Hebden Bridge Little Theatre was formed in 1924, as a sub-section of the Literary and Scientific Society, and has been producing plays almost continuously ever since. During its early years, the theatre produced plays in the Co-operative Hall, the Picture House, the Band Rooms on the Park, and for forty years (1937–1977), in the Ground Floor of the Trades Club, on Holme Street. For much of this period, the theatre enjoyed tremendous popularity, with a queue of people waiting to become members, so they could receive invitations to productions.
The Little Theatre returned to a nomadic existence after losing the tenancy of the Ground Floor. This came to a halt in 1983 when a disused coach garage at the end of Holme Street, which the Little Theatre had been using as dressing rooms, was converted into a seventy-seat theatre. This was a stop-gap measure, and before long the theatre embarked on a major fund-raising and building project, that culminated in the opening of the present 120-seat theatre, on the same site, in 1993, its first ever permanent home.
In 2024 the Little Theatre will celebrate its centenary, marking a century of successful play-making. We invite you to join us on this journey!
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