Forthcoming shows

AJ's Big Band & Vocalist - 16 October

(performance 7.30pm - tickets £15.50/£14.50)


The highly acclaimed 17 piece, now into its 33rd year, makes a welcome return to the Little Theatre, Torquay, with another exciting programme of feel-good classics which takes a nostalgic musical journey back to the golden age of swing. With a special tribute to the fabulous Ella Fitzgerald from the band’s stunning vocalist Paula Mitchell, this is an unmissable show. As usual the band is led by saxophonist Ken Parr and features some of the leading musicians in the West Country.

“Brilliant music making” Somerset Gazette

Macbeth - 7 November to 12 November

(performances 7.30pm - 12 November 2.30pm matinee & 7.30pm)

By William Shakespeare

Directed by Maggie Campbell

(A TOADS season production)


This production celebrates the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. It is a new adaption of his classic tale of treachery, murder and witchcraft and is presented in collaboration with South Devon College Performance and Production students.

Young People's Shakespeare Project - 20 November

(performance 7.30pm - tickets £5)

Organised by Maggie Campbell


Members of local youth theatre groups present their own versions of the work of the Bard. Original, imaginative and entertaining.

A Fairy Tale for Christmas; Behind the Scenes at the Panto - 26 November

(performance 7.30pm - tickets £7)


This November sees the publication of ‘A Fairy-tale for Christmas’, the latest romantic comedy from top-ten best-selling author, Chrissie Manby


The novel is set in the fictional town of Newbay, with a cast of characters who are members of the Newbay Theatre Society, otherwise known as ‘The NEWTS’.  Earlier this year the author came down to Torbay, to speak to members of the Toads amateur dramatic society, based in the Little Theatre, to research her story.To help celebrate the book’s publication Chrissie Manby and several members of the Toads society will be appearing at the Little Theatre on Saturday 26th November for a special event.


You are invited to join them to hear the inside story of Chrissie’s book and also many tales of local stage life which have never been told publicly before.  Local actors and directors, Lydia Dockray, Roger Heath, Jon Manley, Anna Reynolds, Ben Tisdall, and Jolyon Tuck will share with you their experiences of putting on shows locally as well as how they met with the author to offer her inspiration. Find out how much of what they told her has made it into the book. They might even tell you what couldn’t be published!


Chrissie Manby is a celebrated author, and this will be her twenty-first romantic comedy novel. She also writes as Olivia Darling, Stella Knightley and Stephanie Ash and teaches creative writing.  As well as being in conversation on the night, she will be signing copies of ‘A Fairy-Tale for Christmas’ after the show, priced at £7.99 – the ideal Christmas present.


More about the book: What could be more magical at Christmas than a fairy tale come true? It's the festive season and the members of the Newbay Theatre Society, more commonly known as the NEWTS, are preparing to put on a show. Being cast as Cinderella is the realization of a dream for newcomer Kirsty, not least because she hopes starring in a panto under the direction of her boyfriend Jon will bring them closer together. But Kirsty soon learns that it's not all glitter and good cheer behind the scenes at the amateur theatre as bitter rivalries nurtured through decades, wardrobe mishaps and suspicious near-fatal accidents threaten to derail the production. And then there's Prince Charming himself. Will working together with Jon bring Kirsty her happy ever after... or reveal their love to be nothing but a 'showmance'? With Christmas just around the corner, it's going to take more than a Fairy Godmother to get Kirsty and her cast-mates to the ball.

A Christmas Carol - 12 December to 17 December

(performances 7.30pm - 17 December 2.30pm matinee & 7.30pm)

By Charles Dickens, adapted by Neil Duffield

Directed by Helen Gould

(A TOADS season production)


A well known play that centres around Ebenezer Scrooge and his clerk Bob Cratchit. Scrooge refuses to spend any money and receives a visit from the ghost of his ex partner Jacob Marley who chastises him for being, well, such a scrooge! There follows visitations of other ghosts all serving to show Scrooge the error of his ways. A happy ending!

