Coronavirus (COVID 19)

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September Update

Regrettably, due to the on-going pandemic, the theatre remains closed.

However, the Society members are working hard planning for when we can re-open.

Trustees have decided to postpone this year’s pantomime, Cinderella. With no certainty about re-opening, no possibility of rehearsing such a show with any form of social distancing, this decision was regrettably inevitable.

Cinderella will be our Pantomime for the 2021/22 festive season. Tickets holders for this year’s show will be contacted shortly and offered tickets for the show at the equivalent date and time in 2021/22 or a full refund.

The Box Office and general administration will re-open on Monday 7 September between 10am -1pm on weekdays and will be staffed by volunteers.

They may be contacted on or by telephone by calling Leicester (0116) 254 2266.

At this present time, we are unable to welcome callers in person.

Current plans are to re-open with a Members’ Gala Night in October/November which will allow us to test our new COVID secure environment and, if that is successful, to open the show to the public.

LDS Trustees
September 2020

Message regarding Coronavirus and The Little Theatre

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

Thank you for your continued support and understanding.

Best wishes,

The Little Theatre Team

To all Patrons of The Little Theatre

Tuesday 17th March 2020

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.  Whilst we have no reason to disagree with current scientific and government advice on coping with the Coronavirus, the latest guidance to ‘avoid theatres’ has made it impractical for us to sustain business as usual at The Little.

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.   Please do not ring us as we are extremely busy dealing with other patrons.  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.

John Ghent

Chairman of the Board of Trustees

Leicester Drama Society Ltd.