Saturday, October 1, 2022

Cauldrons, magicians and Dancing in the Moonlight: A magical Autumn at The Drill awaits

The refurbished and rebranded Lincoln Drill Hall, now known as The Drill, has unveiled its new season of spectacular shows – and it’s set to leave audiences of any age in awe.

With witches, magicians, and even a wicked performance from Hayseed Dixie showcasing their self-created musical genre ‘rockgrass’, it’s set to be an enchanting programme of events this Autumn.

A critically acclaimed adaptation of Julia Donaldson’s children’s classic ‘Room on the Broom’ will wow children and families alike, while creative sessions for under 5s and a ‘Diddy Disco’ will further entertain the little ones.

The venue will also welcome legendary band Toploader and alt-rock band Republica as well as a host of amazing tribute bands.

Stranger things await with ‘An Evening Without Kate Bush’ and “the new poster-boy for British comedy magic” (The Telegraph) Pete Firman, plus the return of Lincoln Book Festival and the Lincolnshire International Chamber Music Festival makes The Drill a sanctum for all arts lovers this Autumn; there truly is something for everyone this season at The Drill.

Craig Morrow, theatre manager at The Drill, said: “I’m delighted to announce our new autumn programme! With a jam-packed roster that covers the length and breadth of the arts and entertainment, there’s something to entice audiences of all ages – from 18 months onwards.

“If you’ve visited The Drill before, then you know it has an impressive track record of hosting amazing and energetic performances from internationally renowned artists. Since our ambitious refurbishment, we’ve taken it to the next level and created a truly modern and contemporary space within this historic venue. Come and discover The Drill for yourself this autumn.”

Kicking off on Tuesday 6 September with ‘Lil’ Drills’, the venue will host a series of immersive creative sessions for children. Organised by Rhubarb Theatre and led each week by a different local artist, it’s terrific for toddlers and their grown-ups to enjoy together. With themes of music, dance and storytelling, it’s an enriching environment that little ones will love.

Other events of interest for families include a ‘Diddy Disco launching on Wednesday 7 September. Hosted by Disco Doris and Disco Debs, it invites under 7s and parents to enjoy a delightful disco, mixing nostalgic floor fillers with the most recent chart hits.

From floor fillers to crowd-pleasers, the Olivier Award-nominated adaptation of the best-selling picture book ‘Room on the Broom’ will conjure a quirky and fun-filled experience for kids of all ages. “Children’s theatre doesn’t come much better than this” (The Stage). Can the friendly witch and her cat escape the hungry dragon with so many animals hitching a ride? Is there room on the broom for everyone?

From little ones on the dance floor to the wuthering heights of adult entertainment, there’s a packed programme of events for audiences aged 18+ too, with highlights including ‘An Evening Without Kate Bush’, an intimate gig with the best-selling alternative rock band Republica and the riotous crowd-pleasing live band Toploader.

Whether it’s immersive avante-garde tribute acts, live comedy from a host of renowned comedians (including the monthly Red Herring Comedy Club, La Voix and Jimeoin) through to festivals and one-off events (like the Lincoln Book Festival and the Lincolnshire International Chamber Music Festival), The Drill is where you’ll find it.

Built in 1890 to accommodate military training exercises, The Drill is renowned as a thriving entertainment, arts and social hub for the wider community. Fully wheelchair accessible, the Grade II listed building has begun a new era with Lincoln College Group retaining and preserving the building’s original features but ushering them into the 21st century with a recent rebrand and thorough reimagining.

  • Lil’ Drills: Launches at 10:30am Tuesday 6 September, returning on Tuesday 20 September, then being weekly from 4 October through to 29 November. Suitable for children aged 18+ months, it is just £4 per child – and adults go free.
  • Diddy Disco:  Launches at 10:30am Wednesday 7 September. Tickets are £4 per child to attend (adults go free) and it is suitable for children 2-7.
  • Room on the Broom: 5 October 1.30pm & 4.30pm | 6 October 10.30am & 1.30pm. Tickets start at £15 and the show is suitable for ages 3+.
  • An Evening Without Kate Bush: Doors open at 7pm with the show starting at 7:30pm. Tickets start at £13, suitable for ages 18+
  • Republica: Saturday 17 September. 7:30pm – 11pm. Tickets from £22 (plus booking fee).
  • Toploader + Archy & The Astronauts: Friday 30 September. 7:30pm – 11pm. Tickets from £22 (plus booking fee)
  • Red Herring Comedy Club – September 2022: Saturday 10 September. 8pm – 11pm. Tickets from £15.40
  • La Voix: Friday 21 October. 7:30pm – 11pm. Tickets from £22.
  • Jimeoin – The Craic! Thursday 20 October. 7:30pm onwards. Audience members must be 14+, but 16+ is recommended. Tickets from £19.75.
  • Lincoln Book Festival – Adventures In (Dream)Pop: 7pm – 9:30pm (approx). Tickets are free, but audience members must be 14+.
  • Lincolnshire International Chamber Music Festival: Thursday 22 September  –  Sunday 25 September at venues across Lincolnshire.

To purchase tickets for upcoming shows, and for the full schedule of upcoming shows at the revamped community hub and entertainment venue, visit

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