Originally built in 1893 following the plans of Bertie Crewe and W.G.R. Sprague (the prolific theatre designers of their day). After an explosion and accompanying fire in 1892 the previously entitled "Theatre Royal" (built in 1806) was demolished and replaced with the"New Theatre Royal". Previouis to that, a theatre had existed on this site since 1764.
The building's structure had remained the same up until 1907 when the still functioning frontage, foyer and lounge were added. The building was only ever refurbished and modernised in 2010. The building is now Grade II listed.
The New Theatre Royal Lincoln was renamed to the Theatre Royal Lincoln and then later changed back the New Theatre Royal Lincoln in 2016 when the theatre was taken over and refurbished after the previous management folded.
At present, the theatre hosts a range of plays, pantomimes, musicals, film screenings, opera, talks/lectures and other shows/spectacles.
During the Second World War, The Theatre Royal was popular with RAF personnel within the county, particularly Guy Gibson (a renowned WW2 bomber pilot). Interestingly, Sir Patrick Stewart's debut as a professional actor, as Morgan in Treasure Island, was at the Theatre Royal. Also of note, during September 2002, author and former politician Jeffrey Archer, worked backstage in the theatre (as part of his rehabilitation)..
In November and December 2003, Theatre of Dreams, a series of four fly-on-the-wall documentaries built around profiles of four employees at the Theatre Royal, was aired on BBC.
The New Theatre Royal now hosts a very wide range of shows including plays, musicals, operas, talks, lectures and pantomimes.
Box Office Number : 01522 519999
Website Address : https://www.newtheatreroyallincoln.co.uk/
Address : New Theatre Royal Lincoln, Clasketgate, Lincoln, LN2 1JJ