"The theatre is irresistible, organise the theatre!" (Matthew Arnold, The French Play in London)
Welcome to Howick Little Theatre.
If this is your first visit, we hope you come back again and we hope you will join us in person at one of our productions.
For 2013 there is, we think, something for everyone. We start the year with Love Letters, a short three-night season that opens on St Valentine’s Day. When you book for this production you will also receive a beautiful pen to write a shopping list, a reminder note, or a love letter to your sweetheart.
Our major productions are Roger Hall’s A Shortcut to Happiness; Robert Harling’s Steel Magnolias; Steven Peros’s The Cat's Meow; a comedy from Canada called Looking, by Norm Foster; and another New Zealand play, written by Carl Nixon and Craig Cooper, called Kiwifruits.
Certainly a varied line-up.
Throughout the year we hope to have some short productions between our major performances, so keep an eye on this website and our Facebook page as well as our newspaper advertising.
Something we pride ourselves on at HLT is that we can provide directors with the opportunity to produce their play in a range of formats. We have a very versatile space – in fact, if we are honest, it is just a square box BUT a square box means you can have a play "in the round", "in the thrust", in an "L", or in the traditional proscenium. Our rostra are able to be relocated to fit in with the set designer’s plans, which means we can have seating in the round, in the thrust, in the proscenium, or in an L shape. Some plays are done entirely on the floor, and audience sight-lines remain good for each configuration. The director decides with the set designer on the style for the play and the fantastic set builders at HLT deliver.
We also provide good back-up, with a solid range of costume and accessories in our wardrobe and an amazing collection of "stuff" in the props cupboard. Really, to work on a play at HLT is a director’s dream.
For the audience, our bar is open for each performance and that means a welcoming atmosphere pervades the main reception room, which we call "the Blue Room". Ask your friends to come with you and join us for one of the stellar performances for 2013. Free car parking with security – what more can we offer? Well, did I mention free programmes and free tea, coffee and biscuits at interval? A night with us at the theatre is a night to remember for a long time.
I look forward to seeing you at the theatre.