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“Deserves More Recognition”

The Old Nick Theatre
Reviewed 2 April 2018

The Old Nick is actually two venues in one - the Police Museum downstairs and the 49-seat Theatre upstairs. This is an excellent re-use of a historic venue and deserves the full support of the local community. It is also a great place to visit as a tourist.

Thank Bill H
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Reviewed 22 October 2017 via mobile

This was not the easiest if placed to find, bit is well worth a visit. We had a look around the ground floor by ourselves. This includes cells, displays and exercise yards. There a newspaper articles in the cells about some of the 'criminals'.
We then had a tour guide for upstairs. The theatre is the old court.

Thank Sally B
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Reviewed 16 October 2017

Went on a ghost hunt with Paranormal Eye on Saturday 7th October Fantastic location, lots of history and wow this is a real creepy place and that`s without the lights even going off. The Cells here and the theatre (Old Court Room) some strange unexplained happenings. Wow well worth a visit and a ghost night.

Thank paulatu77
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Reviewed 8 July 2017

Most people interested in theatre have heard of the Old Vic in London. But have they heard of the Old Nick in Gainsborough in Lincolnshire? Why should theatre buffs be bothered anyway?
I went to. see why it would have been given this name. In the 19th century if a policeman put his hand on your Collar you were "Nicked". So you can see the play on words when you realise that this lovely old theatre has been created by local enthusiasts from a former magistrates court and police station. In Spring Garden, it is near the re-generated Marshall's Yard retail complex in the town,and is a Grade 2 listed building built in 1850 that only holds 80 seats.I was invited to perform in an arena performance there recently in quite an appropriate play concerning a court scene.
The theatre has been fortunate in getting a heritage grant to modernise its facilities. The Company are also instituting a crime and punishment Museum in the old pollice cells.Upstairs, via the sweeping polished wood Victorian handrail one reaches
a new and attractive bar and lounge area..The museum will be opened In late July
in the cells by the Chief Constable of Lincolnshire and the Mayor of Gainsborough.Other police exhibits are being brought in.
Paranormal groups have stayed all night long in the musty cells in the hope of seeing a ghost which is said to haunt the place. The most that has been seen or heard are strange breathing noises.
It will be an excellent place to go for anyone interested in this first purpose-built police station in Lincolnshire that has had a change of life from the divisional headquarters of the North Lincolnshire police force into a thriving little theatre that puts on a range of innovative plays.

2  Thank davidharrylarder
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