The Brunton

The Brunton
Ladywell Way, Musselburgh, East Lothian, EH21 6AA
  • Box office 0131 665 2240
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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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A Stone's Throw

A modern day fairy tale about a girl who throws a stone at the sun and knocks it down, blending shadow puppetry, live music, movement and storytelling. Ages 5+.

Sat 1 Apr

£7 (Children £6) / 0131 665 2240

Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham

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

Sat 27 May

£19 (£17) / 0131 665 2240

Andrew Tyson

Award-winning young pianist in recital.

Tue 28 Mar

£13.50 for lunch and concert; concert only in advance £7.50; concert only on the door £8.50 / 0131 665 2240

Ravel: Miroirs, Chopin: 24 Preludes, Op 28.


Superband created by award-winning disabled choreographer Marc Brew, with music and dance from Graeme Smillie, Jill O’Sullivan and Peter Kelly with talented dancer/musicians Martyn Garside, Marta Masiero and Alice Sheppard.

Sat 29 Apr

£11.50 (£9.50; Children £8) / 0131 665 2240

The Cavern Beatles

Tribute to the classic sound of the Fab Four by another group of musicians from Liverpool.

Mon 3 Apr

£20 (£18) / 0131 665 2240

Chekhov's Shorts: European Arts Company

A performance of the Russian writer's one-act farces, including The Evils of Tobacco, The Dimwit, The Bear, Swan Song and The Proposal.

Sat 25 Mar

£13 (£11) / 0131 665 2240

Double Bill: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory & Matilda

A double bill paying homage to Roald Dahl on his centenary. BYT 12–15 Group perform Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and ELYT Haddington 8–12 Group perform Matilda.

Wed 29 Mar

£9 (Children £7; Family £30) / 0131 665 2240

Fiddlesticks Orchestra

Pop, rock, folk and classical.

Fri 2 Jun

£12 (£7; under 12s £5) / 0131 665 2240

Grant Stott's Tales from Behind the Mic

Comedy anecdotes from Grant Stott.

Sat 22 Apr

£15 (£13) / 0131 665 2240

Horse McDonald: Careful

Horse McDonald's debut play is an autobiographical tale of triumph over adversity through music.

Thu 30 Mar

£11–£13 / 0131 665 2240

Just Like That!: The Tommy Cooper Show

Tribute to the legendary magician. Supported by the Tommy Cooper Estate and Vicky Cooper.

Thu 25 May

£14 (£12) / 0131 665 2240

La La Land

  • 5 stars
  • 2016
  • US
  • 126 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Damien Chazelle
  • Cast: Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, J.K. Simmons
  • UK release: 13 January 2017

In Los Angeles, aspiring actress Mia (Stone) falls for jazz musician Sebastian (Gosling). Audaciously inventive homage to classic movie musicals, technically wonderful and joyously emotional, with Gosling as a goofy idealistic charmer and Stone showing the versatility, vulnerability and talent of a young Shirley MacLaine.

Wed 26 Apr

£7.50 (£6.50) / 0131 665 2240

Lee Nelson: Serious Joker

Serial sneaker-into-places-he-shouldn't-be, Lee Nelson, returns with a new standup show.

Fri 24 Mar

£22.40 / 0131 665 2240

Lee Nelson: Suited and Booted

Lee Nelson, the creation of comedian Simon Brodkin, is the chavvy catch-phrase monger whose Well Good Show has become a BBC3 hit. Now the South London geeza takes his banter to the live stage where it all works best. Brodkin has appeared as Nelson in a host of TV programmes including Al Murray's sketch show Al Murray's…

Fri 24 Mar

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 8 Apr

£24.50 (£22.50) / 0131 665 2240

National Theatre Live: Twelfth Night

  • 2017

Tamsin Greig is Malvolia in a new twist on Shakespeare’s classic comedy of mistaken identity.

