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|Youth Theatre Juniors Autumn 22||LDS|
|Youth Theatre Seniors Autumn 22||LDS|
|Black Coffee||Leicester Drama Society|
|Sue Townsend’s The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Age 13 3/4||LAOS|
|The Shape of Things||Leicester Drama Society|
|Alphabetical Order||Leicester Drama Society|
|Tom Jones & Elvis Presley||LP Management|
|The Steptoe and Son Radio Show||Hambledon Productions and Apollo Theatre Company|
|Nelly – A Folk Musical||Graham Hopkins|
|Soul Train||King of Tunes Ltd|
|Three Men in a Boat||GSP Theatre Productions|
|Frank Sinatra – His Way||Robert Habermann|
|Entertaining Mr Sloane||Leicester Drama Society|
|9 to 5||KPAOS|
|Aladdin||Leicester Drama Society|
|The Same Faces||The Same Faces|
|Youth Theatre Juniors Spring 23||LDS|
|Educating Rita||Leicester Drama Society|
|LGS Big Band||Leicester Grammar School|
|The Railway Children||Leicester Drama Society|
|Youth Theatre Seniors Summer 23||LDS|
|Billy Fury Meets Elvis Presley|
|The Very Best of Tommy Cooper||Daniel Taylor Productions|
Wednesday January 26th saw the 100th anniversary of the founding of Leicester Drama Society. On 26th January 1922, the inaugural meeting the the LDS was held, anecdotally at the Turkey Café on Granby Street.
On 28th January 2022, the theatre paid host to the launch of a new book which covers the last forty years of the theatre’s activities: In Our Time has been complied by members of the theatre, and published by local publisher The Book Guild. The evening at the theatre on 28th was hosted by Head of Productions John Ghent, and was attended by Sir Peter Soulsby, Mayor of Leicester, along with alumni of the theatre, trustees and long-standing members.
One of the theatre’s patrons, Richard Cadell, spoke emotionally about how the theatre had started his career in show business, and had directly led to his success with The Sooty and Sweep Show. Richard also played a video message from former Little alumnus Andy Nyman, who said that he was “honoured to be a part of the Little Theatre’s history”. Other former Little alumni present included Leon Ferguson, David Plimmer and David Shaw Parker.
The highlight of the evening was when Sooty was talking to Sir Peter Soulsby, but somehow he managed to squirt a water pistol in Sir Peter’s face… all taken in the best spirit (indeed, Sir Peter said he was a big Sooty fan).
In Our Time is available for sale from the theatre Box Office, the publisher’s website or through online and high street bookshops.
Photographs below by John Ghent.