THE popular Puppet Animation Festival returns to Musselburgh this Easter.

The Brunton is hosting Stories Just In Case, entertaining stories and puppetry for children aged four and over, presented by the Clydebuilt Puppet Theatre on Wednesday.

Lempen Puppet Theatre Company brings Flotsam & Jetsam, visual theatre with original music next Saturday (April 16).

The performance tells a hopeful adventure story about two very different creatures that must learn to work together.

Other attractions at The Brunton include Irish legends The Fureys, who return to the Musselburgh theatre for a night of music, songs and stories this evening (Thursday).

The band, who have been entertaining audiences worldwide for 42 years, will sing their classics including I Will Love You, When You Were Sweet 16, The Green Fields of France, The Old Man, Red Rose Cafe, From Clare to Here, Her Father Didn’t Like Me Anyway, Leaving Nancy and Steal Away, plus songs from their new CD, The Times They Are A Changing.

Jack Docherty (pictured below), the BAFTA award-winning star of Scot Squad and Absolutely, and one of Scotland’s favourite comic performers, brings his critically acclaimed play Nothing But to The Brunton tomorrow (Friday).

East Lothian Courier: Jack Docherty. the BAFTA award-winning star of Scot Squad and Absolutely, and one of Scotland's favourite comic performers, brings his critically-acclaimed play Nothing But to The Brunton

A love letter to Edinburgh, the Fringe and summer rain, Nothing But is a tender, playful, darkly comic tale, in which Jack grapples with lost youth, infatuation, fatherhood, sex, secrets and truth. The show achieved rave reviews and a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe last year.

The Royal Opera House Live screening on Wednesday is The Royal Opera with Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata – one of the best-known operas in the world.

Set in 19th-century Paris, courtesan Violetta sings some of the composer’s most acclaimed arias, including Sempre libera, in her poignant and passionate encounters with Alfredo and Germont.

Richard Eyre’s production for The Royal Opera recently celebrated 25 years on the Royal Opera House stage and this year returns acclaimed opera star Pretty Yende as Violetta. The opera is sung in Italian with English subtitles.

Trio Doyenne (pictured below) – pianist Monika Masanauskaite, violinist Michelle Dierx and Shannon Merciel on cello – perform next Tuesday (April 19) as part of the Lunchtime Classical Concert series at The Brunton.

East Lothian Courier: Trio Doyenne

Audiences can enjoy soup and a sandwich in the upstairs bar before an hour of classical music follows.

In the programme next Tuesday is Brahms’s B minor piano trio and, as an opener, the group play a trio by the early 20th-century French composer Lili Boulanger, who died tragically young as she was turning into a major musical talent.

The National Theatre Live screening on Thursday, April 21, is Henry V.

Kit Harington, who became a global star after playing Jon Snow in Game of Thrones, plays the title role in Shakespeare’s study of nationalism, war and the psychology of power.

Fresh to the throne, King Henry V launches England into a bloody war with France. When his campaign encounters resistance, this inexperienced new ruler must prove he is fit to guide a country into war.

Captured live from Donmar Warehouse in London, this modern production, directed by Max Webster, of Life of Pi, explores what it means to be English and the relationship to Europe, asking: do we ever get the leaders we deserve?

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Tickets can be purchased directly through The Brunton’s website or via the box office on 0131 653 5245, open from Monday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm.