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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

March 2019

Orlando

March 27 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Blackfriars Arts Centre, Spain Lane
Boston, Lincolnshire PE21 6HP United Kingdom
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£14.50

Orlando: Who is she? Who is he? Who are we? Find out in the life-affirming, comedic tale of an immortal poet, whose gender cannot be pinned down, whose spirit cannot be caged, and whose irreverent, romantic adventures across British history – from the 1500s to the present day – provide a magic-realist exploration of human identity; personal, sexual and national. Drawing on a decade's worth of critically-acclaimed theatre-making, Dyad Productions – performer Rebecca Vaughan and writer/director Elton Townend Jones –…

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Old Dogs, New Tricks

March 29 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Blackfriars Arts Centre, Spain Lane
Boston, Lincolnshire PE21 6HP United Kingdom
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£4.50 – £39

Performing a plethora of tumes from the 1960s to today - we give you the local New Tricks group. New Tricks is soundLINCS’ Older Adults Music Service across Lincolnshire, supported by funding from Arts Council England and the Postcode Community Trust. New Tricks is an exciting and inclusive programme, facilitated by soundLINCS to establish and sustain music-making groups across the county. Having already run in over a dozen locations, join with us to create a dynamic and inspirational music service for older adults…

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April 2019

Return to the Forbidden Planet

April 5 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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One event on April 10, 2019 at 7:30pm

One event on April 11, 2019 at 7:30pm

One event on April 12, 2019 at 7:30pm

One event on April 13, 2019 at 2:30pm

One event on April 13, 2019 at 7:30pm

Blackfriars Arts Centre, Spain Lane
Boston, Lincolnshire PE21 6HP United Kingdom
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£13.50 – £49

Join the award winning BOS Musical Theatre Group on their next journey..... Return to the Forbidden Planet. Come and see this jukebox musical based on Shakespeare's The Tempest and the 1956 science fiction film Forbidden Planet. Featuring Cosmic Classics - Great Balls of Fire, Good Vibrations, Teenager in Love and many more.... **Prices include a 50p per seat 'refurbishment' levy.

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Alice in Wonderland

April 16 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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One event on April 16, 2019 at 5:30pm

Blackfriars Arts Centre, Spain Lane
Boston, Lincolnshire PE21 6HP United Kingdom
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£48

Join Alice down the rabbit hole in her magical adventures through Wonderland in this brand-new staging of Lewis Carroll’s family favourite ‘Alice In Wonderland.’ Come and join the tea party and meet the Mad Hatter, The White Rabbit, Cheshire Cat and the Queen of Hearts plus many more exciting colourful characters! This exciting and playful take on the tale features a professional cast of energetic performers, catchy new songs and lots of humour that will entertain and delight the whole…

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Giselle

April 21 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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One event on April 21, 2019 at 5:00pm

Blackfriars Arts Centre, Spain Lane
Boston, Lincolnshire PE21 6HP United Kingdom
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£14.50 – £19.50

The ultimate romantic ballet, Giselle is a tale of innocence, love, betrayal and madness. With music by one of the 19th century’s best composers, Adolphe Adam, and choreography by the late Nicholas Beriosoff, VFB’s traditional staging of this 1841 masterpiece moves from the sunny optimism of Giselle’s idyllic village life to an ethereal world of mystery and menace. Giselle, a peasant girl, has fallen in love with Count Albrecht, who has told her he is a villager named Loys. Her discovery of his…

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May 2019

Jazz at the ‘Friars present

May 17 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Blackfriars Arts Centre, Spain Lane
Boston, Lincolnshire PE21 6HP United Kingdom
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£10.50

Blackfriars Theatre introduce they "Jazz at the 'Friars" shows. Starting with The DC Quartet. The DC Quartet has played with many of the biggest jazz names throughout the country and the come together to bring you a varied selection of popular songs and tunes for your entertainment, including Sinatra; L Armstrong and Buble to name a few. **Prices include a 50p per seat 'refurbishment' levy. 

