About Us

Meet Hazel – box office

Hazel has been with The Brunton for one year and has a key role as Senior Box Office Assistant.

“The team have made me feel so welcome and we work well together. I love it, it’s one of the best decisions I’ve made.”

After 18 years working in retail Hazel wanted a change of career that still involved dealing with customers. Her love of attending the theatre spurred her on to apply for her “ideal job” at The Brunton. Hazel joined The Brunton at an exciting time of development as a new ticketing system and website were launched.

A typical working day for Hazel would be spent in the Box Office selling tickets to the public either in person or on the phone, answering emails and telephone enquiries, putting new shows on for sale and running a variety of sales reports for her colleagues in management, finance and marketing. Hazel especially enjoys the busyness of a show going in, and works well with her Front of House colleagues to ensure that the customer has an enjoyable experience from the moment they come through the doors of The Brunton.

Since Covid 19 Hazel’s role remains as crucial, but her office is home based for now. 

Hazel’s communication skills are to the fore as she liaises with customers to update them on rescheduled or cancelled show dates. She also advises customers on the various options for their ticket purchase. Where a show is rescheduled Hazel moves all bookings across to the new date. If a show has been cancelled Hazel also outlines the various options for attending in the future. Tickets value can be transferred into a credit for future use. Some generously turn the value of their ticket into a donation to support The Brunton’s community outreach programme. Hazel also manages refunds. If you think you may have missed an email from Hazel, please get in touch at .

During Covid 19 Hazel has had to adapt to working from home and creating a whole new work/life balance. Whilst she misses dealing face to face with customers and the camaraderie of her team, she looks forward to the day that she can return to The Brunton building.

“…hopefully we will all be back soon.”

In the meantime Hazel makes time for what she enjoys doing outside of work “I read a lot, I walk a lot and I love to spend quality time with my family.”

Whilst the physical building of The Brunton may be closed for now, Hazel and the rest of the staff are still working remotely to reschedule events, share digital arts content, plan for the future and communicate with our audiences and East Lothian community until everyone can gather safely again at The Brunton. As a Registered Scottish Charity (SC022422), The Brunton gratefully welcomes all donations large or small.


Bistro at The Brunton

The Bistro at The Brunton are currently offering a home delivery service of some of their favourite meals and tasty bakes.

If you’d like a mid-week treat for you or your friend. They offer Afternoon Tea for 2 – £22 every Wednesday.

To save you cooking at the weekend you can order a food box to arrive on Friday. The Weekend Special Offer is a 2 Course Meal for 2 – £18 or you can order individual meals, traybakes, biscuits and scones.

Currently delivering to EH15, EH16, EH21, EH22, EH32 & EH33. Menus, order forms and more info can be found on Bistro at The Brunton Facebook page.

What's On At Home

Postcards From Isolation – A Covid Diary

As part of East Lothian Council’s Arts Service this Facebook group is an opportunity to document the day to day lives of local residents living through these historic and unusual times. From social distancing to lockdown, Covid 19 has changed the way we all work, shop, play and live our lives. The pictures you put up celebrate the tenacity of the human spirit through the hard, boring, funny and the amazing. It is a chance to depict the art of living and the creativity that comes from confinement. Put up your art projects, ideas, baking experiments and share your day to day life.

An extension of this page, once lockdown is over, would be a project -Postcards from Isolation -where blank postcards are sent out to the community and people are encouraged to draw, write, sew, knit, include music links or photograph a postcard sized image reflecting on their own experience of social isolation. These could then be shared as a way of connecting people.

Once lockdown is lifted, there would be an opportunity to have an exhibition of postcards and an event to bring the local community together to contemplate and celebrate.

As human beings we are all connected and this moment in time demonstrates that in an unprecedented way. We are apart but we will always be together.

What's On At Home

Family Fix

As The Brunton is temporarily closed, we’ve been looking for other ways to keep you and your family entertained. We’ve found some online activities that might help to keep the boredom at bay.

The FunBox ‘Christmas in Toy Town’ show at the Whitehall Theatre, Dundee. 23/11/2019 Picture by John Young /

FunboxFacebook Live Stream every Friday at 4pm, FRI-YAY is an hour of songs and silliness and live chat with our fans. You can also watch clips from previous Funbox productions – available on YouTube.

Julia Donaldson & Friends – Storytelling and activities for children Thursdays at 4pm via Facebook

Tall Stories – Keep your children entertained with videos, activities & storytelling – visit their website.

Clydebuilt Puppet Theatre – Puppet Snippets, Making puppets from things you can find in the house. Follow them on Facebook to find out more.

It’s In The Bag – Storytelling on Facebook.

Tim Porteus, East Lothian Storyteller – Stories for 3 or 4 yrs upwards. Watch on YouTube.

Starcatchers – A new series of Wee Inspirations idea cards for parents at home with young children 0-5 yr olds. Visit their website.

Every Child Every Right’ from Historieberattarna – a lovely uplifting video to watch and enjoy via Vimeo.

