The Team

The Team

Staff

Debbie Thompson
Theatre Director

Norfolk-born Debbie has been involved in the theatre’s management since 2002.

After a 10-year acting career including the West End , TV and repertory work, she returned to her home county to bring up her family, who have all been involved with the theatre over many years.

Husband Simon, a drama teacher at Paston College, has directed dramas at the theatre, while daughter Katie and son Sam have both appeared in many youth productions, ahead of them seeking careers in theatre.

In 2004 Debbie became artistic director and was promoted to theatre director in 2008.

Telephone: 01263 826171

Email: debbie@sheringhamlittletheatre.com

Belinda Moore

Belinda Moore
Customer Service Manager

Belinda has worked “Front of House” for most of her working career, including as a hotel head receptionist,  so is very aware of making sure people are looked after, made welcome and helped as much as possible in a friendly and approachable manner.

Telephone: 01263 822347

Email: Belinda@sheringhamlittletheatre.com

Claire Carter

Claire Carter
Finance Manager

Claire is a certified accountant, who previously worked at a London based retail company. She has been the Theatre’s finance manager for five years. Son George has appeared in youth productions of Les Miserables and Fiddler on the Roof.

Telephone: 01263 826170

Email: Claire@sheringhamlittletheatre.com

Steve Banks

Steve Banks
Marketing Manager

Steve’s love of the theatre is deeply engrained. He qualified as an actor in his native Manchester in 1994, has toured internationally with the Royal National Theatre and has played such diverse roles as Romeo and Moors Murderer Ian Brady.

Steve also has many writing credits for TV, theatre and radio and runs the Little Theatre youth drama groups.  He is proud to be a helmsman on the Sheringham RNLI Lifeboat, and also leads ghost walks around the town.

Telephone: 01263 826170

Email: Steve@sheringhamlittletheatre.com

Pam, Chris, Paula and Yvonne
theHub team

Pam Long (Kitchen Manager) – Pam has been applying her professional catering skills for many years, starting at the age of 14 at Larners of Holt coffee shop.  When not bringing delicious, fresh food to Hub customers, she can be found indulging her love of music at festivals, gigs and music events in the theatre itself.

Chris Martin (Kitchen Manager) – Chris has worked in the catering industry for many years and has also run his own hotel.  He brings a variety of skills to the Hub and can turn his hand to many things.  When not busy in the Hub, he loves his garden and grows lots of fruit and veg.

Paula Faiers (Kitchen Assistant) – Paula is our Queen of Cakes and she works her magic on many wonderful creations here at the Hub and from home for other people.  Paula has a love of theatre and has helped with hair-styling and dressing wigs for local AmDram groups in the past.  She enjoys many an evening’s entertainment here at the Little Theatre.

Yvonne Constable (Kitchen Assistant) – Yvonne has worked in catering all her life, helping to run the family business, Craskes in Sheringham, which had a restaurant, bakers and butchery.  Yvonne brings lots of experience and is always willing to help out.  She also volunteers behind the bar and is keen to attend many events at the Little Theatre.

President

Lord Walpole

Lord Walpole

President of The Little Theatre Society since 1973. A descendent of Britain’s first ever Prime Minister Sir Robert Walpole, and “crossbench” (non party political) member of the House of Lords from 1989 to 2017. A major supporter of the Arts whose former roles include county councillor, chairman of the East Anglian Tourist Board, and Norfolk Museums committee.

Patrons

Des Barrit

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.

Peter Craze

Principal of The Drama Studio London, Peter is an experienced actor whose work includes West End and Television and he is also an accomplished Director.

Nicky Henson

Nicky Henson

A Founder Member of The Young Vic, Nicky is a well-known actor with the RSC, National Theatre and West End Companies.

Killian Donnelly

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

The Board

Richard Ellis

Richard Ellis
Chairman

Richard Ellis was elected chairman in late 2010 and has held numerous board and trustee roles in East Anglia.

He is founder and chairman of The Original Cottage Company, the largest independent holiday cottage agency in the UK whose local brand – Norfolk Country Cottages – he and his wife Lesley started in 1992.

Richard has past experience in the manufacturing, food manufacturing (Kettle Foods) and service industries. He has been involved at trustee level with the Theatre Royal Norwich and Forum Trust, and is a former chairman of the East of England Development Agency and Visit East Anglia and vice-chairman of the Holt Festival.

Mike Burrows

Mike Burrows
Trustee

Chartered accountant who chairs the theatre finance committee. Has held a variety of independent director/ Trustee posts in both the public service and private sector. Chair of East Coast College and the New Anglia LEP Growing Business Fund Approvals panel.

Richard Batson

Richard Batson
Trustee

Former editor of The North Norfolk News, now a part-time Public Relations journalist and freelance writer, with several honorary press officerships, and occasional performer as a guitarist in party and Blues Brothers review bands .

Peter Davies

Peter Davies
Trustee

Chairman of Breakwater IT and a trustee of the theatre since 2014. Founder and owner of Worldwide Travel which he built to a turnover of £73 million before selling it to a national company.  School governor for five years and chairman of a local sports consortium.

Anwen Hurt

Anwen, Lady Hurt
Trustee

A film producer and casting director and has lived and worked in Norfolk for the last 10 years. She was married to the late actor Sir John Hurt. Trustee of Cinema City Ltd, pro-chancellor of Norwich University of the Arts, and artistic director of the Holt Festival.

Cate McKay-Haynes

Cate McKay-Haynes
Trustee

A freelance writer and digital content creator with a background in drama education, PR and film production. Her four children who are all involved with the Little Theatre’s youth groups.

Suzanne Smith
Trustee

HR Director for Busseys’ Ford and Peugeot main dealership in Norfolk, and  independent HR consultant.  Previously Head of HR for Anglia Farmers Group for over 10 years.  School governor and a UEA Gold Panel Assessor.

Joan Thame

Joan Thame
Trustee

Retired building society branch manager.  A volunteer at the Theatre since 1976, and trustee since 1997. Chairman of Sheringham in Bloom, leading a small team responsible for many of the planters and gardens around the Town.

David Ward

David Ward
Trustee

Northrepps-born David is a retired police Detective Inspector, who now runs his own business. He has lived in Sheringham for 20 years. Wife Lesley, a solicitor, was an amateur actress, and went to drama school with theatre director Debbie Thompson.

Emma Wright

Emma Wright
Trustee

Emma has a background in insurance broking and property development. She is also a florist and gold medal Gardeners World garden designer, a school governor, Coastwatch watch keeper, RNLI shop volunteer, and member of community singing group.

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