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The Brunton

Ladywell Way, Musselburgh, East Lothian, EH21 6AF
0131 653 5245

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White and Givan present this exquisite and emotive dance piece, inspired by the ancient Japanese art of kintsugi, mending broken pottery with gold or silver. Worn explores how the body is affected by the experiences, marks and scars that make us.

Choreographed and performed by acclaimed duo, Errol White and Davina Givan.

Worn is an exquisite and emotive dance production, exploring how the body is affected by time and space, and the experiences, marks and scars that become part of our history and affect our present and our possible futures.

Worn draws inspiration from the ancient Japanese art of kintsugi, where broken pottery is mended with gold or silver, making the cracks into a beautiful and valuable part of the object and asks very relevant questions about the acceptance of transience and imperfection in our current Instagram culture.

White and Givan’s trademark strong physical presence, dynamic and tender choreography engages on both a physical and emotional level.

Time's Plague
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Saturday 1 October 7.30pm

David Hayman returns as everyman Bob Cunninghame.
Bob is in a hospital bed. A long dark night of the soul, an understaffed ward, a single room. Another stormy night. He’s on the top floor of the hospital. The Death Star.

He’s broken – as is the world around him… And tomorrow morning? It sounds like a painful and risky procedure, but Bob is convinced he won’t survive it.
This doesn’t stop Bob from ranting about injustice and the state of the world… laughing at everything, including himself. No way Bob’s going gently into that good night, he’ll burn and rave at close of day, raging against the dying of the light.
Age Guidance 14+

Tickets: £15

Lunchtime Concert: Dean Walker Garrity, Saxophone
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Tuesday 4 October 12 Noon Lunch, 1pm Concert
Our virtuoso saxophonist Dean Walker Garrity performed a concerto with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra while still at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. His programme includes Debussy, Silvestrini and Poulenc.

Debussy: Prelude à l'après-midi d'un faune
Silvestrini: 3 Etudes
Poulenc: Sonata for Oboe and Piano (arranged for Soprano Saxophone)
Barry Cockcroft: KUKU
Andy Scott: Fujiko
Dave Heath: Coltrane
Graham Fitkin: Gate

Tickets: Lunch & Concert £16.75, Concert Only £10

National Theatre Live: Jack Absolute Flies Again
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Thursday 6 October 7pm

A rollicking new comedy by Richard Bean (One Man, Two Guvnors) and Oliver Chris (Twelfth Night).
After an aerial dog fight, Pilot Officer Jack Absolute flies home to win the heart of his old flame, Lydia Languish. Back on British soil, Jack’s advances soon turn to anarchy when the young heiress demands to be loved on her own, very particular, terms.

Emily Burns directs this spectacularly entertaining new version of Sheridan’s The Rivals. Featuring a cast including Caroline Quentin, Laurie Davidson, Natalie Simpson and Kelvin Fletcher.

‘One of the funniest productions in the National’s history.’ Guardian on One Man, Two Guvnors

Run Time Approx. 180 mins

£13.50 (£11.50)

Michael McGoldrick, John McCusker & John Doyle
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Friday 7 October 7.30pm

Folk music’s legendary triumvirate of musical magpies Mike McGoldrick, John Doyle and John McCusker are on tour again this November. As live music returns, Mike, John & John will bring you their own blend of top -class folk songs, tunes and charming bonhomie.
With their vast repertoire, this will be an evening to remember. Described as the masters of flute, fiddle, song and guitar they have worked with the biggest and brightest and bring you a night of beautifully crafted music. Having shared stages and recording studios with everyone from Bob Dylan and Mark Knopfler to Paul Weller, Joan Baez and Linda Thompson, Mike, John & John are a rare musical treat you’ll savour for a very long time.

Running time: 110 minutes

Tickets: £18 (£16)

Kissing Linford Christie by Victoria Beesley
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Saturday 8 October 2.30pm & 6.30pm

A new solo show about one girl’s journey to Olympic success presented by Catherine Wheels Theatre Company.
Vickie wants to compete at the Olympics.
There is only one obstacle; she isn’t very good at sport.
Yet despite the odds, her love for athletics takes her all the way to London 2012.

Inspired by Victoria’s own childhood obsession with athletics, this is a story about loving failure and dreaming big - even if there’s no chance you’ll make that dream come true.

Recommended for ages 8 plus.

Tickets: £12 adult, £9 child, £38 family of 4

ROH: The Royal Opera - Aida
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Wednesday 12 October 6.45pm

Love and duty collide and nations clash in Verdi’s political drama, starring Elena Stikhina and conducted by Antonio Pappano.
Princess Aida has been kidnapped: a valuable prize in a war between Egypt and Ethiopia. Meanwhile, the ambitious soldier Radames wrestles with his feelings for her. As they draw closer together, each must make an agonizing choice between their loyalty to home, and their love for each other.
In this new production, director Robert Carsen situates Verdi’s large-scale political drama within a contemporary world, framing its power struggles and toxic jealousies in the apparatus of a modern, totalitarian state. Royal Opera Music Director Antonio Pappano conducts Verdi’s glorious, monumental score.
Sung in Italian with English subtitles
Run Time: 3 hours 25 minutes (including one interval)

Tickets: £16 (13), under 18 £10

National Ballet - Swan Lake
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Thursday 13 October 7.30pm 2022
The greatest of all romantic ballets with music by Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky
After the sell-out performances of Nutcracker last year, National Ballet returns to the UK with the most famous Ballet of all time. Swan Lake is one of Tchaikovsky’s best works, featuring some of ballet’s most memorable music and breath-taking dance.

