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Curtain to go up at iconic Lincolnshire theatre

By Sleaford Target  |  Posted: December 09, 2013

  • ICONIC: The recently refurbished Sleaford Playhouse along West Gate is preparing to host this year's Christmas Pantomime.

  • TAKE A SEAT: Tony Gordon, Chairman at the Sleaford Little Theatre inside the Georgian Theatre.

  • BRIGHT LIGHTS: A new dressing room has been created as part of the refurbishment.

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REFURBISHMENT of the iconic Playhouse in Sleaford has been completed just before panto fever hits the town.

Work at the listed Georgian building has been an ongoing project since it was restored to a working theatre in 2000.

With the help of grants from the Theatres Trust, Lincolnshire County Council and North Kesteven District Council the theatre group – The Sleaford Little Theatre – has been able to repoint two weathered walls, fill in the 1940s lower windows and put a new roof on the workshop.

A mezzanine floor has also been created in the workshop as well as restructuring scenery storage racks and extending the dressing room to provide two separate areas.

Tony Gordon, chairman at Sleaford Little Theatre, said: "It's looking great and so much hard work has been put in by members of the team and volunteers.

"Prior to the new roof on the workshop it got very cold in there in the winter and very hot in the summer. It's great now and we have much more space to store everything."

Mr Gordon, 70, has been with the group since 2003 and will step down as chairman next year.

He added: "It does take up a lot of my time here but I will continue to be part of the productions and will get involved in a lot of the fundraising for the theatre."

The Sleaford Little Theatre group puts on three big productions every year and the Playhouse also hosts six or seven visiting productions every year too.

Rehearsals for this year's Christmas Pantomime – Aladdin have been taking place three times a week and the first show will take place tonight (Wednesday).

Shows will then be staged every night until Saturday at 7.30pm with a Matinee at 2pm.

There will be showings on Wednesday, December 11, until Saturday, December 14.

For tickets call the box office on 01529 303875 or book online at www.sleafordplayhouse.co.uk.

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