Brunton temporary closure

Mar 15 2023 | By More

“Structural issues” close Musselburgh venue

The Brunton theatre in Musselburgh has had to close temporarily, following the discovery of structural issues within the theatre space during planned roofing inspection work.

Currently, the venue has had to cancel the screening of The Fabelmans tonight, Wednesday 15 March 2023, and Saturday 18 March’s performance of Unbecoming by Company of Wolves. The venue says that all bookers have been contacted.

The Brunton Theatre. Photo: Thom Dibdin

In a statement put out today, the theatre says: “Audience members and groups with existing bookings are being contacted to discuss the options available.”

Currently the issue is confined to the theatre space, with the Bistro unaffected and remaining open as usual.

However, further inspections of the theatre’s upstairs spaces: Venues 1 and 2 are being carried out by the council. It will inform the Brunton as soon as it can whether there will be any impact on upcoming planned events in these spaces.

Full statement

The full statement from the Michael Stitt, Chair of the Brunton Theatre Trust reads:

“Brunton Theatre Trust has been advised by East Lothian Council that during planned roofing inspection work, structural issues have been identified within our Theatre space. This means that the Theatre space has been closed temporarily with immediate effect, whilst more detailed inspections are carried out.

“Audience members and groups with existing bookings are being contacted to discuss the options available. Further inspection is being carried out in Venues 1 and 2, and the Council will let us know as soon as they can, whether this will have any impact on upcoming planned events in these areas.

“The Bistro at The Brunton is unaffected by this and remains open as usual.
We will provide updates as soon as we have them, meanwhile we ask our customers to bear with us, as we work through this complicated situation.

“Brunton Theatre Trust is committed to providing a diverse, high quality arts and entertainment programme of events and participatory projects within East Lothian. We will continue to work with our partners in the coming days to explore all options available for our programme, our audiences and our venue bookers to make sure that we continue to do this.”


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