Swan Lake is a tale of two young women, Odette and Odilie, who resembles each other so strikingly one can easily be mistaken for the other.

It is the compelling legend of a tragic romance in which a princess, Odette, is turned into a swan by an evil curse. Prince Siegfried chances upon a flock of swans while out hunting. When one of the swans turns into a beautiful young woman he is instantly captivated – will his love prove strong enough to break the evil spell that she is under?

Running time: 2 hours including interval

Tickets: £26 (£24)

Ryan Corbett, accordion & Dida Condria, piano
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Friday 14 October 7.30pm (Dinner 6pm)

For a special evening, join us for a delicious 2 course dinner at The Bistro, followed by a concert with our favourite accordionist, Ryan Corbett.
Ryan has recently joined BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Artists scheme which consistently picks out the most brilliant young musicians of the day. The virtuosity of his playing is consistently astounding and this evening with pianist Dia Condria brings classical Bach, romantic Franck and a fantastic concerto interspersed with sparkling piano solos.

“His sound world, phrasing and musicality mark him out as a very special musician, and we look forward to supporting his future career” Royal Overseas League

Happiness Collectors
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Saturday 15 October 11.30am, 1pm & 3pm

The Happiness Collectors need YOU!
The world’s supplies of happiness are running low and they need your help to top them up.
Pop on your headphones and join the Happiness Collectors on a journey of sounds and silliness to learn the best ways to collect happiness - and most important of all, how to pass it on!

Happiness Collectors is a fusion of physical theatre and audio-immersive storytelling for family audiences. Experience the show through a set of wireless headphones, guided by your very own Happiness Collector Instructor, SAM, aka Special Agent M.

The Audio Story Company, originally commissioned by Tron Theatre, in association with The Ayr Gaiety. Produced by Scottish Theatre Producers.

Running time: 35 minutes
Recommended for ages 4 plus.

Miss Lindsay's Secret
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Saturday 15 October 7:30pm

Come in. Shut the door. Open the Box. What’s inside? ‘An outstanding and heartbreakingly beautiful play’ (Jenny Gilruth, Scottish Culture Minister 2021).
A museum curator finds hidden letters binding Glenesk to Canada’s Klondike goldrush. But should she tell their intimate secrets? A true tale of sewing and 1900’s sexting, revealed by The Curator, Musician and Man - Maria MacDonell, Georgina MacDonell Finlayson, Alan Finlayson. Original live music and archives bring the past to the present, Scotland to the world. Five **** reviews Fringe 2021: ‘powerful’ (Broadway Baby), ‘A delight’ (British Theatre Guide), ‘confidently sweeps us away’ (Wee Review)

Tickets: £14 (12) £10 under 18.

Andy Fairweather Low & The Lowriders
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Andy Fairweather Low shot to fame as lead singer in Amen Corner with massive hits like Bend Me Shape Me, Hello Suzy and (If Paradise is) Half As Nice.
One of the most respected musicians in the world, Andy has played guitar with more legendary artists than most people can name – Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, The Band, Roger Waters and hundreds more.
Andy now tours the world with his band, Ian Jennings on bass and vocals, Paul Beavis on drums, Nick Pentelow on sax and clarinet and Richard Milner on organ.

Tickets: £25 (23)

A DAY TO REMEMBER: The Doris Day Centenary Song Book
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Featuring award –winning singer Lynda Radford and singer Brad Pepper, the show is a celebration of 100 years of the life and music of Doris Day.
This special centenary production includes twenty-five unforgettable hits, including “Secret Love”, “Que Sera Sera”, “Windy City”, ”Pillow Talk”, and “Deadwood Stage”.
We invite you to come along and share a wonderful day remembering and celebrating this wonderful lady’s music, films, and life.
Enjoy all your favourite songs, and join in and singalong as we look back and remember.

Run Time: 110 minutes

Tickets: £17

I Spy with My Little Eye
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Friday 21 October 2pm

The People's Theatre Company invites you to come on a thrilling children's adventure.

Molly and Bingo the puppy are having a birthday party and, best of all, you're invited!
There'll be a terrific treasure hunt, sensational sing-along songs and lots of fantastic games to play, including Molly's favourite game, I Spy With My Little Eye!
So put on your party clothes and come join us for what promises to be a magical day of fun and laughter.
It's going to be the best party ever!

The People's Theatre Company

Age guidance: Universal
Running time: 1 hour

Tickets: £12 (10), Family £40 ( 4 tickets)

Downs with Love
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Saturday 22nd October 2022 7.30pm

“intelligently creative, humorous and entertaining” **** Edinburgh Guide
“Downs With Love” tells the story of Beth, a young girl who has Down’s Syndrome. She lives a
very independent life, has her routines and lives simply but happily. She is helped by a new support worker, Tracy and they soon strike up a friendship. On a Friday night, she goes to the pub to watch Mark, a local singer. Beth loves Mark but the problem is - Mark loves Tracy - who loves both of them. Complex and challenging issues arise for all.

