Sheringham Little Theatre

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Sheringham Little Theatre

Sheringham Little Theatre is in Sheringham, Norfolk. It is in the centre of the town and offers a large range of entertainment throughout the year, notably its summer repertory season which runs from July to September every year. Set in the heart of an award-winning coastal resort, Sheringham Little Theatre offers top class, year-round entertainment for all the family, [1]

Programme[edit]

The Little Theatre is home to one of the last surviving summer repertory seasons in the United Kingdom and runs 'rep' performances from July to September each year and, in 2014, it celebrated its 50th anniversary as a local centre for arts. There are also occasional art exhibitions and various kinds of performing arts, including a traditional Christmas pantomime as well as showings of classic and contemporary films (especially outside the summer months).

History[edit]

The building that houses the modern theatre was constructed in 1897, originally serving as the Town Hall. A new Town Hall having been built in Church Street, the site evolved into a local centre for the arts, and silent films were shown to the public from 1914. The building was taken over by Victor Harrison in 1930 and adopted the name The Picture House, but was renamed The Empire from 1958 to 1960, at which point it was converted into the theatre which it has remained ever since.[2]

The Hub[edit]

The Hub is the theatre’s warm and friendly coffee bar run by a wonderful army of volunteers. Offering a wide range of hot and cold drinks and tempting treats, The Hub is the ideal meeting place for locals and visitors alike. It is also home to regular and popular "Jazz at the Hub" evenings and pre-theatre meals.

EDP People's Choice Award[edit]

In October 2016, a public vote awarded the Little Theatre an arts award as part of the 2016 Norfolk Arts Awards for the best Small Venue / Festival / Organisation / Production.[citation needed]

Youth Theatre[edit]

As well as the wide of range of film screenings and both professional and amateur productions, the theatre is also home to highly successful and popular youth productions that are a real showcase of local talent and a night for everyone to enjoy.

In recent years the group have performed classic shows including: Annie (2013), Les Misérables (2014), Fiddler on the Roof (2015), The Phantom of the Opera (2015) and Evita (2016).

In September 2016, they performed a selection of musical theatre songs in order to raise money for the new Youth Space. Entitled "The Best of the Best", the production celebrated the very best of their past work, with highlights from previous productions, plus selections from musicals they plan to perform over the next few years.

After the sell-out success of Oliver! in April, the group are due to put on the classic "Little Shop of Horrors" in September 2017.

Oliver! 2017[edit]

The Youth Group's most recent production of the family favourite "Oliver!", was performed during Easter 2017.

The highly successful show was presented as a tribute to Mike Thame, a keen amateur actor and big supporter of the Sheringham Little Theatre who died in May 2016 aged 76 after many years of performing with, and raising funds for the Little Theatre. The all-singing, all-dancing "Oliver!" was put on by the Youth Group in order to raise money for the theatre's extension project and build a new Youth Space on the currently flat roof of the building.

In the theatre's 2010 production of "Oliver!", Mike took on the classic role of Fagin and thus the theatre chose to perform "Oliver!" both as a fundraising show and a tribute. Mr Thame was an enthusiastic mentor to the young cast members – one of whom, who played the Artful Dodger back in 2010, starred as Fagin in honour of Mike.

References[edit]

3. ^http://sheringhamlittletheatre.com/news/public-vote-gives-little-theatre-arts-award/

4. ^http://www.justregional.co.uk/oliver/

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 52°56′36″N 1°12′39″E / 52.9434°N 1.2108°E / 52.9434; 1.2108