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Theatre café opens with song and poetry

Written by  Richard Batson
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Songs signalled the reopening of Sheringham Little Theatre’s Hub café after a month-long closure for a facelift.

The new-look Hub held its “premiere” with an opening ceremony on Saturday morning (Feb 11) that mixed music, mingling, poetry and performance.

BBC Look East presenter and reporter Jenny Kirk cut the ceremonial ribbon, praising the project and encouraging people to support the venue’s investment in its future.

She said it was the first time she had been back in town since another reopening – a street party in 2019 to mark the end of works to repair a high street sink hole, when she was also impressed by the town’s community spirit. 

Theatre director Debbie Thompson thanked the main funders of the revamp – the Norfolk County Council social infrastructure fund, and building landlords North Norfolk District Council. The project was only made possible by major grants.

She also praised the input of local interior designer Robert Moore who gave his time to steer the theme of the revamp, which has a classic art deco style with a showbiz vibe. 

Visitors heard a special poem The Show Must Go On read its creator and town councillor Peter Pegnall, along with songs from the theatre’s youth chorus, and community musicians Tina Blaber and George Crawley. The Hub is now open from 10-3 Monday to Saturday.


Earlier in the week the theatre’s annual general meeting looked to a rosier future after some troubled times. 

Director Debbie said 2022 had been “horrible” with café takings and ticket sales down, along with redundancies resulting from Covid. But she felt 2023 would be a happier, more positive year – helped by the Hub project, which was sparked by a water leak, but resulted in a fresh new look aimed at attracting new audiences and events.

The project, and Covid losses, were covered by one-off grants, and a website rebuild was thanks to a generous donation, so she countered any misconceptions the theatre was “rolling in funds”.

Plans for 2023 include a full summer season with:

  • I Am Hamlet - a comedy thriller (July 25-Aug 5)
  • Shanty - musical drama about the family of a shanty singer (Aug 8-12)
  • Hound of the Baskerville – a spoof of the Sherlock Holmes classic (Aug 15-19)
  • Run for Your Wife – Ray Cooney farce (Aug 22-26)
  • Private Lives – wit from Noel Coward (Aug 29-Sep 2)

Two concerts are also planned for Mannington Hall – a Lee Vasey Big Band party on July 21 and a classical picnic concert on July 22.  

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