15 Mar 24

The Brunton thrives at alternative venues

Live performances and screenings continue to thrive at The Brunton's alternative venues - the Corn Exchange in Haddington and Loretto Theatre and Northesk Parish Church, in Musselburgh.

Brunton Theatre Trust’s live performance and screening programme continues to thrive at its alternative venues in Haddington and Musselburgh.

In March 2023 the Trust was hit by devastating news that its performance spaces which sit within the larger Brunton Hall building, had to shut with immediate effect for structural surveys. 

However, the programme of events was not cancelled. The Brunton team quickly sourced alternative venues in Musselburgh and Haddington and successfully transferred the programme.

The Brunton Hall is still open for the Trust’s box office and Council services. The Bistro at The Brunton is also still open for business and is a popular spot for lunch, snacks and pre show suppers on selected evenings.

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. We are determined to drive forward with this vision and while we await updates about the future of The Brunton building in Musselburgh, we are excited to be presenting our shows at these wonderful, alternative venues.

Michael Stitt Chair of Brunton Theatre Trust

In 2022 the UK Government advised all local authorities to check as a matter of urgency whether any public buildings in their estates have roofs, floors, cladding or walls made of Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC).
RAAC is a lightweight form of precast concrete, frequently used in public sector buildings in the UK from the mid-1960s to at least the mid-1980s. It is mainly found in roofs, although occasionally in floors and walls. It is less durable than traditional concrete and there have been issues raised as a result, which could have significant safety consequences.
RAAC was identified within parts of The Brunton building, including the performance areas. In the interests of health and safety, affected areas had to be closed.

An options appraisal is currently being prepared which will consider a range of options regarding the building and the associated costs.

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