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Posted on: 21 April 2021

With lockdown continuing to ease, the government’s roadmap currently allows indoor venues to open from May 17th. The theatre will officially re-open to patrons on Saturday 22nd May, with the period from 17th being used for final rehearsals for our opening show We Need a “Little” Happiness.

Partly as a result of funding received recently from the Arts Council’s Culture Recovery Fund, the theatre is able to open with a socially-distanced auditorium where the audience capacity is around a third of the usual capacity. The theatre received a grant of £47,210 from the government’s Culture Recovery Fund to help the organisation recover and reopen following closure in March 2020 due to the coronavirus. Because of the requirement for social distancing, staging a show with a maximum audience of around 90 is not economically viable, so the support from the Arts Council has enabled us to open and stage shows effectively at a loss.

The award will allow the theatre to put into place its plans to re-open in a COVID-safe manner, starting with its first show since March 2020. Part of the award is directed at the sustainability of the theatre moving forward, along with the modernisation of facilities and the improved safety of volunteers backstage. Chair of Trustees, Andy Crooks, said: “With the lockdown roadmap in place and spring now upon us, there’s a huge desire by those who volunteer at the theatre to get back on and behind the stage, and from our audience to be entertained at our theatre. The award of this grant – which comes hard on the heels of an award of £154,865 made by the Culture Recovery Fund to us last October – is a huge vote of confidence in the The Little Theatre from the Arts Council. It will enable us to accelerate our opening plans and transform the theatre back into a vibrant hub of creativity for Leicester.”

The box office will remain closed for callers.  Please use email hello@thelittletheatre.co.uk or phone  0116 255 1302  from 10 am to 4 pm on weekdays.  Closed weekends and holidays (including Bank Holidays).

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