The Tom Thumb Theatre is a family run arts venue in the heart of Cliftonville, Margate. Originally built as a coach house in Victorian times, the building was transformed into one of the smallest theatres in the world in 1984. The Tom Thumb is a striking mix of Japanese and Alpine Architecture, with a quirky, charming interior of velvet seats and flocked wallpaper.
At the Tom Thumb we host spoken-word nights, comedy story-telling and burlesque. We screen indie films and promote live bands, solo performers and DJs. Through a programme of residencies, we support and nurture cutting-edge theatre and experimental performance from across the country. We also have a ramshackle cocktail bar upstairs. With cocktails. Out of jam-jars.
Recent highlights include “The Vagina Monologues” (directed by Jan Dunn and starring Nancy Del’Olio, Amy Lame, Pauline McLynn, Joanna Scanlon and Rita Tushingham), Scottee, Made In China, Polarbear, Richard Marsh, Emit Bloch, Liz Green, Steve Tilston, The Allen Family Band, Apples & Snakes and Monster Bobby. We also host companies developing new work, including Nigel Barrett (SHUNT associate artist) & Louise Mari (SHUNT founding member), GETINTHEBACKOFTHEVAN and .dash.
“I have fallen in love with the Tom Thumb theatre. it is a tiny jewel with a fabulous atmosphere and brilliantly generous staff” Pauline McLynn
“A gorgeous little chocolate box theatre” Lyn Gardner
“Incredibly beautiful … a real labour of love” Louise Mari (of Nigel & Louise and founding member of SHUNT)