November 26th 2020
Following the Government’s announcement that Leicester will be entering Tier 3 on December 3rd, we have had to reluctantly accept that the Christmas shows scheduled for 9-12th December (‘We Need a “Little” Christmas’) and December 15th (‘Midwinter Revels’) cannot now take place. But undaunted, we will continue to look forward to the theatre’s re-opening, and have rescheduled both shows to 5-9th January and 15th January, respectively.
‘We Need a “Little” Christmas’ will be rebranded as ‘Spread a “Little” Happiness’ (which we shall all need by then!), and won’t feature the slightest hint of Christmas… While we are all deeply disappointed at having to miss out on welcoming our audience back to the theatre this year, we are all looking forward to starting the New Year with a BANG!!
Following the latest lockdown by the UK Government, the theatre has had to move its “We Need a Little” Christmas show forward a week, from 8th through 12th December. We have also added two new show dates on 9th and 11th, tickets are now on sale. If you bought tickets for 1st, 3rd or 5th December, then these will move forward a week to 8th, 10th and 12th; the Box Office is contacting all ticket holders to ensure that they are still able to attend, or offer a full refund.
The latest lockdown will mean that all non-essential work at the theatre will now have to cease. Fortunately, we have already built the set for our first show, and many essential maintenance tasks are already in hand, so we are confident that we shall be ready for opening as soon as lockdown is lifted.
Further information on developments will be made available both here and through our social media channels.
Following a successful bid under the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund (see News here), the theatre is now planning to re-open to the public on 1st December. Work is already under way on weekday mornings with trustees and volunteers opening the office and dealing with the work necessary to prepare the venue for opening. The technical team is also working on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, as are the stage management team preparing the stage for the first show, ‘We Need a “Little” Christmas’.
However, the challenges of opening in a COVID-safe manner are enormous, and the financial challenges will continue for the foreseeable future. The theatre’s over-riding concern is for the safety of both patrons and those who work on stage, behind the scenes and front of house. There’s a huge amount of work that has already been done, but a huge amount more to be done… and all with the uncertainty of future restrictions from the government at a time of rising infection rates.
If all goes to plan, and there are no further restrictions imposed on the venue, then we shall open briefly before Christmas for three nights. Plans are also well under way for shows that will be staged from January onwards, further details will be announced when dates have been confirmed.
Watch this space and our social media feeds for more information…
Following the government’s directives to the public to help stop the spread of Coronavirus, the Little Theatre is closed until further notice.
We will remain closed until government advice changes.
Our volunteer teams are working hard to prepare the Theatre for when we can re-open and offer an exciting programme when we do.
We would like to thank all our customers for their continued patience, support and understanding.
A huge ‘Thank You’ to our many patrons who have generously donated money to the Theatre to support our work in these unprecedented times.
Donations are still very, very welcome – simply head to www.thelittletheatre.net/survival-donation/ for full details as to how you can give.
The Trustees of the Theatre will continue to follow the government’s recommendations regarding Coronavirus and plans to re-open the ‘Little’ will be announced as soon as we can do so.
Our website and social media pages will be updated regularly with the latest information and advice for customers.
We look forward to welcoming you back to our much-loved Theatre in happier times.
Until then, take care and stay safe.
We are all in this together.
Leicester Drama Society
Message regarding Coronavirus and The Little Theatre 18th April 2020
Due to the ongoing situation with Coronavirus, our offices will remain closed for the time being.
Our staff have been moved to the Government’s Job Retention Scheme and will be unable to deal with any Box Office or administrative matters until the situation changes.
This is an unprecedented time for all businesses and our Board of Trustees hope you will understand the decision they have taken in order to ensure the future of The Little Theatre.
Please rest assured that any matters requiring urgent attention are being dealt with as quickly as possible by a member of the Board and someone will be in touch with you as soon as possible if you email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternatively ring the theatre box office 0n 0116255 302 Mon-Fri only 10am to 1pm.
Thank you for your continued support and understanding.
The Little Theatre Team
To all Patrons of The Little Theatre
Tuesday 17th March 2020
Whilst we have no reason to disagree with current scientific and government advice on coping with the Coronavirus, the latest Government guidance to ‘avoid theatres’ has made it impractical for us to sustain business as usual at our theatre. So it is with great sadness that we have had to decide to close the venue from Tuesday 17th March until we are able to reopen, probably in early September 2020.
Although we know this is disappointing news, the safety of our members, staff and you, our audience, is our foremost concern. Rest assured this decision wasn’t made lightly.
The Little Theatre operates in an unusual way compared with its local competitors in that it has no Arts Council or Local Authority revenue support. Instead it is completely dependent on ticket sales and donations. In view of this a full refund of all lost performances would be financially devastating for us. We are asking all ticket holders for the cancelled performances to please consider donating the cost of the ticket rather than requesting a voucher or refund. We will try to contact all patrons who have booked tickets for our cancelled shows and discuss your options with you. We hope to be able to revive some of the cancelled productions during the Autumn of 2020 and the Spring of 2021.
Patrons who have booked tickets through us for visiting companies’ productions of The Producers and The Wedding Singer, the Leicestershire & Rutland One-Act Festival and Chicago will also be contacted as soon as practicable.
We will continue to think of ways we can still keep in touch with you all, our extended LDS family. It is unthinkable that this unprecedented situation could destroy the institution which has entertained and stimulated audiences for very nearly 100 years. We will fight hard to keep it here, for you, for us all. Whilst we do that, please take care of yourselves and each other, and keep in touch.
We appreciate your support and your understanding as we all navigate uncharted territory. If you would like to make a general donation to help this wonderful theatre survive, we would be extraordinarily grateful.
Chairman of the Board of Trustees
Leicester Drama Society Ltd.