Member Profile:

Sheila Buckthorp L.R.A.M.

Sheila has so much talent and so many theatrical credits to her oh so often misspelled name that it is pretty much impossible to dare to write anything about her for fear of missing something out or not doing her enough justice.  Anyway... fear is not my middle name (it's James), so I'm gonna work on the principle that writing just a bit is better than nothing at all!

Sheila has, over many years, appeared extensively on the stages of Lincoln's theatres in straight, comic and musical roles.  As well as the Broadbent, she has most notably, performed at the Lincoln Theatre Royal as a member of both the Lincoln Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society and the County Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society.  Shelia was in fact a founder member of the COADS back in 1950 when she appeared as a dancer in their first show, Lilac Domino.  She now boasts the 'hat trick of hat tricks' having played Aunt Eller in Oklahoma! three times, Mrs Higgins in My Fair Lady three times and Yente in Fiddler on the Roof three times!  Her favorite musical is Oklahoma! and she loves the role of Aunt Ella.

Sheila uses her qualification as a licentiate of The Royal Academy of Music (LRAM Speech and Drama) to coach other theatrical enthusiasts. We are very proud to have had Sheila grace the Broadbent stage in twenty shows over as many years.


LRP Productions
A Celebration of 40 Years at The Broadbent Theatre Etchings May 2012
Another Evening of Intimate Theatre "Etchings" June 2001
An Inspector Calls Sybil Birling July 1996
Hereward Godiva July 1995
Steaming Mrs Meddow July 1994
Oh! What a Lovely War! Member of the Company October 1993
The Merchant of Venice Old Dame Gobbo June 1993
A Hearse To Dear Mrs Wantmore July 1992
The Killing of Sister George June Buckridge July 1991
Breath of Spring Dame Beatrice Appleby ("Bee") October 1990
Everything in the Garden Leonie Pimosz June/July 1989
Green Forms Doris Rutter June 1988
The Accrington Pals Annie Boggis October 1986
Semi-Detached Hilday Midway October 1985
Bazaar and Rumage Gwenda July 1985
Spring and Port Wine Betsy Jane October 1983
Arms and the Man Catherine Petkoff June/July 1982
Time and the Conways Mrs Conway November 1979
Rookery Nook Gertrude Twine May 1979
The Balcony Irma (the Queen) October 1978
The Three Penny Opera Mrs Peachum March/April 1978
Still Life Myrtle Bagot Sept/Oct 1977


Sheila Buckthorp and Nigel Dring [June 1993] Lara Tomlinson and Sheila Buckthorp in Hereward [July 1995]
Sheila as blind Dame Gobbo in Merchant of Venice opposite her son Launcelot Gobbo played by Nigel Dring Sheila (right) as Godiva in Hereward.  Pictured here with Tara played by Lara Tomlinson.


Other Companies

Sheila has acted extensively with other companies such as the Lincoln Amateur Operatic & Dramatic Society and the County Amateur Operatic & Dramatic Society. Here's just a selection baring in mind that I only know about what I have personally seen and which I still have programmes for!
The Boyfriend - Lady Brockhurst  (1991)
Anything Goes - Evangeline Harcourt (1992)
The King and I - Chorus (1994)
Barnum - Mrs Sherwood Stratton (1995) 
Fiddler on the Roof - Yente (1999)
Oklahoma! - Ladies' Ensamble (2000)
Oklahoma! - Aunt Eller (1990)
Mame - Mrs Upson (1992)
Sweet Charity - Chorus (1993)
Oliver! - Mrs Bedwin & Old Sally (1994)
Mack and Mable - Ella (2000)