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THE WIZ

May 30 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Blackfriars Arts Centre, Spain Lane
Boston, Lincolnshire PE21 6HP United Kingdom
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£38

Come and join BTA’s talented young performers in their rendition of THE WIZ! It’s the timeless classic you know and love, with a modern, soulful twist. Now, here’s the story: Once upon a time, a tornado transported a young girl from Kansas named Dorothy to the land of Oz. While trying to find a way back home, she met a Scarecrow, Tinman and Lion, who like her were each in search of something, namely a brain, a heart and courage,…

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THE WIZ

May 31 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Blackfriars Arts Centre, Spain Lane
Boston, Lincolnshire PE21 6HP United Kingdom
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£38

Come and join BTA’s talented young performers in their rendition of THE WIZ! It’s the timeless classic you know and love, with a modern, soulful twist. Now, here’s the story: Once upon a time, a tornado transported a young girl from Kansas named Dorothy to the land of Oz. While trying to find a way back home, she met a Scarecrow, Tinman and Lion, who like her were each in search of something, namely a brain, a heart and courage,…

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June 2019

THE WIZ

June 1 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Blackfriars Arts Centre, Spain Lane
Boston, Lincolnshire PE21 6HP United Kingdom
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£38

Come and join BTA’s talented young performers in their rendition of THE WIZ! It’s the timeless classic you know and love, with a modern, soulful twist. Now, here’s the story: Once upon a time, a tornado transported a young girl from Kansas named Dorothy to the land of Oz. While trying to find a way back home, she met a Scarecrow, Tinman and Lion, who like her were each in search of something, namely a brain, a heart and courage,…

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THE WIZ

June 2 @ 1:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Blackfriars Arts Centre, Spain Lane
Boston, Lincolnshire PE21 6HP United Kingdom
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£38

Come and join BTA’s talented young performers in their rendition of THE WIZ! It’s the timeless classic you know and love, with a modern, soulful twist. Now, here’s the story: Once upon a time, a tornado transported a young girl from Kansas named Dorothy to the land of Oz. While trying to find a way back home, she met a Scarecrow, Tinman and Lion, who like her were each in search of something, namely a brain, a heart and courage,…

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Death and the Maiden

June 8 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Blackfriars Arts Centre, Spain Lane
Boston, Lincolnshire PE21 6HP United Kingdom
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£12

The award winning London smash hit play and subsequent feature film DEATH AND THE MAIDEN is revived in this exclusive tour by Baroque Theatre Company. Gripping high drama, with great intensity, this is a unique and first-rate thriller. Set in an unnamed country that is emerging from a totalitarian dictatorship, the play explores the after effects of repression on hearts and souls in vivid and compelling style. Paulina Escobar's husband Gerardo is to head an investigation into past human rights abuses. Paulina…

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Death and the Maiden

June 8 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Blackfriars Arts Centre, Spain Lane
Boston, Lincolnshire PE21 6HP United Kingdom
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£12

Death and the Maiden by Ariel Dorfman. Exclusive UK Tour 2019 Directed by Adam Morley, Produced by Claire Bibby Sponsored by Clarian LtdAge Guidance 16+ (contains mature themes, graphic/offensive language) The award winning London smash hit play and subsequent feature film DEATH AND THE MAIDEN is revived in this exclusive tour by Baroque Theatre Company. Gripping high drama, with great intensity, this is a unique and first-rate thriller. Set in an unnamed country that is emerging from a totalitarian dictatorship, the play…

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Tony as Robbie

June 14 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Blackfriars Arts Centre, Spain Lane
Boston, Lincolnshire PE21 6HP United Kingdom
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£16

For over the past decade Tony has been wowing audiences worldwide with his amazing portrayal of Britain's Greatest Entertainer, Robbie Williams! After making his debut in Trevor Chance's 'Legends,' Tony has gone on to perform all across the globe, leaving audiences constantly gagging for more! He turns heads wherever he goes leaving onlookers asking, '"Is it or isn't it?" In 2005 Tony was lucky enough to meet Robbie in person, chatting about women, music and most importantly football, even gaining…

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