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Horncastle’s Red Lion Theatre will remain open after confusion over its future

The Lion Theatre, built by Eric Benson EMN-140707-155121001

The Lion Theatre, built by Eric Benson EMN-140707-155121001

Horncastle’s Red Lion Theatre will remain open despite fears of closure brought on by a mix-up between the building’s owner and an energy company.

It was believed that the Lion Theatre, situated in the Bull Ring, would be closed after its utilities were shut off.

Over 500 signatures were collected at the Summer Festival appealing against the closure, but it was established last week that there was a mix-up and the electricity supply at the theatre should not have been shut off.

Electricity to the building has been restored and the short-term future of the theatre has been secured.

Theatre Company Chairman Shirley Moffatt said: “The level of support we received from people surprised all of us.

“It turns out we, and the theatre, may be more important to the town than we thought.

“Over 500 people have signed in support of keeping the theatre open but we have won the battle.

“For the moment the future of the theatre has been temporarily resolved.

“We have been assured by the owners of the Lion Pub that the buildings will not be boarded up.”

Shirley added: “What we want in the long run is for someone to buy the pub so we can work alongside them.

“It’s in such an important part of the town and we would like to see it running again.”

The Theatre Company is pleased to announce that its next performance, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, will go ahead as planned later this month.

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