Tickets: £14 (12), £10 under 18

Talon - The Best Of Eagles 25th Anniversary Tour
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Saturday 29 October 7.30pm

The Best of Eagles 25th Anniversary Tour.
Talon have risen from humble beginnings to become one of the most successful theatre touring shows in the UK and the... '25th Anniversary Tour' will once again feature the Eagles timeless back catalogue including Hotel California, Take It Easy, One Of These Nights, Take It To The Limit, Desperado, Lyin' Eyes, Life In The Fast Lane and many more.

This world class seven-piece band are a phenomenon and have truly transcended the tag of 'tribute'. They have become a brand name in their own right who are not only revered by their peers, respected by the music industry but dearly loved by their massive and expanding fan base.

The ability of Talon to evolve and go from strength to strength in delivering bigger and better shows year on year continues once again with what promises to be an event.

Tickets: £25 (£23)

NTLive The Seagull
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Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) makes her West End debut in this 21st century retelling of Anton Chekhov’s tale of love and loneliness.
A young woman is desperate for fame and a way out. A young man is pining after the woman of his dreams. A successful writer longs for a sense of achievement. An actress wants to fight the changing of the times. In an isolated home in the countryside, dreams lie in tatters, hopes are dashed, and hearts broken. With nowhere left to turn, the only option is to turn on each other.
Following his critically acclaimed five-star production of Cyrano de Bergerac, Jamie Lloyd brings Anya Reiss’ adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s classic play to stage. Filmed live in London’s West End with a cast including Tom Rhys Harries (White Lines), Daniel Monks (The Normal Heart), Sophie Wu (Fresh Meat) and Indira Varma (Game of Thrones).

Run Time: 180 mins

Tickets: £13.50 (11.50)

The Lesson by Eugene Ionesco, translation by Donald Watson
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Icarus’ blistering, magical and award-winning production of Eugène Ionesco’s classic dark comedy returns to the stage.

A comically surreal exposé about power, knowledge and those who hoard both.
All performances are enhanced by a bold projection design that features an exciting new Creative Captioning technology, ensuring that every performance is accessible for deaf and hard of hearing audiences.

Tickets: £15 (13) £10 under 18

Enough of Him By May Sumbwanyambe
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Based on a true story, National Theatre of Scotland explore the life of Joseph Knight, an African man enslaved by plantation owner Sir John Wedderburn and brought to Scotland to serve in his Perthshire mansion.

Audio described and Captioned on Friday 11 November 7.30pm.
BSL interpreted Saturday 12 November 7.30pm.

Highly favoured by Wedderburn and yet still enslaved, Knight balances on the knife edge between obligation and a soul-deep yearning for freedom. He forges a bond with Annie, a young Scottish servant working in the household, and the two of them fall in love.  

Recommended for ages 15 plus.
Some of the topics covered might be distressing for some audiences. This play contains historically accurate descriptions of enslavement and sexual violence as well as the use of racial language and occasional scenes of characters in distress. Please ensure you have made those in your care aware of the challenging themes before attending.

Tickets: £16.50 (£14.50), £5 under 26

Lunchtime Concert: Jonathan Leibowitz, clarinet & Eran Sulkin, piano
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Programme to include Poulenc, Brahms Sonata and Debussy, performed by Jonathan Leibowitz, clarinet, accompanied by Eran Sulkin, piano.
A clarinet star in the making, Jonathan Leibowitz has already performed with the Israel Philharmonic and will make his debut with the London Mozart Players later this year. Poulenc, Brahms and Debussy wrote some of their most beautiful music for clarinet.

Tickets: Lunch & Concert £16.75, Concert Only £10

Sinbad The Pantomime
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Wednesday 23 November - Saturday 31 December 2022
Traditional Pantomime for all ages.
Christmas wouldn’t be the same without a trip to The Brunton’s panto!

Join SINBAD on his fantastic journey as he voyages from Fisherrow over the sea searching for fortune, and finding romance with a runaway Princess-in-disguise. Sinbad’s interfering mammy follows in hot pursuit, along with the evil, power-hungry Mayor. Along the way there is nail-biting drama, dastardly pirates, riding on the back of a giant whale and ferocious creatures guarding hidden treasure.
From the same team that brought you last year's HANSEL AND GRETEL and previously RAPUNZEL, CINDERELLA and JACK AND THE BEANSTALK, SINBAD promises all you would want from a family panto, and more!

Join us for a fun packed panto, laugh, sing and join in!

Peak: £23 (£20) Family of 4 £84
Off peak: £20 (£17) Family of 4 £72

Tam O'Shanter, Tales and Whisky
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A comic celebration of the Gothic poems of Robert Burns for the Saltire Festival. Expect to encounter Witches and Death. And the De’il himself! A Whisky or soft drink is included in the ticket price.
Saltire Festival event
Stolen Elephant Theatre will perform ‘Tam O’ Shanter’, ‘Death and Dr Hornbook’ and ‘Address to the Deil’. They’ll also be telling comic versions of the Scottish folk tales ‘The Witch of Fife’ and ‘The Haunted Ships’. With Elves, Broonies and Kelpies! AND Douglas McQueen Hunter and Duggi Caird from ‘The Court of Equity’ will be performing several Burns’ songs.

