A look at the work of Leicester's Little Theatre... on stage, behind the scenes and running the theatre.
Nearing its 100th anniversary, Leicester's Little Theatre produces over 15 plays each year and hosts numerous visiting productions from both local societies and national companies. One of the UK's foremost amateur theatres, it was where Richard Attenborough first took to the stage, and it now includes Sir Anthony Hopkins among its patrons.
If you are interested in watching live theatre in Leicestershire, or would like to get involved both on or backstage, this podcast should give you an idea of the range of performance theatre that The Little produces.
We hear from The Guardian's former long-standing theatre critic Michael Billington on the life of a critic, reviews he wishes he'd never written, and his view on theatre post-pandemic; we look at the work that's been taking place at The Little before we re-open later this spring; we learn about the use of human skulls on stage; and we end with a ghost story from M. R. James...
We look at ongoing work to reopen the theatre this winter; hear from an actor who has worked with our theatre's patrons Lord Attenborough and Sir Anthony Hopkins... and John Hendrie; look at former theatre alumni who have gone on to forge careers in professional theatre; and hear from one of our theatre's most respected actors about her highs and lows on the Little's stage.
The first episode of Back Stage looks at the work of the theatre prior to and after the lockdown, and has features on choosing productions, adapting for the stage, theatre online, and much more...