The Duke
Mar
31
7:45 pm19:45

The Duke

  • Brighton Dome

Funny and poignant, the one-man show weaves together the tragi-comic fate of a family heirloom - a porcelain figure of The Duke of Wellington, the quandary of a scriptwriter stretching his integrity and an unfolding disaster as thousands of children flee their homes. Blending fantasy and reality, this playful show gently challenges our priorities in a world full of crisis.

Sammy and the Snow Leopard
Apr
20
2:30 pm14:30

Sammy and the Snow Leopard

  • Brighton Dome

Sammy LOVES animals, but his Mum won't let him have any in the house. When he hears about the 'Adopt a Snow Leopard' programme, Sammy reckons he's found the perfect way to have a pet. But then a parcel arrives…


 Disabled Access Day
Mar
10
Mar 12

Disabled Access Day

  • Brighton Dome

Brighton Dome will be celebrating Disabled Access Day with partner organisations and venues in Brighton, giving free opportunities for people with disabilities to get to know arts venues across the city, including heritage tours, touch tours, talks and more. 

 

International Women's Day Celebration
Mar
4
10:00 am10:00

International Women's Day Celebration

Get involved, get radical, be inspired...

Brighton Dome, Brighton Women’s Centre and Brighton Museum join forces to present our annual celebration of International Women’s Day. Bursting with activities, with gender equality firmly on the agenda, join us for a marketplace of ideas alongside a specially curated programme of inspiring speakers, activists and innovators, workshops, arts & crafts, causes and campaigns, with fun for all the family. Everyone is welcome – all ages, all communities together.

Stewart Lee: Content Provider
Feb
26
8:00 pm20:00

Stewart Lee: Content Provider

  • Brighton Dome

After four years writing and performing his TV show Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle, Content Provider is Stewart’s first brand new full-length show since the award-winning Carpet Remnant World.

Candoco Dance Company: CounterActs
Feb
17
7:30 pm19:30

Candoco Dance Company: CounterActs

  • Brighton Dome

A new double bill combining mischievous questions and virtuosic performance.

Candoco Dance Company, the world’s leading contemporary dance company of disabled and non-disabled performers, presents CounterActs, a new double bill from two rising stars of the British dance scene. 

Sunny Afternoon
Dec
20
7:45 pm19:45

Sunny Afternoon

  • Theatre Royal

Sunny Afternoon, the sensational smash hit West End musical will rock a venue near you in 2016/2017

Winner of the 2015 Olivier Award for Best New Musical, Sunny Afternoon is an irresistible musical with slick theatricality and ingenious storytelling at its heart. It tells the captivating tale of how one of Britain’s greatest bands, The Kinks, rose to stardom.

SPYMONKEY: THE COMPLETE DEATHS
Sep
26
7:30 pm19:30

SPYMONKEY: THE COMPLETE DEATHS

  • Shoreditch Town Hall

There are 74 onstage deaths in the works of William Shakespeare - 75 if you count the black ill-favoured fly killed in Titus Andronicus. From the Roman suicides in Julius Caesar to the death fall of Prince Arthur in King John; from the carnage at the end of Hamlet to snakes in a basket in Antony & Cleopatra. And then there’s the pie that Titus serves his guests.

Spymonkey will perform them all - sometimes lingeringly, sometimes messily, sometimes movingly, sometimes musically, always hysterically. The four ‘seriously, outrageously, cleverly funny clowns' (Time Magazine) will scale the peaks of sublime poetry, and plumb the depths of darkest depravity. It may even be the death of them.

Adapted and directed by Tim Crouch (I, Malvolio, An Oak Tree, Adler & Gibb), The Complete Deaths will be a solemn, sombre and sublimely funny tribute to the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

“Brilliantly ridiculous – inspired pairing of Spymonkey and Tim Crouch”
★★★★ The Stage

“Daft, ingenious and ultimately deeply thoughtful”
★★★★ Financial Times

“Poignant as well as hilarious”
★★★★ The Observer

The performance on Monday 26 September will be BSL interpreted by Sue MacLaine. Please call 020 7739 6176 or email marketing@shoreditchtownhall.com to book tickets.  

There will be a post-show Q+A with the company after the performance on Tuesday 27 September.