Expect to laugh and hoot, and for the odd shiver to go a running down your spine!

Recommended for ages 16 plus.

Running time: 100 minutes

Tickets: £19 (£17), includes a whisky or a soft drink

Barbara Dickson with Nick Holland in Concert
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Friday 25 November 7.30pm
The Saltire Festival welcomes Barbara Dickson, Scotland's biggest-selling female singer of all time.

In this special acoustic performance Barbara Dickson and her pianist Nick Holland explore her catalogue of songs at an intimate level. The pair perform a wonderful range of material drawing on Barbara’s folk roots, contemporary greats, and some of her classic hits.

Supported by Anthony Toner.

Tickets: £28 (£26)

Hue and Cry: Saltire Festival
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Saturday 26 November 7.30pm

Scottish music icons Hue and Cry perform live for the Saltire Festival.
Patrick and Gregory Kane formed Hue and Cry in the 80’s and the duo made a huge impact with the release of their debut album ‘Seduced and Abandoned’ (1987) which featured their first top ten single ‘Labour of Love’. The follow up album ‘Remote’ continued the trend and produced the huge hits ‘Looking for Linda’ & ‘Violently’. Albums like ‘Stars Crash Down’, ‘Showtime’ and ‘Jazz Not Jazz’ ensured Hue and Cry’s continued successful run through the 90’s, whilst their 2005 appearances as finalists on ITV’s primetime show ‘Hit Me Baby One More Time’, featuring their version of Beyonce’s ‘Crazy In Love’, thrust the band firmly back into the mainstream limelight.

Tickets: £26 (24)

Citizen Winter Warmer: The Great Big Story Show
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Edinburgh International Book Festival invite you to celebrate local voices with this storytelling, creative and interactive event for families. Presented in partnership with The Brunton as part of the Saltire Festival.
Listen to your favourite children's authors and get creative in a hands on workshop, with a very special visitor to end the day!

Recommended for ages 6 plus.

Citizen Winter Warmer: Stories and Scran
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Edinburgh International Festival invite you to celebrate local voices with this sumptuous meal and new writing event. Presented in partnership with The Brunton as part of the Saltire Festival.
Savour a sumptuous meal provided by the Scran Academy (included with your ticket) and hear brilliant new writing from local people who have taken part in Citizen, alongside special author guests.

Full line-up to be announced Autumn 2022.

Recommended for ages 14 plus.

Tickets: £5

Lunchtime Concert: Adlibitum
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Tuesday 6 December 12 Noon Lunch, 1pm Concert

Brilliant violin and accordion Adlibitum, bring the perfect programme to brighten a December lunchtime.
Sparkling Vivaldi combined with Iberian charm and some real virtuosity to conclude.

Andrea Gajic, Violin
Djordje Gajic, Accordion

Bach: Solo Partita No 2, Sarabande and Gigue
Vivaldi: Concerto Winter
Vivaldi: Concerto Spring
Albeniz: Asturias (solo accordion)
Albeniz: Tango
Arkhipovsky: Cinderella
Sarasate: Three Spanish Dances

Tickets: Lunch & Concert £16.75, Concert only £10

ROH: The Royal Ballet - The Nutcracker
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Thursday 8 December 7.15pm

Discover the enchantment of ballet with this sparkling festive treat for the whole family.

Join Clara at a delightful Christmas Eve party that becomes a magical adventure once everyone else is tucked up in bed. Marvel at the brilliance of Tchaikovsky’s score, as Clara and her enchanted Nutcracker fight the Mouse King and visit the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Prince in the glittering Kingdom of Sweets. Peter Wright’s much-loved production for The Royal Ballet, with gorgeous period designs by Julia Trevelyan Oman, keeps true to the spirit of this festive ballet classic, combining the thrill of the fairy tale with spectacular classical dancing.
Run Time: 2 hours and 45 minutes (including one interval)

Tickets: £16 (13), under 18 £10

Buddy Holly & The Cricketers - Holly at Christmas
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Friday 9 December 7.30pm

29 Years of Rock 'n' Rolling The World!
Buddy Holly and the Cricketers once again herald in the Yuletide festivities with Holly at Christmas, the show that is now as traditional as mulled wine and mince pies!

Holly's hits, other contemporary classics and some Christmas crackers are all wrapped up in a fast, furious and funny feast of entertainment to make the perfect gift for all the family.

Whatever the season, whatever the excuse to party, make your Heartbeat a little faster with the show that has thousands of fans the world over saying: "I can't believe it's not Buddy!"

"The audience were dancing in the aisles and roaring for more" The Stage

£22 (£20)

Royal Northern Sinfonia: Concert by Candlelight
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Friday 9 December 7.30pm

Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with a candlelit Christmas concert from Royal Northern Sinfonia and their principal conductor Dinis Sousa in North Esk Church.
Featuring classical festive favourites alongside sublime spiritual music from Bach, Purcell and Pärt, the lights will be low and spirits high on this cold winter’s evening.

Christmas Country with the Stars 2022
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Tuesday 20 December 7.30pm

Back by popular demand the Christmas Country with the Stars show returns for another night of festive toe-tapping magic.

