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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  • Website thebrunton.co.uk
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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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Battle of the Sexes

  • 4 stars
  • 2017
  • US
  • 2h 1min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris
  • Cast: Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Andrea Riseborough, Elisabeth Shue
  • UK release: 24 November 2017

Based on the true story of the 1973 tennis match between unrepentant male chauvinist ex-no. 1 Bobby Riggs (Carell) and Wimbledon champion Billie Jean King (Stone). An irresistible story, with Carell finding the outrageous and the sad within Riggs, and Stone’s warm and forceful performance winning the film.

Wed 21 Feb

£8 (£7) / 0131 665 2240

  • 19:30

Bingo!

Featuring barnstorming original numbers, a lot of banter and cheeky humour, join multi-award winning Scottish theatre companies Grid Iron and Stellar Quines for an unforgettable night at Bingo!.

Sat 31 Mar

£16 (£14) / 0131 665 2240

Breakin' Rules

An evening of headspinning action from some of the UK's finest dance crews.

Fri 2 Feb

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 665 2240

Thu 29 Mar

£9 (£7) / 0131 665 2240

Calamity Jane

An action-packed comedy adventure about the formidable frontierswoman, staged by MAMA.

Thu 12 Apr

£13; £12 (£12 on Thursday) / 0131 665 2240

Fri 13 Apr

£13; £12 (£12 on Thursday) / 0131 665 2240

Sat 14 Apr

£13 / 0131 665 2240

£13; £12 (£12 on Thursday) / 0131 665 2240

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 10 Mar

£15–£17 / 01642 552663

  • 19:30 – 22:00

Craig Hill: Someone's Gonna Get Kilt!

High camp buffoonery from the kilted comedian.

Fri 2 Feb

£17.50 (£15.50) / 0131 665 2240

Dad's Army Radio Hour

Two actors play 25 characters in this staging of classic radio scripts based on favourite episodes from the original TV series.

Sat 21 Apr

£16 (£14) / 0131 665 2240

Darkest Hour

  • 4 stars
  • 2017
  • UK
  • 1h 54min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Joe Wright
  • Cast: Gary Oldman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Ben Mendlesohn, Ronald Pickup
  • UK release: 12 January 2018

May 1940: the situation in Europe is worsening, and Britain needs a new prime minister. The latest in a very long line of recent Churchill performances is by far the best: Oldman is virtually unrecognisable and attacks the part with relish, with Scott Thomas excellent as his wife Clemmie. It may veer into hero worship but…

Wed 11 Apr

£8 (£7) / 0131 665 2240

Double Feature

Edinburgh’s favourite comedy double act, Andy Gray and Grant Stott, are back in a new play written by Only an Excuse ’s Phil Differ.

Fri 27 Apr

£16 (£14) / 0131 665 2240

Eddie and the Slumber Sisters

An interactive show that with warm-heart, songs and humour, explores grieving through the eyes of a child. Recommended for ages 8+.

Fri 27 Apr

Times to be confirmed / £9 (Children £7; Family £30) / 0131 665 2240

Sat 28 Apr

Times to be confirmed / £9 (Children £7; Family £30) / 0131 665 2240

Fisk

Drama using puppetry, movement and design to tell the tale of a tiny fishing vessel in a stormy sea. Ages 14+.

Sat 10 Feb

£13.50 (£11.50) / 0131 665 2240

Freagra: A Blurred Expanse

A playful, colourful performance of contemporary dance, suitable for all ages, with universal themes of community, conflict and harmony. Performed by five exceptional dancers, choreographed by Rob Heaslip, and accompanied by an original music score and breath-taking lighting and costume design.

Mon 12 Mar

£12 (£10; Children £8.50) / 0131 665 2240

God Only Knows

Comedian Mark Ritchie presents his latest show, God Only Knows, back to his home town.

Fri 20 Apr

£10 / 0131 665 2240

The Greatest Showman

  • 4 stars
  • 2017
  • US
  • 1h 45min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Michael Gracey
  • Cast: Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson, Zendaya

A musical version of the life of showman and genius of hype PT Barnum (Jackman), and how he went from running a museum of ‘curiosities’ to promoting Swedish soprano Jenny Lind (Ferguson). Jackman has rock-star charisma and Gracey delivers a kaleidoscopic, family-friendly spectacle.

Wed 7 Mar

£8 (£7) / 0131 665 2240

  • 19:30

Jason Donovan

First came Neighbours, then the West End beckoned, not forgetting an appearance in the celebrity jungle. And now he's singing again, especially for us.

Fri 2 Mar

£25 / 0131 665 2240

  • 19:30

The Jerseys

Four-piece tribute to Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons.

