Foyer refurbishment due to start after Arts Council grant refusal

Sleaford Little Theatre is pleased to announce that the planned £62,000 foyer refurbishment at the Playhouse is due to start on 11th February, following generous offers of interest-free loans from patrons and members after the bid to the Arts Council was unsuccessful.

The long-awaited project has taken 24 months in planning and will see changes to improve the toilet facilities and bar area. Moving the bar will increase the flow and ease of movement through the foyer into the auditorium. The new entrance, while retaining the Georgian character, will enrich the theatre experience and provide a comfortable and warm space to relax before and during performances.

Sleaford Little Theatre Trustees held their meeting on 21st of January to discuss how to progress the project. Following feedback from the Arts Council and their decision to not support the application, as it had not met certain aspects of their strict criteria, the Trustees proposed that we seek support from our patrons and members. Sleaford Little Theatre has historically sourced funding in this way. Another suggestion was to find a bank loan, but due to the generosity of patrons and members, this has been deemed unnecessary. 

The funding will enable us to start work, but we are still seeking extra support for some fixtures and fittings, including two chiller cabinets and a hot drinks machine.
To ensure completion of heritage standards we are seeking donations of the above equipment and additional funding to the sum of £15,000. Once completed we know it will add to the theatregoers’ experience in one of only two remaining Georgian theatres in the UK.

Sleaford Little Theatre is looking forward to welcoming its audiences, new and existing, to experience our regenerated foyer from Monday 6th to Friday 10th May with our production of Twelfth Night, our first Shakespearian performance since purchasing the Playhouse in 1994.

Any individuals or businesses interested in supporting the fulfilment of the final stages of the project can contact us via email at [email protected]. All enquiries will be forwarded to Christine Malkin, the project coordinator for the refurbishment project.

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