The Broadbent Theatre is licensed for an audience of 100 people and is the home of Lindsey Rural Players (LRP) who use the theatre for their own productions and manage its use for other organisations. The society relies totally on the support of its members and supporters for funding. The theatre’s activities and up-keep is done wholly on a voluntary basis. LRP usually puts on five of their own shows and manages the staging of approximately six professional shows each year. The theatre is also available for hire to other groups and community organisations.
community theatre with an interesting history
Lindsey Rural Players originated from the Holton Players, a group founded by a small community of conscientious objectors at Holton-cum-Beckering who were working on the land during the World War II years. It was a time when there was little or no electricity and few wirelesses (Radios). For evening entertainment they met for musical evenings, singing, poetry and play reading; everyone was welcomed, whether they were from Holton or not, especially the local children.
In 1970 a Methodist Chapel at Wickenby was purchased by the Holton Players. The conversion work was done by members of the group, much of it with resources provided by Roy Broadbent (father of the Oscar winning actor, Jim Broadbent) and Douglas Ballard. Roy died shortly after the theatre was opened and it was thought a fitting tribute to name it ‘The Broadbent Theatre’ in his memory.