THE Brunton has announced in a statement that it will close for performances until at least June following a roof survey.

Last Wednesday, it was confirmed following a planned roof inspection that "structural issues" had been detected on the theatre's roof, causing a temporary closure of the auditorium.

This was followed by an update last Thursday which indicated that the roof inspection was being expanded to other parts of the structure and that Venue 1 would close until further notice.

The Musselburgh theatre, located on the town's Ladywell Way, regularly hosts film screenings, theatre productions and comedy among other entertainment.

A variety of shows had already been cancelled or rescheduled as a result of the temporary closure, but now the theatre has confirmed that no shows will go ahead at The Brunton until at least June.

Theatre staff stressed that no upcoming shows were "cancelled" and that they would strive to find alternative locations and dates for the events.

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Mark Stitt, chair of Brunton Theatre Trust, said in a statement: "East Lothian Council have informed us that further survey across all performance area roof spaces at The Brunton.

"Therefore we are unable to go ahead with planned events within The Brunton.

"We are determined not to disappoint our customers or performers, therefore we will not be cancelling any of our programming at this stage. We ask you to bear with us as we work to find alternative venues and dates for the events you are booked in for, between now and June.

"We will get back to you as soon as possible with more information.

"Brunton Theatre Trust have a long history of staging professional arts and entertainment events out and about around East Lothian and we are working with our partners to ensure that the shows will go on."

East Lothian Council confirmed that the roof surveys were part of UK-wide advisory to inspect public buildings that contained reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC) in their construction.

RAAC is a lightweight form of concrete used in roof, floor, cladding and wall construction in the UK from the mid-1950s to the mid-1980s.

The council confirmed that it started inspecting buildings with RACC in early 2022 with "roof condition" surveys and risk assessments to take place.

An East Lothian Council spokesperson said: "Structural issues have now been identified with roof areas at The Brunton covering all performance venues, the Venue 1 bar area and Esk Rooms, where RAAC in the form of Siporex roof slabs cover these particular building areas.

"From a safety perspective, these areas now require to be removed from use to enable further survey work to be carried out.

"The offices and the bistro are not affected and so remain open for use.

"We will endeavour to provide an update when possible and are working to support the Brunton Theatre Trust with its programme of events and performance commitments through consideration of alternative venues.

"Brunton Theatre Trust will aim to continue its programme at alternative venues in the county and will be contacting all ticket holders and event bookers."