Brunton Listings

Upcoming shows at the Brunton Theatre

Brunton Theatre
The Brunton, Ladywell Way, Musselburgh, East Lothian EH21 6AA.
Phone booking (Mon – Sat, 10am – 4pm): 0131 653 5245

The Brunton Theatre. Photo: Thom Dibdin

As Scotland emerges from the Covid-19 pandemic, the Brunton has re-opened in line with Scottish government guidance. Physical distancing is not in place, but the wearing of a face covering is mandatory in all areas of the theatre – any customer without a face mask with them on arrival will be offered one.

All tickets are contactless and purchase is online or by phone only. There will be no counter ticket sales at the venue which is taking part in the public health authorities’ Covid-19 Contact Tracing scheme. Anyone whose details are not in the ticketing system will be asked to use Check In Scotland. Full details can be downloaded here: Returning to The Brunton FAQs.

The Brunton has two main auditoria. The 296 seat Brunton Theatre stages mostly live productions. Venue 1 has 496 retractable seats and holds screenings and live performances such as bands, talks and stand-up comedians. Here we list all live events at the Brunton.

Click on the name of the show or the Book Here link to go to the ticketing site.

September 2021

Sweet Caroline
Fri 10 Sept 2021
Evening: 7.30pm.
What a beautiful Noise, it’s got a beautiful sound it’s got a beautiful beat! Get on board for one night only for that night out you have been dreaming of! As we invite you to celebrate with us the life and work of Neil Diamond with Sweet Caroline – The Ultimate tribute to Neil Diamond. Starring renowned tribute artist Gary Ryan, as seen on ‘Stars in Their Eyes’! Book here.

Scottish Opera: Opera in Musselburgh
Thurs 16 Sept 2021
Evening: 7pm.
Scottish Opera are back on the road this Autumn with an hour-long show full of fun and bittersweet comedy, featuring a programme of much-loved classics from Carmen, Don Giovanni and Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette, alongside gems you may well be discovering for the first time. Book here.

Lionel: The music of Lionel Richie
Thurs 16 Sept 2021
Evening: 7.30pm (Venue 1)
Following his recent appearances with Lionel Richie himself on ITV’s Sunday Night At The Palladium and the Graham Norton Show for the BBC, Malcolm Pitt delivers a powerhouse and breath-taking performance in this high octane show celebrating the music of Lionel Richie and the Commodores Book here.

Jenny Eclair: Sixty! (FFS)
Sat 25 Sept 2021
Evening: 7.30pm (Venue 1)
Having hit 60 (but still a year younger than Madonna), Jenny Eclair AKA ‘The Face of Vagisan’ confronts a new decade of decrepitude. Now that it takes 20 minutes of scrolling down to find her DOB when she’s filling in forms online, should she celebrate or crawl into a hole? What will her 60’s hold for this 1960’s babe and is it a legal requirement to buy Nordic walking poles? Book here.

October 2021

An Evening with Snooker Greats
Fri 1 Oct 2021
Evening: 7.30pm.
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. Book here.

Talon The Best Of Eagles: Legacy Tour
Fri 8 Oct 2021
Evening: 7.30pm (Venue 1)
World class seven-piece Eagles tribute band Talon have risen from humble beginnings to become one of the most successful theatre touring shows in the UK and ‘The Legacy Tour 2020/21’ 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. Book here.

Day At Night: The Doris Day Songbook
Sat 9 Oct 2021
Two perfs: 2pm & 7.30m.
This fabulous show is a celebration of the life and music of the Hollywood Legend, TV and recording artist Doris Day, featuring award winning singer Lynda Radford, the Day At Night Band and images and projection from her glittering career. Book here.

Midnight Train to Georgia: A Celebration of Gladys Knight
Thurs 14 Oct 2021
Evening: 7.30pm (Venue 1)
Hayley-Ria Christian is internationally renowned as the world’s foremost tribute to the ‘Empress of Soul’. In this stunning new production her outstanding vocal harmonies, along with a full live band and video projection, recreate the stage magic and Motown phenomenon that was Gladys Knight & The Pips. Book here.

How the Koala Learnt to Hug
Sat 16 Oct 2021
Matinee: 2pm.
Everyone knows that koalas love a cuddle but, the truth is, that wasn’t always the case. So how exactly did the koala learn to hug? Ten years after the publication of Steven Lee’s best selling book, Karen the Koala and her fabulous furry friends are back to answer that age old question and remind us once again why there’s nothing quite as wonderful as a nice warm hug. Book here.

Girls Night Oot 2021
Sat 23 Oct 2021
Evening: 7.30pm (Venue 1)
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. The drinks are flowing, the banter is top notch. What better way to carry the night than a visit to the local club. Book here.

