Lincoln Performing Arts Centre

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Lincoln Performing Arts Centre
LPAC at night
Lincoln Performing Arts Centre is located in Lincolnshire
Lincoln Performing Arts Centre
Location within Lincolnshire
Alternative names LPAC
General information
Type Theatre
Architectural style Opaque glass facade with tinted glass openings
Location University of Lincoln Brayford campus
Address Lincoln, LN6 7TS
Coordinates 53°13′44″N 0°32′58″W / 53.229°N 0.5495°W / 53.229; -0.5495Coordinates: 53°13′44″N 0°32′58″W / 53.229°N 0.5495°W / 53.229; -0.5495
Elevation 10 m (33 ft)
Completed December 2007
Inaugurated 20 January 2008
Cost £5.9 million
Client University of Lincoln
Landlord University of Lincoln
Technical details
Floor area 2,500 sq metres
Design and construction
Architecture firm Stem Architects[1]
Structural engineer Ward Cole[2]
Services engineer LTA Woodworks[3]

The Lincoln Performing Arts Centre (LPAC) is a 446-seat multi-purpose auditorium, designed for live arts performances, conferences, and film screenings, in Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England, and part of the University of Lincoln.


It opened on 20 January 2008, with a recital by the cellist Steven Isserlis. The theatre's programme of events is designed to complement, rather than compete with, those of its neighbouring venues, such as the Theatre Royal, Lincoln.

The Just a Minute radio programme was recorded at the venue on 26 January 2009.


The building has been funded by the University of Lincoln, Lincolnshire County Council (including This is Art[4]), the City of Lincoln Council, Lincolnshire Enterprise (£1.8 million),[5] the East Midlands Development Agency, and Arts Council England.



The consulting engineers were Ward Cole,[6] who are situated off Carholme Road (A57). They also worked on the University's School of Architecture[7] and library, the Engine Shed, the student accommodation next to the Foss Dyke, Lincoln Nuffield Hospital, Witham Wharf (on the Brayford),[8] and the city's Odeon cinema.

The architects were Stem Architects,[9] based in Sparkhouse Studios on the campus, who have designed the majority of the University's buildings, including the new Enterprise @ Lincoln building.


The building consists of the theatre and the new Centre for Innovation in Performing Arts, a base for undergraduate and postgraduate students, with LSPA.

The centre piece of the new building is a 446-seat theatre which will host professional touring theatre, music and dance productions plus film screenings by students from the Lincoln School of Performing Arts.[10]


It has the Café Resource open from 9am to 5pm during term time, and for night-time events there is the Theatre Bar. There is a Box Office in the Tower Bar Foyer in the Engine Shed open from 10am to 4pm.

Ancillary functions

LPAC also offers educational and outreach arts work with local communities. The £5.9 million centre is also home to the Lincoln School of Performing Arts (LSPA) where around 240 students study for both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in drama and dance. Arranged around the theatre are studios for dance, drama and music, as well as office spaces and control and dimming rooms designed specifically to enable instruction of students during live performance.

See also

Brayford Pool by night


  1. ^ Stem Architects
  2. ^ Ward Cole
  3. ^ LTA Woodworks[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ This is Art
  5. ^ Lincolnshire Enterprise
  6. ^ Consulting engineers
  7. ^ School of Architecture Archived 30 April 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ Witham Wharf Archived 21 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ Stem Architects Archived 8 March 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ "Lpac Theatre - University of Lincoln". The University of Lincoln. 2 January 2009. Retrieved 3 January 2009.

External links

  • LPAC
  • LSPA
  • Lincoln Symphony Orchestra
  • East Midlands Cinema Advice
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