THE Beacon Arts Centre has closed its doors to the public as measures to tackle the coronavirus outbreak intensify.

In line with the UK and Scottish Government’s advice for people to avoid social contact, the team at the waterfront theatre have suspended all activities with immediate effect until further notice to support measures to combat the spread of COVID-19.

It means a whole series of upcoming shows and other activities at the centre have been shelved.

With no idea of when the venue will be able to reopen, it is facing a major financial blow.

Theatregoers who have already purchased tickets are being asked to turn the value of the ticket into a donation to the theatre.

They can also decide to exchange the ticket for a winter season performance, or transfer the value of a ticket into credit for a future show.

A spokesperson for the Beacon said: "As always, our priority remains the health and wellbeing of our audiences, participants and staff.

"We hope to reschedule affected performances and will be in touch with ticket holders as quickly as possible.

"As an arts charity operating in the local community, we are reliant on the support of customers, funders and stakeholders.

"We thank our customers for their support and patience during this uncertain time and are grateful to our funders for their continued support.

"We are also grateful to the many producers, artists and organisations we work with for their understanding.

"It is with great sadness that we temporarily close our doors and we look forward to welcoming you back when we reopen."