Vintage costumes stolen days before Lincoln show debut

The cast of a Lincoln production of the stage musical Guys and Dolls have launched an appeal after thieves stole costumes from a cast member’s car boot, days before the first performance.

The Lincoln Amateur Operatic & Dramatic Society are holding the production on Tuesday, April 14, with the show running until Saturday afternoon (April 18).

But the production has been thrown into chaos as a number of 1940s-styled vintage dresses were taken from Kelsey McBride’s car boot on Chapel Lane near Newport Arch.

Lincolnshire Police have said that they believe that the incident occurred at a time between 11pm on Saturday, April 11 and 8am the following morning.

Kelsey confirmed on Facebook that the dresses that were stolen were all of the ones she was due to wear for the production, plus ones for the juniors.

She added that some of the costumes had been found in a nearby alleyway, but the rest are missing.

Cast member Natalie Bogusz said: “We work so very had to be able to purchase these costumes and have enough funds to cover the expense of a show.

“We put so much time and effort in and some worthless individual thinks it’s ok to take that from us.”

A number of people have responded to a social media appeal by offering to donate their costumes to the production.

Anyone who thinks they may be able to help get 1940s-style costumes together for the group should contact LAODS via

Guys and Dolls is at the LPAC between April 14 and 18.

Guys and Dolls is at the LPAC between April 14 and 18.

The production at the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre (LPAC) is due to start on April 14 at 7.30pm. Tickets start at £10.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Lincolnshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 118 of April 12.