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
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
Front of House Manager
Janet joined the Little Theatre in 2013 as box office assistant. She previously worked literally across the road as the manager of the Upcher Community Partnership for four years. When it closed after withdrawal of funding, she was quickly snapped up by Theatre director Debbie.
Janet, who has lived in the town for more than 30 years, ran the Claws and Paws pet shop in Sheringham for 10 years. She enjoys meeting people, and the mix of arts hosted at the theatre, adding: “I love my job.”
Telephone: 01263 822347
The Hub Team
Paula Faiers – 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 – 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.
Wendy Paterson – Theatre-loving Wendy, who used to enjoy West End musicals when she had a financial data career in London, joined the Little Theatre as a volunteer. But she enjoyed it so much Wendy, from Beeston Regis, has now stepped into two roles, cooking in the kitchen and helping out on the box office.
Ruth Macrow – Ruth’s hospitality skills as a trained barista – previously with Marks and Spencer – are proving invaluable behind the Hub coffee bar. She is also a theatre fan, having visited our venue many times when coming to see her sister who lives in the area. After retiring to Sheringham herself, she is enjoying being part of the Hub team.
Chris is the man behind the glass in in the technical box behind the audience’s heads – making sure the lighting, sound and cinema run smoothly.
The 20-year-old is a product of Paston College’s drama course, and has tried all aspects of drama, from acting with fellow students in the Peas in a Pod theatre company, to stage managing the Wizard of Oz panto at St George’s Theatre, Great Yarmouth – and even writing his own one-act play during lockdown!
Chris, from Corpusty in North Norfolk, is enjoying expanding his experience and skills at the Little Theatre and hoping to do more stage management too.
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.
Associate Artist for the RSC, Desmond is an award winning actor who regularly performs as a lead member of The National Theatre Company.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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 .
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, Lady Hurt
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Former teacher Rachel was introduced to the Little Theatre when one of her three sons Gaby auditioned for our community production of Oliver! in 2018 and landed the title role. She is a big fan of the Little Theatre’s community and youth work. Rachel is also involved in a drama group in the Norwich area.