Due to Government Regulations we now require a Covid Passport for each show. Click Here to Find Out More

About

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

Parking 

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.

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. 

Covid 19 Procedures

When visiting our theatre our main priority is making sure our guests are safe and protected. We want guests to feel comfortable returning to the theatre therefore these are the measures we have put in place to ensure this.

  • Due to the recent government announcement, we now require a Covid passport to visit the theatre. The theatre requires proof of double vaccination (with the second dose being 2 weeks prior to your visit) or proof of negative Covid test result. Under 18's are exempt from this.

The items that can serve as your covid passport are :
The UK Govt COVID App with evidence of your vaccination.
The card provided by your GP or Health Service with the two stamps evidencing your vaccinations. You will need to bring valid ID like a drivers licence or photo ID.
A letter from your GP or health service stating your vaccination status. You will also need to bring a valid ID such as a drivers licence or photo ID.​

  • Opportunity to purchase tickets online to reduce contact at the box office

  • Requiring Face Coverings unless eating or drinking 

  • Numerous hand sanitising points throughout the venue

  • Limiting numbers in combined spaces such as the toilet 

  • Using  a combined method of Bar service and seat service to reduce queues at the bar

  • Our Staff remain socially distanced from guests and wear face coverings through the entirety of your visit  

 
Meet the Directors

Our Directors are a huge part of the running of the theatre and work together alongside the theatre managers and volunteers to keep the theatre open and alive. Take a look at some of our directors, ex directors and managers talking about their experiences and work here at the theatre.

Arlena Thornton

Manager
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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. Take a look at what Arlena has to say about the theatre here.

Danni Moore

Manager
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Kim Hirst

Chairman
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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.

Robert Gurney

Vice Chairman
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Neil Taylor

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. Take a look at what Robert has to say about his role here.

Secretary

Ann Forrester

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.

Director

Susan Ingrham

Director

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.

Jon Crowther

Susie is a upstanding and founding director of our Theatre group. She has been associated with the building from the early 2000's as it was a childhood dream of hers to be onstage and she was never told that she was able to push open those big doors and make her way into the stage and be the triple threat she is. She has been a part of numerous productions with local groups as well as a pivotal member of the staff assisting our enthusiastic younger volunteers with any information they may need. She is keen, kind and incredibly diligent in her task of making the Little Theatre be the best it can be. You may remember her in productions such as pantomimes like  Kiss me on the Bottom, Running Riot, a former incarnation of Hotel California and The Entertainer. She is a Jack of all trades and can turn her hand to painting flats, interior design as a stage manager and organise an event  She is a talented jazz singer and has performed at festivals, happenings and events all over the country.

Director

Jon has been involved within the performing arts industry for over 20 years, originally from Yorkshire, he graduated Guildford School of Acting Conservatoire with a degree in Professional Production Skills. Following this worked in various positions around the UK including West End, regional tours and resident technical support. Jon progressed to teaching technical theatre, starting his teaching career at Salford City College and then onto Coleg Llandrillo; where he has taught lighting, sound, design, stage and production management along with acting. Jon has directed a number of straight plays whilst at the college. He became the Programme Leader for Performing and Production Arts course in 2016 where he now coordinates and organises the two year level 3 programme; along with teaching music technology, concert production and live sound. Jon has recently got involved in the little theatre to try and get it functioning smoother from a technical perspective and is looking forward to the challenge!

Curtis Fisher

Director

Curtis has been with the theatre for a number of years and assists to run the Saturday morning Children's Club. He is apart of our adult drama group and is currently working alongside Arlena and Danni to help improve the theatre as a volunteer co-ordinator, helping our volunteers become the beating heart of the theatre. As a Volunteer Co-ordinator he is the first point of contact for our Volunteers helping them excel in what they aim to do at the theatre. 

The Rhyl Little Theatre Limited 

Company No. 4311942

Rhyl Children's Theatre Club

Charity No. 1089680