Running time: 110 min

Age Guidance: 14+

Relatively Speaking
Sep
8
7:45 pm19:45

Relatively Speaking

  • Theatre Royal

Theatre Royal Bath Productions presents Robert Powell and Liza Goddard in
Relatively Speaking by Alan Ayckbourn

Directed by Robin Herford
Designed by Peter McKintosh

'As funny as anything Ayckbourn has ever written'
The Times

'The most brilliant comedy of misunderstandings to have been written in the past 40 years'
Daily Telegraph


Greg only met Ginny a month ago but has already made up his mind that she’s the girl for him. When she tells him that she’s going to visit her parents, he decides this is the moment to ask her father for his daughter’s hand. Discovering a scribbled address, he follows her to Buckinghamshire where he finds Philip and Sheila enjoying a peaceful Sunday morning breakfast in the garden, but the only thing is – they’re not Ginny’s parents.

Beautifully crafted, wonderfully funny and charmingly English, Relatively Speaking was Alan Ayckbourn’s first great West End success and turned him into a household name. When the show opened at the Duke of York’s Theatre in 1967, the critics hailed the arrival of a great new comic talent.

Robert Powell received multiple awards and a BAFTA nomination for his portrayal of Jesus in Franco Zefferelli’s Jesus of Nazareth. His extensive stage performances include Alan Bennett’s Single Spies, Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell and most recently King Charles III.

Liza Goddard is one of the UK’s favourite actresses. Her extensive range of Ayckbourn credits includes Life of Riley, Communicating Doors, Season’s Greetings, Life and Beth and If I Were You. Television work includes cult classics Doctor Who and Bergerac. She has made guest appearances in BBC’s Wild West, CITV’s Out of Sight and ITV’s Midsomer Murders.

Director Robin Herford’s numerous credits include Ayckbourn’s Bedroom Farce and Season’s Greetings, Rain Man, The Secret of Sherlock Holmes and The Hound of the Baskervilles and the phenomenally successful stage adaptation of The Woman in Black – a production which has now celebrated 25 years in the West End and been seen by over seven million people. 

Designer Peter McKintosh is the winner of an Olivier Award for Crazy For You in the West End and was Olivier nominated for Hello Dolly. His productions of Death And The Maiden, Butley and The 39 Steps all received Tony nominations on Broadway

'Two hours of continuous laughter'
The Guardian

'Ingenious…the funniest trick of the season'
Evening Standard

'Light as a soufflé'
Punch

'Clicks and fizzes to the very end'
Daily Mail

Thriller Live
Jun
30
7:45 pm19:45

Thriller Live

  • Theatre Royal

Direct from London’s West End, Thriller Live is a spectacular concert created to celebrate the career of the world’s greatest entertainer. Join us on a visual, audio and electrifying journey through the magic of Michael’s 45 year musical history. You will experience over two hours of non-stop hits from pop to rock, soul to disco as the cast play homage to Jackson’s legendary live performances and innovative dance moves executed with flair, precision and passion, this is a show that you will never forget.

This show will be interpreted by Marco Nardi

Peppa Pig's Surprise
Jun
1
1:00 pm13:00

Peppa Pig's Surprise

  • Theatre Royal Brighton

Surprise! Peppa Pig, George and their friends are back in a brand new live stage show, Peppa Pig’s Surprise.

It’s a lovely day and Peppa is playing outside with her friends. Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig have got a surprise for her and George – they can’t guess what it is, can you?

Enjoy fun, games and of course, surprises in this charming, colourful new show with new songs and new life size puppets, Peppa Pig’s Surprise promises to be the perfect theatre show for all pre-schoolers!

***** 'A treat for your little one’s eyes and ears.' Daily Express

**** 'Enjoyably inventive.'Time Out

'A rollicking, all singing, dancing interactive adventure.' Daily Telegraph

A Boy and a Bear in a Boat
May
22
1:00 pm13:00

A Boy and a Bear in a Boat

  • The Grand Hotel

A new play by Stewart Melton
from the book by Dave Shelton
Directed by Adel Al-Salloum

Welcome aboard! The boy and a bear set out to sea with just a suitcase, a ukulele and a teapot between them. Dark clouds loom, there’s only one sandwich left and it’s nearly teatime. Where are they heading? Will they ever get there? And when all seems lost, can their friendship survive? Adapted from Dave Shelton’s award-winning novel and featuring live music and movement, A Boy and a Bear in a Boat is a funny, thoughtful and thrilling voyage to discover the meaning of friendship and adventure.

