Welcome to Rhyl Little Theatre! We have been in the heart of the community of Rhyl since 1963. Originally built to house the Rhyl Children's Theatre Club, which still runs today, it was the first purpose built theatre for children in the UK. While Rhyl Little Theatre is steeped in it's own history, we currently have many plans in the pipeline which will be surfacing in the very near future. Please visit our Latest News page to be kept update with the exciting progress the theatre is continuously making.

Your Visit

Coffee Bar and Licensed Bar


Our coffee bar is open during all show and event times, offering hot and cold refreshments and snacks at affordable prices.

We also have a licensed bar selling alcoholic drinks on selective nights. We offer a range of ciders, beers, wines and spirits. 

There is free parking available at the theatre for visitors. However during busy periods spaces are limited, fear not for there are plenty of parking options near by. 

Matalan (next door to the theatre) offers ample parking space. Free for 2 hours, £1 for up to 4 hours

Morrisons (Just across the road to the theatre) Offers free parking for 3 hours.

Meet the Directors

Arlena Thornton


With a degree in Business and Management and qualifications in performance and technical theatre, Arlena has been involved with the theatre since she attended the club in her early teens. She has run the Children's Club for 8 years and now continues to take on a management role, alongside Danni, to help improve the theatre and enhance it's success.

Danni Moore


Kim Hirst


Kim worked for ten years as a Children’s Entertainer, Entertainments Manager for large companies touring UK and Abroad. For seventeen years she was a Performer and consultant for ‘Don’t Touch …Tell’ Drug Awareness touring North Wales Schools. From 2000-2008 she was Manager of vocalist James Stone. Kim has extensive experience of writing for youth performance and has produced and directed her own plays and musical shows in Rhyl Little Theatre, Clwyd Holiday Parks, Southport/ Liverpool Festival and other events, promotions and occasions. Kim is currently Project co-ordinator for The Jamm Lounge Project and Co-ordinator and Project Manager for Changes Project in Rhyl, as well as studying with the Open University.

Neil Taylor


Neil Taylor qualified as a solicitor at 40 and ran his own business and was a senior partner. For 10 years he was the regional manager for the Federation of Small Businesses. He served on a number of north Wales and all Wales business committees, some chaired by national assembly ministers. He is a member of the North Wales Community Health Council and a trustee of Age Connects North Wales Central. For 17 years he was a councillor at all levels serving on 4 councils including being a mayor. He has been a member of numerous voluntary and community organisations including – the NSPCC Wales council, Gingerbread National Council, North Wales Race Equality Network, South West Rhyl Ward Communities First Partnership and the Denbighshire Third Sector Liaison Group which met with council leaders.

Robert Gurney

Vice Chairman

Now retired after 50 years in the electrical & building trades. Robert has been involved in several youth organisations, Including being GSL of a local Scout group and having performed in two Gang Shows in the now defunct Coliseum Theatre in Rhyl. He has only recently stepped down from the Scout District Executive after receiving his 30 years merit award for loyal service. Robert also ran a team in the local junior football league for some ten years and was involved with fund-raising. He is also active in the Rhyl & District Local History Society in which he has twice been chairman. He is currently Captain of the Little Theatre team competing in the local Quiz league. Robert is always trying to promote the theatre and is hoping to see it return to its former success with help from his fellow directors and the public.

Ann Forrester


Ann, who was born and bred in Rhyl, has been a member of our Adult Drama Group for the past 5 years. The Little Theatre runs through Ann's family with her taid being our resident drummer since the theatre opened. Also Ann's late father Gwynfor, her uncle Dilwyn and cousin Ifor (all musicians) have performed here. Gwynfor went on to be Moss Empiers M.D for 2 decades, after which he took over the baton for Rhyl's silver band in his retirement. Ifor went to join the central band of the RAT, Ann brings a wealth of customer service skills to the theatre as for over 20 years she was cabin crew for British Airways then retrained as Air Traffic Controller, working both in the UK and Middle East, Ann's family is still very much involved in the theatre, as her granddaughter, Holly, has been a member of our Children's Club for 6 years and now Poppy who is 3 has become the seventh family member and joined the Baby Street Club this September. So it really is a family that commits to Rhyl Little Theatre.

Susan Ingrham