The theatre at Poole’s Lighthouse arts centre has been forced to close for the rest of its summer season due to extensive water damage.
According to a press statement, an accident occurred during a fit-up on July 1, resulting in the sprinkler system being broken.
This led to flooding which extensively damaged the theatre, dressing rooms and technical equipment.
Staff responded by shutting down the electrical system and contacting the fire brigade.
The theatre will remain closed until the end of the summer season. All shows that were due to take place over the summer will be relocated, postponed or cancelled. These include This Is Your Life on July 6 and 7, Robin and the Sherwood Hoodies on July 16 and The Wizard of Oz from July 19 to 21.
The theatre had already planned to close for maintenance during August. All other areas of the Lighthouse, including the galleries, concert hall and cinema, remain open.
Sara St George, deputy chief executive, said: “The safety of our staff and customers is paramount so we took the precaution to review the extent of the damage and fully test all our systems throughout the building on July 2.
“The incident was contained within the theatre, which will remain closed for the immediate future. Although investigations and related follow-up activities will continue for several days or weeks, all other spaces will be fully operational.”
Customers will receive information from the ticket office about whether events due to take place in the theatre space will be moved or postponed.