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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Twice National Burnsong winner Hodgson performs modern folk.
Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham
Musical double act Phil and Aly bring together a plethora of musical talent and witty banter.
Bambert's Book of Lost Stories
A production that weaves together puppetry and storytelling. Bambert is a small man that loves to write, with his characters as his only companions. One day, he decides to set his stories free, hoping that they'll find a new home. Ages 8-12 years.
Mon 29 May
Tue 30 May
Celebrating 60 Years of Edinburgh Grand Opera
Edinburgh Grand Opera Celebrate 60 years of EGO with highlights from much-loved operas by Verdi, Mozart, Puccini, Tchaikovsky, Bernstein and Bizet. Soloists Ivor Klayman, Susan McNaught, Angela Estrada and David Lynn join the chorus for this sparkling concert.
Enjoy the work of East Lothian’s youth theatre groups as they perform pieces on the theme of celebration.
Award-winning young Hungarian pianist in recital.
- 109 min
- Directed by: Mick Jackson
- Cast: Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson, Timothy Spall
Deborah Lipstadt (Weisz) is a historian and lecturer who faces a libel suit after she derides controversial author David Irving (Spall) for his views on the Holocaust. This dramatisation of a 1996 court case has some compelling stretches, but Hare’s script lacks insight and it’s little more than a dry reconstruction of…
Drama about a couple whose future is thrown into jeopardy by the onset of dementia.
The Dime Notes
The band perform 1920s New Orleans jazz, stomp and swing.
East Lothian Youth Theatre Showcase
Annual showcase of theatre from 5–18 year olds.
Thu 1 Jun
- 139 min
- Directed by: Denzel Washington
- Cast: Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen Henderson
- UK release: 10 February 2017
Troy (Washington) is a proud, tight-fisted, ageing working stiff in 50s Pittsburgh, full of bitterness that God, poverty and segregation ruined his youthful dreams of sporting success. Beautifully shot family drama, superbly acted (especially by Washington and Davis), but it suffers a bit from heavy self-importance and a…
Pop, rock, folk and classical.
The popular morning radio show host who has now graduated to the heady heights of 'Mock the Week' and the like shares his witticisms about life and living in Scotland today.
- 139 min
- Directed by: Mel Gibson
- Cast: Andrew Garfield, Teresa Palmer, Hugo Weaving, Vince Vaughn
- UK release: 27 January 2016
Desmond Doss (Garfield) is a Seventh Day Adventist who enrols in the US Army in WWII and then refuses even to pick up a rifle, let alone shoot one. Doss’s real-life bravery and Garfield’s awkward-everyman persona make this rise above Gibson’s rather clichéd reverence, and the battle sequences are superbly realised.
Islands in the Stream
Entertainers Show Providers Ltd The music of Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers. Leave your 9 to 5 worries at the door and get ready for a night in the company of country music royalty! This thigh-slapping stage show brings together the beloved glamour and personality of Dolly, along with Kenny’s charisma and energy with…
- 100 min
- Directed by: Pablo Larrain
- Cast: Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, John Hurt
- UK release: 20 January 2017
Impressionistic, non-linear portrait of Jacqueline Kennedy, with an agonising, in-depth performance by Portman, who is gripping either while giving a shy television tour of the White House, or going to pieces in a bathroom. A mesmerising, technically virtuosic and remarkable reflection on celebrity, memory and the…
Jessica Leary, Maximilio Martin and Julian Milford
Jessical Leary (soprano), Maximilio Martin (clarinet), and Julian Milford (piano) play a repertoire that includes Schumann's 'Fantasy Pieces for Clarinet and Piano', Fauré's 'Cinq Melodies de Venise', and Schubert's 'Der Hirt auf dem Felsen'.
Fri 19 May
£16 (£14) / 0131 665 2240
Music For Soprano, Clarinet and Piano
Just Like That!: The Tommy Cooper Show
Tribute to the legendary magician. Supported by the Tommy Cooper Estate and Vicky Cooper.
The Kilkennys: The Very Best of Irish Folk and Ballads
The Kilkennys Ireland's newest balladeers come from a city steeped in music, history and folk culture. The band's following is growing internationally and their upward curve has been sure and steady. With passion and pride, they play old Irish folk songs and new songs of their own. Their first studio album, The Colour…
Fri 11 Aug
£16 (£14) / 0131 665 2240
Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
- 118 min
- Directed by: Garth Davis
- Written by: Saroo Brierley, Luke Davies
- Cast: Dev Patel, Rooney Mara, David Wenham, Nicole Kidman
The true story of Saroo Brierley, who aged five is separated from his mother and family in India, declared lost and adopted by an Australian couple, only to track his family down years later using Google Earth. Hugely emotional, remarkably assured debut from Davis, with fine performances.
Internationally acclaimed tribute combo to Pink Floyd, who recreate (on a slightly smaller scale) the stage effects for which the prog rockers were renowned.