Words 4 Voices - 19 December

(performance 7.30pm - tickets £11/£10)

Ruth Bettesworth, Richard Clark, Sarah Scoble, Leon Winston + musicians


A Celebration of Christmas in Words & Music - An entertaining evening of delightful words and music including some of the well loved poems, readings and carols capturing the moods, feelings and true spirit of the festive season.

Will You Still Love Me in the Morning - 16 January to 21 January

(performances 7.30pm - 21 January 2.30pm matinee & 7.30pm)

By Brian Clemens and Dennis Spooner

Directed by Jessica Hunter

(A TOADS season production)


Jeremy and Celia return a week early from their unsuccessful honeymoon to find that both Jeremy’s partners have accepted his offer to stay in his house while he is away. As if there aren’t enough problems, Sid the plumber is up to his eyes in water in the cellar…

Flanders and Swann Revisited - 22 January

(performance 7.30pm - tickets £11/£10)


A musical entertainment featuring the songs of Flanders and Swann and the poetic wit of Sir John Betjeman. Indulge in a little nostalgia for a by-gone world and the more gentle humour exemplified by these arch-observers of the national character. Performed from the piano (and everywhere else!) by actor, singer and pianist Michael Lunts.

Peter Baffles & Cadenza - 4 February

(performance 7.30pm - tickets £10/£9)


Peter Baffles - magician & illusionist

Cadenza - musical duo

“Peter Baffles genuinely amazed with his well-crafted magical skills. Great tricks were backed by good lively banter.”
“This is Baffles at his best - the droll delivery an engaging foil for some very sophisticated magic.”
Cadenza (or Pete & Nina) are an acoustic-style duo with a vast repertoire incorporating classic and contemporary songs. Their philosophy of musical dynamics ranges from light background music, performance numbers and the good old sing along, combined with generous helpings of fun and enthusiasm.You will be amazed how versatile the ‘unplugged’ approach can be.

The Witches - 22 February to 25 February

(performances 7.30pm - no matinee)

By Roald Dahl

Directed by Carolyn Bavister

(A Tadpoles youth production)

The witches hate children! In fact they even go so far as to try to kill them. The witches are disguised so it’s difficult to distinguish them from ordinary people. The story includes a Grandma and the narrator who find themselves in the middle of the annual meeting of witches.

Hay Fever - 20 March to 25 March

(performances 7.30pm - 25 March 2.30pm matinee & 7.30pm)

By Noel Coward

Directed by Jill Farrant

(A TOADS season production)


Set in 1925, the Bliss family is ultra Bohemian. One weekend each family member has invited a guest for the weekend which doesn’t go down well! After an uncomfortable dinner, they play a word game that only the family members understand which results in the terrifi ed guests leaving the next morning!

Death in High Heels - 24 April to 29 April

(performances 7.30pm - 29 April 2.30pm matinee & 7.30pm)

By Richard Harris

Directed by Cora Gant

(A TOADS season production)


A thriller set in 1930s London. Behind the glamour and gossip of a small Regent Street couture fashion house, secrets and lies are rife, and when a murder happens this fuels more gossip and lies!

Flat Spin - 22 May to 27 May

(performances 7.30pm - 27 May 2.30pm matinee & 7.30pm)

By Alan Ayckbourn

Directed by Jill Pettigrew

(A TOADS season production)


A night of romance in her luxurious riverside apartment with the good-looking stranger from next door. How can Joanna possibly go wrong? Except the flat isn’t hers, her name isn’t Joanna and heaven knows what the good-looking stranger is really after. Instead of romance comes considerable danger… Joanna’s only option is to play her part to the end.

Pygmalion - 19 June to 24 June

(performances 7.30pm - 24 June 2.30pm matinee & 7.30pm)

By George Bernard Shaw

Directed by Anna Reynolds

(A TOADS season production)


Set in the early 20th century it’s the play upon which the musical ‘My Fair Lady’ was written. Professor Higgins is an expert in phonetics and he undertakes to transform Eliza - a cockney flower girl from Covent Garden - into speaking like a duchess in 3 months.