Little Theatre’s £3m expansion plans approved

A project to extend the Leicester theatre where a young Richard Attenborough first trod the boards has been approved by Leicester City Council.

Leicester Drama Society, which owns the Little Theatre, in Dover Street, is to transform and extend their 19th century building to include much-needed new studio, technical and rehearsal facilities as part of its Centenary Project.

The £3million scheme will see the theatre expand into the site next door, which previously housed the Anchor Centre alcohol treatment hub.

With the Anchor Centre successfully replaced with a new and better equipped centre – known as No. 5 – in Hill Street, the city council formally agreed terms to transfer ownership of the site to Leicester Drama Society last year. The former Anchor Centre building is in poor condition and not considered suitable for conversion to any alternative use.

Construction could get under way by late 2020 with the building in use by summer 2022.