Welcome to the Little Theatre, Cleadon

This well established, historical theatre lies hidden in the heart of Cleadon in South Tyneside. The Little Theatre has been hosting performances at its current base since the 1960s but its absence during the Covid 19 pandemic has been a miss for village life, as well as the performers who kept their skills honed with Zoom monologues and online plays during Lockdown.

The 76-seater venue has recently had a dramatic makeover, with a new outdoor walkway, new heritage blue-coloured panelling, stage improvements from a new state of the art sound and lighting system, carpet and more.

Our non-professional group presents up to four major professional quality productions each year plus other lively theatrical and social events.

New members and visitors of all ages are always welcome with plenty of opportunity to get involved on-stage or backstage. If you are interested please ring: 0191-447-6700 / 07791 907941 or complete the form on the Contact Us page.

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The Little Theatre in Cleadon is getting ready to reopen

It may be one of the area’s smallest theatres, but Cleadon’s Little Theatre has unveiled a big new look as it brings performance back to the heart of the village.

Based just off Boldon Lane in Cleadon Village, The Little Theatre has been hosting performances at its current base since the 1960s. Its absence has been a miss for village life, as well as the performers who kept their skills honed with Zoom monologues and online plays during Lockdown.

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Latest Theatre News


Welcome back to your re furbished Little Theatre

We are looking forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones.

Your theatre opens with:

Red Carpet Grand Opening Event

30th Sept, 1st and 2nd Oct.

There will be music, singing, comedy and sketches

The bar will be open.

Farcicals’ by Alan Ayckbourn

4th, 5th, and 6th November

For three nights only. A chance to enjoy this again or if you missed it the first time round.

Drama Geeks Christmas Show

4th December 1pm – 5pm

Tony Chapman and the Moonshiners Christmas Show

18th December

Great band and lots of fun.

Thrill of Love’ by Amanda Whittington

17th – 22nd January 2022

A thrilling drama about Ruth Ellis. The last woman to be hanged in the UK.

Memory of Water’ by Shelagh Stephenson

7th – 12th March 2022

A quirky , witty drama.

Tickets are now available via our online ticketing page on this website by clicking here.

Road Rage


We hope you get to see our latest online production “Road Rage” in July.

Click on the “Watch Live” tab above for a  promotional piece and photos which will whet your appetite for the full play.

It’s a thriller. You’ll never feel quite as safe driving on the roads once you’ve watched this!

Please note that the play contains some strong language which is integral to the plot.

Stay safe!

The Thrill of Love by Amanda Whittington

This performance has been postponed due to the Coronavirus situation. It will be staged at a later date.

“A hostess in the West End ‘gentlemen’s clubs’, Ruth Ellis works hard, plays hard and dreams of a movie-star life. Yet in 1955, the self-styled ‘blonde bombshell’ is convicted of murder and becomes the last woman to be hanged in Great Britain. Ruth’s crime is re-examined in the light of the society she lived in and the experiences that led to her shooting her lover. Through the eyes of film noir Detective Inspector Gale – and the haunting voice of Billie Holiday – The Thrill of Love explores the enigma of Ruth Ellis: a woman whose short but explosive life still resonates.” – http://www.amandawhittington.com

2020 Thrill of Love NEW DATES A4

Farcicals by Alan Ayckbourn

Our next show will be Farcicals by Alan Ayckbourn and runs from Monday 18th to Saturday 23rd November 2019.

“Teddy’s marriage to Lottie is going through a difficult period. Does he still love Lottie? Does Lottie still love him? Cue next door neighbours Penny and Reggie to the rescue. Penny weighing in to help Lottie and Reggie resolving to help his best friend to resist temptation. But with the arrival of the voluptuous Chloë all their best laid schemes are put to the test”

Tickets will be available to book online from 1st October.


The Desert Queen – Tuesday 31 July 2018

Tuesday 31 July 2018 at 7.30 pm  Hands On NE CIC presents the world premiere of:


An experience like no other ! Climb the Himalayas with Gertrude  Bell in her petticoats, meet Lawrence of Arabia and other famous people. You will be enthralled as Gertrude recounts her amazing life and achievements.

Directed by Neil Armstrong it stars Phillippa Wilson ( from The Pitman Painters production on Broadway).

The play is followed by a Q & A with the writer and company.
Tickets £7.50. Drinks available in the interval.