Money for Nothing
Thurs 28 Oct 2021
Evening: 7.30pm.
‘Money for Nothing’ was formed in 2000 as a tribute to one of the world’s premier rock bands – Dire Straits. The abundant energy and the excellence and musicality of their performance makes Money for Nothing a “must see” for any rock enthusiast or Dire Straits fan. Book here.

Harpy 2021
Sat 30 Oct 2021
Evening: 7.30pm.
Su Pollard gives a one-woman tour-de-force performance. Birdie’s a hoarder. The neighbours call her a harridan and a harpy, although most have never even met her. They see her hoard, as a hazard for house prices. But it isn’t rubbish. It’s her life’s work and it exists because years ago something deeply cherished was stolen from her; Birdie’s not been able to give up anything since. Book here.

November 2021

An Evening with Eric Davidson
Thurs 4 Nov 2021
Evening: 7.30pm.
Midlothian comedian Eric Davidson brings his unique style of humour to The Brunton. Over the last few years, Eric has been a regular at the Edinburgh Fringe and his uproarious Poetry and Musical Parody have had audiences spellbound with his clever satirical wordplay. Book here.

Rock n Roll Paradise
Fri 5 Nov 2021
Evening: 7.30pm (Venue 1)
Backed by the dynamic Paradise Band, we pay tribute to the greats of that era, Elvis, Buddy Holly, Eddie Cochran, Jerry Lee, Connie Francis, Brenda Lee, Big Bopper, Ricky Nelson, and some very special guests who will join us as we tour the UK. 2 hours of rock and roll magic, brought to you by the very best tribute artistes, that’s Rock n Roll Paradise. Book here.

Rat Pack Live 2021
Sat 13 Nov 2021
Evening: 7.30pm (Venue 1)
They were the definition of cool during their Fifties and Sixties Vegas heyday – Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jnr. Combining the full sound of big band swing with charisma, panache and swagger, the trio – collectively known as The Rat Pack, had attitude to spare. Rat Pack Live invites you to be part of the gang and features all the patter and razzamatazz of their infamous live shows. Book here.

Sixties Gold
Tue 16 Nov 2021
Two shows: 2.30pm & 7.30pm (Venue 1)
Something of an ultimate 60s line up with (subject to change): The Tremeloes; Mamas and Papas UK; Hermans Hermits; The Marmalade; The Merseybeats; PJ Proby; Steve Ellis; Dave Berry; and Gerry’s Pacemakers. Book here.

Janey Godley’s Soup Pot Tour
Thurs 18, Sat 20 Nov 2021
Evenings 7.30pm; Sat mat: 2pm.
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 town. Live voice over’s and stand up like you’ve never seen before. Check out some hilarious patter from Big Tereeza in Torremolinos, Boris and his bawjaws and see Nicola up on the big screen with all the latest patter. Book here.

Kris Drever 2021
Fri 26 Nov 2021
Evening: 7.30pm (Venue 1)
Kris Drever is a Scottish folk singer songwriter. He has won multiple awards including an incredible 7 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, two shortlist nominations for Scottish Album of The Year (with his trio Lau) and much acclaim for his solo recordings and concerts including glowing reviews from The Herald, The Guardian, Mojo and Q Magazine. Book here.

Keith Jack & The MacDonald Bros: Scottish Greats
Sat 27 Nov 2021
Evening: 7.30pm (Venue 1)
Theatres are back! So come join Keith Jack, the MacDonald Brothers, Brian and Craig, for an awesome night celebrating all things Scotland! Bringing you songs from Wet Wet Wet, The Proclaimers, Lulu, Lewis Capaldi, Dougie Maclean and much much more! This is definitely a night not to be missed. Book here.

December 2021

Hansel and Gretel The Pantomime
Fri 26 Nov – Fri 31 Dec 2021
Various dates and times.
Produced by The Brunton, written and directed by John Binnie. The traditional tale of Hansel and Gretel as they escape from the witch and realise the value of true friendship is presented in full pantomime style with songs and slapstick and plenty joining in. Oh yes it is! Book here.

Buddy Holly & The Cricketers – Holly at Christmas 202
Thurs 9 Dec 2021
Evening: 7.30pm (Venue 1)
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. Book here.

Cloudbusting – The music of Kate Bush
Fri 10 Dec 2021
Evening: 7.30pm (Venue 1)
Cloudbusting have been championed by BBC One as one of the most authentic tributes in the world. Their passion for Kate’s music has won over sceptical fans everywhere, challenging perceptions of what a tribute band can be and resulting in sell out performances across the UK. Book here.

Funbox Santa’s Pyjama Party
Wed 23 – Sun 27 Dec 2021
Wed 23: 5pm; Thurs 24: 11am & 2pm; Sun 27: 12pm and 3pm.
Anya and Kevin are trying to plan the most perfect, proper, playful, polished and popping pyjama party but it’s all going to pot. Can you help them to stay awake and get everything ready in time? You might even see Santa! Book here.