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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  • Written by: Eddie Kay

Fight or flight ? There is always a choice. Featuring three new exhilarating commissions by world-class choreographers Tamsin Fitzgerald, Lenka Vagnerova and newcomer Rebecca Evans, RUN explores the darker side of humanity through an explosion of movement, theatre and design with original music by Angus MacRae and…

Fri 17 Mar 2017

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


Festive family panto about a young man granted three wishes by a genie. Expect local references, chart hits and lavish costumes. Written and directed by Mark Cox. Produced by The Brunton.

Mon 12 Dec

£16–£18 (£13–£15; Family £56) / 0131 665 2240

Tue 13 Dec

£16–£18 (£13–£15; Family £56) / 0131 665 2240

Wed 14 Dec

£16–£18 (£13–£15; Family £56) / 0131 665 2240

…and 14 more dates until 31 Dec

Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham

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

Sat 27 May 2017

£19 (£17) / 0131 665 2240

Andrew Tyson

Award-winning young pianist in recital.

Tue 28 Mar 2017

£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.

The Big Chris Barber Band

The veteran slide trombonist leads his big band in a programme of swing and New Orleans-style jazz.

Sat 11 Feb 2017

£20 (£18) / 0131 665 2240

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Black Beauty

Anna Sewell's classic tale is brought to life by Andy Manley and Andy Cannon.

Fri 27 Jan 2017

£13 (£11; Children £8) / 0131 665 2240

Breakin' Rules

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

Fri 27 Jan 2017

£9 (£7; Family £30) / 0131 665 2240


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 2017

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

Bridget Jones's Baby

  • 2 stars
  • 2016
  • UK
  • 123 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Sharon Maguire
  • Cast: Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth, Patrick Dempsey
  • UK release: 16 September 2016

Bridget (Zellweger) is back, and pregnant, either by handsome American Jack (Dempsey) or Mark (Firth), the ex she never got over. Cue babymaking shenanigans. Bridget's fretting about being a 'spinster' comes across as self-hatred, and the men don't deserve the poor treatment she gives them. Not cute, not charming; just…

Wed 14 Dec

£5 / 0131 665 2240

£7.50 (£6.50) / 0131 665 2240

The Cause of Thunder

A play from Chris Dolan about a man with a lot on his mind.

Sat 11 Mar 2017

£13 (£11; Children £8) / 0131 665 2240

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The Cavern Beatles

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

Mon 3 Apr 2017

£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 2017

£13 (£11) / 0131 665 2240

Christmas Wonderland

Family Christmas show from Funbox. The gang are off to the North Pole on an Arctic adventure packed with songs, silliness and snow.

Craig Hill: Up and Coming!

High camp buffoonery from the kilted comedian.

Fri 3 Feb 2017

£16.50 (£13.50) / 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 2017

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

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An Evening of Theatre

The Brunton Players present WWI drama Grandma's Photograph and light comedy The Luvvies, while Acting Up present Memories, a devised piece loosely based on their own experiences.

Sat 11 Feb 2017

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

Family Ceilidh

Scottish Country dancers, pipers and a ceilidh band help you to celebrate the new year with the family.

Sat 31 Dec

£7.50 (Family £28) / 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, face painting and puppetry performances from It’s In The Bag and Clydebuilt Puppets. In the evening gather outside for the lantern parade (7pm) led by the Edinburgh Samba Band, Apus walkabout illuminated…

Sat 31 Dec

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 665 2240

Giddy Aunt: 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 2017

£7 (Children £6) / 0131 665 2240

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It's a New Year's Eve party for all the family at the Brunton with live show music, food, pipers, ceilidh dancing and more.

Sat 31 Dec

£20 (Children aged 5–16 £5; under 5s free) / 0131 665 2240

It's in the Bag

It's in the Bag take kids on a storytelling adventure – jam packed with songs, drama, games, puppets and rhymes all coming together to create something wonderful.

Sat 31 Dec

£5 (Children £4) / 0131 665 2240

It's in the Bag: Sam & Rosie's Tartan Tea Party

Puppet show for kids ages 3–6.

Sat 31 Dec

£5 (Children £4) / 0131 665 2240

Jimeoin: Renonsense Man

Refining a lost art of the commonplace, Jimeoin is a comic with a delightful sense of the absurd and a uniquely low-key style.

Sat 18 Feb 2017

Just Like That! – The Tommy Cooper Show

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

Thu 25 May 2017

£14 (£12) / 0131 665 2240

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Lantern Making

Make your lantern in preparation for the 7pm parade (each session lasts 45 mins).

Sat 31 Dec

£5 / 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 2017

£20 / 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 2017

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.

