The Sleaford Playhouse
The Sleaford Playhouse
4.5
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Friday
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
About
The Playhouse was restored to a working Theatre in 2000 and has had a varied history. Originally built as a theatre, it was subsequently adapted for a variety of other uses to meet the demands of the time, and is now once more being used for its original purpose. The Playhouse was built in 1825 for Joseph Smedley (bookbinder, printer and stationer - and comedian), who had purchased the land and surrounding tenements for £700. Smedley successfully managed the Playhouse as a theatre for several years. He owned a string of theatres from Kings Lynn around the Wash to Sleaford and ran a small touring theatre company, which toured these theatres in the Lincolnshire and Norfolk area. In January 1841, after a relatively quiet time with poor attendances at the theatre, Smedley sold the Playhouse to John Hyde (watchmaker) of Sleaford. Hyde managed the Playhouse and succeeded in attracting a variety of acts to Sleaford, including magicians, comic singers and touring theatre companies. Hyde died in June 1853, but by then he had sold the Playhouse to Jane Hill of Sleaford and William Pidd- Fischer (Miller at Money's Mill). After a short closure, they re-opened the theatre in 1855 under the management of Mr R.A. Douglas. Attendances, however, were miserably small. The taste for drama had all but disappeared in Sleaford and closure loomed again. The executors of Hill and Fisher sold the Playhouse, including fixtures and fittings, in August 1856 to Thomas Parry for the bargain price of £380. In 1857, the building was bought by the Church of England, who elected Parry, together with his business partner William Kirk, to convert it into a school that was done at a cost of £1,085.00 paid for by subscription. Thus, the Playhouse became Sleaford's first infant school. Subsequently, the Playhouse has served as a library, an emergency shelter during both world wars and a government benefits office. Sleaford Little Theatre bought the Playhouse in 1994 with a view to restoring the building to its original use. A nucleus of enthusiastic members worked hard on the project to provide the town once more with its very own theatre venue. While SLT had sufficient funds to purchase the building and carry out a certain amount of work, additional funding came from various sources, including the Foundation for Sports and Arts, Wren Recycling, local benefactors and sponsors, thus enabling the renovation to be completed. The newly restored Playhouse opened its doors to the public in October 2000, thus once more becoming a working Georgian Theatre, one of only six remaining in the country and out of those six two are with a small, rectangular auditorium. Sleaford Little Theatre now had the 'home' they'd dreamt of, and the town had an invaluable venue for all sorts of events. As the Playhouse celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2010, a refurbishment project saw the original restoration improved to include new racked seating for the downstairs seats, new carpet downstairs making the wooden floors seem more comfortable and many more much-needed improvements. Since re-opening the Playhouse, Sleaford Little Theatre has entertained audiences with a wide variety of productions, from classics such as J.B. Priestley's 'An Inspector Calls', Daphne du Maurier's 'Rebecca' and Charles Dickens''David Copperfield', to comedies such as Lloyd & Croft's hit ''Allo 'Allo' and Alan Ayckbourn's 'Communicating Doors', plus many more. The Playhouse is proving to be a popular venue for a wide variety of other entertainment too, from local bands and solo artists to professional touring theatre companies and musicians. We aim to continue to provide an attractive range of events at the Playhouse to appeal to a wide variety of tastes, hopefully attracting new audiences as well as satisfying our existing patrons. Thank you for your support and interest in The Playhouse. We hope you've enjoyed this brief history and we look forward to welcoming you to the Playhouse.
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Ange Z
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
I'd read about this little theatre before. My friend had a spare ticket to see Goodnight Mr.Tom on Friday 16th and kindly invited me. It was my first visit to any amateur dramatics production, and my goodness - I WAS NOT DISAPPOINTED! I'm from London originally, with Covent Garden, the Palladium, Leicester Square and many theatres in easy reach. If you have ANY reservations whatsoever, or pre-conceived ideas regarding AmDram, then dismiss them. This was so VERY enjoyable, and I've already booked for another show at the end of October. The Theatre is quirky, indeed I was gazing around at the building before the start, taking it all in. If I could award this review 6 stars, I would do. I loved, loved LOVED the place and this production. Thank You Sleaford playhouse, and please continue onwards and upwards.
Written 21 September 2022
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Kirk Bowett
Cambridge, UK16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
Having moved to North Kesteven about 2 years ago I was a little apprehensive that I would have to travel to a larger town for culture and entertainment. One of my passions is the performing arts and the skills and development that come with the unique experience and camaraderie that come with being a part of a live theatre company.