Four of Irelands top stars all perform together in one super show. Join the hilarious Gary Gamble with his surreal impressions of Daniel O Donnell, the young global sensation Owen Mac with his angelic voice, the hugely popular Boxcar Brian and Desi Mac with classic covers of well-known songs from the Legends. The quartet of stars will showcase there trademark hit songs with a sprinkle of Xmas magic in the company of the fabulous Keltic Storm backing band. One thing is for sure if its Irish Country Music you like then this is the show for you! You also wouldn’t know who would make a guest appearance Ho Ho Ho.

Tickets: £25

Royal Scottish National Orchestra Viennese New Year Concert
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Friday 13 January 7.30pm

Vienna – the city of dreams, where melodies are as sweet as Sachertorte and dance rhythms sparkle like champagne! It simply wouldn't be New Year without the music of Vienna's most famous son Johann Strauss and his friends.
Let us whirl you away to a world of elegant waltzes, playful polkas, and good old fashioned operetta romance from a real RSNO favourite - tenor Jamie MacDougall. Royal Scottish National Orchestra and conductor David Niemann will sweep you off your feet with favourites including the Overture to Die Fledermaus, The Blue Danube, Thunder and Lightning Polka, The Emperor Waltz and the Radetzky March.

Tickets: £23 (£21)

The Steamie
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Wednesday 25 – Saturday 28 January 7.30pm

Come and catch up with old friends at ‘The Steamie’ which is considered a classic piece of Scottish writing by Tony Roper and remains popular with theatre audiences old and new.

This brand-new amateur production by The Brunton in association with David Ross and Tommie Travers promises to bring an evening packed full of nostalgia, laughter, and heart.

Set on Hogmanay at an old laundry house of 1950’s Glasgow, Doreen, Magrit, Dolly and Mrs Culfeathers’ are doing the final wash of the year as they blether about the past, the future, and being pals.

Tickets: £18 (£16)

NTL: The Crucible
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Thursday 26th January 2023 7.00pm

A witch hunt is beginning in Arthur Miller’s captivating parable of power with Erin Doherty (The Crown) and Brendan Cowell (Yerma).

Raised to be seen but not heard, a group of young women in Salem suddenly find their words have an almighty power. As a climate of fear, vendetta and accusation spreads through the community, no one is safe from trial.

Lyndsey Turner (Hamlet) directs this contemporary new staging, designed by Tony Award-winner Es Devlin (The Lehman Trilogy). Captured live from the Olivier stage at the National Theatre.

Run Time:  180 mins

Tickets: £13.50 (11.50)

The Legends of American Country Show
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Sunday 29 January 2023 7.30pm

Seen by over 350,000 fans live and watched by millions on TV Europe’s No.1 multi award winning show, The Legends of American Country Show returns for another fantastic night of toe tapping Country nostalgia.
The 2023 tour will showcase highly acclaimed tributes to Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Don Williams, Patsy Cline and Kenny Rogers and new tributes to icons Hank Williams, Charley Pride, Glen Campbell, Tammy Wynette, John Denver and Jim Reeves with countless other well-known singalong hit songs in this must see musical extravaganza . The show features 3 fantastic singers who are all accompanied by a superb live band of musicians with that authentic Tennessee sound coupled with authentic stage set and state of the art production that will transport you all the way hand clapping and toe tapping to Nashville and back in one night. One thing is for sure if it’s Country music you like then this is the only show in town!

Over 2,000 5-star reviews!

MAMA Revue 2023
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Thursday 2 - Saturday 4 February 2023 7.30pm

MAMA return to The Brunton with their annual musical revue!
Expect a night bursting to the brim with music and dance!
Always a brilliant night, celebrating the best of local amateur theatre!

Tickets: £15 (£13 Thu)

Craig Hill - I Always Knew I Had It In Me!
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Friday 10 February 2023 7.30pm

Scotland’s favourite Kilty Pleasure is delighted to be bringing his eagerly-awaited hilarious new show to the Honest Toun.

ROH: The Royal Opera - The Barber of Seville
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Wednesday 15 February 2023 7pm

With vocal fireworks, scheming lovers and one very busy barber, Rossini’s comic opera is packed with fun and mischief.
When Rosina falls in love with a mysterious young suitor who calls himself Lindoro, she must use all her cunning – and a little help from her local barber – to outwit her calculating guardian Dr Bartolo.
Expect heart-melting serenades, ridiculous disguises and a fairytale ending waiting just out of reach. From the barber’s famous opening number ‘Largo al factotum,’ with its cry of ‘Figaro! Figaro!,’ to Rosina’s feisty aria ‘Una voce poco fa,’ Gioachino Rossini’s comic opera is a riotously entertaining affair. Rafael Payare makes his Royal Opera House debut conducting an outstanding international cast that includes Andrzej Filończyk, Aigul Akhmetshina, Lawrence Brownlee and Bryn Terfel.
Run Time: 3 hours and 45 minutes (including one interval)

Tickets: £16 (13), under 18 £10

The Johnny Cash Roadshow
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Wednesday 16 February 2023 7.30pm

Only show to be endorsed by the Cash Family! The Johnny Cash Roadshow is back and better than ever for 2023 with ‘From the Ashes’.
Award winning Clive John pays homage to Cash’s career as the Man In Black, alongside his iconic wife June Carter (Meghan Thomas) the Roadshow Horns, and on selected shows The ‘Carter Sisters’. With all the hits such as Walk the Line, Ring of Fire, Get Rhythm, Orange Blossom Special and Boy Named Sue along-side some of the darker more atmospheric songs from the later American Recordings such as The Man Comes Around and Hurt, this year’s show is an emotional roller-coaster through Cash’s career, packed together in one fantastic unforgettable evening’s entertainment.

