The Brunton

The Brunton
Ladywell Way, Musselburgh, East Lothian, EH21 6AA
  • Box office 0131 665 2240
  • General enquiries 0131 665 9900
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The Brunton

A meeting place for theatregoers travelling from Edinburgh and East Lothian, this friendly mid-sized Musselburgh venue provides a busy programme of visiting drama, dance, music, comedy, children’s theatre, film, workshops and musicals, as well as amateur and community productions. It also produces its own popular pantomime with a strong local flavour. All seats in the modern 300-capacity theatre have a clear, open view of the stage, making it comfortable for everyone and particularly well suited to children. The multi-million pound refurbishment of the main hall upstairs, which seats 500, hosts a variety of concerts including classical music, comedy and dance performances, as well as regular cinema screenings showing new releases, National Theatre Live and Royal Opera House live screenings. The hall, known as venue 1, is also available to hire. The organisation has close relationships with a number of performing arts organisations, not least the resident children's theatre company Catherine Wheels, which works internationally and with local schools. The spacious curved bar serves drinks before the show and during the interval, while the bistro serves snacks and lunches as well as more substantial pre-theatre suppers. Artwork around the theatre by Glasgow-based glass artist Deborah Campbell was created to replicate themes from the Musselburgh Fisherman’s Walk with fish, creels, seaweed and waves incorporated into the design. There is plentiful parking in the surrounding area.

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Brunton Lunchtime Classical Concerts

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland: Pianos @ One Enjoy a showcase of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s finest piano students and staff in this exciting nine concert series. Escape the hustle and bustle with soup and a sandwich at 12 noon (extra charge applies, call venue on 0131 665 2240 to book) followed by an hour…

Sat 24 Nov

£15; £13 / 0131 665 2240

Performance by the former winner of the Scottish Piano Competition, Tom Poster.

Buddy Holly & The Cricketers

Rock'n'rollercoaster of a show featuring all the timeless classics from a band who have been on the tribute trail for over a quarter of a century. Enjoy hits including 'That’ll Be The Day', 'Peggy Sue', 'Heartbeat', 'It Doesn’t Matter Anymore', 'Raining In My Heart' and 'Oh Boy!'.

Sat 8 Dec

£20 / 0131 665 2240

Christmas show.

Christmas Country Cracker

Christmas show from Irish country stars Mick Flavin, Gary Gamble as Fanta Claus, Boxcar Brian and Cowboy Larry.

Fri 14 Dec

£21.50 / 0131 665 2240

  • 19:30

Counterfeit Sixties Show

A nostalgic night of 60s music, interspersed with video clips from the era. The band performs songs by The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Monkees and many more.

Sat 2 Feb 2019

£17.60–£19.80 / 0131 665 2240

  • 19:30 – 22:00

Craig Hill: C'mon The Lads!

The no-holds-barred comedian returns with a show not about football.

Fri 1 Feb 2019

£18.50 (£16.50) / 0131 665 2240

Daniel Sloss: X

The Scottish comedian, and recipient of the 2016 Sydney Comedy Festival 'Best of the Fest' International Award, presents his latest show.

Sat 1 Dec

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 665 2240

Family Hogmanay in the Honest Toun

Hogmanay celebrations for all the family. During the day at The Brunton there are family ceilidhs, drumming workshops, storytelling and puppet theatre. In the evening gather outside for the lantern parade and a fireworks display at Fisherrow Links.

Mon 31 Dec

Times to be confirmed / £5–£25 / 0131 665 2240


An affectionate celebration of the life and music of George Michael including his early days with Wham!.

Thu 7 Mar 2019

£26.40 (£24.20) / 0131 665 2240

Fiddlesticks Orchestra

Pop, rock, folk and classical.

Fri 7 Dec

£12 (£9) / 0131 665 2240

Christmas Concert

Funbox: Once Upon a Christmas

Seasonal singalongs and festive fun with Anya, Kevin, Gary and Bonzo the Dog (formerly of The Singing Kettle).

