Studio Theatre

MIDDLESBROUGH Little Theatre Company has a space for the performing arts - The Studio Theatre.


The Studio is a rehearsal room and performance space which can be used by both MLT itself and other theatre companies, directors and performers.

Middlesbrough Little Theatre hopes The Studio will help support and encourage even more live theatre in the region.


For details of booking the Studio Theatre, please see our Room Booking page.


“The gig last night reminded me of why I do what I do. An attentive audience who is up for a laugh. It has re-affirmed my faith in performing. I've done three gigs in Boro now and all three have been ace. I therefore crown Boro as the best place to gig in the UK.” Johnny Campbell post on Facebook after his last gig in the Studio.


Singing for Pleasure.

We are running a Group for those who want to sing without the pressure of concerts or shows. We’ll be trying a bit of everything: Showstoppers, Gospel, Folk, World, Rock and Pop.
Our singing adventures are on Wednesdays at 7.30pm in The Studio or Rehearsal Room. We cover a broad range of styles, as above and aim to please the majority of tastes. Above all, we just want to enjoy using our voices, and blending them with others.
These events are open to MLT/None MLT Members.
This is a Free Event, so please come along and have a go.

Sessions taken by Helen Speed & Steve McNichol.


Folk on Friday - Friday 6th September

Open mic night, in The Studio.

Names taken from 7.30pm for an 8.00pm start.

Admission £3.00 with all proceeds going to Club Funds.

For more information email:

folk on friday




All events 7pm (doors) 7.30pm (start)


Saturday 24 August – MARIE MARX AND THE TYNEJUMPERS/McCormick (acoustic band)

Marie is back with her exciting new band and shares the bill with a "first" for Toft House, the McCORMICK ACOUSTIC BAND.

She was a revelation when she last played with her little band at Toft House, back in March last year. At that time, she was playing songs from her lovely album “This Is the Thing”. Now, she returns with her exciting new band, The Tynejumpers, and some great new songs.

The band are:
 Duncan Tyler - drums

Jim Hornsby - electric guitar

Chris Ringer - bass

Derrick Dpence - fiddle

Patrick Rafferty - keys


STEVE MCCORMICK is Teesside’s finest writer of perfect, punchy, melodic pop songs. He has been a regular performer at Toft House both in solo acoustic and electric band formats. This gig will break new ground for him at this venue, performing with his “acoustic” band.

Steve and his band make great records and perform highly charged, energetic gigs. He really should be known as a national pop hero!

£5 (door)


Sunday 25th August – AL HARRINGTON & JOHNNY MURPHY /Parissa Zarifi

Al Harrington Parissa Zafari

Two very gifted professional musicians team up to entertain you with their soulful brand of the blues. They are genuine legends of the North East blues scene, Al having played in about a dozen different bands in his richly varied career.

Parissa Zarifi is a community musician and talented multi-instrumentalist with a gorgeous voice. Her set at Toft House in July went down a storm and we are delighted to welcome her back.

£5 (door) Be early!


Saturday 21 September – ME, THEE & E / George Boomsma

 A fabulous “double bill” of rich musical integrity – ideal for the cultured Toft House audience!
ME, THEE & E'S take on the singer-songwriter thing spirals out of a love of jazz, classical and folk music, from Bach to Gershwin, Paco de Lucia to Bob Dylan, Ella Fitzgerald and back again. Their songs tell the tales of their times - relationships, society, philosophy and politics, all told with the naive wisdom of late-night bar talk ringing clear in every crevice. There’s anger and sadness, optimism, gladness - protest against something or other and after 18 months trawling the country for venues and listening ears, they now bring to the table a selection of songs from this first period of touring life. 
Tom is a jack of all trades, a failed jazz pianist taken to the guitar and Evie is a classical singer who never practised her scales and decided she preferred singing folk songs instead. They draw on these failures to bring you a rather lovely melting pot of sounds and stories from every part of the western music map. You’ll hear exciting guitar solos, extravagant vocal extrapolations and every dynamic marking in the book, from near silent, dark folk ballads to rousing, roof-raising choruses, belted through soprano lungs. 
Evie and Tom are vibrant live performers and you should expect exciting, improvised interplay between vocal and guitar and many a story from these young troubadours. 
GEORGE BOOMSMA is a progressive folk musician from Northallerton, North Yorkshire. George's effortless vocals and sensitive guitar playing evoke an intimate atmosphere that silences even the rowdiest of crowds! He has released two albums, 'George Boomsma' released back in Summer 2016 and 'Do Something With The Night' which was released February 2018. He is currently in writing for his third.
He has played alongside artists and bands such as Neill Maccoll, Kathryn Williams, The Travelling Band, Skinny Lister, Emma Langford and Martha Tilston. He has been played on BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 6 Music and performed at Latitude Festival 2016 on the BBC Introducing stage.
Summer 2017 he signed a publishing deal with Faber Alt which led to his music being played on the hit Japanese TV show 'Terrace House'. He has toured extensively throughout the U.K, Ireland and The Netherlands packing out many venues on the way.
£7 (door)


Saturday 5 October – We Shall Overcome  featuring: THE WOVEN PROJECT/CHARLOTTE GRAYSON/PHIL MARTIN/VISITANT/open mic

The latest of our regular gigs to support Middlesbrough Foodbank and Teesside Socialist Clothing bank and to register a little protest at the human cost of NINE YEARS of austerity.
The two Brians who constitute the guitar/keyboard inspired “music to iron to” experimentation known as THE WOVEN PROJECT (otherwise known as “BRIZONE”) played Toft House in March and captivated the audience. As supporters (and organisers) of WSO events in their native Hartlepool, they were very keen to come along and sprinkle their magic on tonight’s proceedings.
Also from Hartlepool, and also long-standing supporter of WSO, star-in-waiting, CHARLOTTE GRAYSON, makes her long-overdue debut at Toft House. I promise you will love her!
PHIL MARTIN is a professional musician and teacher of guitar and violin from Whitby, with two solo albums under his belt and several collaborations with bands such as The Bitter Springs, The Cute Hoors and The Age of Reason. Great respect to him for coming and supporting this fund-raising event.
VISITANT are Cheryl Baines (voice) and Lee Francis (voice/guitar).  Their repertoire is always interesting with jazz-tinged interpretations of songs you may or may not know plus a sprinkling of Lee’s own engaging compositions.
Entry by donation.


