Leitheatre was founded in 1946 in
Up until the 1970s the group presented its performances in Kirkgate Church
hall, but in 1973 a problem arose - Kirkgate Church was amalgamated with South
Leith Church, and a theatre license could not be obtained for the shared hall in
South Leith: a change of performance venue was forced upon us, and the group
began to use Moray House Theatre (amongst others) - a move up into a 'real
theatre'. In addition, as the group was no longer affiliated to
In the late 70s further church mergers offered the club an opportunity to
move into larger rehearsal and storage facilities in the old Hillside Church in
Greenside Place, beside the Playhouse Theatre. Around the same time, relishing
the challenge of more ambitious productions, the group changed its performance
venue to the Church Hill Theatre where we continue to stage our Spring and
Autumn shows ....
In 1984 the group ventured into the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, successfully
staging “A Letter to the General” at St Serf's Hall in Goldenacre. A fringe
production has become a fixture within our calendar every year since then, and
we have a attracted a regular audience who enjoy the Leitheatre style of
The 90s found the group homeless again as our rehearsal space was earmarked
for redevelopment and a (lengthy!) period ensued where we became the dramatic
equivalent of wandering troubadours, rehearsing our shows and storing our sets
wherever we could! Things came to a head in 1997 when we were to be evicted from
our storage facilities, but at the eleventh hour we managed to purchase premises
at 20 Sunnyside, off Easter Road in
In 2001, the adjacent property at 22 Sunnyside was purchased. We now have two
rehearsal areas, a large workshop, a scenery store, an extensive wardrobe and
dressing room area, a props room and a technical storeroom. A Green Room, a
library, kitchen and toilets complete the facilities in our clubrooms.
In 2001, the adjacent property at 22 Sunnyside was purchased. We now have two rehearsal areas, a large workshop, a scenery store, an extensive wardrobe and dressing room area, a props room and a technical storeroom. A Green Room, a library, kitchen and toilets complete the facilities in our clubrooms.
Throughout our history, Leitheatre has performed works by a wide ranging
variety of authors: the likes of Shakespeare, Shaw, Wilde, Arthur Miller,
We currently have over 60 members and we are always keen to welcome new people with an interest in any aspect of the theatre, be it acting, staging, sound, lighting, costume or whatever - all we ask is that you come with enthusiasm and want to share in our aim :- to demonstrate that the only difference between a professional show and a Leitheatre show is that the professionals get paid for it!