Wed 21 Feb

£24 (£21.50) / 0131 665 2240

The Johnny Cash Roadshow

Cash tribute from singer-songwriter Clive John.

Fri 16 Feb

£22 (£20) / 0131 665 2240

The Legends of American Country

Country music tribute show featuring songs by Garth Brooks, Randy Travis, Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette, Merle Haggard, Alan Jackson, Buck Owens and Johnny Cash.

Sun 4 Feb

£20 / 0131 665 2240

  • 19:30

Les Misérables

Captivate Theatre's take on one of the most loved musicals of all time.

Wed 28 Feb

£15 (£13) / 0131 665 2240

Thu 1 Mar

£15 (£13) / 0131 665 2240

Fri 2 Mar

£15 (£13) / 0131 665 2240

Sat 3 Mar

£15 (£13) / 0131 665 2240

Little Light

A small energetic star falls from the sky and starts to explore the world. Set in a traditional Bedouin tent, puppetry, music and dance combine to tell this magical story of a little light, a lonely boy and a dog. Suitable for age 5+. A co-production between Vision Mechanics and Jordan's Haya Cultural Centre.

Sat 7 Apr

£8 (Children £7) / 0131 665 2240

Part of Puppet Animation Festival.

Little Shop of Horrors

The cult musical about a florist who discovers that his favourite plant is a flesh-craving alien from outer space.

Thu 15 Feb

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 665 2240

Fri 16 Feb

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 665 2240

Sat 17 Feb

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 665 2240

MAMA Revue

Warm up your winter with Musselburgh Amateur Musical Association as they present a selection of musical entertainment for all the family to enjoy.

Thu 18 Jan

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 665 2240

Fri 19 Jan

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 665 2240

Sat 20 Jan

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 665 2240

Mansfield School of Music in Concert: Remembering Roy McGillivray

The school has a special charity concert in memory of its founder, who died in 2016.

Sat 20 Jan

£15 / 0131 665 2240

Michael English

Lilting pop, country and soul by the Irish singer-songwriter and pianist.

Thu 8 Mar

£22.50 / 0131 665 2240

Molly's Game

  • 3 stars
  • 2017
  • 2h 20min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Aaron Sorkin
  • Cast: Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner

Competitive skier Molly Bloom (Chastain) turns to running professional poker games after suffering a career-ending sports injury. Sorkin’s directorial debut features much of his crisp dialogue which Chastain and Elba manage to make sound natural; shame about the script’s dispiriting preoccupation with Molly’s daddy issues.

Wed 14 Mar

£8 (£7) / 0131 665 2240

  • 19:30

National Theatre Live: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

A bold reimagining of Tennessee Williams Cat on a Hot Tin Roof starring Sienna Miller alongside Jack O’Connell and Colm Meaney.

Thu 22 Feb

£13.50 (£11.50) / 0131 665 2240

  • 19:00

National Theatre Live: Julius Caesar

  • 2018
  • Directed by: Nicholas Hytner
  • Cast: Ben Whishaw, Michelle Fairley

Ben Whishaw and Michelle Fairley play Brutus and Cassius in Nicholas Hytner’s production of Shakespeare's political drama.

Thu 22 Mar

£13.50 (£11.50) / 0131 665 2240

  • 19:00

National Theatre Live: Young Marx

  • 2017
  • Directed by: Nicholas Hytner
  • Written by: Richard Bean, Clive Coleman.
  • Cast: Rory Kinnear, Oliver Chris

Rory Kinnear is Marx and Oliver Chris is Engels, in this new comedy written by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman.

Wed 31 Jan

£13.50 (£11.50) / 0131 665 2240

Phantom Thread

  • 2017
  • US
  • 2h 10min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Paul Thomas Anderson
  • Cast: Vicky Krieps, Daniel Day-Lewis, Lesley Manville

The story of a dressmaker in 50s London.

Wed 25 Apr

£8 (£7) / 0131 665 2240

  • 19:30

The Police Sting Show

Sting / Police tribute act.

Sat 24 Mar

£15; £13 / 0131 665 2240

The Post

  • 3 stars
  • 2018
  • US
  • 1h 56min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Steven Spielberg
  • Cast: Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Sarah Paulson
  • UK release: 19 January 2018

The story of how the Washington Post, led by its publisher Katherine Graham (Streep) and editor Ben Bradlee (Hanks), got the chance to print devastating revelations about US involvement in Vietnam. An old-fashioned Hollywood showstopper with a stellar supporting cast, and sizeable if predictable performances from the leads.

Wed 18 Apr

£8 (£7) / 0131 665 2240

Private Lives

London Classic Theatre presents Noel Coward's sparkling comedy.

