The Brunton Takes Fringe to Musselburgh Racecourse

Carrying on its tradition of presenting outdoor theatre during the pandemic, the Brunton Theatre Trust is this year taking part of its 2021 summer programming to the nearby Musselburgh Racecourse.

A spokesperson for the Trust said “We are delighted to be out and about in East Lothian this summer with a fantastic selection of outdoor performances. We are taking some of these performances to Musselburgh Racecourse as part of our Fringe Festival programme. The pandemic has had a devastating effect on venues and also audiences. We hope to offer some light relief this summer and allow people to get back to experiencing cultural events. Our staff and performers are looking forward to welcoming people back and all our events will be presented in line with the Scottish Government’s Covid safety guidelines.”

In a varied programme from Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing performed by outdoor theatre company Illyria to Scottish Opera’s Pop-up Opera bringing HMS Pinafore and The Pirates of Penzance and Quantum Theatre’s new adaptation of the well-loved pirate adventure tale Treasure Island. For this family friendly adventure, audiences are asked to bring their own rug or low backed chair if they wish a picnic but with no alcoholic drink. There will be a pop up bar selling tea, coffees, homemade cakes, beers, wines, spirits and mixers, soft drinks and ice cream.

Tickets must be purchased in advance either online at or by phone on 0131 653 5245. Tickets will not be available to purchase in person either at The Brunton or Musselburgh Racecourse.

Irene Brown

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