The Brunton Theatre Trust has thanked the community for its quick response in helping to find alternative venues for shows scheduled at The Brunton.

It was announced last week that The Brunton would close for all performances until June due to "structural issues" found with the theatre's roof.

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The trust has been working to find alternate venues for shows up until June with many shows already finding new homes in Musselburgh and Edinburgh.

Michael Stitt, chair of Brunton Theatre Trust, said: “This is not a scenario we could have imagined just two weeks ago, but we now have performances taking place at Loretto School theatre, North Esk Church, Musselburgh Grammar School and Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh.

“Where possible we are keeping our events in Musselburgh, as that is the home of The Brunton.

“It is no small task liaising with venues and companies to make sure their needs can be met and the staff at The Brunton have all pulled together with incredible versatility and creativity to overcome obstacles and forge new partnerships.

“The Brunton is at the heart of cultural and community life in Musselburgh and is of vital importance to the town.”

“It is recognised that attendance at and participation in the arts has a positive impact on wellbeing.”

Loretto School's theatre, situated off Millhill, will host Musselburgh Amateur Musical Association’s show Made in Dagenham, with the first show now set to take place the week beginning May 29.

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Councillor Andy Forrest, trustee of Brunton Theatre Trust, said finding a venue for the show was a huge relief.

He said: “When we heard the news about Brunton Theatre, our first concern was for the dance school families and community performers.

“We were very concerned at the thought of disappointing these families, so are absolutely delighted that Loretto School have come to our rescue.

“Their theatre set up is also ideal for some of Brunton Theatre Trust’s professional programme.”

North Esk Church is now the host of the Bite-sized Concerts at Lunchtime series, which is regularly held at The Brunton.

Soup and a sandwich will now be served in the church hall with the concerts taking place in the church.

James Waters, classical music programmer at The Brunton said: “North Esk Church has a lovely, special atmosphere.

“The acoustics work really well for solo recitals, chamber music and larger ensembles, as well as other music styles. It is just over the road from The Brunton, so easily accessible for our audiences.”

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A night at The Brunton, for many people, also includes pre theatre supper at The Bistro.

The Bistro remains open for business and is very much welcoming pre theatre diners as well as daytime customers for snacks and lunches.

Norma Buchanan, owner of The Bistro, said: “This situation was certainly a shock to our system but we are delighted that Brunton Theatre Trust have managed to keep so much of their programme in Musselburgh, so that our customers can still enjoy pre theatre suppers at The Bistro.

“We will make sure bookers get to their event on time and if needed will arrange transport to get them from The Brunton to their new venue in Musselburgh.”

Lesley Smith, general manager at The Brunton, said: “We are grateful for the support and understanding shown to our staff from our customers, as they patiently await updates about events they have booked for.

“We appreciate that these changes are coming at short notice, however we will not cancel shows unless there is absolutely no other alternative. We are exploring all options possible and do not want to disappoint our customers.”

More information on cancelled and rescheduled shows can be found on The Brunton website.