About Hyde Little Theatre
For many years Hyde Light Opera Company had a drama group performing plays and entering drama festivals. This drama group continued to attract growing interest and it was decided to form a new society to perform plays on a regular basis at the Festival Theatre in Hyde.
The new society was established in 1967 under the name of Hyde Little Theatre and performed its first production that year, this was the comedy ‘Billy Liar’ a popular and topical choice at the time.
Throughout the 1970’s a steady growth in membership and support continued and the society became a familiar name in Greater Manchester amateur theatre, performing three plays and a Pantomime each year.
By the end of the decade and into the 1980’s the need for a proper home became apparent, meetings and social events often taking place in ‘The Unity’ public house and rehearsals being held in unsuitable locations.
The quest for a regular home began and thoughts became focused on the derelict Miles Redfern social club at the top of Market Street in Hyde. Inspired by Chairman Keith Mowl it was decided to go ahead and make an offer for the premises. The necessary formalities were finalised and the property secured in 1985.
Subjected to years of neglect and vandalism the hard task of renovation seemed daunting to say the least but members toiled for long hours and on Sunday, April 6th 1986, Hyde Little Theatre celebrated a memorable day when the building was officially opened and named Studio 9. After 19 years, our society finally had a home!
Since that memorable day progress has continued and Studio 9 today is a fine headquarters that any group would be proud of. The society today is a successful organisation dedicated to bring the best in amateur theatre to the people of Hyde.
Hyde Little Theatre has been fortunate in having a hard core of loyal members both past and present and their efforts and dedication have been in invaluable. Today the society has four life members John Rothwell, Janice Haughton, Stan Knowles and Brian Ashley -all awarded the honour for their services dating back to the formation of HLT.
The society continues to grow and develop and this year we celebrated our 50th Anniversary of bringing quality amateur theatre to the people of Hyde. To celebrate, our year kicked-off with the reproduction of our first ever show, Billy Liar.
In July we held our first Summer Fair, in September, we hosted a celebratory Golden Anniversary Dinner Dance attended by members, friends and family and in October we launched our brand new website.