Fri 17 Feb 2017

£17 / 0131 665 2240

A Life With The Beatles

In 1961, 19 year-old Neil Aspinall joined The Beatles as their driver. He served the Fab Four for 46 years before stepping down as CEO of Apple Corps, their corporate conglomerate. In A Life With The Beatles, we hear his unique story through this energetic and intimate solo drama. Veteran Glasgow actor Ian Sexon is…

Sat 25 Feb 2017

£13 (£11; Children £8) / 0131 665 2240

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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 2017

£24.50 (£22.50) / 0131 665 2240

Michael McGoldrick, John Doyle & John McCusker

Traditional music from master flautist McGoldrick (Flook, Lunasa and Capercaillie), McCusker (Battlefield Band) and guitarist Doyle.

Fri 3 Mar 2017

National Theatre Live: Hedda Gabler

  • 2017

A live screening of Hedda Gabler, directed by Ivo van Hove who directed A View from the Bridge at the Young Vic Theatre.

Thu 9 Mar 2017

National Theatre Live: No Man’s Land

  • 2016

Pinter's play is brought to life by Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart.

Thu 15 Dec

National Theatre Live: Saint Joan

  • 2017

Live broadcast of Saint Joan from the Donmar Warehouse.

Thu 16 Feb 2017

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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 2017

£13.50 (£11.50) / 0131 665 2240


  • 1922
  • Germany
  • 94 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: F W Murnau
  • Cast: Max Schreck, Gustav von Wangenheim, Greta Schröder, Alexander Granach, Ruth Landshoff, Wolfgang Heinz

Schreck is a truly terrifying figure as Bram Stoker's famous vampire, looking more like a skinned bat than a human being. A wonderfully visual movie, with twisted shadows and sexual undercurrents placing it well above the Kinski/Herzog remake.

Fri 24 Feb 2017

£13 (£11) / 0131 665 2240

Nosferatu LIVE brings two classic art forms together; silent film and a live piano concert. Acclaimed pianist/composer Dmytro Morykit adds an additional layer of drama and depth with his original and powerful piano score to FW Murnau's landmark vampire film.


Lionel Bart's musical version of Dickens' classic novel. Presented by Captivate Theatre.

Thu 2 Mar 2017

£14 (£12; Family £50) / 0131 665 2240

Fri 3 Mar 2017

£14 (£12; Family £50) / 0131 665 2240

Sat 4 Mar 2017

£14 (£12; Family £50) / 0131 665 2240

Philip Higham

Young Scots cellist who has won many major awards.

Tue 25 Apr 2017

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

Raeburn String Quartet

Quartet playing period instruments with gut strings.

Sat 4 Mar 2017

£23.45 for High Tea and Concert; concert only, £10.50 in advance and £11.50 on the door / 0131 665 2240

The quartet plays Michael Haydn: String Quintet in C and Mozart: String Quintet in C K515 with Rebecca Wexler (viola).

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Ronnie Browne

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

Fri 28 Apr 2017

£12.50 / 0131 665 2240

Royal Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty

  • 2017
  • UK
  • E

The Royal Ballet performs its signature work, the classic fairytale of Aurora and her prince, in a version revitalised by Monica Mason and Christopher Newton in 2006 for the company's 75th anniversary, and since reworked further by top choreographers.

Tue 28 Feb 2017

£15 (£12.50) / 0131 665 2240

Royal Opera House: Il Trovatore

  • 2017

International superstars Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Anita Rachvelishvili, Lianna Haroutounian and Gregory Kunde lead a cast of world-class singers in this Verdi classic. Sung in Italian with English subtitles.

Tue 31 Jan 2017

£15 (£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 Japenesse bride who is deserted by her new American officer husband.

Thu 30 Mar 2017

£15 (£12.50) / 0131 665 2240

Royal Scottish National Orchestra

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra has been one of the mainstays of Scotland's musical life since its foundation in 1891, with an education and outreach programme that's second to none.

Sat 28 Jan 2017

£20 (£18; under 18s £10) / 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'.

Thu 18 May 2017

£21 / 0131 665 2240

Susan Tomes

  • Written by: Ligeti

Classical pianist from Edinburgh.

Tue 28 Feb 2017

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

Debussy, Images Book 1: Reflets dans l'Eau, Hommage a Rameau, Mouvements

The Three Giants

Life sized body puppets tell the story of Finn McCool, Ireland's biggest, strongest giant. McCool is on a quest to defeat McGonigle, Scotland's strongest giant. Will he do it with the help of his clever wife Oonagh?

Sat 31 Dec

£5 (Children £4) / 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 2017

£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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