Theatre gears up for fun in 2015

Blackfriars Theatre
Blackfriars Theatre

Last year saw Blackfriars Theatre go from strength-to-strength according to its bosses, who are hoping to continue their success going into 2015.

Rob Barclay, director said audience numbers in 2014 were up and that feedback from shows had also been improving.

He said: “The year has ended superbly, with a sell out week for Miracle on 34th Street, becoming our highest grossing show in one week, and the panto seeing more than 6,000 people through the theatre’s doors. 2014 also saw us bring in Harlequin Theatre Arts to run our in-house theatre academy.

“This has seen the number of children taking part in theatre locally increase and the feedback we have received has been brilliant.”

He said the success had put the theatre in a ‘great place to continue to deliver fantastic entertainment to the local community’.

He continued: “We have some great acts lined up for 2015.

“We’ve looked at what people have really enjoyed from 2014 and tried to bring some of that back, such as An Evening of Burlesque amongst many others.

“We’ve also lined up some great new shows, with some great plays and some new collaborations.

“For example in February Endeavour Radio are hosting an event for the local group Bullet Tooth.”

Shows coming up this year include Sandi Thom, Bleak House, Comedy Tea House, Richard Digance, Kast off Kinks and Inspector Morse House of Ghosts.

Last year, the theatre also managed to bring back art exhibitions to the venue and has had both professional and local artists being able to display their works.

Mr Barclay said the theatre’s directors were hoping to continue with the exhibitions with them now forming a regular part of the theatre’s programme.

He added that if anyone had any suggestions for shows they would like to see, they should get in touch with the theatre.

○ For more information on the Spain Lane theatre and what’s on this year visit www.blackfriarstheatre.co.uk or call 01205 363108.