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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

October 2019

The Hypnotist – Live and Outrageous

October 23 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Blackfriars Arts Centre, Spain Lane
Boston, Lincolnshire PE21 6HP United Kingdom
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£19.50 – £22

Join leading hypnotist Robert Temple on a fast-paced, laugh-out-loud and hysterical ride to the centre of your imagination! This is YOUR chance to become the star of this unforgettable show. Forget tired old pocket watches and people clucking like chickens - "The Hypnotist: Live & Outrageous" is a cutting-edge, thrilling show featuring incredible hypnosis and never before seen side splitting sketches... which are guaranteed to tickle the very naughtiest parts of your mind. Whether you want to take part or…

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Derek Acorah

October 24 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Blackfriars Arts Centre, Spain Lane
Boston, Lincolnshire PE21 6HP United Kingdom
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£19.50

2019 sees Britain’s best loved and most entertaining medium take to the stage across the UK and Europe with his all new ‘The Eternal Life’ Tour. Derek is something of a phenomenon. A truly modern medium whose appeal crosses the generations to young and old alike, he remains the forerunner in the field of paranormal and spiritual matters. An unusually engaging and entertaining character for his genre, he is regularly recruited to appear in many an entertainment show. TV programmes…

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November 2019

Once Upon a Christmas Past

November 28 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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One event on November 30, 2019 at 7:30 pm

Blackfriars Arts Centre, Spain Lane
Boston, Lincolnshire PE21 6HP United Kingdom
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£10 – £38

Blackfriars Theatre Academy's final show of 2019 is Once Upon a Christmas Past! Jane, Tamsin, Flo, Bex and Annalee have been friends since primary school. Now, nineteen years-old and living away, the five friends return to their home town for the Christmas holidays and get ready for a festive night out. As they begin to reminisce, the young women share memories of their lives together throughout school and reflect on the influence they’ve had on each other’s lives. A musical…

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