Robin Hood Theatre in Averham to reopen in April

Tim Pollard is Nottingham's official Robin Hood Actor Tim Pollard has been Nottingham's official Robin Hood for over 16 years

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A theatre that closed suddenly in 2007 after failing a safety inspection is set to reopen in April.

The Robin Hood Theatre, in Averham, Nottinghamshire, was home to a theatre group which fought for the reopening.

The Robin Hood Theatre Company said it had raised more than £50,000 towards making safety improvements to the theatre to comply with regulations.

The company has been performing in village halls and schools in the Newark area to keep going since the closure.

Renovation work on the "enhanced" 150-seat theatre, built in 1913, will not be completed for the opening performance on 8 April.

However, the company said: "Having a permanent home also means that we can start to plan for the re-establishment of the Robin Hood Youth Theatre."

It added: "We hope we have collected new audiences on the way who will be excited to see the theatre for the first time.

"Touring has needed extra effort in every production as we had to move everything, but we will not give up the touring experience as we have developed new skills."

Nottinghamshire County Council supported the restoration work with a £30,000 investment.

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