Curtain lifted on new look after £50,000 refurbishment

You may be fed up of seeing post after post from us going on about our foyer refurbishment, but this has been a real big deal for us.

It has taken us over two years to plan and carry out the refurbishment. We had planned to go ahead last year before falling at the final hurdle and time ran out.

Regular visitors to the Sleaford Playhouse will see a newly redesigned layout of the entrance foyer and bar area,

Over the last three months, work has been carried out to make better use of the space and to improve the flow of people moving around the space.

New foyer entrance at the Sleaford Playhouse

The project has been estimated to have cost around £50,000, however, after the application of funding via an Arts Council grant, Sleaford Little Theatre's members and patrons kindly dipped into their pockets to help make up for the shortfall in cash.

Christine Malkin, joint project leader, said: "We are very grateful to everyone who helped.

"We had already cancelled our spring play to allow the work to go ahead. We could have re-applied to the Arts Council, but we had shows booked, and the delay would have impacted on the rest of our plays."

Fellow project leader  Garry Goodge said: "We originally had flat, removable seating downstairs, but when we changed to raked seating it completely changes the dynamic of the bar area and we realised it was now in the wrong place, with dead space under the pillars supporting the seating."

Thanks to architect Ben Jardine, local tradespeople and builders Willow Homes the area has now adopted a more Georgian feel, in keeping with the Playhouse being one of the few surviving Georgian Theatres still operating.

Toilet entrance moved and new unisex toilets have been created

As well as donation buckets and a soon to be launched JustGiving page ticket prices will rise by £1 from the autumn to help recoup costs. Garry added: "We feel for the beauty of the place it is justified. We are delivering a very professional theatre experience, and prices are still a way below most places."

2019 is a hectic year for the Playhouse. The theatre will see a more extensive range of shows and acts adorning the stage throughout the year with plans in place to start a cinema with regular screenings taking place later in the year.


Thank you to Lincolnshire Live and the Sleaford Standard for their articles in their respective publications of which parts of the above article were taken from.

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