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New Season at The Brunton

Published: Wednesday 11th January 2017

New Season at The Brunton

We pride ourselves on a warm and welcoming experience at The Brunton, so banish those winter blues and spend some time with us for thrilling and moving entertainment.

This season, the Brunton boasts a vibrant music programme with dazzling performers from a variety of genre’s and eras. Spend an evening with double Grammy Award winner, Albert Lee & his American Band and experience true country-rock with a stellar line-up of experienced and talented musicians. Also indulge in a rare chance to see three of the world’s finest musicians, Michael McGoldrick, John McCusker and John Doyle, celebrate the release of their latest album. Adding to this star-studded programme, music lovers can treat themselves to a host of unforgettable tribute acts, including Ultimate Bowie, The Cavern Beatles, and Magic of Motown.;

From tributes to classical, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra make a welcome return this January with an exuberant concert featuring Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture. Conductor Elim Chan performs with Ana Cordova on Solo Bass for Koussevitsky’s Bass concerto. Mendelssohn’s much loved Hebrides Ensemble and Italian Symphony and Ravel’s Tombeau de Couperin complete the bill in what will surely be a fantastic concert. In February, see Dmytro Morykit perform his original and powerful piano score live to accompany the landmark vampire film Nosferatu.

The popular series of lunchtime and afternoon classical concerts continues, where audiences can enjoy lunch in the upstairs lounge followed by an hour of classical music in the informal and intimate surroundings of venue 2, or enjoy High Tea and an afternoon recital. Performers this season include acclaimed pianist Susan Tomes, pianist Andrew Tyson, winner of the new Terence Judd-Hallé Orchestra Prize, cellist Philip Higham, newly appointed principal cello of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the Raeburn String Quartet with Rebecca Wexler, viola, performing Mozart’s longest ever movement amongst other exquisite pieces. 

Fresh from their successful 5 star, sell out Edinburgh Fringe run, Captivate Theatre brings Lionel Bart's timeless musical, Oliver! to life. Oliver! remains one of the most loved British musicals ever, featuring some of the most iconic characters songs ever written and a sensational score that includes Food Glorious Food, Consider Yourself, You’ve Got to Pick-a-Pocket or Two, I’d Do Anything and Oom Pah Pah. This production really will leave you wanting more!

Careful is the autobiographical play about one of Scotland's most celebrated singers, Horse McDonald. Her spellbinding debut play tells the inspirational story of her triumph over adversity through music. Experience a live audience Q&A and a mini set of her greatest hits, performed by Horse.

David Hayman makes a welcome return to The Brunton in The Cause of Thunder, playing the loved and respected, Bob Cunningham in the highly anticipated sequel to his 2014 performance in The Pitiless Storm. This one-man show continues Bob’s story two years after the referendum, as he confronts the uncertainty of retirement, the onset of old age, politics and his Country’s future. Our Theatre programme doesn’t end there though, with a selection of performances suitable for all ages, including Red Bridge and Traverse Theatre’s Black Beauty, A Life with the Beatles, and European Arts Company: Chekhov’s Shorts.

The Big Screen returns this season with a feast of cinema hits in the comfort and splendour of The Brunton’s Venue 1. Encounter chills, thrills and toe-tapping entertainment with our specially selected blockbusters, including Sully (12A), T2: Trainspotting (TBC) and La La Land (12A). There are also plenty of opportunities to immerse yourself in the wonders of our National Theatre Live and Royal Opera House Live cinema screenings. Enjoy the best of the West End in the heart of the Honest Toun and nestle in for titles such as: Saint Joan, Twelfth Night, Il Tovatore and Madama Butterfly.

There is a wealth of entertainment for younger audiences too, including a joint performance by two of East Lothian’s resident youth theatre companies, Brunton Youth Theatre and East Lothian Youth Theatre, and a colourful trip to the swinging sixties with Loretto Youth Players in their February production, Summer Holiday. Giddy Aunt’s, A Stone’s Throw provides the perfect opportunity for little ones to experience the magic of shadow puppetry with live music, innovative movement and storytelling.

Tony Thrills from our resident dance company, Room 2 Manoeuvre, is back this year hosting a fresh new performance of Breakin’ Rules: giving you all of the breakdance, hip-hop and street dance moves you need to put a little funk in your trunk. For our audience members with a soft spot for traditional dance, the live cinema screening of Royal Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty combines the best of classical ballet, with all its charms and virtuosity, splendid music and talented dancers. The panoramic journey of the prince to the overgrown castle and the colourful characters in this famous fairytale make this Sleeping Beauty a spectacle like no other.

Get your comedy fix this season from three of the UK’s stand-up experts live at The Brunton. Lee Nelson is back with his brand-new, laugh-out-loud, best ever stand-up show, Serious Joker; Jimeoin provides an endless supply of laughter in an evening of brilliantly observed, ever evolving and hilarious stand up with his new show, Renonsense Man; and with his natural charisma and sharp comic timing, Grant Stott takes you from pounding the beat to treading the boards in his dazzling solo show, Grant Stott’s Tales From Behind the Mic: With that line-up, your funny bone is sure to be tickled!

All tickets are available from The Brunton on 0131 665 2240 or

Download a copy of the new brochure on The Brunton website.