The Terry O’Toole Theatre is an intimate, 190 seat arts theatre situated in North Hykeham.

Described as a ‘Hidden gem’ by BBC Radio Lincolnshire, we present a vibrant, high quality programme of professional drama, music, dance and children’s theatre, complemented by a wide range of community and hire performances.

As well as performances, we deliver a lively participation programme, including artsNK’s Youth Dance Programme, music workshops and ACTion Community Theatre (see our Take Part section for details of how to get involved).

The theatre is managed by artsNK on behalf of North Kesteven District Council / Leisure in the Community Ltd; in partnership with North Kesteven School.

History of the Theatre

Terry O’Toole Theatre was opened by acclaimed actor Jim Broadbent in 2002. The theatre is named in memory of Terry O’Toole, former headteacher at North Kesteven School, who was a passionate supporter of the Arts.

The Terry O’Toole Theatre was initially conceived as a collaboration between North Kesteven School (A Specialist School for the Performing Arts), Lincolnshire County Council and North Kesteven District Council.


The Terry O’Toole Theatre is a member of LOV (Lincolnshire One Venues), a professional network of 11 arts venues, working together to bring the people of Lincolnshire the very best in arts and culture.

With funding from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, LOV is currently focused on engaging young people aged 12 – 25 within the 11 venues as audiences, participants and decision makers.

To find out more about LOV visit

Lincolnshire Rural and Community Touring

We are pleased to work with Lincolnshire Rural and Community Touring, which brings professional performances to village halls and other community venues across the county. Supported by local volunteer promoters, the programme hosts a wide range of touring companies and performers; from theatre to jazz, cabaret to folk and dance to children’s shows, the programme features a diverse and hugely enjoyable range of performances for all ages.

Funded by Lincolnshire’s County and District Councils and Arts Council England, the programme enables audiences to experience top quality live performance locally.