The Brunton

The Brunton
Ladywell Way, Musselburgh, East Lothian, EH21 6AA
  • Box office 0131 653 5245
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  • Opening times Mon–Fri 10am–3pm.
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Last updated: 25 May 2021

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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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You can dance, you can jive, having the time of your life. ABBAMANIA - Celebrating 47 Years of ABBA Europe's leading Abba tribute, Abbamania, continue to entertain audiences with their outstanding vocals and musical performance live on stage. Abbamania's widely acclaimed tribute to Abba is a sensational two hour show…

Sat 16 Apr

£25 (£23) / 0131 653 5245

Alex Hodgson: Tickety Boo

Scottish songs, humour, stories and fun for all the family to enjoy. This must be one of the most genuine selections of heartfelt writing to enjoy this festival. There is something available for everyone, whilst show casing old new and traditional songs and stories. This extravaganza of a show is both woven and entwined…

Sat 27 Aug

£16 (£14) / 0131 653 5245

Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham

Musical double act Phil and Aly bring together a feast of musical talent and witty banter.

Fri 27 May

£21 (£19) / 0131 653 5245

And Finally … Phil Collins

Tribute to the ex-Genesis man.

Sat 24 Sep

£20 (£18) / 0131 653 5245

Big Girls Don't Cry

Oh what a night you'll have at this tribute to Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons, with all the hits from 'Sherry' to 'Grease is the Word'.

Fri 4 Mar

£28 (£26) / 0131 653 5245

The Brandon McPhee Experience

Scottish accordion champion Brandon McPhee and his 5 piece band. Brandon's first interest in music, he was 10 years old, influenced by his grandad he took up a 3 row button box by the time he was 17 he had won many competitions. His first at the age of 11, later 3 times gold at the Royal National Mod and then at 17 the…

Wed 16 Feb

£21.50 / 0131 653 5245

The Chicago Blues Brothers

This award winning spectacular is one of Europe’s biggest and best loved productions of the Blues Brothers. The high octane, adrenaline pumping musical mash-up has jump started the legacy of Jake and Elwood for a new generation.

Sat 26 Mar

£22.50 / 0131 653 5245

  • 19:30

Christine Bovill's-Piaf

After a hugely successful tour in 2013, 2015 and again in 2016, Christine Bovill returns to the stage with her award winning show. No glamour. No gimmicks. No pretence. Nothing but a voice, singing of life's triumphs and tragedies. Who was Edith Piaf? And how did she come to represent the spirit of Paris like no-one…

Thu 31 Mar

£18 (£16) / 0131 653 5245

Dominic Kirwan: Through The Eyes Of A Irishman

Ireland's International Hit recording Star, Dominic Kirwan, takes to the road again in 2022 with his new show - Dominic Kirwan - Through The Eyes Of An Irishman. Hear all Dominic's big hits, along with some of those lovely Irish favourite songs. Joining Dominic on the tour will be singer/songwriter from Ireland Gary…

Thu 14 Apr

£25 / 0131 653 5245

Egg (16 +)

A powerful new aerial theatre production with live music, telling the true story of a woman who gave her eggs to her friend to have a child. What does it take to make a baby? An accident / right timing / a drunken night / right people / right parts? But what if you don't have all the right parts? Or you do, and one of…

Thu 24 Mar

£12.50 (£10.50) / 0131 653 5245

An Evening with Snooker Greats

Seven times World Snooker Champion, Stephen Hendry takes on his arch rival Jimmy "The Whirlwind" White, with host and referee John Virgo. Come and join the UK's favourite snooker stars as they recreate the matches that saw them rise to the top of their profession. Snooker legend John Virgo is your host and referee for an…

Wed 9 Mar

£45; £65 VIP / 0131 653 5245

Flotsam & Jetsam: Puppet Animation Festival

A hopeful, adventure story about two very different creatures that must learn to work together. Visual theatre with original music and delightful puppetry. Flotsam is soft, flexible, laid back. She slides and glides through life on the ice. Jetsam is the opposite, his insectile body is stiff and nervy, alert and watchful…

Sat 16 Apr

£8.50 (Children £7.50) / 0131 653 5245

  • 14:00

Free Again: Spirit of Bad Company & Free

A concert experience of pure Bad Company and Free nostalgia. The line-up, made up predominantly from the touring band Hotel California Scotland, sympathetically and faithfully recreate the authentic sound and feel of the ultimate Paul Rodgers back catalogue. Expect a set that includes classic tracks ranging from Feel Like…

