Edinburgh Playhouse sends porn DVDs to children
The theatre had meant to send recordings of its summer schools for children.
But the DVDs were reported to have featured explicit sexual content.
The Playhouse said the fault lay with the production company that made the DVDs and that an investigation had begun.
Theatre bosses said the error was only discovered by staff after one of them picked up a copy for themselves and played it.
The DVDs have since been recalled.
A 10-year-old girl, who had attended a summer stage school at the Playhouse earlier this year, was reported to have been sent the DVD.
Her father described the film as “absolutely disgusting filth”.
Some of the children and parents affected have posted messages on social media sites expressing their shock.
Many had waited for months for the DVDs.
The mistake appears to have happened during the creation of the DVDs at the production company and a full investigation has begun.
A Playhouse spokesman said: “The Edinburgh Playhouse sincerely apologises for any distress caused by this totally unacceptable mistake.
“We took immediate measures to recall all of the DVDs, sought the advice of the police and notified those affected customers as a matter of urgency.
“The error occurred at the third party place of manufacture and we have demanded that the DVD production company launches a full investigation into the incident.”
Police Scotland said no crime had been committed as this was a production error rather than a deliberate circulation of pornography to youngsters.