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Richard Cadell and Sooty

Richard Cadell is a British illusionist, puppeteer and screenwriter, best known for being the in-vision presenter and the hand of puppet Sooty since succeeding Matthew Corbett in 1998. He is a Gold Star Member of the Inner Magic Circle and Past President of the British section of International Brotherhood of Magicians. He also works as a consultant for TV and stage productions.

Richard began his career at the Little Theatre.


Sir Anthony Hopkins CBE

Sir Anthony Hopkins CBE is a Welsh actor, composer, director and film producer. He is the recipient of multiple accolades, including an Academy Award, three BAFTAs, two Emmys and the Cecil B. DeMille Award. In 1993, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for services to the arts. Hopkins received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2003, and in 2008 he received the BAFTA Fellowship for lifetime achievement from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.

Lord Richard Attenborough, who directed five of Hopkins’ films, called him “the greatest actor of his generation”.


Gervase Phinn

An English author and educator. After a career as a teacher he became a schools inspector and, latterly, Visiting Professor of Education at the University of Teesside.

He has published five volumes of memoir, collections of poetry and a number of books about education. He has a particular interest in children’s literature and literacy.

Lord Richard Attenborough

Until his death in 2014, Lord Attenborough was the Honorary Life President and a great supporter of The Little Theatre. His acting career started on stage at the Little Theatre, Dover Street, prior to his going to RADA. His acting and directorial achievements are many, and he was a supporter of many charitable causes, including the Muscular Dystrophy campaign, the United World Colleges movement and The Richard Attenborough Arts centre in Leicester.

He last visited The Little Theatre to open the theatre’s new lift, when a gala evening was held in his honour.