Saturday 26 October - NAOMI BEDFORD & PAUL SIMMONDS/Joe Solo

Award-winning English vocalist, Naomi Bedford, returns to Teesside with partner Paul Simmonds (The Men They Couldn’t Hang). They have just released their fourth album together, “Singing It All Back Home – Appalachian Ballads of English and Scottish Origin”. The album has already had some great reviews, in common with everything else this duo has released.
This gig will also feature the one and only, JOE SOLO. A man whose passion and conviction are amply matched by his work-rate, song-writing skill and ability to inspire. I know you know that he was the joint architect of the “We Shall Overcome” movement and he remains its most ardent supporter. It is always a massive pleasure to welcome him back.
£7 (door)


Saturday 9 November – JOHN WATTERSON “Fake Thackray”

John Watterson has performed the songs of Jake Thackray at festivals, concerts, clubs, after dinner venues and – most specially – to members of Jake’s family.His songs are exquisitely funny, satirical, incisive, irreverent, witty and gloriously un-PC – and sometimes all of these at the same time. Jake was a one off, his poetry broke the rules yet worked beautifully. He was a true craftsman of the English language, and his legacy of scores of songs continues to delight audiences of all ages today.
John's appreciation and love of Jake Thackray's music is obvious to his audience. John’s performance is a celebration of the man that was Jake Thackray -  his work, his genius and his very essence, an essence that the new age of music lovers are in danger of missing out on.  
John is a talented guitarist and vocalist and has that engaging quality that makes you want to listen to his performance. When you wrap these ingredients up in the songs of Jake Thackray the result is a highly entertaining, heartfelt tribute to one of the finest songwriters of the 20th century.
£8 (adv) £10 (door)


Wednesday 20th November – DAVID ROVICS / STEVE PLEDGER

David Rovics Steve Pledger
From the USA, David Rovics is the most prolific and radical political song writer in the world today. His shows are always fascinating, educational, entertaining and moving. Intriguing insights into struggles around the globe are delivered with humour and lyrical poise.
“If the great Phil Ochs were to rise from the dead today, he would probably be hailed as the new David Rovics”  (Andy Kershaw, BBC)
“No one gets more deeply to the heart of important issues, with catchy and concise poetry, than David does. He has a talent for expressing things that are hard to say. All of his songs grab me emotionally and let me know how I really feel. His songs come alive like stories and movies, not just words”.  (Steve Wozniak)
“Right now, there is no one to touch David Rovics when it comes to a politically coherent music that can both entertain, energize and educate”. (Afshin Rattansi, RT)
Steve Pledger is a multi-award-winning singer songwriter whose live performances burst with passion and energy.
"An object lesson in the craft of contemporary songwriting." (fRoots Magazine)
"Steve Pledger's tour-de-force. An album that casts Steve as a genuine protest singer, up there with the likes of Billy Bragg, Phil Ochs & Ewan MacColl." (FATEA Magazine re Steve’s third album “Somewhere Between”)
£8 (adv) £10 (door)


Saturday 7 December – SKINNER & T’WITCH / Wilson McGladdery

Two very talented duos with a tremendous sense of fun.

Steve Skinner has a background in musical theatre, having managed a theatre company and toured the country with musical reviews such as The Cuts Show and the Third World Road Show.
He is an experienced songwriter, including comedy and satire, as featured in his solo album ‘Spend, Spend, Spend’. As a guitarist, he took up flamenco 10 years ago, and also writes and arranges for the world music band, Fusion.

Sandra Twitchett (T’witch) has a classical training, currently being a member of the Huddersfield Choral Society, and has a passion for British folk and rock music. T’witch has an excellent ear for sound production and harmonies, which contributes to the distinctive Skinner & T’witch sound. She has previously recorded an album of songs from the folk/rock canon, ‘Tales’ by T’witch & The Woodman, with The Woodman, Mike Jordan. The album is available as a CD or digital download.



Gaynor Wilson is a singer songwriter originally from Ashton under Lyne, now living in Saddleworth. Gaynor plays both violin and piano although she is best known as a singer with a powerful stage presence that commands the full attention of her audience. Gaynor especially enjoys the freedom of acoustic singing and the intimate audiences found in acoustic and folk clubs where the potency of her performance is witnessed to its full effect.

Paul McGladdery is a singer songwriter from Saddleworth. He is a guitarist known for his prolific songwriting encompassing a variety of styles and influences from folk to country to classic pop. Primarily, Paul loves to write a ballad and his songs "Cherry Blossom" "View" and "Daydream #1" are often the high points of the couple’s performance. Paul also enjoys a cruel sense of humour and this regularly translates into his lyrics of songs such as "Nudist Camp" and the Attention Seekers series he writes for the Wilson McGladdery Facebook page.

£7 (door)












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