Blackfriars Covid 19 Guidance

Blackfriars Theatre and Arts Centre are serious about keeping their building, staff, volunteers and audiences safe for the future and have implemented some big changes over the recent months.  


  1. Upgraded Heating and Ventilation system in our auditorium and stage area to improve airflow. 
  2. Multiple Sanitation Stations around the building are now in place.
  3. We always have a rigorous cleaning program in place during show times. 
  4. Regular auditorium fogging is taking place during multiple show runs.

Below are some Q&A's you may find helpful about returning to Blackfriars Theatre this has been updated ready for the start of our Autumn programme in September.   Updated 9th December 2021. 

How will my ticket work?

We recommend you purchase tickets in advance as e-tickets or print-at-home tickets. This will allow us to let you enter our venues more easily, minimise the amount of time you may have to queue, and reduce contact with the front of house team. Box Office is generally open Mon - Sat 10am - 1pm. Physical tickets will only be issued if specifically requested otherwise all tickets are electronic. 

Box Office will also be open on performance nights 1 hour before the show and unless the show is sold out tickets can be purchased on the door.  Normal interval service.

Will I need a face covering? Recommended.

Following the latest government Plan B guidance, masks are nolonger compulsory in all Theatres including ours. However, we do still recommend that a face covering is worn when moving around the public areas of our little building.

Lateral Flow Testing:- 

All of the Blackfriars Staff, Volunteers and Crew are taking daily Lateral Flow tests before coming into the theatre for their shift to to ensure they are not an asymtomatic carrier and help stem the risk of spreading the virus unknowingly. If you are attending a performance and it is possible to take a lateral flow test before you come please do so and help us keep everybody safe. Thank you.

What should I bring?

Please keep your belongings to a minimum and with you at all times. We do not have a cloakroom here at Blackfriars.

Will I be able to buy interval refreshments?

Yes, Box Office will be open as normal from September for interval drinks and Ice Creams.  Whenever possible Audreys Bar will open for evening performances and where required we will also open the Revue Bar. Please contact us if you want to check before your visit. 

Will I need to have my temperature checked?

No we will no longer be undertaking temperature checks.

What are the social distancing rules?

The government have dropped all social distancing requirements from 19th July. However, we still recommend that you keep a safe distance from other groups within our building where possible. Remember - Hands - Face - Space is still the safest option.  Please respect other peoples personal choices as we do not always know their personal circumstances. 

What else are we doing?

To keep you safe, we have enhanced the cleaning of our venue before every performance and are regularly disinfecting/fogging the auditorium.

Hand sanitiser stations have been placed around the building at main contact points and when you enter and exit the theatre. Please make use of them.

We are using the normal entrance and exits for seating - but if you have mobility issues please contact Box Office in advance so we are expecting you and can make the required adjustments to get you seated safely. 

What happens if I feel ill and can’t use my ticket?

We will be ensuring that you have maximum flexibility by allowing tickets to be exchanged for another performance or voucher up to 24 hours prior to the performance – so if someone in your party feels ill, there’s no need to worry. 

Please do not attend the venue if you

  • believe you may be infected with COVID-19;
  • have experienced symptoms in the last 14 days;
  • have been in close proximity to anyone who has experienced symptoms in the last 14 days;
  • have arrived in England in the last 14 days and are not covered by the exemption rules relating to self-isolation; 
  • you or anyone in your household has been instructed to self-isolate.

What should I do if I become unwell after my theatre visit?

We remain to work with the government ‘Track And Trace’. If you display COVID-19 symptoms, you will need to undertake a PCR test and record the results with the NHS test and trace. You should then advise them of your visit to the theatre if it falls within the timeline. They will then contact us so we can work with them.   

We also ask that you scan the NHS QR code with the app upon arrival at Blackfriars Theatre and Arts Centre - copies of which can be found around the building.  

If you have any other questions regarding attending a show here at Blackfriars please feel free to contact our Box Office on 01205 363108 or email 

Thank you and we hope you enjoy the show. 


Blackfriars undoubtedly plays a very important role as Boston's centre for entertainment and the arts. It is home to two very successful local amateur dramatic and operatic groups, as well as hosting a varied program of professional stage productions.