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Hello, thank you for visiting and welcome along to the website of the Lovelace Theatre Group. We are small but dynamic and vibrant group engaged in the production of plays musicals and amateur theatre.

The Lovelace Theatre Group puts on three productions a year and has a long history dating back to the late 60's. We perform at the John Godber Centre in Hucknall, Nottinghamshire. The building is a converted church hall which has a purpose built stage complete with licenced bar and full amenities. There's rumoured to be a ghost wandering about backstage too!
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We hope you enjoy looking around.
Our Next Production

Bad Day at Black Frog Creek
May 2016
by John Gardiner & Fiz Coleman

This crazy comedy wild West musical is fun for the whole family and given the Lovelace Theatre Group treatment!

The action takes place in Diamond Tooth Lil's Saloon where all are busy with preparations for a party. Word comes that a badman and his gang are headed their way. It seems Diamond Tooth Lil helped the bad guy in a robbery years before-- and he's coming for the diamond she has!

More details here!

Key Details
When is it on?
Thur 19th May at 7:30pm
Fri 20th May at 7:30pm
Sat 21st May at 7:30pm,

How much does it cost?
Adults £6
Conscessions £5

Booking Info:
John Godber Centre, Ogle St, Hucknall NG15 7FQ
Tel: 0115 9639633

Latest News
Local Theatre Group Supports Dance Studio!

A story of two groups helping each other for an amazing May!.

The Lovelace Theatre Group who are based in the John Godber Centre in Hucknall were selected after a very long audition process throughout 2015 to take part in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s (RSC) newest production of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM: A PLAY FOR THE NATION. Six amateur actors (plus a Director and Assistant Director) were selected from the best of the best of Nottingham’s many amateur dramatic groups. The prize? To have the opportunity to act alongside professional actors with the RSC; playing a group of characters known as the Mechanicals at the Theatre Royal in Nottingham (3rd - 7th May 2016) and then at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre at Stratford-on-Avon on 6th & 7th July 2016.

As the Lovelace Theatre Group provide productions all year round, the chosen RSC group have not always had access to the John Godber Centre and therefore have been rehearsing in many different venues, including meeting rooms at the Theatre Royal itself, the local Tesco in Hucknall, the Believe Academy studios and even at times in each others’ homes.

However, last saturday with 5 weeks to go it seems that things were about to get real, the opportunity to rehearse on the Theatre Royals actual stage! Lovelace actress Jen White said “This onstage rehearsal will give us a great idea of the space we will need to fill, which we can't replicate during rehearsals elsewhere. Being on the actual stage I think forces us to up our game in terms of stage presence and energy, it's an invaluable experience, other venues are fine for rehearsals but nothing compares to using the space you know you will be performing on.”. Fellow Lovelace actor Tom Morley agreed “A lot of the other venues don't have the same amount of space or acoustics...Getting a feel for the space, and getting used to the theatre. Even though there wasn't any audience, gives a sense just how many people will be sat there, and how much you need to exaggerate every move and action in order for you to be seen.”

When asked if the team are getting excited and nervous about performing on stage with the RSC Tom said “I'm not really thinking about the actual performance yet - I'm counting down until Kim (RSC director) pays us a visit at the end of April, then when we meet the professional cast the weekend before our performance. That's when it will all get very exciting!” and Jen comfirmed “it still doesn't feel like the show is only 5 weeks away. But I know when the RSC come to town it will start feeling very real!”.

Tickets are on sale now on the Theatre Royal Website
Keeping the dream alive

The Believe Group


Hucknall's very own Lovelace Theatre Group have donated £150 towards the fund raising of the Believe Academy Dance Group, also based in Hucknall. Believe’s Simone Witherdon explained that the Dance Studio had been fund raising for a while in order for a troup of 20 dancers get a “once in a lifetime opportunity to dance on the West End stage in London!”

