as part of the Leicester Comedy Festival and won Best Venue Over 200 people in the 2012, 2016 and 2017 Leicester Comedy Festival Awards. During the Comedy Festival the theatre has hosted the likes of Michael McIntyre, Lee Mack and Frankie Boyle plus countless other famous names. Other facilities on hand include rehearsal rooms, bar, and costume hire.
Independent of any council or applied funding; The Little Theatre is entirely self sufficient, thanks to kind donations, ticket sales and membership subscriptions. Any person over the age of 16 is welcome to join the LDS will be encouraged and taught to develop skills related to the theatre; whether that be acting, marketing, set building, sound or costume making etc. The Little Theatre is proud to survive through the dedication of its volunteers.