This year marks a magnificent half century of entertaining success for Hyde Little Theatre and to commemorate the occasion of their Golden Anniversary the society are hosting a celebration dinner this Saturday 9th September at Oaklands Hall.

Around 80 society members, families and friends, plus guests from other local amateur dramatic and musical groups will be sitting down to a splendid banquet followed by music and dancing.

Hyde Little Theatre was established in 1967 when members of Hyde Light Opera Company broke away to form a new society to perform plays on a regular basis. Its first production 50 years ago was ‘Billy Liar’, which incidentally was re-staged at the beginning of this year as part of the Golden Jubilee celebrations.

After steady growth throughout the 1970’s and 1980’s the society finally acquired its own headquarters building when it purchase the old (and rather derelict) Miles Redfern social club at the top of Market Street in Hyde and after many gruelling hours of toil by the members they finally moved into ‘Studio 9’ in April 1986.

Today ‘Studio 9’ is still the headquarters for Hyde Little Theatre and it includes well-appointed rehearsal rooms, a bar area, meeting and social facilities as well as storage space for all the society’s props and stage equipment.

The society stages three plays every year in February, April and June, plus of course a traditional pantomime that is always eagerly awaited in early December. This year’s pantomime, which runs from Monday 4th to Saturday 9th December is Dick Whittington.

Casting and rehearsals will commence shortly with details appearing on the society’s website: www.h-l-t.org. All productions are staged at the Festival Theatre, Corporation Street, Hyde.

For ticket information please telephone 0161 612 1666 or if you would like to become involved with Hyde Little Theatre why not pop into Studio 9 (it’s right next to Stoneacre) any Tuesday night after 9 o’clock.

You’ll be made more than welcome.