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Blackfriars Arts Centre

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Spain Lane
Boston, Lincolnshire PE21 6HP United Kingdom
01205 363108 http://www.blackfriarsartscentre.co.uk

Blackfriars plays a very important role as Boston’s centre for entertainment and the arts. It is home to two very successful local amateur dramatic and operatic groups, as well as hosting a varied program of professional stage productions.

It’s history as a venue for the arts dates to a meeting of the local drama and arts groups which took place in 1959, at which it was resolved to find premises, which could be converted, into a theatre. Led by Alan Champion, warden of Pilgrim College, and local architect Alan Meldrum, the idea of creating a “Little Theatre” from the remains of the thirteenth century Dominican Friary, in Spain Lane, was formed. In September 1961 the Blackfriars Trust was formed to raise money for the conversion, supported by a grant from the Ministry of Works.

The opening of the theatre in 1966 was the first stage in the development of a complete Arts Centre. Over the following years two studios, a kitchen and office were added, and in 1980 the first full-time professional director was appointed. Today Blackfriars has a full-time theatre manager and relies on a dedicated force of volunteers who provide vital support in the box office, administration, as front of house stewards, bar staff and various other duties.

The superbly restored building, originally a Dominican Friary, contains a two hundred and twenty four seat theatre, an eighty seat Cabaret Revue Bar, a Foyer Gallery which houses regular visual arts exhibitions, an art studio and a number of multi-purpose rooms. All the facilities are available to hire for business, charitable, cultural or social purposes. For further information contact Andrea on (01205) 363075 or Abby on (07903) 832970

September 2019

An Untold Story -Boston and the Foundation of the USA

September 7 @ 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Blackfriars Arts Centre, Spain Lane
Boston, Lincolnshire PE21 6HP United Kingdom
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Boston Heritage Forum is staging a day event and book launch chaired by historian and TV presenter Jonathan Foyle. The day will feature two eminent American speakers together with Lincolnshire historian Neil Wright. They will be exploring the story of Lincolnshire men and women who helped to establish the USA we know today and how they influenced women's rights in the constitution. The day will include the launch of the book 'Boston - The Small Town with a Big Story'…

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Last Night of the Proms 2019

September 8 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Blackfriars Arts Centre, Spain Lane
Boston, Lincolnshire PE21 6HP United Kingdom
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£10.00

Join us for another wonderful evening listening to the fablulous Kirton Brass Band with Guest Singers Trevor Fenton and Deborah Haynes for our 2019 Last Night of the Proms at Blackfriars Theatre. Flags need to be waved and songs sung. Ticket price includes Flags! **Prices include a 50p per seat 'refurbishment' levy.

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The Settlers

September 13 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Blackfriars Arts Centre, Spain Lane
Boston, Lincolnshire PE21 6HP United Kingdom
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£10

Nostalgia is not a thing of the past. The swinging 60’s was one of the most iconic times in recent history. A time of hope and celebration of change, youth came out of tweed jackets and into loon pants, bells and beads. The music of the day reflected that in the form of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and for those who liked their folk music with a kick, The Settlers. The songs told of happy days in sunshine, love…

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Julie Mclelland and the Band from County Hell

September 28 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Blackfriars Arts Centre, Spain Lane
Boston, Lincolnshire PE21 6HP United Kingdom
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£12

They really need no introduction - we are excited to have Julie and the Band from County Hell back at Blackfriars Theatre this September for what promises to be another fabulous night of music. Book early to get the best seats. The Band From County Hell are an original celtic folk band with 6 critically acclaimed albums, published works with Cherry Red Records and over 2000 live performances as part of their history. Live gigs have seen them play from…

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