Sat 19 Mar

£19.50 (£17.50) / 0131 653 5245

The Fureys

Timeless classics from Irish legends. Irish legends, The Fureys return for another great night of music, songs and stories. Hear them sing their timeless classics including I Will Love You, When You Were Sweet 16, The Green Fields of France, The Old Man, Red Rose Café, From Clare to Here, Here Father Didn't Like Me…

Thu 7 Apr

£22 / 0131 653 5245

The Gardener

Come and meet Frank - he's just started The Amateur Gardeners Appreciation Society and you're cordially invited. Frank's always been a keen gardener but lately he hasn't been getting out quite as much as he'd like, especially not since his wife passed away. After much consideration he's decided it's time to sell up and…

Sat 19 Mar

£10 (£8) / 0131 653 5245

£10 (£8) / 0131 653 5245

Girls Night Oot

It is Saturday night and Lauren's hen do has finally arrived! Lauren, Kelly-Marie and Ali arrive at Donna's house to kick off the night, which will be one to remember. The girls sing and dance and share stories of weight gain, funny memories and play a dangerous game of never have I ever that ends in hilarious outcomes.

Fri 11 Feb

£15 (£13) / 0131 653 5245

Heidi Talbot

Heidi Talbot was born in a small village in Co. Kildare, Ireland, became a folk star in the USA as a member of the Irish American band Cherish the Ladies, and now lives in Edinburgh, Scotland teaching yoga in her spare time. With a background like that, it's hardly surprising she should develop a style that witches easily…

Sat 9 Apr

£17 (£15) / 0131 653 5245

House of Gucci

  • 3 stars
  • 2021
  • US
  • 2h 37min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Ridley Scott
  • Cast: Lady Gaga, Adam Driver, Jared Leto, Jeremy Irons, Salma Hayek, Al Pacino

The turbulent marriage and divorce of Patrizia and Maurizio Gucci, the head of the Gucci fashion house, leads to murder. When Patrizia Reggiani, an outsider from humble beginnings, marries into the Gucci family, her unbridled ambition begins to unravel their legacy and triggers a reckless spiral of betrayal, decadence…

Wed 9 Feb

£8.50 (£7.50) / 0131 653 5245

Iyad Sughayer, Piano - Lunchtime Classical Concert

Mel Bonis: Phoebee Haydn: Piano Sonata No.38 in F, Hob.XVI.23 Sibelius: 6 Impromptus, Op.5 Liszt: Harmonies poetiques et religieuses: No.1 Invocation, No.2 Ave Maria and No.7 Funerailles A musical feast performed by acclaimed Jordanian-Palestinian piano virtuoso Iyad Sughayer. Haydn's piano sonatas are among his finest…

Tue 15 Feb

£16.75 Lunch & Concert; £10 Concert only / 0131 653 5245

Jack Docherty - Nothing But

Following rave reviews and a sell-out run at Edinburgh Festival 2021, Jack Docherty, the BAFTA award-winning star of Scot Squad and Absolutely, and one of Scotland's favourite comic performers, is taking his critically-acclaimed play Nothing But on tour for the first time. A love letter to Edinburgh, the Fringe and summer…

Fri 8 Apr

£15 / 0131 653 5245

Janey Godley's Soup Pot Tour

NEWS ALERT….. Janey Godley and her soup pot are on tour. "Frank Open the door" get ready! So, tell all the Sandra's, Big Frank and all the lassies fresh from Zumba to grab the soup pot and get ready for the "Queen of Scottish Comedy" coming to a town near you! Live voice over's and stand up like you've never seen before.

Fri 11 Mar

£18.50 / 0131 653 5245

Sun 13 Mar

£18.50 / 0131 653 5245

£18.50 / 0131 653 5245

Jersey Beats Oh What A Night

The Jersey Beats celebrate the music of one of the greatest groups of all time, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. It's the show night out not to be missed, that's been wowing crowds in Blackpool since 2014, and now touring the country - Oh What A Night! Matt Andrews leads the vocal quartet as tribute to Frankie Valli…

Thu 24 Feb

£24 (£21.50) / 0131 653 5245

  • 19:30

The King's Man

  • 2021
  • UK / US
  • 2h 11min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Matthew Vaughn
  • Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, Rhys Ifans, Matthew Goode, Tom Hollander, Harris Dickinson, Daniel Brühl, Djimon Hounsou, Charles Dance
  • UK release: 26 December 2021

A prequel to the Kingsman franchise set in the early part of the 20th Century.

