Brunton Theatre Trust are delighted to announce that they are taking The Brunton to Corn Exchange in Haddington, as well as venues in Musselburgh.
The Trust have taken an initial short term lease on the Haddington town centre building, to trial the venue as a performance space for a range of professional events, from tribute bands to dance, comedy, children’s shows and theatre. During this pilot, they will be engaging with local hospitality businesses to enhance the evening out experience, and seeking feedback from audiences.
The Brunton brand is built on delivering high quality events with a high quality customer experience, and the team are committed to extending this experience to Haddington. The Trust have engaged professional staging company, Black Light to install a bespoke, sound, lighting and staging design. This will be complemented by technical equipment from The Brunton building in Musselburgh.
Audiences can expect comfortable seating and a professional sound and lighting experience.
There is also free car parking behind the building and excellent public transport on the doorstep.
The programme of events, originally intended for The Brunton’s Venue 1 that has been moved to Haddington, begins on Friday 6 October with the well regarded band, Magic Queen. Following this, more music with, Talon – Best of Eagles, The Story of Guitar Heroes, Buddy Holly and the Cricketers; Crown Ballet with The Nutcracker and Gilded Balloon’s Big Fab Comedy Show. Additional programming will be added over the coming months.
Brunton Theatre Trust will also take over managing community hires for the Corn Exchange and look forward to working with community groups to enable access to this space. Anyone wishing to discuss hiring the venue should email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Michael Stitt, Chair of Brunton Theatre Trust said:
“We are excited by this opportunity to enhance the audience experience at the Corn Exchange and to build on The Brunton’s successful brand, delivering high quality professional arts and entertainment events, in Haddington, the heart of East Lothian. We are dedicated to bringing the very best theatre, music, dance, comedy, children’s theatre, screenings and entertainment to East Lothian, sharing it with as many people as possible. Whilst we are very disappointed not to be able to do this at The Brunton in Musselburgh at the moment, we are determined to drive forward with this vision and not to be defeated by the issues with the roof at The Brunton building.
The Corn Exchange is an additional venue for us, adding to the programme we are building at Loretto School Theatre and Northesk Parish Church.
Whilst we do not know at this stage, how long we will be out of The Brunton building in Musselburgh, we are committed to transferring our professionalism to presenting our shows at these wonderful, alternative venues.”
East Lothian Provost, John McMillan, said:
“Situated in the heart of the town, the Corn Exchange is a valued local resource for Haddington. East Lothian Council, working with Brunton Theatre Trust, has an opportunity to reopen the Corn Exchange as a vibrant destination for arts and entertainment events. This will offer the wellbeing benefits of attendance at, and participation in, a range of cultural activities as well as bringing economic benefit to local Haddington businesses. A warm welcome awaits locals, East Lothian residents and visitors from further afield to come and experience these fantastic live events in Haddington.”
The extension of The Brunton to the Corn Exchange, Haddington, is in addition to the successful programming of music, theatre, film and comedy at Loretto School Theatre and Northesk Parish Church, in Musselburgh and for larger events, Musselburgh Grammar School.
To assist bookers from the west of the county to get to Haddington, Brunton Theatre Trust will organise bus transport from Musselburgh, for the first few events. This will also enable bookers to enjoy dining at The Bistro at The Brunton, before their events. Ticket holders will be contacted to see if they wish to take up this service. The Bistro at The Brunton remains open as usual.
Tickets for The Brunton’s events at Corn Exchange, Haddington and Musselburgh venues can be booked at thebrunton.co.uk .
Reservations can be made for The Bistro at The Brunton on 0131 653 0608.