Tue 13 Feb

0131 665 2240

Wed 14 Feb

0131 665 2240

Rock'n'Roll Paradise

Classic hits by Elvis, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis and the Big Bopper performed by talented soloists and backed by the Paradise Band to leave you rocking all night long.

Sat 7 Apr

£23 (£21) / 0131 665 2240

Royal Opera House: Carmen

Jakub Hrusa and Christopher Willis conduct two casts led by Anna Goryachova and Gaelle Arquez in the title role of Bizet's passionate opera.

Tue 6 Mar

£15 (£12.50) / 0131 665 2240

  • 18:45

Royal Opera House: Macbeth

  • 2018
  • 3h 20min
  • Directed by: Phyllida Lloyd
  • Cast: Anna Netrebko, Željko Lučić, Ildebrando D’Arcangelo.
  • UK release: 4 April 2018

Something wicked this way comes in Phyllida Lloyd’s haunting production of Verdi’s opera based on Shakespeare’s tragedy.

Wed 4 Apr

£15 (£12.50) / 0131 665 2240

Royal Opera House: The Winter's Tale

  • 2018
  • 3h
  • Directed by: Christopher Wheeldon
  • UK release: 28 December 2018

Christopher Wheeldon’s ballet adaptation of Shakespeare’s tale of love and loss, with music by Joby Talbot.

Wed 28 Feb

£15 (£12.50) / 0131 665 2240

  • 19:15

Royal Opera House: Tosca

  • 2018
  • 3h
  • Directed by: Jonathan Kent
  • UK release: 7 February 2018

A great evening of opera with drama, passion and fabulous music. Jonathan Kent’s production draws on the dangerous turbulence of Rome in 1800.

Wed 7 Feb

£15 (£12.50) / 0131 665 2240

  • 19:15

Ryan Corbett

Music by Bach, Scarlatti and Rameau, played on the accordion.

Tue 20 Feb

£8 in advance; £9 on the day; £14 for lunch and concert / 0131 665 2240

  • 13:00

Simon Says Dance: Confetti!

The annual performance for Simon Says Dance Juniors, showcasing the students’ incredible talents. A show full of upbeat and exciting dance performances.

Sat 17 Mar

£10 (£8) / 0131 665 2240

£10; £8 / 0131 665 2240

Sun 18 Mar

£10 (£8) / 0131 665 2240

£10; £8 / 0131 665 2240

Sing In The City

Scottish modern choir led by Kirsty Baird performing songs from across the decades.

Fri 26 Jan

£11 / 0131 665 2240

Susan Tomes

  • Written by: Ligeti

Classical pianist from Edinburgh.

Sat 24 Feb

£14 for concert; high tea and concert £27.25 (£12 for concert: high tea and concert £25.25) / 0131 665 2240

Haydn: Variations in F minor, Hob.XVII:6; Beethoven: Piano Sonata No 1 in F minor, Op 2; Haydn: Piano Sonata in E flat major, Hob.XVI:52.

  • 15:00

Sweeney Todd

An adaptation of Sondheim's dark musical about a murderous barber and his devious plots of revenge. Presented by Captivate Theatre.

Thu 26 Apr

£15 (£13; Family £54) / 0131 665 2240

Fri 27 Apr

£15 (£13; Family £54) / 0131 665 2240

Sat 28 Apr

£15 (£13; Family £54) / 0131 665 2240

The Tannahill Weavers

The Tannahill Weavers' arrangements blend the beauty of traditional melodies with the power of modern rhythms.

Thu 19 Apr

£14 (£12) / 0131 665 2240

  • 19:30

Sat 3 Feb

£9 (£7) / 0131 665 2240

Transitions Dance Company

Choreographers Richard Chappell, Jarkko Partenen and Hagit Yakira present modern dance works featuring fourteen student dancers.

Fri 9 Mar

£12 (£10; Children £8.50) / 0131 665 2240

A Vision of Elvis

2008 European Elvis Tribute Artist Champion Rob Kingsley presents the total Elvis package, from custom-made costumes to that curl of the lip.

Sat 28 Apr

£20 (£18) / 0131 665 2240

£22.50 (£20.50) / 0131 665 2240

What The Butler Saw

Quirky Pond's production of Joe Orton's 1960s comedy about a doctor's sexual exploits with his new young secretary.

Thu 22 Mar

£12; £10 / 0131 665 2240

Fri 23 Mar

£12; £10 / 0131 665 2240

Wolves

The wolf pack community is set against the dangers of the big bad wolf, in a world of fairy tale imagery swaying between littered and tidied, wild and domestic. Storytelling with live music from Mairi Campbell.

Fri 23 Feb

£8.50–£12 / 0131 665 2240

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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