Wed 23 Mar

£8.50 (£7.50) / 0131 653 5245

  • 19:30

Legends Of Swing with Down For The Count Swing Orchestra

Down for the Count are a mini big band who bring the sounds of the Swing Era back to life, with an electrifying show full of incredible energy and musicianship. Described as "a breath of fresh air on the swing scene" they regularly found at jazz clubs in the UK and abroad (Ronnie Scott's London, Cadogan Hall, London Jazz…

Sat 29 Jan

£24 (£22) / 0131 653 5245

Magic Of The Beatles

If you're looking for an authentic, lively dose of 'Beatlemania' then you need to look no further! The Magic of The Beatles is one of the UK's leading Beatles tribute shows who play to ecstatic sell-out audiences all over the world. The stars of this lavish production not only look and sound like John, Paul, George and…

Sat 5 Mar

£25 (£23) / 0131 653 5245

Mothering Sunday

  • 4 stars
  • 2021
  • UK
  • 1h 44min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Eva Husson
  • Cast: Odessa Young, Josh O'Connor, Olivia Colman, Colin Firth, Sope Dirisu, Glenda Jackson

"Screenwriter Alice Birch (Normal People, Lady Macbeth) and director Eva Husson (Bang Gang, Girls of the Sun) prove the perfect creative duo bringing rich sensuality to this film starting Olivia Colman, Josh O’Connor and Colin Firth. Henley, in the mid-1920s, young maid Jane (Young) works for the Nivens, one of several…

Wed 23 Feb

£8.50 (£7.50) / 0131 653 5245

National Theatre Live: Leopoldstadt

  • 2020
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Patrick Marber
  • Written by: Tom Stoppard

Regarded as ‘Britain’s greatest living playwright’ (Times), Academy and Tony Award-winner Tom Stoppard’s critically acclaimed new play Leopoldstadt is a passionate drama of love, family and endurance. At the beginning of the 20th century, Leopoldstadt was the old, crowded Jewish quarter of Vienna, Austria. But Hermann…

Thu 27 Jan

£13.50 (£11.50) / 0131 653 5245


  • 4 stars
  • 2021
  • UK / US
  • 1h 38min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Rebecca Hall
  • Cast: Tessa Thompson, Ruth Negga

Passing follows the unexpected reunion of two high school friends, whose renewed acquaintance ignites a mutual obsession that threatens both of their carefully constructed realities.

Wed 26 Jan

£8.50 (£7.50) / 0131 653 5245

Radio GaGa

Have your finest hour, or two! As we bring you Radio GAGA. Be part of a night like no other as we bring you the concert you've been dreaming of! The ultimate celebration of one of the biggest bands to have ever graced the stage - Queen. Break free with us and shake all over like a jellyfish as Radio GaGa recreates two…

Fri 8 Apr

£25 (£23) / 0131 653 5245

Ryan Corbett Accordian - Lunchtime Classical Concert

Music by Bach, Scarlatti, Field, Mendelssohn and Zolotaryov A return for the astonishing Ryan Corbett. We in Scotland have know about this brilliant accordionist for some time, but he has now reached UK national celebrity by winning the Royal Overseas League competition which will launch him on a prestigious career. His…

Tue 8 Mar

£16.75 Lunch & Concert; £10 Concert only / 0131 653 5245


  • 5 stars
  • 2021
  • UK / US / Germany / Chile
  • 1h 51min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Pablo Larraín
  • Cast: Kristen Stewart, Timothy Spall, Jack Farthing, Sean Harris, Sally Hawkins

Pablo Larraín’s sublime ‘fable from a true story’ imagines a Christmas weekend at Sandringham in the early 1990s, as an unhappy Princess Diana contemplates saying ‘no’. As played with intoxicating perfection by Kristen Stewart, who dominates almost every scene of Spencer, Diana is dying on the vine, showing only flashes…