As luck would have it I found a beautiful Georgian Theatre right on my doorstep supported by a community of hugely talented volunteers of all ages. The Theatre performs and hosts everything from Shakespeare to Pantomime and Rock to Classical music and is an amazing place to enjoy local live entertainment.

Along with entertaining the local community Sleaford Playhouse Theatre acts as the home of Sleaford Little Theatre SLT, the theatre group encourages future performing artists of all ages to tread the boards and is a place for rising stars in our local community.

#Theatre #Sleaford #SLT #SPT #Drama #PerformingArts #littletheatrewithabigheart
Written 28 June 2022
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We cannot express the love we have for this spectacular review. Thank you so much, Kirk.
Written 1 August 2022
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Ryan Clifford
Ruskington, UK393 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Nice theatre to visit for a range of entertainment. Newly refurbished foyer. Comfortable seating with a good view for everyone. Go & support this community facility.
Written 18 September 2019
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Hi Ryan, thank you for your kind words. We are continually improving the venue facilities and increasing the range of events we offer. We hope you come again soon.
Written 19 September 2019
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Chris T
Lincoln, UK377 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Friends
Visited for the launch of Winter Wilson's new album (Far off on the Horizon). The place was packed to capacity, but other than a bit of squeeze getting in past the bar, it didn't feel over crowded. Seats were comfortable and because of the small size of the theatre you felt close to the stage giving it an intimate feel with the performers. Will definitely look at coming back to see a theatre performance to get the same feel.
Written 14 May 2018
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Thanks for such a lovely review Chris. We are in the throngs of refurbishing and rearranging our foyer to try and aleviate some of the 'squeeze' when the bar is busy. We look forward to welcoming you back very soon!
Written 15 May 2018
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Davydiva
Navenby, UK74 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Family
Three generations of us made our first visit to Sleaford Little Theatre yesterday to see the Sleeping Beauty pantomime. We all enjoyed the sing-a-longs, booing the baddies and tittering at the jokes. An enjoyable experience all round. The only problem for me was that the venue was pretty cold, something I haven’t experienced in other theatres. So remember to wrap up well if you are planning to visit in the winter months!
Written 17 December 2017
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Thanks for your review and I am pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit. We are looking into the problems with our heating woes and I can assure you that it wasn't only you that was cold but the cast and crew also. Due to the building being Grade II listed and nearly 200 years old it isn't a simple case to fix. I truly hope that the temperature hasn't put you off from returning in the future.
Written 19 December 2017
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Bryn D
Sleaford, UK21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Couples
This is a gem of a little theatre. We visit about 5 or 6 times a year. The performances are excellent considering that most of the performers are from the amateur dramatic society. On one or two occasions the standard has been below their incredibly high standards but we will still be visiting very regularly. Nice central location with a very inexpensive little bar. It is well worth a visit - great value for money.
Written 8 August 2017
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Hi Bryn, Thank you for such kind words and your continued support!
Written 13 August 2017
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Sharon S
United Kingdom281 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Couples
Was very suprised how many theatres Lincolnshire has,and found this one not far from me..Website is very gd with a seating plan..Had a look through the years events and went too the Knights of comedy night...Doors opened 30 mins before show..Once inside there is a bar which gets full but a drink can be taken in the theatre...Seats very comfortable,act very gd,staff friendly and efficient...There is a car park opposite...Shall visit again if there is something on we can attend..
Written 30 April 2017
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Thanks for you very kind review Sharon. We are currently in the process of working with designers to completely redesign the foyer enanling more room at the bar and to improve the flow of people in and out for the theatre. We really hope you'll return soon and we look forward to welcoming you again.
Written 15 May 2017
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P M
Northallerton, UK54 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015
Saw "A Fistful of Spaghetti" at the Sleaford Playhouse, a great comedy in a lovely old theatre. Seats were comfortable and, although the bar is a little crowded, that's often true of most theatres. Friendly front of house staff.
Written 23 October 2015
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Philip, thank you for a very kind review. We are looking to refurb the bar/foyer in the not too distant future to improve the crowding issue. We look forward to seeing you back soon!
Written 24 October 2015
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philip w
Sleaford, UK41 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Couples
A FAB LITTLE PLACE. we went with freinds for his birthday and he loved it.Our first time as well.A very good play and a very nice place to go we would go againe.
Written 19 April 2015
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We are pleased you enjoyed your first visit to the Playhouse. We look forward to welcoming you again sometime!
Written 23 August 2015
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Sarah6788
Manchester, UK42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2014 • Family
This is a real gem to be found in Sleaford performing many great shows. A small place but cosy. Seats are very comfy and a great venue to watch performances. I would recommend you to take a visit.
Written 3 January 2015
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Thank you for your kind words about our theatre!
Written 23 August 2015
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