Thu 6 Apr

£13.50 (£11.50) / 0131 665 2240

Oh! Carol

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'.

Sat 19 Aug

Venue 1

£21 (£19) / 0131 665 2240

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Philip Higham

Young Scots cellist who has won many major awards.

Tue 25 Apr

£13.50 Lunch and concert; concert only, in advance £7.50; concert only, on the day £8.50 / 0131 665 2240

Ronnie Browne

The Scottish folk musician, best-known as one of The Corries, discusses his musical career.

Fri 28 Apr

£12.50 / 0131 665 2240

Royal Opera House: Madama Butterfly

Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier’s production of Puccini’s poignant opera about a young Japenese bride who is deserted by her new American officer husband.

Thu 30 Mar

£15 (£12.50) / 0131 665 2240

Sally Morgan

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.

Fri 13 Oct

£25 / 0131 665 2240

The Searchers

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…

Thu 18 May

£21 / 0131 665 2240


  • 4 stars
  • 2016
  • US / Taiwan / Mexico
  • 161 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Martin Scorsese
  • Cast: Adam Driver, Andrew Garfield, Liam Neeson, Tadanobu Asano
  • UK release: 1 January 2016

Scorsese's long-planned passion project, an adaptation of Shusaku Endo's 1966 novel about two 17th century Catholic priests (Garfield & Driver) who travel to Japan in search of their mentor (Neeson). Fervently told and unusually cerebral – if a little black and white – it's a work of courageous severity and…

Wed 19 Apr

£7.50 (£6.50) / 0131 665 2240


The Knights of the Round Table-spoofing musical. Presented by Musselburgh Amateur Musical Association. Ages 12+.

Wed 5 Apr

£13 (Wednesdays £11) / 0131 665 2240

Thu 6 Apr

£13 (Wednesdays £11) / 0131 665 2240

Fri 7 Apr

£13 (Wednesdays £11) / 0131 665 2240

Sat 8 Apr

£13 (Wednesdays £11) / 0131 665 2240

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

  • 4 stars
  • 2016
  • US
  • 133 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Gareth Edwards
  • Cast: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen, Forest Whitaker, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Jonathan Aris
  • UK release: 16 December 2016

Troublemaker Jyn Erso (Jones) and Rebel intelligence officer Cassian Andor (Luna) lead a rag crew across the galaxy to make contact with Death Star chief engineer Galen (Mikkelsen), Jyn's dad. This is Star Wars from the trenches, with sensational battle scenes and great performances from Jones and Luna.

Wed 5 Apr

£7.50 (£6.50) / 0131 665 2240

T2 Trainspotting

  • 4 stars
  • 2017
  • UK
  • 117 min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Danny Boyle
  • Cast: Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Robert Carlyle, Kelly MacDonald, James Cosmo, Shirley Henderson, Irvine Welsh
  • UK release: 27 January 2017

Renton (McGregor) returns to Edinburgh from Amsterdam, two decades on. Hodge's blood-pumping script builds on the original with characters that are older, sadder and definitely not wiser, and resentment and guilt festering like an open sore; but is it Archie-Gemmill-scoring-against Holland good? Yes, it is.

Wed 12 Apr

£7.50 (£6.50) / 0131 665 2240

A United Kingdom

  • 4 stars
  • 2016
  • US / UK / Czech Republic
  • 111 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Amma Asante
  • Cast: Rosamund Pike, David Oyelowo, Tom Felton, Laura Carmichael
  • UK release: 25 November 2016

In post-war London, Ruth (Pike) and black law student Seretse (Oyelowo) fall in love; the thing is, he's first in line to the throne of Bechuanaland (today's Botswana). Based on a true story; Pike and Oyelowo bring a warm human touch to this sentimental but well-crafted history lesson.

Wed 29 Mar

£7.50 (£6.50) / 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 29 Apr

£20 (£18) / 0131 665 2240

£22.50 (£20.50) / 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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