Interpreted by Nadia Nadarajah and Sue MacLaine

The Complete Deaths
May
15
2:30 pm14:30

The Complete Deaths

  • Theatre Royal

World Premiere
Commissioned by Brighton Festival
There are 74 onstage deaths in the works of William Shakespeare (75 if you count the black ill-favoured fly killed in Titus Andronicus). From the Roman suicides in Julius Caesar to the death fall of Prince Arthur in King John; from the carnage at the end of Hamlet to snakes in a basket in Antony and Cleopatra. And then there’s the pie that Titus serves his guests.

Spymonkey will perform them all – sometimes lingeringly, sometimes messily, sometimes movingly, always hysterically. These ‘seriously, outrageously, cleverly funny clowns’ (Time Magazine) will scale the peaks of sublime poetry, and plumb the depths of darkest depravity. It may even be the death of them.

Adapted and directed by Tim Crouch (I, Malvolio, An Oak Tree, Adler & Gibb), The Complete Deaths is a solemn, sombre and sublimely funny tribute to the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

Portraits in Motion
May
11
6:30 am06:30

Portraits in Motion

  • Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

‘A little gem that lets you see the world a little differently. Just delightful’ Whatsonstage

An intrepid traveller and passionate creator of photographic flipbooks, Volker Gerling has walked over 3,500km throughout Germany since 2003, creating flipbook portraits of the people he meets along the way. Using a video camera projected onto a large screen, Gerling will bring to life a selection of his favourite subjects, while sharing the heart-warming stories behind each encounter. 

Winner of the Total Theatre Award for Innovation and Playing with Form at the Edinburgh Fringe 2015.

Into the West
Apr
2
7:00 pm19:00

Into the West

  • Corn Exchange

‘Deeply sensitive and highly imaginative’ New York Times

'She’s my horse, she is! What’s her name Grandpa?'
'She’s called Tir na n’Og.'
'Why’s she called that?'
'Because she came from the land under the sea. A place where it is always summer, and no-one grows old.'

Imagine a glorious white horse comes out of a sea-mist and into your troubled life. Imagine trying to keep her on the 14th floor of a Dublin tower block. Now imagine the police are after you, and your only escape is to ride into the west…

With this special 20th anniversary production, Travelling Light introduces a new generation of audiences to this internationally-acclaimed story of grit and magic, love and loss, hope and discovery.

The Bear
Feb
14
2:30 pm14:30

The Bear

  • Studio Theatre

Adapted from the book by Raymond Briggs


‘Move over War Horse… this enchanting production is everything children’s theatre should be’ The Guardian

Ever wondered what it would be like to sit on a polar bear's lap?
Or ride on its back?
Have you ever tried to give a bear a bath?
Looking after a bear is exhausting stuff.

One night when she's fast asleep, an enormous snowy white bear climbs into Tilly's bedroom. It has a big black tongue and a yawn as big as your head. But Tilly's not scared.

The Bear is a heartwarming adaptation of Raymond Briggs’s magical picture book, full of dazzling puppetry, adventure and dreamy storytelling. So bring along your own bear, and join Tilly and her great big white friend at Brighton Dome on a wild and magical adventure.

The Rocky Horror Show
Dec
30
7:45 pm19:45

The Rocky Horror Show

Interpreted by Sue MacLaine and Marco Nardi

The world's favourite rock 'n' roll musical is back by popular demand to thrill you once again with its frothy fun and naughty moments! Following over 40 years of worldwide productions, Richard O'Brien's Rocky Horror Show is a non-stop party!

Starring Diana Vickers as Janet, Ben Freeman as Brad, Paul Cattermole as Eddie / Dr Scott and Kristian Lavercombe is back as Riff Raff.

The Rocky Horror Show tells the story of Brad and his fiancée Janet,  two squeaky clean college kids who meet Dr Frank 'n' Furter by chance when their car breaks down outside his house whilst on their way to visit a college professor. It is an adventure they'll never forget, with fun, frolics, frocks and frivolity, bursting with timeless songs and outrageous outfits. 

Featuring all of its famous musical classics, including Science Fiction/Double Feature, Sweet Transvestite, Dammit Janet and of course, the classic floor filler The Time Warp.

This is the boldest bash of them all, so sharpen those stilettos and get ready for the biggest bash in town! Be warned, this show has rude parts!

