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Welcoming Theatre back in Lincoln

Join us in welcoming back theatre in Lincoln, with five star-studded (and socially distanced) performances at New Theatre Royal, their first show dates since March 2020.

Since March 16th 2020 theatres up and down the UK have had to keep their doors closed in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Now, with the Government’s Roadmap to Reopening in full motion, dates are now being confirmed for art and cultural venues to open up once again (socially distanced, of course).

The New Theatre Royal Lincoln are delighted to announce that they will be staging their very first run of shows this coming May, kicking off a summer programme packed full of entertainment for everyone to enjoy with stars from X Factor and Strictly Come Dancing.

The star-studded and socially distanced production of Strictly Cabaret X will have its first performance night on Friday 21st May. Performances will take place each week until Saturday 19th June, providing local Lincolnshire audiences with an entire month of evening entertainment.

Welcoming Theatre back in Lincoln

Tickets to the show are £30 each, and you can pre-book your drinks and refreshments with your ticket.

The theatre wanted to offer Lincolnshire audiences a chance to experience some theatre escapism once again. And thanks to funding received from the Department of Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) and administered by Arts Council England, the Grade II listed theatre has been given the opportunity to produce a brand new, socially distanced in-house production.

Strictly Cabaret X will feature iconic songs, fabulous dance routines and a bespoke set, starring Ray Quinn from X Factor and Kristina Rihanoff from Strictly Come Dancing and her six professional ballroom dancers.

Joining these stars of stage and screen will be Zoe Hanna May and Lucy Kane, who both appeared separately on ITV’s The Voice in 2017, in Sir Tom Jones’ Team. You may also remember Zoe as Maid Marian in the New Theatre Royal’s 2019 Christmas Pantomime Robin Hood.

Strictly Cabaret X is produced and directed by the theatre’s Artistic Director Natalie Hayes-Cowley, choreographed by Kristina Rihanoff, with musical direction from Joel Burgess.

Ahead of the show, Natalie Hayes-Cowley said, “This is an incredibly ambitious production for us due to the pandemic. However, we are thrilled to have an opportunity to produce a new genre of show to welcome audiences back to the theatre, giving our patrons an evening of the glitz and glamour of cabaret.”

If the Government’s Roadmap remains on track, following this socially distanced production, the theatre plans to re-open to full audiences from Monday 21st June. Visitors may notice a few exciting changes around the venue as well as Covid-compliant measures in place. The New Theatre Royal Lincoln are proud members of UK Theatre’s “See It Safely” campaign, as well as having their VisitEngland “We’re Good To Go” industry standard certification, ensuring that audience members feel confident and comfortable when they visit again.

Find out more about Strictly Cabaret X and pre-book your tickets and drinks here.

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