Brochure

Our latest brochure detailing What’s On at the Little Theatre…

History

How the Little Theatre came to be. From whelks to welcomes…

Trustees

The wonderful people who make BIG things happen…

About Us

Varied arts events…

Our LITTLE stage hosts fun farce, spine-tingling suspense and singalong musicals, while movies, and top national arts events are beamed on to our big screen and cosy café-style comedy and jazz are staged in the coffee bar.

and family favourites…

The theatre is renowned for being one of the last remaining outposts of a summer theatre season. Our intimate panto is a big favourite for families across north Norfolk.

at The HUB

And our Hub café provides a popular watering hole for people to drop in for snacks, light lunches, cakes and cuppas – as well as pre show suppers at some events.

All in friendly surroundings with a theatrical flavour.

of the community…

We like to get the community involved in our shows – from local “am drams” to our own youth groups staging drama and musicals.

For a ‘LITTLE THEATRE’, we pack a lot in!

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Our History

From Whelk Coppers…

The Theatre originally housed whelk coppers for boiling the local seafood.  In 1896 it was developed into six shops and a community hall – used for concerts, dances and shows.

to Department Store…

Well known Norfolk business Jarrold & Sons bought the properties in 1900 – taking over the retail part, but keeping the hall for lectures, concerts and sales of work.

to Picture House…

During the silent movie boom times of the 1920s and 30s it was used as a cinema and reopened as the Picture House, with tea rooms, in 1948.

and the Little Theatre.

Within three months it was taken over by, the then, Sheringham Urban District Council and revamped as a theatre – with a summer rep season.  Around this time, a certain play was broadcast on radio before going on to become the West End’s longest running production. Our little logo mouse is named ‘Monkswell’ as this is his manor.

Since 1973 the theatre has been run by the Little Theatre Society charity, and received major improvements supported by fundraising and the National Lottery to make it into today’s award-winning venue. Further funding in 1995 and 2007 saw major facelifts of facilities with our Hub cafe being refurbished in 2023.

Heritage Timeline

In 2023 we celebrated the rich history of the Theatre with a timeline display. Click to enlarge...

Did You Know…

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Rewriting Rural Racism...

was devised in the summer of 2020 in response to the growing awareness of the Black Lives Matter Movement. It was a springboard project which aimed to make Sheringham Little Theatre’s programme more racially diverse.
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SLT Brochure

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We have musical tributes, festival partnerships, drama and cabaret, as well as our regular monthly Jazz and family events.

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  • Please keep an eye out on social media and our leaflets to see what films and live screenings we have coming up.

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Our community theatre is a small charity which relies on public support to stage its exciting programme of arts events. We value the generosity of wonderful customers in normal times and during special projects.

Sheringham Little Theatre – Patrons

Honorary Patron
Lady Walpole

Theatre lover Lady Laurel Walpole was theatre president for two years, following 48 years by her husband Lord Robin Walpole, rounding off 50 years stalwart service by the couple. She continues to support the theatre hosting events  at her Mannington Hall home.

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Productions

Theatre president actor Suranne Jones and her writer/producer husband Laurence Akers make dramas and documentaries for TV, co-producing the drama Maryland for ITV, documentary series Suranne Jones: Witches for Channel 4, the Kieron Barry play SpyforSpy at The Riverside Theatre in London

Desmond Barrit

Associate Artist for the RSC, Desmond is an award winning actor who regularly performs as a lead member of The National Theatre Company.

Killian Donnelly

West End theatre star, who has taken lead roles in Les Miserables, Memphis, Kinky Boots – and written many of the Theatre’s recent pantomimes as a fun “sideline”.

Board of Trustees

Suranne Jones

President

Award winning actor Suranne Jones became our president in February 2024 and is keen to support the kind of grass roots community theatre where she learned her craft in her native Greater Manchester. She is a regular visitor with her family and aims to be a hands-on president.

Jonathan Beak

Chairman

Richard Batson

Trustee

David Ward

Trustee

Andrew Munden

Trustee

Madeleine Ashcroft

Trustee

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