East Lothian Council

New season at the Brunton

Published Thursday 6th April 17

Brunton Theatre

Music, film, live screenings, drama, dance and comedy coming up in the Brunton's new season

Be moved, charmed and thrilled by the wealth of entertainment on show at The Brunton this season. Our April to July programme will – we think - absolutely ‘knock-your-socks-off’, with a line-up that includes high quality music, film and live theatre screenings, drama, dance and comedy. With so much to choose from, it’s impossible not to visit The Brunton this season!

Our vibrant music programme continues with a stellar line-up of musicians performing tunes from a variety of eras and genres - and with more instruments than you can shake a baton at. Lift your spirits with Spatz & Co Showband’s, Midnight at the Oasis, and let Scotland’s premier 8 piece showband take you through a concert of music spanning from the 1930s to 1980s. Or why not spend an evening lost in the blues drenched sounds of clarinet-driven, 1920s New Orleans jazz and reminisce over forgotten gems with The Dime Notes? However, if you’re feeling nostalgic for 60s rock, then look no further than another highly entertaining concert with The Searchers, and enjoy some of their most famous hits, album recordings and other well known favourites.

But it’s not all jazz and rock. This season also boasts a very attractive line-up for those with a soft spot for classical music. Take time to relax with our Lunchtime Classical Concert series, where you can enjoy a light lunch with friends followed by an enchanting concert. Or enjoy the spectacular evening concert, Music For Soprano, Clarinet and Piano with Jessica Leary, soprano Maximilio Martin, clarinet and Julian Milford, piano. Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham also promise a spectacular evening of traditional music. With their musical magic and quick witted humour they will pull your emotional strings one moment and have you falling off the seat with laughter the next.

The Big Screen returns this season with a feast of cinema hits in the comfort and splendour of The Brunton’s Venue 1. Our specially selected blockbusters bring the very best in cinematic entertainment to Musselburgh, with numerous Oscar nominated and winning titles including La La Land (12A), Lion (PG), Hacksaw ridge (15) and Moonlight (15). The Big Screen is also primed for yet another season of star-studded National Theatre Live and Royal Opera House Live cinema screenings. Enjoy the best of the West End in the heart of Honest Toun and nestle in for titles such as Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (12A), Obsession (15), Peter Pan (PG) and the sensational two-part Angels in America (15) with big names including Daniel Radcliffe, Jude Law, Billie Piper and Andrew Garfield.

Laughter should chase away any remaining winter blues with The Brunton’s comedy programme. This month we welcome back the masters of Shakespeare deconstruction, the Reduced Shakespeare Company, for their side-splittingly funny, ‘retelling’ of William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (Abridged). Also making an appearance is the critically acclaimed tribute act, Just Like That! The Tommy Cooper Show. Complete with live musical accompaniment and full of magic and mirth, this performance is the perfect celebration of Britain's favourite comedian. If that’s not banished the blues, Fred MacAulay Live certainly will. Fred might not have the answers to political questions, but after nearly three decades on stage, he'll have a good laugh about it all. And so will you.

Captivating and emotive theatre is another gem in our new season. In May we invite audiences to Descent, a moving and insightful piece that explores what happens to two 50-somethings, Rob and Cathy, as they try to hold on to each other and themselves in the face of early onset dementia;  and in June, Alice Mary Cooper stars in Waves, the short and beautifully crafted story of the unofficial history of the invention of the Butterfly stroke, combining new writing, expressive storytelling, delicate movement and humour to make a 50 minute feel-good tale.

Created by award winning disabled choreographer Marc Brew, Brewband is an inclusive music and dance performance that brings together top Scottish rock artists and talented dancer/musicians to create an exciting evening that is as much a music gig as it is a dance performance. A collaborative project , based on the unique and boundary-breaking performance style of Brewband  and produced by a local Musselburgh based dance group and a local band, will provide an exclusive curtain raiser for this performance.

We are delighted to offer a wonderful selection of entertainment for parents and their young ones also. In May we invite families to join us at the ringside of our mini arena for Starcatchers and Curious Seed: MamaBabaMe; an exciting new dance, theatre and live music experience made especially for infants and their grown-ups. If it’s good old fashioned Scottish entertainment you’re after, then look no further than  Alex Hodgson’s, Guid Tae See Ye;  one of the most genuine selections of heartfelt writing entwined with laughter and fun for the whole family to enjoy.

Disclaimer: The Brunton cannot be held accountable for lost socks – now that they have been knocked off. 

All tickets are available from The Brunton on 0131 665 2240 or www.thebrunton.co.uk



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