A Brief History


Cottingham Little Theatre was founded in 1920 when a group of members and friends of the Congregational Church (now the Zion United Reformed Church) decided to give a reading of Dickens “A Christmas Carol”. From this was born the idea of what was then called “Cottingham Dramatic Society”. Meetings were held in a room above the Hallgate Pharmacy of Mr. George Exelby and the first public performance, “The Merchant of Venice” was held in the Hallgate Junior School in 1921.Since those early days we have performed around 200 plays, pantomimes and revues!

The first public performance, “The Merchant of Venice” was held in the Hallgate Junior School in 1921

In 1992 the Society changed its name to Cottingham Little Theatre and since 1996 performances have been held in the Darby & Joan Hall in Finkle Street, Cottingham. We put on two major productions each year, in May and November, with a varied programme – mainly comedies but also including mysteries, thrillers and dramas. In 2010, our 90th Anniversary Year, we went right back to our roots and performed “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens, adapted by Neil Duffield.


Recent productions have included “Ladies’ Day” by Amanda Whittington, “The Memory of Water” by Shelagh Stephenson, “Calendar Girls” by Tim Firth, “Oh What A Lovely War” by Joan Littlewood and many, many more.

We are in the process of putting together an expanded archive with details of previous performances. In the meantime a list of productions since 2005 is set out below:

December 2005
Albert Make Us Laugh
Jimmie Chinn
May 2006
The Scandalous Affair of Mr Kettle & Mrs Moon
J B Priestley
July 2006
That’s Entertainment 2006
Summer Review
September 2006
Sweet Charity
Cy Coleman, Dorothy Fields & Neil Simon
December 2006
Harold Pinter
May 2007
Murdered to Death
Peter Gordon
July 2007
That’s Entertainment 2007
Summer Review
November 2007
Cat’s Cradle
Leslie Sands
May 2008
Queen Elizabeth Slept Here
Talbot Rothwell
July 2008
That’s Entertainment 2008
Summer Review
November 2008
Out of Focus
Peter Gordon
May 2009
Dangerous Corner
J B Priestley
July 2009
That’s Entertainment 2009
Summer Review
November 2009
Pull the Other One
Norman Robbins
May 2010
Breath of Spring
Peter Coke
November 2010
A Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens, adapted by Neill Duffield
May 2011
Noises Off
Michael Frayn
July 2011
Caged Birds/The Real Inspector Hound
David Campton / Tom Stoppard
November 2011
Comic Potential
Alan Ayckbourn
May 2012
Secondary Cause of Death
Peter Gordon
November 2012
Calendar Girls
Tim Firth
May 2013
Memory of Water
Shelagh Stephenson
November 2013
The Flint Street Nativity
Tim Firth
May 2014
Bob Larbey
November 2014
Oh What A Lovely War
Joan Littlewood
May 2015
Ladies’ Day
Amanda Whittington
November 2015
Season’s Greetings
Alan Aychbourn
May 2016
Ladies In Retirement
Edward Percy & Reginald Denham