Theatre plans £250k refurbishment

Trustees outside Blackfriars Theatre, which celebrates its 50th anniversary next year. EMN-150518-093109001
Trustees outside Blackfriars Theatre, which celebrates its 50th anniversary next year. EMN-150518-093109001

As preparations for its 50th anniversary take centre stage, Blackfriars Theatre and Arts Centre is gearing up for the first act of a £250,000 refurbishment.

Trust members have plans for a series of events next year to celebrate the milestone since Boston Preservation Trust built a Little Theatre on the site of the former Dominican Monastery.

Current chairman of the trustees who have overseen the theatre since 2009, Dr Stuart Bull, said: “We owe a great debt to the visionaries who took the plunge and invested time, effort and money to build the centre. Blackfriars has given so much back to Boston in the half-century since it was built.”

As part of the plans, they are asking for people who have memories, pictures and stories of the theatre being built to get in touch and share the history.

The theatre is also planning to begin the first phase of replacing the seats in the auditorium, including offering extra leg room and is looking for seat sponsors to come forward, and a new 50p refurbishment levy will be attached to ticket purchases.

For £100, people will get their name on a plaque on their selected chair.

A survey is available online for people to fill in to show their support for grant funding at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BWBDFB2