A Washington, D.C., judge granted a preliminary injunction Tuesday barring the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s ouster from its longtime home, writes The Washington Post.
The Tony-winning stage group is fighting a nearly seven-fold rent increase sought by the Lansburgh Theatre Inc. The landlord, also a nonprofit, says it needs to increase annual rent from $70,000 to $480,000 to pay for millions of dollars in needed repairs at the venue.
Lansburgh Theatre Inc. was established 20 years ago as a “supporting organization” for the Shakespeare Theatre when the building was donated for nonprofit use. The Shakespeare contends the Lansburgh is improperly acting like a commercial landlord.