Welcome to the Lewes Little Theatre website. The theatre is currently closed due to the Coronavirus restrictions, but we are working hard behind the scenes to make sure we are ready to reopen when we get clearance to do so.
At Lewes, our season usually starts in late September, and finishes in July. When we were forced to close in March, we were half way through what was shaping up to be our most successful season in recent years. The opening three productions, Haunting Julia, Psychic Connections and A Christmas Carol, all did very well, and we were confidently expecting the remaining three, Jeeves and Wooster In Perfect Nonsense, Lust The Musical, and A Voyage Round My Father, to be just as successful. But the closure came just as they were about to get under way.
We have agreed that Jeeves and Wooster will mark our reopening, and we hope that A Voyage Round My Father and Lust will also be staged as part of a wide range of exciting productions we have planned for presentation well into 2022. In no particular order, these include Patrick Barlow’s hilarious adaptation of John Buchan’s The 39 Steps, an adaptation by Gary Andrews of Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield, the world premiere of another new play by Philip Ayckbourn, Who Knows Who Knows Who, a welcome revival of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, and another great favourite, Noel Coward’s Hay Fever.
Other plans include a brand new adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and, in complete contrast, a big production aimed squarely at family audiences (details to follow). Add to this Helene Hanff’s moving autobiography 84 Charing Cross Road, and you have a lot waiting in the wings to entertain you, with more on the way.
It is possible that, at first, performances will be subject to some form of social distancing. For as long as this is needed, we will do everything we can to make your experience of coming to the theatre as comfortable and “normal” as possible, but there may have to be some changes. For example, the seating capacity may have to be reduced. Gathering in the foyer will have to be kept to a minimum, and the bar may have to remain closed, so we will have to think carefully about how we can make refreshments available.
The enforced closure has been a huge disruption which means that some of the projects we have been planning may not happen at the time we first intended, but we are determined to do them all. And the lockdown has prompted us to think outside the box with the result that we will soon be embarking on a radio play (details to follow). So there is a lot to look forward to! When we reopen, we intend to be bigger and better than ever before, so don’t go away. Better still, come and join us and play a direct part in the continuing growth and development of Lewes Little Theatre! Go to the Get Involved and Membership sections for more information.