Flown
Dec
23
7:00 pm19:00

Flown

  • Brighton Dome

‘exquisite moments of beauty.. Brilliantly athletic’ The Guardian

After its huge success at Brighton Festival 2014, we're thrilled to bring Pirates of the Carabina's FLOWN back to Brighton Dome this Christmas.

Packed with thrills, laughs, extraordinary feats and fantastic live music, a stunning troupe of acrobats, aerialists, daredevil stuntmen and musicians will put on a jaw-dropping spectacle just for you.

But there's a problem; no one is quite prepared: a flying aerialist is still ironing her dress, an acrobatic stage-hand gets tangled in the rigging, and is that one of the stuntmen dangling from the lighting bar?

Get ready for confidently choreographed chaos where catastrophe is just one wrong move away...

A Christmas Carol
Dec
19
4:30 pm16:30

A Christmas Carol

  • Brighton Dome

A fun and unique adaptation of Dickens’ classic Christmas tale. Box Clever’s production interweaves the traditional story with modern interpretation. Crammed full of dramatic scenes and characters, from Marley’s ghost to the saintly Tiny Tim and Ebenezer Scrooge himself, a cast of three brings the revolving stage set to life with puppets and music. Box Clever is an award-winning, writer-led theatre company dedicated to the creation of contemporary theatre for young people. This show will inspire and delight teens and adults alike.

Priscilla Queen of the Desert
Nov
5
7:30 pm19:30

Priscilla Queen of the Desert

  • Theatre Royal

Interpreted by Marco Nardi

Get ready for the ride of your life as the ultimate party, Priscilla Queen Of The Desert The Musical, returns to Manchester due to overwhelming popular demand – starring West End theatre and boyband Blue's Duncan James as Tick!

Based on the smash-hit movie, the feel-good international hit sensation Priscilla is the heart-warming, uplifting adventure of three friends who hop aboard a battered old bus searching for love and friendship and end up finding more than they could have ever dreamed of.

With a dazzling array of outrageous costumes and a hit parade of dance floor classics including I Will Survive, Hot Stuff, Finally, Boogie Wonderland, Go West, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, and I Love The Nightlife, rush to get your tickets today for this wildly fresh and funny hit musical that will take you on a journey to the heart of fabulous!

'Hugely entertaining... insanely glitzy'
Daily Telegraph

'The best feel-good show since Mamma Mia!'
Sunday Express

'Ingenious...spectacular...a big hit musical!'
Evening Standard

Age guidance: 15+

Does the UK have a corruption problem?
Nov
4
7:30 pm19:30

Does the UK have a corruption problem?

  • Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

Interpreted by Sue MacLaine and Mark Schofield

UK scandals have ranged from multi-billion pound arms deals such as the Al Yamamh case in 2007 to the 2008 parliamentary expenses episode. Has the UK sleep-walked in to a situation where corrupt practices are much more prevalent than many realise? If so, what can and should be done about it? Is the UK government up to the task of tackling corruption, or is it in many ways complicit in its development? Join the conversation at our regular panel debate.

Panel to include Sir Eric Pickles (the government's anti-corruption champion), Robert Barrington (Executive Director of Transparency International UK, Dr Liz David Barrett (Sussex Centre for Study of Corruption) and Professor Dan Hough (Chair, Sussex Centre for Study of Corruption.)

Every Brilliant Thing
Oct
8
8:00 pm20:00

Every Brilliant Thing

  • Tobacco Factory

Written by Duncan Macmillan
With Jonny Donahoe
We are totally delighted to present the Edinburgh Festival and Off-Broadway New York smash hit; a new play about depression and the lengths we will go to for those we love.
You’re six years old. Mum’s in hospital. Dad says she’s ‘done something stupid’. She finds it hard to be happy.
So you start to make a list of everything that’s brilliant about the world.
Everything that’s worth living for. 


1. Ice Cream
2. Kung Fu Movies
3. Burning Things
4. Laughing so hard you shoot milk out your nose
5. Construction cranes
6. Me


You leave it on her pillow. You know she’s read it because she’s corrected your spelling.
Soon, the list will take on a life of its own.
Based on true and untrue stories. We’re so pleased to be able to share this critically acclaimed, life-affirming show with Bristol audiences.