What's On At Home

Listen In

As The Brunton is temporarily closed, we’ve been looking for other ways to keep you entertained. Here are some online concerts and musicmaking activities for all the family.

Dougie MacLean

Dougie MacLean – Streaming live concerts from his home and studio in the Old School in Butterstone, Scotland. Available to watch on Facebook or YouTube.

Scottish Opera – Spotlight On… Immerse yourself in some of Scottish Opera’s best loved productions, past and present. Never-before-seen photos, in-depth interviews, videos, exclusive programme articles and more to keep you entertained. Visit their website.

The ScotsmanThe Scotsman Sessions are short video performances from artists all around the country. Visit their website to watch.

Royal Scottish National OrchestraRSNO Friday Night Club – bringing never-before-seen concert footage straight to your living room. Friday’s at 7.30pm watch via Facebook or RSNO website. RSNO Challenge – fun, family-friendly challenges. Every Wednesday at 10.30am via Facebook or YouTube.

Music & Me – Songs, stories and creative exploration with Dave Trouton, East Lothian musician. Visit the Music & Me Website.

Drake Music Scotland – Accessible resources tailored for additional support needs children but useful for everyone. Visit their website for more information.

McMillan Young Musicians – Early Years fun songs and games from Charlotte McMillan, East Lothian Arts worker and creator of Hullabaloo. Visit her website to join in.

Incorporated Society of Musicians – Learning resources for primary, secondary and instrumental learning, as well as other useful resources. Many are free or discounted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit website to find out more.

ABC Music – Sign up to free online sessions with this great Midlothian based music project, for all ages!  Visit website.

Covid 19 Update

Coronavirus Statement

We would like to advise Brunton customers that we are closely monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and adhering to the official guidance.The latest Government advice is for pubs, clubs, theatres and other social venues to close for the foreseeable future.We are currently working as quickly as we can with our promoters to reschedule many of our events until later in the year and we will provide an update to bookers about our events as soon as this becomes available.Thank you for your patience at this time.


About Us

About Us

A thriving music, theatre and dance venue with a strong community programme … one of Scotland’s best-run middle-scale receiving theatres.” The Scotsman

The Brunton, Musselburgh

Welcome to The Brunton. The Brunton is a vibrant theatre and community space in Musselburgh, the gateway to beautiful East Lothian. It is the place to be for the best in music, theatre, dance, comedy, children’s shows, film and lots more – all year round. Our state of the art Venue 1 allows us to offer even more entertainment as well as being available for private or corporate hire – the ideal space for bespoke wedding or conference packages.Children’s theatre company Catherine Wheels and dance company Room 2 Manoeuvre are the resident companies and the theatre also acts as venue 191 during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Youth Theatre & Dance

Move It! Dance video

Unfortunately our Move It! dance classes can’t run just now, but our amazing Dance Artist has set up a YouTube channel for dance routines to do at home. This first video is for the P1-P3 age group and they’ll be dancing to I Just Can’t Wait To Be King from The Lion King
Have Fun!

Move It logo

Covid 19 Update

Rescheduled & Cancelled Shows

Current Government advice is for pubs, clubs, theatres and other social venues to remain closed for the foreseeable future. We are continuing to work alongside all our promoters to reschedule many of our events until later in the year.
To make it easier for you to check new dates for shows we have listed them below. We will update this list regularly so please check back.

Thank you for your patience at this time.

Rescheduled Dates

Wed 12 Aug 2020 – Little Women (U)
Wed 2 Sep 2020 – 1917 (15)
Thu 3 Sep 2020 – The Personal History of David Copperfield (PG)
Thu 17 Sep 2020 – Funny Girls on Tour
Fri 23 Oct 2020 – Puppet Animation Festival: The Crab Prince
Sat 24 Oct 2020 – Puppet Animation Festival: Gingerbread Man
Thu 29 – Sat 31 Oct 2020 – MAMA present Chess The Musical
Sat 12 Dec 2020 – Girls Night Oot
Sat 30 Jan 2021 – Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Thu 11 Feb 2021 – The Story of Guitar Heroes Thu 4 Mar 2021 – An Evening with Eric Davidson
Fri 5 Mar 2021 – Midnight Train to Georgia: A Celebration of Gladys Knight
Fri 5 Mar 2021 – Kris Drever
Fri 12 Mar 2021 – Simply reRed
Sat 13 Mar 2021 – Maggie Bell & Dave Kelly: Acoustic Duo
Sat 13 Mar 2021 – Lost in Music – One Night at the Disco Fri 19 Mar 2021 – Harpy featuring Su Pollard Sun 21 Mar 2021 – Janey Godley’s Soup Pot Tour
Wed 24 Mar 2021 – Jersey Beats: Oh What a Night
Fri 26 Mar 2021 – Still Gaun!
Sat 27 Mar 2021 – Sun Records: The Concert Fri 9 Apr 2021 – Free Again: The Spirit of Bad Company & Free
Sat 10 Apr 2021 – Rock n Roll Paradise
Sat 17 Apr 2021 – Radio GaGa Thu 22 Apr 2021 – Money For Nothing Fri 23 Apr 2021 – Cloudbusting – The Music of Kate Bush
Sat 24 Apr 2021 – A Vision of Elvis
Sat 15 May 2021 – Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham Sat 15 May 2021 – Dancersize CIC New Beginnings Sun 16 May 2021 – The Matt Monro Story Thu 20 May 2021 – The Fureys Fri 21 May 2021 – Abbamania
Sat 29 May 2021 – Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond The Ultimate Tribute
Sat 5 Jun 2021 – Magic of Motown
Sat 5 Jun 2021 – The Very Best of Spatz: Nostalgia 2021
Sat 12 Jun 2021 – Sydney Devine
Thu 12 Aug 2021 – Twist and Shout
Fri 13 Aug 2021 – Oh Carol! The Story of Neil Sedaka
Sat 14 Aug 2021 – Dougie MacLean in Concert Thu 19 Aug 2021 – The Chicago Blues Brothers
Sat 21 Aug 2021 – The Glenn Miller & Big Band Spectacular Fri 27 Aug 2021 – Big Band Bublé Sat 28 Aug 2021 – Alex Hodgson: Tickety Boo Sat 4 Sep 2021 – And Finally… Phil Collins Fri 8 Oct 2021 – Talon The Best of Eagles: Legacy Tour Sat 9 Oct 2021 – Day at Night: The Doris Day Songbook Sun 14 Nov 2021 – Sixties Gold

