About Bournemouth Little Theatre

Founded in 1919, Bournemouth Little Theatre Club (originally Bournemouth Dramatic and Orchestral Club) had very humble beginnings - staging its early productions in the homes of club members. The dedication of the founding fathers (and mothers, of course) soon created Bournemouth Little Theatre Club Ltd which enabled bank loans to be raised and shares issued to fund the building of the Club's own prestigious theatre.

Opened in 1931, the Little Theatre, later renamed The Palace Court Theatre to identify its position behind the famous Palace Court Hotel in Westover Road, was home to the Theatre Club until economic necessity forced its sale in 1969. During those preceding 38 years, however, the Club established itself as the home of amateur theatre of the highest and most professional standards. Standards which we continue always to aim for in all that we do. Between 1969 and 1975 when we were between homes, and to ensure the Club's continued existence, it was decided to start to tour and, during those years, many plays were taken to a variety of venues in Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire. Tremendous teamwork and camaraderie were generated during this time along with many happy memories.

In the 1980's, despite by now having a permanent home in Jameson Road, we still liked to travel and broadened our horizons with trips to Ireland, America an the Dutch Caribbean. We also played in a number of excellent theatres in England when entering the All England One Act Festival which we eventually won in 1983. IN 2009 we celebrated our ninetieth anniversary season with a splendidly diverse selection of plays. Subsequent seasons have been similarly varied, and well received, with the addition of some special evenings produced and performed by members of the Studio Workshop. We are now working towards our one hundredth anniversary in 2019 with a number of events planned to celebrate this very special occasion, but most importantly, to bring the best of theatre to you, our loyal patrons, always remembering that, however much pleasure we get from acting, it is the pleasure of your company that makes it all worthwhile.

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Important Dates

  • Monday 3rd - Saturday 8th June 2019

    Doubt, A Parable

  • Saturday 6th July 2019 (10am-12noon)

    Technical Crew Selection for 'Day in Palace Court Theatre'

  • Friday 12th July 2019, 7.30pm

    Read Through: Mystery at Greenfingers by JB Priestley

  • Sunday 14th July 2019, 7.30pm

    Auditions: Mystery at Greenfingers by JB Priestley

  • Thursday 1st & Friday 2nd August 2019

    Tic Tac Toe Theatre

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01202 513361