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Liverpool’s Lantern Theatre forced into closure

The Lantern Theatre will shut its doors on July 31
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A popular Liverpool fringe theatre is being forced to close after the building in which it is based was sold by its owners.

The Lantern Theatre, located in a converted warehouse in the city’s creative Baltic Triangle quarter, will shut its doors on July 31 following its annual Shiny New Festival.

A statement released by the theatre company’s owners, Margaret Connell and Siobhan Noble, said they were working to ensure the Lantern lived on, but that it faced an “uncertain future” without a venue.

They said: “It is with great sadness that we must announce the closure of our Blundell Street venue following the sale of the building that we currently call home.

“We had hoped to remain in Blundell Street beyond our lease but the sale of the building means we must now find a new, more suitable venue.”

They concluded: “At present our future is uncertain. We are exploring a number of avenues and will make further announcements very soon.”

With a 75-seat audience capacity, the theatre hosts a mixture of theatre, comedy and live music.

It was founded in 2009 by Tiny Giants Productions, before being taken over in 2011 by Connell and Noble.

Programming at the venue includes the annual Shiny New Festival, now in its fifth year, which showcases theatre work before it travels to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The building’s owner, Blundell Street Works, could not be reached for comment.