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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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  • Katherine F
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stopped in yesterday on our way home from Tattershall Lakes and really liked it! Ann and Rob were helpful and informative and even let us in early to escape the rain. It was so lovely to see a working mill, and the effort that went into restoring it was very apparent.
    Lots for the young children to interact with. Nice little shop as well, we bought some oats and some Plumbread - which we hadn't heard of before but is absolutely delicious!! I'd recommend a visit if you're nearby 😊
    Written 20 April 2024
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  • Katie B
    Stourton, UK43 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What an absolute delight to visit. Beautifully kept. The volunteers are rightfully very proud of the attraction. Lovely cafe and because it was quiet we were treated to a tour by a volunteer. Bought some flour to test out our bread making skills.
    Written 10 May 2024
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  • wingate
    London, UK2,644 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This interesting museum deals with the history of the adjacent RAF college.Some hands-on exhibits and helpful staff make this a worthwhile visit
    Written 13 May 2024
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  • Paula C
    Peterborough, UK4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A rainy day out in Sleaford. Very knowledgeable staff who shared all the information they had about the site leaving us to then explore alone. Lots of history. Being boaters we found this really enjoyable. Lots of history about the local area too. Refreshments at the hub just around the corner. Apparently boat trips run from here soon up to Cogglesford Mill.
    Written 4 March 2024
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  • Mark T
    Holymoorside, UK555 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Always something going on & always interesting.

    We tend to stop off at Hub cafe on our travels. Never been disappointed with the quality of the food. Fortunately rarely in a rush: service is friendly, ditzy, & not the fastest but the food is worth it.

    Small shop is always full of well designed stuff that's difficult to resist.
    Beware rhe doors into the cafe conservatory: there's a delay & if you're carrying a cup.... well its funny for those watching.
    Written 27 June 2023
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  • Jackie B
    93 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent, welcoming and knowledgeable volunteers, interesting displays, no entry fees but donations welcomed.
    Written 31 March 2023
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  • Bostonflier
    lincolnshire75 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This Church has such a lovely atmosphere and is very imposing, It dominates the market place and I love it.
    Written 22 January 2022
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  • Ange Z
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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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  • NottmFoody
    Arnold, UK810 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well maintained memorial. A fitting tribute to those that served and paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

    Just go, bow your head, and remember them for a few moments.
    Written 8 May 2022
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  • Shirley E
    Dronfield, UK392 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I found this easily but I thought at first it was closed as the car park was empty and the place looked dark. Anyway it was open and I was the only visitor. I thought it was great. Really interesting. There’s a flight simulator and lots of personal stories about aviators. Can recommend.
    Written 6 December 2023
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  • Vicky B
    Sleaford, UK26 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place to take young children who love soft play. The food good and staff have always been pleasant. Right in the town centre so walkable for most people.
    Written 4 February 2018
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  • Sarah F
    Sleaford, UK230 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place for your budding railway enthusiasts. We visited with friends and family in a special group visit. They very obligingly opened especially for us. Lots of memorabilia and a couple of model railways. Much enjoyed by our friends. Thanks
    Written 10 June 2017
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