The Dangers of Tobacco

An entertaining play written by our own Alistair Hewitt. This is essentially a comedy, with a few serious moments thrown in…

Marie, Cissie and Eva are sisters who have each led very different lives. Marie is a little eccentric, Cissie has a reputation for being a free spirit, while Eva is a local councillor who is organized and a little bit bossy.

Despite their differences the three women have something they share. Rory Tobacco, Marie’s ex-husband, is a local businessman with his fingers in many pies; he is successful at lots of things, but not the important ones like relationships…

From the SDC Subscriber’s & Patron’s Newsletter, April 2009


Stephen Sondheim’s ‘COMPANY’

CompanyStephen Sondheim’s classic musical comedy is the next in a series of stunning productions from the SDC Youth Theatre following the success of  Les Miserables and Parade.



“Just been with wife and friends to see ‘Company’- absolutely stunning production! Cannot find the superlatives to describe the quality of acting, singing, production values, set, music, choreography -just amazing.
Could not believe the excellence of the show. We were all bowled over.
Invidious to name individuals in such a ensemble performance.
Really excellent night at the SDC again!”

Calendar Girls

Calender Girls at the SDC 21st-29th September 2012**STOP PRESS** Matinee performance added on Saturday 22nd September.

Our new season gets off to a cracking start with “Calendar Girls”, directed by Margaret Mann and already in rehearsal.

 Written by Tim Firth, this drama first drew public acclaim on the big screen, and is based on the true story of a group of W.I. ladies from Yorkshire, who posed nude for a calendar to raise money for Leukaemia Research.
First staged at the Chichester Festival Theatre in 2008, the play transfered to London the following year. and has recently completed a nationwide tour. Now released for amateurs, we, along with many theatres in the LTG, were quick to grasp the opportunity of staging this popular production.
Fortunately we have enough feisty actresses prepared to bare all for the sake of dramatic art!  but be assured, that under Margaret’s guidance, all will be *in the best possible taste !” Her meticulous attention to detail is essential in this fast moving play, which takes the audience through the W.I calendar of events, often with  both disastrous and comic results.
Firth’s script is beautifully written, combining piercing sadness with down-to earth northern wit. The characters are clearly drawn and their directness brings this true story to life.This is a “must see” event and could well be a sell-out, so book your tickets early!


  • Tickets: 
    Box Office Opens 14th September at 11am Prices £9.50/£8.25

Dangerous Corner

A gun shot rings out as the curtain rises on Priestley’s celebrated tale of intrigue and recriminations. However all is not what it seems. A group of high-flyers are enjoying a weekend at the Caplan’s stylish country home, when the presentation of a musical cigarette box belonging to the Caplan’s dead brother uncovers a world of lies, threats and betrayal. Only time will tell how the evening concludes…..

“ An Ingenious box of tricks…an entertaining evening of intrigue & suspense” (British Theatre Guide)

  • Tickets: 
    Box Office Opens 19th October at 11am

The 39 Steps

39 Steps

The Oliver & Tony Award-winning comic adventure!

Another first for the SDC!  We are delighted to have been granted special permission to perform this hit comedy whilst it is still playing in London!  Based on the classic Hitchcock spy thriller, this gloriously witty new version follows the incredible adventures of handsome hero Richard Hannay, as he encounters dastardly murders, double-crossing secret agents, and, of course, devastatingly beautiful women, in a bid to solve the 39 Steps. 4 actors play 130 characters over 100 hilarious minutes in this award-winning show!

“Hugely entertaining….clever, witty, ingenious” (Sunday Times)

Gallery of show photographs.

  • Tickets: 
    Box Office Opens 16th November at 11am

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Tickets: Panto Box Office now open daily Monday to Saturday from 11am to 1.30pm, and in addition, from two hours before every performance.

Stunning sets & costumes, breath taking song and dance, hilarious comedy routines, and audience participation galore are guaranteed to create some glittering panto magic this Christmas at the ‘Little’.  Following last year’s sell-out success, book early to avoid disappointment.

Roll up, roll up for the best pantomime in town!

“A festive feast of hilarity”

(Southport Visiter on last year’s pantomime)

Click here for pictures from the show.

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  • Tickets: 
    Panto Box Office now open daily Monday to Saturday from 11am to 1.30pm

Panto Dates 2012

Good Things

“Good Things” by Liz Lochhead, directed by Jan Hale. A charming romantic comedy. This poignant new play by “Scotland’s greatest dramatist” introduces Susan, a charity shop volunteer. Faced with a Dad who’s growing old disgracefully, a daughter in the throes of adolescence, and a mischievous ex-husband, will she ever find love second time round? Click here for pictures of the show.

“A delightful new play” (The Times)

My Boy Jack

“My Boy Jack” by David Haig, directed by David Davis. A riveting wartime drama. Rudyard Kipling’s jingoism was dramatically tested when his only son was called into action in World War One. A recent success on TV starring Daniel Radcliffe, this sensitive and powerful play dramatises the real-life emotional anguish of the Kipling family when their ony son went missing in action.

Contains strong language relevant to the trenches.

Pictures from the production.

“A poignant, splendid masterpiece” (Variety).