Cancelled Shows

Tue 17 Mar 2020 – ROH Live: The Royal Opera Fidelio
Sat 28 & Sun 29 March 2020 – Simon Says Dance
Sun 29 Mar 2020 – Stagecoach Extravaganza
Mon 30 & Tue 31 Mar 2020 – NYCOS 2020
Wed 1 Apr 2020 – ROH Live: The Royal Ballet Swan Lake
Sat 4 Apr 2020 – White & Givan: Worn
Sun 5 Apr 2020 – Musical Theatre Easter School
Tue 7 Apr 2020 – Puppet Animation Festival: Anonymouse
Tue 7 Apr 2020 – Lunchtime Classical Concert: Trio Doyenne
Wed 8 Apr 2020 – JoJo Rabbit (12A)
Tue 14 Apr 2020 – East Lothian Youth Theatre Easter School
Tue 21 Apr 2020 – ROH LIve: The Royal Opera Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagiacci
Wed 29 Apr 2020 – Dolittle (PG)
Wed 5 & Thu 6 May 2020 – The Addams Family
Sat 9 May 2020 – Rapture THeatre: The Dock Brief
Sat 16 May 2020 – The Metamorphosis Uplugged
Tue 19 May 2020 – The Cheviot, The Stag and the Black, Black Oil
Thu 21 May 2020 – NT Live: The Welkin (15)
Fri 5 Jun 2020 – ELYT Showcase
Thu 18 Jun 2020 – ROH Live: The Royal Opera Elektra
Thu 6 Aug 2020 – NT Live: Jack Absolute Flies Again (Encore) Thu 22 Oct 2020 – Ruby Wax – How To Be Human

The Box Office counter and telephone service will be closed until further notice.

For enquiries, please email the Box Office at
Tickets can be purchased online at

What's On At Home

Digital Theatre Fix

As The Brunton is temporarily closed, we’ve been looking for other ways to keep you entertained. Some of the theatre companies that regularly perform on our stage, are making digital versions of their productions available for you to enjoy at home.

Dogstar Theatre – The Tailor of Inverness

Dogstar Theatre – The Tailor of Inverness is available to watch via Vimeo On Demand. You can also watch Circling A Fox – a documentary about the story behind The Tailer of Inverness via Vimeo.

Blackeyed Theatre – Visit their HUB for lots of interviews, previews and streamed performances. Sherlock Holmes: The Sign of Four available to watch for free from Sun 5 – Wed 15 July.

Rapture Theatre – Enjoy Rapture Mini Bites, a series of online, bite sized performances curated by Co-Artistic Director, Michael Emans. Every Friday they publish a reading, speech, poem, song or dance routine performed by one of the stars of previous Rapture shows. Find them on Facebook or Rapture Theatre’s website.

National Theatre – #NationalTheatreAtHome streaming past productions every Thursday at 7pm via their YouTube Channel available for you to watch for one week. Follow them on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for announcements.

National Theatre of Scotland – #PlayDates – A new eight week online interactive programme for children and families, created by some of Scotland’s leading creative practitioners and freelance artists. Running from 26 May – 17 July & free to join in. Visit their website for more information.

The Shows Must Go OnYouTube Channel bringing you showtunes, backstage access and full performances from some of the best loved musicals in history! Full performances are available for 48 hours from Friday at 7pm.

Finborough Theatre – Olivier Award nominated play It Is Easy To Be Dead will be available to watch for free via YouTube until Tuesday 7 July.

The Scotsman – The Scotsman Sessions are short video performances from artists all around the country. Visit their website to watch.