With standing ovations every night, Johnny Cash Roadshow is the longest running, most recognised and still the biggest and best celebration of Johnny Cash in the world today guaranteed to leave you wanting more.

Tickets: £25

The Brandon McPhee Show 2023
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Saturday 18 February 7.30pm

Multi award winning Accordionist and Vocalist Brandon McPhee and his 5-piece band.
The show is a variety of songs and tunes, some his favourites and others requested by people attending his shows. It is a mix of Scottish, country and folk music, and a few surprises as well. It also features vocals from Manson Grant and Geoff McCook, members of his 5-piece band.
Brandon recorded a single with Ireland’s own Foster and Allen – ‘Walking on the Waves’, which reached No1 in the Joyce Ramgatie radio airplay chart. Since this both his vocals and accordion playing have won him many accolades in music including continued work for the Royal Family. Another first for Brandon putting pen to paper, he wrote his first song, melody and lyrics already having had 400 airplays – ‘Let’s Start Again’. His latest single ‘There’s Always Me’ due for release this autumn.

Tickets: £22

NTL: Othello
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Thursday 23rd February 2023 7:00pm

An extraordinary new production of Shakespeare’s most enduring tragedy, directed by Clint Dyer with a cast that includes Giles Terera (Hamilton), Rosy McEwan (The Alienist) and Paul Hilton (The Inheritance).

She’s a bright, headstrong daughter of a senator; elevated by her status but stifled by its expectations. He’s refugee of slavery; having risen to the top of a white world, he finds love across racial lines has a cost.
Wed in secret, Desdemona and Othello crave a new life together. But as unseen forces conspire against them, they find their future is not theirs to decide.

Othello is filmed live on the Lyttleton stage of the National Theatre.
Run Time: 180 mins

Tickets: £13.50 (11.50)

Janey Godley Not Dead Yet
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Friday 3 & Saturday 4 March 8pm
Age guidance 16+

Janey Godley is ‘still alive, by popular demand’ with a brand-new show for 2023 and can’t wait to be back doing what she does best!
Janey will be supported by Ashley Storrie, the award-winning comedian best known for hosting BBC Radio Scotland’s Friday nights, and guest slot on Breaking The News.

My past year has been like a giant “Wordle” game that has swept the nation, I went from “cancel to cancer” in 6 weeks. No, I didn’t smack a man live at the Oscars, in front of millions of people, but I have apologised profusely for historic offensive tweets from over 11 years ago and ended up as the torn worn out pass the parcel for tribal politics in Scotland. All my own doing, but now it’s time to laugh, live and celebrate after dealing this dreadful disease.

There will be voiceovers and anecdotes, straight from the woman wouldn’t die or shut up. Come join me!

Run Time: 90 mins

Tickets: £25.00

Heidi Talbot
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Friday 10 Mar 2023, 7.30pm

Folk singer, combining celtic and Americana influences.
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 switches easily between Celtic and Americana, but Subtlety is Talbot's magic ingredient. From her "mesmerising" and "intoxicating" gossamer voice to the delicate re-working of traditional and contemporary material that has earned her rave reviews for her records and Live performances. The woman from Co. Kildare, who spent several years in New York, slips effortlessly between musical worlds but retains a personal modesty rooted in traditional Folk.

Running time: 1hour 50mins

Tickets: £17 (£15)

Heidi Talbot 2023
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Friday 10 Mar 2023, 7.30pm

Folk singer, combining celtic and Americana influences.
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 switches easily between Celtic and Americana, but Subtlety is Talbot's magic ingredient. From her "mesmerising" and "intoxicating" gossamer voice to the delicate re-working of traditional and contemporary material that has earned her rave reviews for her records and Live performances. The woman from Co. Kildare, who spent several years in New York, slips effortlessly between musical worlds but retains a personal modesty rooted in traditional Folk.

Running time: 1hour 50mins

Tickets: £17 (£15)

The Story of Guitar Heroes
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The Brunton welcomes The Story of Guitar Heroes.
Friday 17 March 2023 7.30pm

Tickets: £26 (£24)

ROH: The Royal opera - Turandot
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22 March 2023 7.15pm

Puccini’s final opera is a glorious pageant of rich colour, dance and drama in Andrei Serban’s classic staging.

In the court of Princess Turandot, suitors who fail to solve her riddles are brutally killed. But when a mysterious Prince answers one correctly, suddenly he holds all the power – and a glorious secret. When life hangs in the balance, can love conquer all?
Puccini’s score is rich in musical marvels (featuring the famous aria ‘Nessun dorma’), while Andrei Serban’s production draws on Chinese theatrical traditions to evoke a colourful fantasy tableau of ancient Peking. Antonio Pappano conducts Anna Pirozzi in the title role and Yonghoon Lee as Calaf.
Run Time: 3 hours and 20 minutes (including two intervals)

Tickets: £16 (13), under 18 £10

A Vision Of Elvis
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Saturday 25 March 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Rob Kingsley, winner of The National Tribute Music Awards " Official Elvis Show " and " No.1 Male Tribute Artist " brings his internationally renowned show to The Brunton.
In this sensational new show you will experience an epic audio-visual journey through time like you've never seen before.
Featuring the classic hits Stuck on You from the Timex Show, GI Blues from the Movie Years, Blue Suede Shoes from the '1968 Comeback Special' with the finale being the electrifying Concert Years which includes Suspicious Minds, American Trilogy and many, many more.

