Nostalgia: The Rhyl Children’s Theater Club

The RHYL Children’s Theater Club is in its 78th year, but it far exceeds the history of the Rhyl Little Theater.

During the Second World War the Manchester Repertory Theater Company was evacuated from Manchester to the Pavilion Theater on Rhyl promenade.

1970s actors pose for the camera. Image: Rhyl Little Theater

Among them was a young actor, Joseph Holroyd, who asked the director of the Rep Company if he would be able to lead acting classes for Rhyl’s youth.

The first lessons took place in the lounge bar upstairs in the Theater on a Saturday morning in 1944.

North Wales Chronicle: A puppet maker and puppet work together in a 1980s production. Image: Rhyl Little TheaterA puppet maker and puppet work together in a 1980s production. Image: Rhyl Little Theater

Within twelve months, the membership of the Children’s Theater Club (as it became known) had exceeded 200 children.

The Club moved into what was the First Little Theater in the 1950s, occupying a small stage with only fifty seats upstairs in an Abbey Street warehouse.

In 1961 the site was demolished to make way for the first purpose-built children’s theater in the UK – Rhyl Little Theater on Vale Road, where it has flourished since 1963.

North Wales Chronicle: A 1990s production at the Rhyl Little Theatre.  Image: Rhyl Little TheaterA 1990s production at the Rhyl Little Theatre. Image: Rhyl Little Theater