The Believe Academy will be taking part in this years Bobby Dazzlers on the 29th May 2016; this involves dance schools from all across the UK getting to perform 4 dances each at approx 3 minutes per dance. This is not a minor venue either as it takes place at Her Majesty’s Theatre which Monday to Saturday is the venue for the Andrew Lloyd Webber smash The Phantom of the Opera. The Believe Academy have been fund raising to support the dancers with an age range of 11-27 to enable them this opportunity; so far hosting bake sales, movie nights, raffles and discos. Simone explained, “there is a large commitment per dancer to sell 4 tickets each at around £30 per ticket, plus raising money towards the transport so the group can experience the day together as a team, this kind donation from our friends as Lovelace Theatre Group will help Believe Academy get to their
The goal”.

Victoria Clark, President from Lovelace Theatre Group said “we are two local groups with the aim to entertain and both groups have an exciting time ahead. Lovelace Theatre Group felt that the idea to support Believe Academy in their goal, was a fitting way to acknowledge the support we have received. The use of their studio space for rehearsals for our RSC team have been valuable; especially at the times when Lovelace have needed extra space alongside the space we have for our programmed production rehearsals. Our donation is to also support and acknowledge the hard work of Simone and her students of whom, some students are involved in our group too.”

The Lovelace Theatre Junior Group
The Lovelace Theatre Group is always on the lookout for new talent not only with adults but also children. They are our lifeblood especially for our annual pantomime which takes place in January each year.

We hold Junior Group each Wednesday evening from 7:30pm to 9:15 and these consist of drama sessions and acting lessons as well as song and dance. A small nominal cost of £1 to cover the cost of hire of our venue is made for this.
Adult sessions are also held every Monday and Thursday evenings from 7:30pm to 10:00. These will generally consist of rehersals for the next production.

Memberships fees are £20 per year.
New members are of course always welcome. if you'd like to join you can call Linda on 0115 9681011 or email us at
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Our Recent Past Performances
Peter Panto
Jan 2016
by Tom Morley

An adaptation from the famous JM Barrie work, Tom has written a sparkling pantomime version of the classic story Peter Pan
.This amateur adaptation of JM Barrie's Peter Pan is presented by special arrangement with Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity and Samuel French Ltd.

More details here!


The Importance of Being Earnest
May 2015
by Oscar Wilde

From the pen of that master of wit Oscar Wilde we bring you a production of one of his most famous plays.

A tale of two friends leading double lives and fantasy, handbags at Victoria Station, proposals, intrique, drama and revelations, all is exposed in fine fashion by the Lovelace Theatre Group..

More here..


A complete listing of past performances can be found by clicking here.
Our Venue Our History
The natural home of the Lovelace Theatre is the John Godber Centre on Ogle Street in Hucknall.

Placed next to St Mary's church,the final resting place of Lord Byron, this building dates from 1906 and was original a community centre for the church.

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So, how did it all start?

The original Hucknall Drama Club was formed in the 1930's. One of it's members was Robin Bailey who later gained fame as a noted actor; appearing in many films and on television. Robin was a patron of the group for a while and passed away on 14th January 1999.

The Hucknall Drama Group eventually disbanded. Then, in 1968 a teacher called David Henty came to live in Hucknall. When he discovered there was no drama group in the town he decided to form one to showcase the talent of Hucknall and beyond.

The church hall was the ideal venue for this purpose and with borrowed money he staged a grand performance of 'Cinderella' and so the Hucknall Dramatic Society was born..

For the last 40 years or so the group was guided and influenced by Kath and Keith Wiliams who actively participated right up until last year when both sadly passed away.

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Join Us!
Do you have an interest in amateur drama or have a yearning to tread the boards? The Lovelace Threatre Group are always pleased to embrace new members.

We meet every Monday and Thursday at 7:30pm at the John Godber Centre. If you have an interest in stage design, construction, sound, lighting or acting then this would be a good place to start. Why not express your interest by contacting us!

Any comments on the website of any of our performances can be done by emailing us.
Our Committee
The Lovelace Theatre Group is run by a committee made up of 6 members. The present commitee for the year 2015/16 are as follows:
Vicki Clark
Vice President
Viv Turtle-Savage
Chris Clark
Jess Wall
Stage Manager
Pete McFarlane
Claire Atkinson
Here's a selection of our favourite sites and others we have an interest in.

Ashfield District Council Limelight Scripts Hucknall Town FC Am Dram UK John Godber Centre Holgate
St Mary's
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