With a string of SOLD OUT UK Dates A Vision of Elvis – IS the ONLY Elvis show to see.

Voted No1 Elvis Presley Tribute Artist & Best Overall Male Artist at the National Music Tribute Awards.
Grand European Champion at Europe's Largest Elvis Competition.
Voted Best Vegas Elvis at Europe's Largest Competition

Tickets: £25 (£23)

Cara Dillon
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Friday 31 March 2023 7.30pm
(Rescheduled date from 5 Aug 2022)

A collection of beautiful and moving songs.
Cara Dillon occupies an enviable position at the very top of her genre. This extraordinary Irish singer has been captivating audiences and achieving exceptional acclaim for over 20 years. She has (according to Mojo magazine) "Quite possibly the world's most beautiful female voice".

Alongside a selection of favourites from her previous releases, Cara will be performing material from her new album "Wanderer" which is a collection of beautiful and moving songs recorded in an intimate setting with her husband and musical partner Sam Lakeman. Every note and word sung with a passion and confidence earned through a life of experience singing traditional songs. Legions of fans will attest to their impassioned performances with Cara's warm and natural stage presence something to savour.

Tickets: £24

Paul Young - Behind The Lens
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Thursday 6 April 7.30pm (5.45pm meet and greet tickets)

Revel in Paul Young's classic hits and learn the stories behind them.
He’s been a major star for four decades.
Paul Young broke into the big time 40 years ago when No Parlez went to number one and spawned iconic hits like Wherever I Lay My Hat (That’s My Home). More success followed with the number one album The Secret Of Association and the worldwide hit Every Time You Go Away, not forgetting an appearance at Live Aid and more.

Paul is touring the UK, where he’ll meet fans, sing hits and tell stories about his incredible career. It’s time to revel in the classic hits and learn the stories behind them as Paul steps out from Behind The Lens.

Tickets: £80 / £45 / £30
Start time is 5.45pm for meet and greet ticket holders

£80 best seats, goody bag and pre-show meet and greet
£45 next best seats and goody bag
£30 standard price

Paul Young - Behind The Lens
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Revel in Paul Young's classic hits and learn the stories behind them.
He’s been a major star for four decades.
Paul Young broke into the big time 40 years ago when No Parlez went to number one and spawned iconic hits like Wherever I Lay My Hat (That’s My Home). More success followed with the number one album The Secret Of Association and the worldwide hit Every Time You Go Away, not forgetting an appearance at Live Aid and more.

Tickets: £80 / £45 / £30
Start time is 5.45pm for meet and greet ticket holders

£80 best seats, goody bag and pre-show meet and greet
£45 next best seats and goody bag
£30 standard price

ROH: The Royal Ballet - Cinderella
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A new production of the much-loved Royal Ballet fairytale classic.
Royal Ballet Founder Choreographer Frederick Ashton’s Cinderella celebrates its 75th anniversary this Season. The ballet’s opening night in 1948, featuring Moira Shearer and Michael Somes in the lead roles, was received rapturously. After over a decade away from the Royal Opera House stage, Ashton’s timeless reworking of Charles Perrault’s famous rags-to-riches story returns, showcasing the choreographer’s deft musicality and the beauty of Prokofiev’s transcendent score. A creative team steeped in the magic of theatre, film, dance and opera brings new atmosphere to Cinderella’s ethereal world of fairy godmothers and pumpkin carriages, handsome princes and finding true love.

Tickets: £16 (13), under 18 £10

Lulu - For The Record
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Pop-culture icon Lulu sets the record straight about her incredible life through songs and chat.
Lulu has made music and memories with the greatest of all time. Elton John wrote songs with her, Bowie produced and recorded with her, McCartney duetted with her and one of the Bee Gees married her. It’s a story that has to be told and provides a once-in-a-lifetime insight into some of the world’s musical legends. Join Lulu as she shares, for the first time, many untold stories, her memories and experiences with the greats – and enjoy with her the music that has been her constant companion. This is Lulu - For The Record.
Tickets: £80 / £50 / £35
Standard: £35, tickets with a great view in our intimate theatre.
VIP: £50, seats close to the stage plus a goody bag
Meet'n'Greet: £80, meet Lulu before the show, seats in the first four rows and a goody bag.

ROH: The Royal Opera - The Marriage of Figaro
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Director David McVicar brings out the revolutionary elements in Mozart’s great comic opera of intrigue, misunderstanding and forgiveness.

