Blackfriars undoubtedly plays a very important role as Boston’s centre for entertainment and the arts. It is home to two very successful local amateur dramatic and operatic groups, as well as hosting a varied program of professional stage productions.

Its history as a venue for the arts dates to a meeting of the local drama and arts groups which took place in 1959, at which it was resolved to find premises, which could be converted, into a theatre. Led by Alan Champion, warden of Pilgrim College, and local architect Alan Meldrum, the idea of creating a “Little Theatre” from the remains of the thirteenth century Dominican Friary, in Spain Lane, was formed. In September 1961 the Blackfriars Trust was formed to raise money for the conversion, supported by a grant from the Ministry of Works.

The opening of the theatre in 1966 was the first stage in the development of a complete Arts Centre. Over the following years two studios, a kitchen and office were added, and in 1980 the first full-time professional director was appointed. Today Blackfriars has a full-time theatre manager and relies on a dedicated force of volunteers who provide vital support in the box office, administration, as front of house stewards, bar staff and various other duties.

Lockdown Live & Recorded – Randolph Matthews & Yaron Stavi

 

Lockdown Live & Recorded – Alanis Morissette

 

Lockdown Live & Recorded – Patchwork Jazz Orchestra

 

Lockdown Live & Recorded – Remi Harris

 

Lockdown Live & Recorded – Swing 42

 

Lockdown Live & Recorded – Ola Onabulé

 

Lockdown Live & Recorded – Guillermo Hill

 

Lockdown Live & Recorded – Ayanna Witter-Johnson

 

Lockdown Live & Recorded – Paul Towndrow

 

Lockdown Live & Recorded – Josephine Davies

 

Lockdown Live & Recorded – Riot Jazz Brass Band

 

Lockdown Live & Recorded – 3 Cohens

 

Lockdown Live & Recorded – Electric Lady Big Band

 

Lockdown Live & Recorded – London Trombonists

 

Lockdown Live & Recorded – Tommy Blaize & All Fired Up

 

Lockdown Live & Recorded – Emily Dankworth

 
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