The Leicestershire and Rutland Drama Festival is an annual competition which showcases the talents of amateur dramatic groups within the Leicestershire & Rutland area. We invite all local groups to enter a ‘One Act Play’ in the festival and these are showcased to the public over the course of several nights, culminating in a awards ceremony on the final night. The event also doubles up as a preliminary round of the AETF (All-England Theatre Festival) for those groups seeking to progress further.

Preliminary round of the AETF

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If you would like to purchase tickets for the 2020 Leicestershire and Rutland Drama Festival, please follow the link below (The Little Theatre Logo).


The Little Theatre is a predominantly voluntary run organisation and has established itself as home of the Leicester Drama Society (LDS), having run for 90 years in the heart of Leicester’s city centre. Proudly boasting patrons such as Sir Anthony Hopkins, Tim Pigott-Smith and Honorary Life President Lord Richard Attenborough, (who once trod the boards at The Little Theatre himself!) the society produces twelve main-house shows each year and a consistently popular pantomime, performed in the 350 seat auditorium to an annual average 30,000 plus audience members.  As well as Lord Attenborough, Joe Orton was also an alumni of the Society.

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