Wed 2 Feb

£8.50 (£7.50) / 0131 653 5245

Stand By

Produced by Scottish Theatre Producers, in association with Beacon Arts Centre For Police Officers sit in a riot van. Called out to a domestic dispute, which may turn violent, they are on stand by; waiting to enter a flat where a man is wielding a samurai sword. We wait with them, experiencing the relationships, forged…

Sat 26 Mar

£15 (£13; Children £10) / 0131 653 5245

Stories Just In Case: Puppet Animation Festival

The Forgotten Treasure - a man finds a blue flower, then treasure and 'forgets what the real treasure is' 'FORGET ME NOT…!' The Ungrateful Crocodile - a tale of a Crocodile that is rescued and then tries to eat his rescuer - lots of fun here with the crocodile…! The Mermaid and The Fiddle Player - a Traditional Scottish…

Wed 13 Apr

£8.50 (Children £7.50) / 0131 653 5245

The Story of Guitar Heroes

The Story of Guitar Heroes is a mind blowing live concert style 'rockumentary', that pays tribute to some of the greatest 'guitar heroes' of all time. Using some of the country's most talented musicians alongside the very latest in video screen technology, Phil Walker takes you on a journey through the decades from when…

Sat 26 Feb

£24–£26 / 0131 653 5245

The Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde

Blackeyed Theatre, in association with South Hill Park. Doctor Henry Jekyll is a good man. Successful within his field and respected by his peers, he's close to a neurological discovery that will change the face of medical science forever. However, his methods are less than ethical, and when a close friend and colleague…

Fri 25 Feb

£15 (£13; Children £10) / 0131 653 5245

Sat 26 Feb

£15 (£13; Children £10) / 0131 653 5245

Sun Records: The Concert

The legendary record label that brought you Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, Rufus Thomas and scores more rockin' pioneers, comes to life live on stage.

Fri 1 Apr

Cancelled / 0131 653 5245

  • 19:30

Surfin' USA featuring the beached boys

This wonderful show has a huge number of hit songs emanating from the West Coast of the USA…Famous for the Surfin' Sound! The show features those wonderful hits of the BEACH BOYS as performed by The Beached Boys, Hits such as: I Get Around, Sloop John B, Help Me Rhonda, California Girls, God Only Knows. Re live those…

Thu 28 Apr

£23 / 0131 653 5245

Trio Doyenne - Lunchtime Classical Concert

Lili Boulanger: D'un matin de printemps Johannes Brahms: Piano Trio in B minor Op 8 No 1 Brahms's mighty B minor piano trio is an almost symphonic work in the chamber music repertory. With youthfully energetic tunes and the depth of rich harmony and cross-rhythms for which Brahms is so loved it is a musical meal all in…

Tue 19 Apr

£16.75 Lunch & Concert; £10 Concert only / 0131 653 5245

  • 13:00

A Vision of Elvis

The smash hit show A Vision Of Elvis starring Rob Kingsley winner of The National Tribute Music Awards "Official Elvis Show" and "No.1 Male Tribute" is internationally renowned as the best Elvis Presley tribute concert, touring the World today. Long time Elvis friend, photographer and tour manager, Ed Bonja, was…

Sat 12 Mar

£20 (£18) / 0131 653 5245

£20 (£18) / 0131 653 5245

West Side Story

  • 4 stars
  • 2021
  • US
  • 2h 36min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Steven Spielberg
  • Cast: Rachel Zegler, Ansel Elgort, Ariana DeBose, David Alvarez, Mike Faist, Josh Andrés Rivera, Corey Stoll, Brian d'Arcy James, Rita Moreno
  • UK release: 10 December 2021

Directed by Steven Spielberg from a screenplay by Pulitzer Prize winner Tony Kushner, West Side Story tells the classic tale of fierce rivalries and young love in 1957 New York City, inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet. This reimagining of the beloved musical stars Ansel Elgort as Tony and Rachel Zegler as María…

Wed 2 Mar

£8.50 (£7.50) / 0131 653 5245

You Win Again

Direct from London's West End, You Win Again - Celebrating The Music of The Bee Gees. Prepare to experience the distinct sound of one of the greatest bands to have ever graced the stage in this unforgettable concert spectacular. Immerse yourself in the brothers' music through the sixties, seventies and eighties…

Sat 12 Feb

£26 (£24) / 0131 653 5245

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…