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Shrek the musical – we need you to help turn Lincoln green!!!

You can let ‘your freak flag fly’ in the Land of (not so) Far Far Away and play your part! Come and join in with The Starring Lincoln Theatre Company’s production of Shrek in the grounds of Lincoln Castle!

Following the critically acclaimed spectacular sell out run of Oliver! at Lincoln Cathedral which also collected 4 tonnes of food for Lincoln Foodbank, Starring Lincoln are once again intent on pushing the bar even higher, and the best thing of all is that you can be involved.

Over 200 Lincolnshire residents took part in Oliver! and Ben Poole, director of Shrek, is wanting your help to make this year even bigger and better:

“Our shows are unique and special, they are huge events in the calendar for so many people and we aim to make every show even more special than the last. So this year we step away from the Cathedral and into the magnificent grounds of Lincoln Castle, it’s going to be a truly wonderful experience for everybody involved.

“As always the show will be 100% driven by the local community, and, if you want to get involved, you’re in!

“I implore people, even if they’re just curious at this stage, to come to the Waterside Centre on Thursday the 26th at 7pm and get a taste for what could potentially be one of the best experiences of their lives. Wear something green, immerse yourself in Far Far Away Land, but most importantly just come and have a look!!!

“People need to know there are many different types of opportunities, there are no barriers to participation, whether you’re an actor, musician, technician, you want to help backstage or perhaps with marketing… whatever it might be, come and see us.

“There’s nothing of its kind in the UK, indeed there’s no other city you could live in that would offer people this opportunity. Why would anyone want to miss out on being part of something truly amazing?”

Bring your food glorious food! The Starring Lincoln Theatre Company team up with Lincoln Foodbank

The cast and crew of Oliver! at Lincoln Cathedral are asking the audience to arrive at the show armed with donations of emergency food to help people in crisis.


Every day people in the UK go hungry for reasons ranging from redundancy to receiving an unexpected bill on a low income. A simple box of food makes a big difference, with foodbanks helping prevent crime, housing loss, family breakdown and mental health problems.

In Lincoln alone there are areas in the top 1% of deprivation for the UK and a quarter of children in Lincoln live on or below the poverty line. Last year Lincoln Foodbank helped to support 3467 people with food parcels.

Ben Poole, Director, said: “In Oliver! poverty greys the workhouse and blackens the slums of London. In Great Britain in 2019 devastating and persistent poverty affects one in five children. It causes people, often people in work, to go hungry and use food banks, even worse lose their homes and take to the streets for shelter.

“The Starring Lincoln Theatre Company production of Oliver! and Charles Dickens’ novel Oliver Twist are separated by nearly 200 years. The story undoubtedly describes universal truths still present today. The past seems written to question the present.

“But what for us? What can we do? We can provide hope.”


In Dickens’ own words: “The sun,–the bright sun, that brings back, not light alone, but new life, and hope, and freshness to man–burst upon the crowded city in clear and radiant glory. Through costly-coloured glass and paper-mended window, through cathedral dome and rotten crevice, it shed its equal ray.”

Ben Poole: “So please bring your food glorious food, not to feed the rich men’s indigestion, but rather to give help and hope to those who need it most. We want to make sure that no one in our local community has to go hungry, but we need your help to make this happen, you can make a real difference. We thank Waitrose for their very kind contribution and would also encourage any supermarket, large or small, to help if they can. 


“Imagine if every one of the thousands of people coming to the show just brought one thing.”


The foodbank will accept anything that is long life and can be stored in a cool, dry place. Unfortunately it cannot accept fresh food.

For more information on what types of food are most urgently needed please visit Lincoln Food Bank website.

Limited tickets are still available for Oliver! More information is on the Cathedral website. 

For interviews or more information please contact Ben Poole, director of Oliver, on 07960 056894, Tim Marks on 07901 280601 or email starringlincoln@gmail.com 

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Oliver! It’s time to buy a ticket or two!

Tickets for this summer’s highly anticipated production of Oliver! at Lincoln Cathedral will go on sale on Monday 8 April at 10am.

The ever-popular Starring Lincoln Theatre Company will bring this fantastic show to life in the unique and atmospheric surroundings of Lincoln Cathedral from Monday 5 to Friday 16 August 2019.

Ben Poole, Director of Oliver! said; “This production is particularly special; it’s performed in the round so the audience is drawn into the action more than ever before. And with 150 voices, an outstanding orchestra and a cast of the most stupendously talented performers, the audience will get an experience they will never forget!”

Previous productions by Starring Lincoln Theatre Company at the Cathedral have included Jesus Christ Superstar and Jekyll and Hyde, and all have been praised for the professionalism of the production.

“What’s truly satisfying is that the show is produced and performed by the people of Lincoln. The community has come together to create a genuine cultural highlight, and that’s something everybody associated with our wonderful city should be very proud of.

“People come from all over the UK to see these shows and are often astounded at what we manage to achieve. I know we’ve gone to another level this time round, I can’t wait for people to see it,” added Ben.

The Very Reverend Christine Wilson, Dean of Lincoln said that she is delighted to be welcoming the cast and audience to Lincoln Cathedral. “The production is a wonderful opportunity for the community to come together both to perform and to enjoy the show in a unique setting,” she said.

The Dean also added that it is an opportunity for reflection on the sometimes challenging themes of the story, such as child exploitation and domestic violence. “While these may seem distant from our everyday lives, they are very real and current concerns, and this is an opportunity to encourage people to question how we respond to these issues today.

“I’m looking forward to the cast bringing to life the iconic characters and can’t wait to hear the wonderful songs fill the Nave,” she concluded.

Tickets will be available from 10am on Monday 8 April and can purchased online at www.lincolncathedral.com, in the Cathedral shop or by calling Lincoln Cathedral on 01522 561658.

Thank you to our amazing community partners!

Thank you from The Starring Lincoln Theatre Company and  everybody involved in Oliver!

We’re back there this Wednesday and we are so grateful to community partners the Lincoln Carlton Academy for the use of their wonderful school. A huge thank you from everybody involved in Oliver!

Thank you from The Starring Lincoln Theatre Company and  everybody involved in Oliver!

The continued support of our community partners enables us to create something truly special. A huge thank you from all involved with the Starring Lincoln Theatre Company to Lincoln College for the use of the fantastic Knights Theatre.

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