Snarford Road, Wickenby, Lincolnshire, LN3 5AW UK
box office  01673 885500


Wickenby is a small Lincolnshire village located between Lincoln and Market Rasen. Dominated by the farming industry, Wickenby has a population of around 60; it boasts only three public facilities: A Church, a Theatre and an Airport!!

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Directions from Lincoln:
Take the A46, heading north towards Market Rasen.
At the Snarford/Snelland crossroads, take the right turn towards Snelland.
Bear left at all junctions and you'll arrive in Wickenby.
Cross over the railway bridge and look out for the theatre on your left.

Directions from Market Rasen:
Take the B1202, heading south towards Wragby.
At the White Hart Pub in Lissington, take the right turn towards Wickenby.
Once in Wickenby, take the right turn after the Church.
Bear round to the left (don't follow the road to the right) and look out for the theatre on your right.

Village Map

Maps designed by David Broughton



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Become a Member of LRP

Lindsey Rural Players own the Broadbent Theatre and are always looking for new members to help run this most important community service. LRP, as we are more commonly known, are a registered charity and members of The Little Theatre Guild of Great Britain.

Current membership rates are:

Full Membership 20-00 per annum
Full Membership (students, senior citizen, unemployed) 15-00 per annum
Junior Membership (under 18) 10-00 per annum
5.00 per annum for each additional child in the family
Patronal Membership 10-00 per annum (minimum)
All membership categories, Junior, Full, Full Concessionary, Patronal and Honorary are entitled to the current concessionary rate at all LRP performances at the Broadbent Theatre.   Only Full Members are entitled to vote at LRP AGMs.

Queries, enquiries, applications and subscription renewals should be sent to the Membership Secretary at:

The Broadbent Theatre, Snarford Road, Wickenby, Lincs. LN3 5AW England

Honorary Life Members: Phyl Walshaw, Mrs D Cowan, Patrick Markham, Charlotte Broughton, David Broughton, Marion Plenderleith, Tim Bradford, Jim Broadbent and Don Sutherland.


Lindsey Rural Players
The Broadbent Theatre, Wickenby


The Nissen HutLindsey Rural Players originated with the Holton Players, a group founded during the World War II years at Holton-cum-Beckering by a small community of conscientious objectors. They met in the evenings for music, singing and play reading; everyone was welcomed, whether they were from Holton or not - especially the local children.

After the war the Holton Players converted an abandoned nissen hut (pictured left) into a theatre which, due to an electrical fault, sadly met a fiery end in March 1960. The Players continued to meet in the magnificent drawing room of Holton Hall (pictured below) staging their productions in the bay window and making their entrances and exits through the sliding sashes!

In 1970 the Methodist Chapel at Wickenby was purchased by the Players. The conversion work was done by members of the group, much of it with resources provided by Roy Broadbent and Douglas Ballard.  Roy Broadbent died shortly after the Theatre was opened and it was thought a fitting tribute to name it:-Holton Hall Drawing Room

The Broadbent Theatre

The Theatre is licensed for an audience of 100 people and the seats are well raked to give everyone a good view. Recently, with thanks to many generous friends, a refurbishment programme of the dressing room and the auditorium was undertaken.  Land has also been purchased on which we now have a 45-car car park.

The theatre is regular host to:

The Lindsey Rural PlayersLRP Logo

LRP is a registered charity. Our President is Jim Broadbent, son of our founder and a national star of stage, film and TV.  Douglas Ballard was LRP's first ever President between 1992~93 when he subsequently nominated Jim Broadbent for the role.

LRP is also a member of The Little Theatre Guild of Great Britain, an organisation which supports small theatre groups and holds regular training seminars.

We rehearse throughout the year and annually stage at least four productions including our renowned pantomime which is usually presented at the beginning of February.

The are two Youth Theatre groups held on Tuesday evenings.  The Junior Group is for children between five and nine years old and meets at 6:00pm.  The Senior Group for young people over the age of nine meets at 7:00pm.

Our Constitutional Objectives

"To foster, develop, increase and maintain public interest and education in the appreciation of dramatic and co-related arts by the presentation of classical, cultural, educational and dramatic works and recitals..

To encourage and promote the creation of new dramatic works and to foster and enhance student facilities for training and gaining practical stage experience in all aspects of the production and staging of dramatic and co-related arts."

Another newspaper cutting from around the time that the nissen hut burnt down
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