Main Street Blues: High Energy Blues
Main Street Blues Main Street Blues are a high-energy blues band that bring together a powerful mix of acoustic and up-tempo electric blues material. The band performs a range of original numbers plus new and old blues classics. ‘A masterclass in musicianship. Simply first class’ (Press and Journal). ‘Raw sexy music…
Dance, theatre and live music experience for toddlers and their grown ups which explores the relationship between a newborn and a mother and how this bond grows. Ages 1.5–3 years. Presented by Starcatchers and Curious Seed.
Manchester by the Sea
- 135 min
- Directed by: Kenneth Lonergan
- Cast: Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Lucas Hedges, Kyle Chandler, Gretchen Mol
- UK release: 13 January 2016
Lee (Affleck) is a carefree small-town guy who, when his brother dies, is given the job of raising his nephew (Hedges). A masterful blend of high drama, quirky characterisations and incidental detail, with a soulful, heartbreaking turn by Affleck at its core.
Midnight at the Oasis with Spatz & Co
Drinks and canapes while listening to jazz music from Spatz & Co.
- 111 min
- Directed by: Barry Jenkins
- Cast: Alex Hibbert, Ashton Sanders, Trevante Rhodes, Mahershala Ali, Janelle Monáe, Naomie Harris
The story of a young black man growing up, struggling with his sexuality and neglected by his drug-addicted mother. Astutely judged and beautifully humane sophomore feature from Jenkins, with sublime work from the three actors playing the main character (Hibbert, Sanders, Rhodes) and fine support from Ali, Harris and…
Move It! Showcase
Energetic dance from the East Lothian youth company.
National Theatre Live: Angels In America, Part 1 Millennium Approaches
This new staging of Tony Kushner’s multi-award winning two-part play is directed by Marianne Elliott (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, War Horse).
Thu 20 Jul
£13.50 (£11.50) / 0131 665 2240
National Theatre Live: Angels In America, Part 2 Perestroika
The second part of Tony Kushner’s multi-award winning play.
Thu 27 Jul
£13.50 (£11.50) / 0131 665 2240
National Theatre Live: Obsession
- Directed by: Ivo van Hove
- Cast: Jude Law
Stage adaptation of Luchino Visconti’s 1943 film broadcast live from the Barbican Theatre. Jude Law stars as Gino, whose fiery affair with Giovanna leads to a murder plot which threatens to tear them apart.
National Theatre Live: Peter Pan
- Directed by: Sally Cookson
- UK release: 10 June 2017
Sally Cookson directs this co-production with Bristol Old Vic theatre about the boy who never grew up.
National Theatre Live: Salome
This charged retelling turns the infamous biblical tale on its head, placing the girl we call Salomé at the centre of a revolution. Director Yaël Farber draws on multiple accounts to create this urgent, hypnotic production.
The Nick Ross Orchestra Presents: Sounds of the Glenn Miller Era
The Nick Ross Orchestra The Nick Ross Orchestra presents Sounds of the Glenn Miller Era. Recapture the sounds and memories of a bygone era, as the Nick Ross Orchestra present an unmissable evening of music and song, the classic big band sound of the Glenn Miller era.
Sat 12 Aug
£20 (£18) / 0131 665 2240
Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Damion Scarcella and Belinda Wolliston bring to life the music and story of songwriting partners Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield who gave the world 'Calendar Girl', 'Breaking Up is Hard to Do', 'Is This the Way to Amarillo', 'Stupid Cupid' and 'Oh! Carol'.
Musical fun from Encore, featuring 'Oh, What a Beautiful Morning', 'The Surrey with the Fringe on Top' and 'People Will Say We're in Love'.
Royal Opera House: Otello
World-famous tenor Jonas Kaufmann makes his role debut as Otello in Verdi's passionate retelling of Shakespeare's great tragedy of jealousy, deception and murder.
Got a goldfish that you flushed down the toilet that you need to say sorry to? Now's your chance to apologise through the medium of Sally Morgan.
Savitri Grier & Richard Uttley
The violinist and pianist duo performs Enescu's Violin Sonata No 3 In A Minor 'Dans Le Caractere Populaire Roumain' and Brahms's Violin Sonata No 3 In D Minor.
Scocha in Concert
Scocha One of Scotland’s leading folk’n’roll bands entertain you with traditional songs and their own material. Foot stomping and lower tempo, heart warming numbers combine with good humour and on-stage banter.
The Searchers have survived multiple line-up changes as well as a schism of People's Front of Judea-style bitterness, the echoes of which twang across the internet to this day. Longest-lasting original member John McNally leads the band that gave us 'Needles and Pins' and 'Sweets for my Sweet', with Frank Allen, Spencer…
- UK / India
- 106 min
- Directed by: Gurinder Chadha
- Cast: Gillian Anderson, Michael Gambon, Hugh Bonneville, Manish Dayal, Huma Qureshi
- UK release: 3 March 2017
Lord Louis Mountbatten (Bonneville) is to oversee Britain’s withdrawal from India and the ensuing partition, but he and his wife Edwina (Anderson) witness the violence erupting through the country. A below-stairs romance between Dayal and Qureshi is frustratingly insipid and the Indian characters are all unforgivably…
Big characters and bigger body slams at this family-friendly American-style wrestling show featuring stars from the World Wide Wrestling League.
Reviews & features
Play time: raising the curtain on experimental and traditional theatre23 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…