“Captivating… guaranteed to keep your eyes brimming… often very funny… takes the chill off the depths of a light-starved winter.”  New York Times


★★★★ “Heart-wrenching, hilarious… possibly one of the funniest plays you’ll ever see, full stop.” The Guardian


AGE RECOMMENDATION 14+

Every Brilliant Thing
Oct
3
7:30 pm19:30

Every Brilliant Thing

  • Pegasus Theatre

A Paines Plough and Pentabus Theatre Company production

The Edinburgh Festival and Off-Broadway hit
by Duncan Macmillan
With Jonny Donahoe
Directed by George Perrin
You’re six years old. Mum’s in hospital. Dad says she’s ‘done something stupid’. She finds it hard to be happy. 

So you start to make a list of everything that’s brilliant about the world. 

Everything that’s worth living for.

Ice Cream
Kung Fu Movies
Burning Things
Laughing so hard you shoot milk out your nose
Construction cranes
Me
You leave it on her pillow. You know she’s read it because she’s corrected your spelling. 

Soon, the list will take on a life of its own.

A new play about depression and the lengths we will go to for those we love.

Based on true and untrue stories.

Every Brilliant Thing is supported by Anne McMeehan and Jim Roberts and was developed with the support of nabokov and the Jersey Arts Trust.

We're Going on a Bear Hunt
Sep
27
10:30 am10:30

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

  • Brighton Dome Studio Theatre

We're Going on a Bear Hunt is back by popular demand.

A family go on an expedition of a lifetime - running down the grassy bank, wading through the cold river, squelching over the oozy mud, stumbling into the dark forest, then peering into a cave… what will they find?

Little Angel Theatre brings Michael Rosen’s thrilling and funny adventure to life in this entrancing puppetry production directed by Peter Glanville and with music and lyrics by renowned singer-songwriter Barb Jungr.

After many of our children and family events in the Brighton Dome Studio there is the opportunity for kids to get crafty and make a keepsake to take home at Playmakes. Our Playmakes team is on hand to lead the creativity. Parents/Guardians can help or just sit back and enjoy some coffee and cake.

Please note tickets for Playmakes and We're going on a Bear Hunt must be purchased separately

Backstage in Biscuitland by Tourettes Hero
Sep
26
2:30 pm14:30

Backstage in Biscuitland by Tourettes Hero

  • Barbican

26 Sep, 2.30pm and 7.45pm
BSL-integrated performances

Presented by the Barbican and Touretteshero

Originally scheduled for Battersea Arts Centre’s Grand Hall which was destroyed by a fire on 13 March, the production will also play at Soho Theatre in the week following the Barbican run.

Supported by Battersea Arts Centre and Unlimited

Aug
22
Aug 23

Roundabout @ Summerhall

A programme of performances all interpreted by Sue MacLaine and Mark Schofield
See Ed Fringe website for details

Constellations
Jul
2
7:45 pm19:45

Constellations

  • Theatre Royal Brighton


Following critically acclaimed, sold-out runs in the West End and on Broadway, the Royal Court Theatre presents the first UK tour of Nick Payne’s explosive new play about free will and friendship.

Starring Louise Brealey (Sherlock, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) and Joe Armstrong (Happy Valley, Hollow Crown, The Village, Robin Hood), the boundless potential of a connection between two people leads us through a heart-breaking love story of endless invention.

Since winning the George Devine Award in 2009, Nick Payne (Art of Dying, Wanderlust) has grown to be one of the UK’s foremost playwrights. This new play presented by the Royal Court Theatre and directed by the award-winning Michael Longhurst (If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet, Remembrance Day) is a beautiful portrayal of one relationship and infinite possibilities. 

Don’t miss your opportunity to see this ‘funny, tender and startlingly original work’ (Daily Telegraph) from one of the most exciting new voices in theatre.

Every Brilliant Thing
Jun
26
8:00 pm20:00

Every Brilliant Thing

  • Derby Theatre,

Following its humble beginnings at the Ludlow Fringe Festival in 2013, Every Brilliant Thing went on, in 2014, to complete a short UK tour and a critically acclaimed run at the Edinburgh Fringe. The show then transferred to Barrow Street Theatre in New York, finishing a 16 week run there at the end of March. After a short break, Every Brilliant Thing is now back on the road in the UK, touring extensively during 2015.

See below for the tour schedule and details on how to book.

Lyn Gardner described the show as "One of the funniest plays you'll ever see about depression – and possibly one of the funniest plays you'll ever see, full stop" in her review for The Guardian.