LITTLE THEATRE CLUB

CHRONOLOGY

1949 Foundation Of Little Theatre Club significantly from members of an Evening Class in Drama
Inaugural Chairman - Bill Plowright (father of LTC President: Joan Plowright)

THE FIFTIES

1950 First Production is One-Act entry "Bright is the Waning Moon" at Scunthorpe Musical Festival
where it was awarded cups for both 'best production' and 'best individual performance'; an
achievement repeated the following year with "While the Circus Passes"

1951 First Full-Length Production is "The Giaconda Smile"
Three performances are given at Scunthorpe Youth Centre

111953 "Playbill": Village Tour of three one-act plays in association with the Co-operative Drama Group

1955 First professionally directed production is "Tobias and the Angel"
Four performances are presented at Foxhills School

1957 Little Theatre Club's second Village Tour of three more one-act plays

1958 Opening of Scunthorpe Civic (later The Plowright) Theatre with town production "Peer Gynt"

Club's "Maria Marten" is the first amateur production in this new home for local amateurs

1959 Anouilh's "Antigone" is Club's second professionally directed production

"The Choephori" of Aeschylus is presented in modern dress as one of two Little Theatre Club
entries in the first Scunthorpe Drama Federation Festival

THE SIXTIES

1960 J.B Priestley's "They Came to a City". First night is in aid of National Refugee Year

Thornton Wilder's "The Matchmaker" professionally directed

1961 O'Casey's "Juno and the Paycock" professionally directed

"East Lynne" - a joint Production with The Hospital Players professionally directed

1962 First Little Theatre Club Shakespearean production is "Twelfth Night" professionally directed

First (albeit brief) permanent Club Headquarters is at Bartle's Old Printing Works

1963 Amateur Premiere of Arnold Wesker's "Chips With Everything" professionally directed

Headquarters moved to former Carnegie Library in High Street East

1964 "One Way Pendulum" by N.F. Simpson professionally directed


1965 Bernard Shaw's "Devil's Disciple" professionally directed


1966 Club's first Pantomime is "Aladdin"

Club's first Musical is "Oh, What a lovely War"

1967 Club's second Shakespearean production is "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
Subsequently adapted and presented as two open-air performances in Normanby Park

1968 Ben Jonson's "The Alchemist" professionally directed
Presented to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the opening of Scunthorpe Civic Theatre

1969 Little Theatre Club is invited to play in Scunthorpe Twin Town of Luneburg in Germany
"As You Like It" is given two performances in the Stadttheater there before playing in Scunthorpe

Tennessee Williams' "Camino Real", professionally directed, is prepared within the same
rehearsal period

THE SEVENTIES

1970 A youth wing of the Club is first established
This is "The Saturday Morning Group" led by two Club members that ran until 1974

1971 Club returns German hospitality and hosts Luneburg Youth Group's "Faust" at the Civic Theatre

Little Theatre Club's 21st Birthday Season concludes with a Feydeau farce "A Flea in Her Ear"

1972 Invitation received to play at the Festival of Amateur Drama at Hull Spring Street Theatre
Orton's "What the Butler Saw" plays two performances there after Scunthorpe run

1973 "Peter Pan" with 'flying' effects is presented

Club's 2nd visit to Luneburg with "The Importance of Being Earnest" professionally directed

1974 Second visit by Gymnasium Johanneum Youth Drama Group from Luneburg
Little Theatre Club hosts their production of Brecht's "Arturo Ui" at the Civic Theatre

1976 Headquarters moved to Somervell Road

1978 Club production of "Antony and Cleopatra" marks the 20th anniversary of Civic Theatre opening

1979 First ever Little Theatre Club 'repeat' of a show
Sondheim's musical "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" (previously 1970)
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THE EIGHTIES

1981 Club's fifth Shakespearean production "The Merchant of Venice"

1983 Last Night of "Godspell" receives 'standing ovation'

1984 2nd Club youth wing, 'The Mole-End Club', founded after Club production "Toad of Toad Hall"

Club Headquarters moved to Charter Hall

1985 Big increase in Club membership following "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas"
'Plays with Music' are now a regular part of the Club repertoire; " … Whorehouse" being the 8th

1986 Saturday afternoon matinee restored to deal with demand for Club's revival of "The Boy Friend"

1987 Arnold Wesker's "The Kitchen" becomes largest cast 'straight play' presented by the Club

Club's sixth Shakespearean production is "The Merry Wives of Windsor"

1988 "Beauty and the Beast" is the Club's first production of a children's play since 1984

News received (while "Beggar's Opera" is in rehearsal) of impending need to leave Charter Hall

1989 Michael Frayn's "Noises Off" revived 'by popular demand' four months after original production

Club's 40th Anniversary celebrations. Publication of Club History. First 'Life Members' chosen

THE NINETIES

1990 Club's 3rd visit to Luneburg with the revival of "Godspell" concludes the 40th Anniversary Season

A season spent as guests of Highfield House WM Club while looking for new headquarters

"Camelot" is inaugural production of new commercial (and expensive) premises - Parkinson Ave.

1991 The Club is invited to present an experimental Summer Season of Children's Plays
"Puss in Boots" and "The Pirates of Atlantis" presented at the Plowright Theatre

Alternate night repertoire of "Two Plays of the Sixties" presented over a fortnight

1992 The Photocall for "The Ghost Train" is held at the National Railway Museum in York

"Godspell" is revived (by invitation) and performed at three local churches

1993 Club Pantomime production revived - largely to meet financial pressures of the new premises.
"Rumpelstiltzskin" played to near capacity audiences. Panto now a regular feature of Club season

1994 First season in new Headquarters 'The Casthouse' concludes with 14th Musical
"Little Shop of Horrors" sees Club hiring set for the first time as new headquarters is fitted out

1995 Four-production season planned in order to include small cast plays in repertoire
"Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" receives critical acclaim but poor audiences

1996 "Pygmalion" reintroduces the Club Village Tour when Plowright Theatre closed for refurbishment
Return to the Theatre with "One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest"

1997 Club's 15th Musical "Gigi"
Further Village Tour with Tom Stoppard's "The Real Inspector Hound"

1999 Production of "The Darling Buds of May" is featured in a series of Radio Humberside broadcasts
Howard Goodall and Melvyn Bragg's "The Hired Man" is choice for 50th Anniversary production

INTO THE NEW MILLENNIUM

2000 Power failure halts Thursday performance of "Sleeping Beauty". Extra show Sunday morning

Second two-play repertoire season presented by Little Theatre Club - thriller and adult comedy

"Macbeth" is Club's first 'modern-dress' Shakespeare

Roof of the Club's Set Store is blown off in the autumn gales

Club Web Site established

2001 'The Guildroom Project' begins the move from The Casthouse' to New Headquarters

Professionally directed production of 'The Crucible' jointly with The Hospital Players

'Scrooge' was the Club's 17th Musical

2002 March 23rd Official Opening of 'The Guildroom'

'Out of Focus' is the first play to be fully rehearsed in the new Headquarters
'Wyrd Sisters is the Club's first venture into Terry Pratchett's Diskworld

2003 - 7-11 October - World Premiere Production

Distinguished Television Writer, Roy Clarke, adapts his ‘Last of the Summer Wine’
chronicle ‘The Moonbather’ for Club Production

2004 ‘Aladin‘ is the Club's 20th pantomime
‘Blithe Spirit‘ is the Club's first production of Noel Coward
‘Farce!‘ World Premiere of Roy Clarke's new comedy

Summer 2005 Formation of the Club's new youth wing 'The Rising Stars'

2006 ‘Rising stars' is named as North Linconshire Councils Youth organisation
of the year in their Leisure Volunteer Awards
In the absence of an available full week at the Plowright Theatre 'Pal Joey' tours four local villages

2007 The original Granny Weatherwax and nanny Ogg dust down their broomsticks when the Club enters Discworld again with 'Maskerade‘

2008 The Club's rural connections continue when 'Art' visits Scawby after it's run at The Plowright Theatre
Club play 'host' for the Sunthorpe Drama federation celebration of the theatre's 50th Birthday with a professionally directed production of 'Canterbury Tales'

2009 Red Riding Hood is the Club's 25th Pantomime

'Carpe Jugulum' is the Club's third visit to Terry Pratchett's Discworld

THE 2010s

2010 'Blackadder II': The Club stages four episodes from the Television Series

Village Touring programme begins again with 'Deckchairs'

The Rising Stars Youth Wing present their first full length production
'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe'

2011 Club receive North Lincolnshire Council's Voluntary Award for Community Impact

R. L Stevenson's classic thriller 'Dr Jekyll & Mr. Hyde'

The Club tour a sampler programme 'From Shakespeare to Melodrama' as part of the
North Lincolnshire Arts Forum 'Big Sky Festival'

Formal liaison with North Lincolnshire Museum established, beginning with
'Three Ghost Episodes for Hallowe'en' performed at the Museum

'Young Copperfield' an adaptation of the first part of Dickens' novel is jointly presented by
the Main Club and the Youth Wing 'Rising Stars'. Extract from this production performed
at the opening concert of Scunthorpe's New Entertainment Venue - The Baths Hall

Rising Stars tour their own Pantomime: 'Cinderella and Her Invisible Friend'

2011 The older ladies of the Club are delighted that the comedy ' Caramba's Revenge'
is chosen as the Club's Spring production

Club members in 3 'role playing' contributions to the national 'Museums at Night' project -
at North Lincolnshire Museum, Winterton Church and the Normanby Farming Museum