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Raise the Roof! Lincoln Drill Hall gala night will celebrate community and culture

Lincoln Drill Hall’s ‘Raise the Roof’ gala night is set to be a fantastic evening of fundraising

Tickets are now available for a special gala night raising funds to save Lincoln Drill Hall and celebrate community spirit.

The ‘Raise the Roof’ gala night will be hosted by the BBC’s Nicola Gilroy and feature performances from homegrown talent and West End stars. 

Taking place at Lincoln Drill Hall on Saturday 21st September from 7:30pm, the gala will be a fantastic evening of music, drama, entertainment and fundraising.

All money raised through ticket sales will be donated to the venue’s Be A Brick campaign, which has so far raised over £82,000 since the campaign was launched earlier in 2019.

Following a series of reductions in public funding, Lincoln Drill Hall must raise £130,000 each year to ensure the venue can remain a vital community and arts space. 

Chris Kirkwood, CEO at Lincoln Drill Hall, said:

“Our gala night is set to be a really wonderful event. Not only will it be a chance to boost our fundraising total, but it will also be the perfect opportunity to celebrate one of the biggest things Lincoln Drill Hall stands for: The community.

“It would be easy to be doom and gloom during times like this. Instead, we’re choosing to see the positives by hosting a night for everyone to enjoy as a way to bring our community together and do what we do best. We’re giving people a chance to enjoy some incredible live performances from artists and performers that have graced our stage and wowed audiences: It’ll be a celebration of the best of Lincoln and the best of Lincoln Drill Hall.

“The financial situation facing the Drill Hall is very serious, but the level of commitment from our audiences, the wider community and artists to keeping the Drill Hall open has been overwhelming and is a real testament to what we mean to people.

“I’d like to thank everyone who is helping us put this special event together, particularly the performers and co-organiser Julie Marcus from JM Productions which amazed audiences this summer with their production of CATS . We hope to see lots of faces, new and old, at our gala evening and we can’t wait to laugh, sing, dance and celebrate with everyone.”

Co-organiser and supporter of the arts, Julie Marcus said:

“It’s so important that venues like Lincoln Drill Hall thrive and survive. The importance of the arts is often overlooked and community centres are almost a thing of the past, so we need to be proactive in supporting charities like the Drill Hall so future generations can continue to find safe spaces to enjoy and unique art and culture to take in. 

“I’m really looking forward to our gala night and I’m sure it will be a huge success. As part of the arts community myself, it’s great to see the level of support we’ve received from performers and local organisations. It’s going to be an evening packed full of entertainment with a bit of something for everyone!”

The evening will include performances from talent that has long been supported by Lincoln Drill Hall. Lincoln-born Alex Lodge will step away from the West End stage to return for one night only. Also returning to the stage is West End star, Stephen John Davis, who’ll wow the audience with his incredible vocal talents after having played Captain Hook in last year’s smash panto, Peter Pan. Providing the soundtrack to the night are musicians Double Take, Serenade and the Drill Hall’s house band led by Kev Richardson.

The night will feature performances from CATS, Waiting for Godot and Calendar Girls as well as Common Ground Theatre, New Youth Theatre, Jamie Marcus Productions, Lincoln Academy of Theatre Arts and Drill Hall’s own Fishtank Youth Theatre and Dreamland Drama. 

There will also be a raffle, silent auction and ‘You Know The Drill Hall’ quiz to raise even more funds to raise the roof and keep the venue’s doors open. Prizes have been donated by some of Lincolnshire’s most well known companies, including Stokes Coffee, Batemans Brewery and Lincolnshire Co-op. With many more surprises planned, the Raise the Roof Gala Night will be a night to remember.

Tickets for Raise the Roof Gala Night can be purchased for £10 from Lincoln Drill Hall’s Box Office: 01522 873894 /




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