Fri 21 Dec

£14 / 0131 665 2240

Sat 22 Dec

£14 / 0131 665 2240

Sun 23 Dec

£14 / 0131 665 2240

Mon 24 Dec

£14 / 0131 665 2240

Gordon Buchanan: Animal Families and Me

Wildlife presenter and cameraman Gordon Buchanan, best known for his hugely popular BBC series Animal Family and Me, talks about some of his most challenging expeditions.

Wed 21 Nov

£16; £14 / 0131 665 2240

  • 19:30

Gordon Buchanan, Television Wildlife Cameraman

Join Gordon Buchanan, the highly acclaimed television wildlife cameraman and presenter of the popular BBC Animal Family and Me series, for a unique opportunity to hear personal recollections of his globetrotting travels and to witness a world of weird, wild and wonderful wildlife – all illustrated with his own film…

Wed 21 Nov

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 665 2240

Part of Book Week Scotland.

He Writes the Songs: The Manilow Songbook

A musical about the life and career of Barry Manilow, featuring hits like 'Mandy', 'Could it be Magic',' and 'Copacabana', presented by Crowded House Entertainments.

Sat 13 Apr 2019

Times & prices to be confirmed / 0131 665 2240

Karen Matheson

Widely recognised as the haunting vocals of Celtic supergroup Capercaillie, Karen has been called the finest Gaelic singer alive today and honoured with many awards.

Sat 1 Dec

£20 (£18) / 0131 665 2240

Part of Saltire Festival.

The Magic of Motown

Tribute to the sweet soul sounds of Motown starring the supremely-talented Magic of Motown band, with hits made famous by the Isley Brothers, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Martha Reeves and more.

Sat 17 Nov

£28.60 / 0131 665 2240

Maximiliano Martin, Philip Highman & Julian Milford

Classical concert from SCO principal cello Philip Higham and principal clarinet Maximiliano Martín, with pianist Julian Milford.

Tue 11 Dec

£8.50 (Including lunch £15) / 0131 665 2240

  • 13:00

National Theatre Live: I'm Not Running

New play by David Hare, premiering at the National Theatre and broadcast live to cinemas.

Thu 31 Jan 2019

£13.50 (£11.50) / 0131 665 2240

National Theatre Live: The Madness Of George III

  • 2018

Alan Bennett's multi-award-winning drama is broadcast live from Nottingham Playhouse.

Tue 20 Nov

£13.50 (£11.50) / 0131 665 2240

  • 19:00

Royal Opera House: La Traviata

  • 2019
  • Directed by: Yves Abel (cond)
  • Written by: Verdi

Richard Eyre's stunning production of Verdi's best-loved opera returns with star sopranos Ermonela Jaho and Angel Blue as Violetta; the casts also include Plácido Domingo and Charles Castronovo.

Wed 30 Jan 2019

£15 (£12.50) / 0131 665 2240

Royal Opera House: The Nutcracker

  • 2018

A Christmas treat for the whole family and a classic with a special place in the hearts of ballet fans around the world. The Royal Ballet's production of The Nutcracker will be broadcast live from the Royal Opera House to theatres across the UK.

Mon 3 Dec

£15 (£12.50) / 0131 665 2240

  • 19:15

Soul Legends

A night of soul classics.

Thu 24 Jan 2019

£26.40 (£24.20) / 0131 665 2240

Sweet Caroline

The good times never seemed so good… introducing Sweet Caroline, the ultimate tribute to Neil Diamond featuring Gary Ryan, as seen on ‘Stars in Their Eyes’. Taking it back to where it began, this musical journey celebrates 50 years of a legend. From Brooklyn to Hollywood, Neil Diamond has left a legacy of great songs…

Sat 16 Feb 2019

£26.40 (£24.20) / 0131 665 2240

Tide Lines

Scottish four-piece influenced by the traditional music of the West Highlands.

Fri 30 Nov

£15 / 0131 665 2240

Part of Saltire Festival.

Reviews & features

Play time: raising the curtain on experimental and traditional theatre

23 Sep 2016

From the Royal Lyceum to Buzzcut Festival, Gareth K Vile looks at theatrical extremes in Edinburgh and Glasgow

Both Glasgow and Edinburgh have strong traditions of popular and experimental theatre. Although the major venues on both coasts of the central belt often collaborate, each of the cities have their own particular performance personality: Glasgow goes for…

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