Servants Figaro and Susanna are filled with excitement on their wedding day, but there’s a hitch: their employer, the Count Almaviva, has dishonourable intentions of his own towards the bride-to-be.
With more twists than a page boy’s stockings, the story of Mozart’s comic opera will surprise and delight you at every turn. Come for the music and stay for the cross-dressing hilarity, all unfolding over the course of one crazy, topsy-turvy day in the Almaviva household. Royal Opera Music Director Antonio Pappano conducts a truly international cast in David McVicar’s timeless production.
Run Time: 4 hours (including one interval)

Wedding Planners
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Musical comedy written by Gillian Duffy & Alyson Orr.
Bridezillas, Hen Nights, Monsters In Law - Just a typical day for The Wedding Planners!
Mairi has her dream job running the 'I Do' wedding agency, planning that special day for brides to be all over the country, but it's not all plain sailing - she has to deal with Bridezillas, wild Hen Nights and making sure there's always plenty of Prosecco on tap!

As Mairi continues to search for romance, she stumbles upon a secret that threatens to plunge the agency into chaos and ruin everything for an unsuspecting bride to be.

The Wedding Planners is the hilarious girls' night out you won't want to miss - the perfect night out!

'Absolutely hilarious, I laughed from start to finish.'
'A funny, funny play with wonderful music.'
'Fantastic night out with real belly laughs and fantastic songs.'
'Such a great play. I want a night on the town with Belle!'

Running time: 2 hours

Tickets: £16.50 (14.50)

An Evening of Magic Britains Got Talent Winner Richard Jones
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Imagine being part of an exclusive audience lucky to witness more than just a magic show !

Richard Jones rose to fame as the only magician to ever win Britain’s Got Talent and has since won the PRESTIGIOUS GOLD STAR accolade within the INNER MAGIC CIRCLE, the highest honour in The Magic Circle.


Richard combines his training from his 12 years serving in the British Army using his expert knowledge of deception to create a unique experience YOU WILL NEVER FORGET !

Following his Headline SELL OUT with the biggest magic show in the West End, Richard continues to astound audiences around the world with his incredible tours.

An Evening of Magic………...something for all the family.

Tickets: £25

ROH: The Royal Ballet - The Sleeping Beauty
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Magic and fairytale characters are brought to life through ballet in this well-known family favourite.
The Sleeping Beauty holds a very special place in The Royal Ballet’s heart and history. It was the first performance given by the Company when the Royal Opera House reopened at Covent Garden in 1946 after World War II. In 2006, this original staging was revived and has been delighting audiences ever since. Frederick Ashton famously cited the pure classicism of Marius Petipa’s 19th-century ballet as a private lesson in the atmospheric art and craft of choreography. Be swept away by Tchaikovsky’s ravishing music and Oliver Messel’s sumptuous fairytale designs with this true gem from the classical ballet repertory.
Run Time: 3hrs 25min

Tickets: £16 (13), under 18 £10

The Sensational 60s Experience
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Step back in time to when pop music was at its very best.
Join us for the musical phenomenon of 2023 with this festival of nostalgia. The show with the definite feel good factor will transport you back to that magical decade that was the 1960s.
Whether you come to relive your childhood memories or you just simply want to see what your parents have been raving about for all these years this is the show to see.

These legends of the 60s will deliver to you a night never to be forgotten.

Hits include Legends Of Xanadu, Silence Is Golden, Storm In A Teacup, Hippy Hippy Shake, Mighty Quinn, Hitchin A Ride and many more.


Tickets: £33

ROH: The Royal Opera - Il Trovatore
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A devastating curse rises from the ashes in Verdi’s monumental tale of superstition and rivalry.

Passions run high as Manrico and the Count di Luna compete for the affections of Leonora. Little do they know, Manrico’s mother Azucena has been keeping a terrible secret for decades. Soon a curse from the past will rise up from the ashes with devastating implications for them all.
Starring Ludovic Tézier and Jamie Barton, Adele Thomas’s energetic staging sets Verdi’s tale in a Hieronymus Bosch-inspired universe of medieval superstition. Antonio Pappano conducts Verdi’s dramatic score, which features the famous ‘Anvil’ chorus.
Run Time: 3h 25min

Francis Rossi: Tunes and Chat
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Wednesday 1 November 7.30pm

An intimate evening of chat and music with legendary Status Quo lead singer.
Status Quo legend Francis Rossi is taking up his acoustic guitar to bring you a selection of well-known hits and some previously not-performed-live-before tunes. It will be a unique evening in which Francis will reprise fan favourites from a remarkable 50+ year career. Expect original-style, acoustic versions of Quo classics, threaded together with chat in this music based evening.
VIP packages are available for those wishing to meet Francis before the show.

Tickets: £30, £45 VIP & £80 Super VIP

The Springsteen Sessions 2023
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The Brunton Welcomes the Springsteen Sessions 2023
Saturday 25 February 2023 7.30pm

Tickets: £18 ( £16 disabled and carer)


Musselburgh station is about 15 minutes walk away or take the No. 30 bus from the station.


Free and convenient parking behind the building. Disabled spaces at front and rear of building


The Bistro is open serving the daytime menu on all other evenings that there is a performance in the Theatre. Open 9am – 7.30pm for snacks, lunches and pre theatre suppers. (Closes 5pm if no evening show).


Our spacious Bars are open before and after shows so you can relax and enjoy your visit in a welcoming and friendly setting.

For your convenience and ease of service, interval drinks can be ordered when you arrive.

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