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