Best of Brighton Theatre – Dec 2017

MINISTRY OF BISCUITSMinistry of biscuits - By Louise Clarkson

Fri 1 – Sat 30 Dec

The Lantern Theatre

It’s 1948 in London, when The Ministry of Biscuits hollows a scolding shadow over every tea-time and elevenses in all the land. With the Ministry casting control over biscuits, it’s junior designer, Cedric Hobson who throws his world and the ministry upside down, with his new confectionary biscuit. A unique blend of ideas and humour, written by Carnegie- Medal-winning novelist, Philip Reeve and multi-award-winning playwright and composer, Brian Mitchell, it was first preformed twenty years ago. With the Foundry Group and the Lantern Theatre, this 40s British Light Music, Orwell’s 1984 and Ealing Comedy inspired satirical musical fantasy is revived this December.

Image by Louise Clarkson


CABARETCabaret - _Pamela Raith Photography

Tues 5 – Sat 9 Dec

Theatre Royal Brighton

With two West End show hits, Cabaret directed by National Theatre Artistic Director Rufus Norris and choreographed by Olivier Award winner Javier du Frutos, has been in play since its Broadway premiere in 1966. Made further famous with the movie version with Liza Minnelli and Joel Grey. Cabaret has won a huge amount of stage and screen awards throughout the years. With the role earning him an Olivier award nomination and WhatsOnStage award, Will Young, Pop Idol winner of 2002 and successful musician, takes the stage once more in his critically acclaimed performance of Emcee. Alongside him will be musician and TV presenter, Louise Redknapp, with show-stopping choreography, magical costumes and iconic songs from musical theatre.

Image by Pamela Raith


THE ROAD TO HUNTSVILLEThe Road to Huntsville

Weds 6 Dec

Marlborough Theatre

Writer and performer Stephanie Ridings intended in understanding what goes through British women’s minds when falling in love with men on death row through writing letters and how the death penalty fits into the world in which we live. The Road to Huntsville is what she describes as an exploration into unconventional love, state homicide and cats. Inspired by some of Louis Theroux’s documentaries, it is a mix of serious, controversial subject matter and humour. Winner of the Arts Award Pick of the Fringe 2016, this production will seek to question, if in this twenty-first century world we live in, there is the need for the death penalty anymore.



Fri 8 – Sat 16 Dec

New Venture Theatre

“Ridiculously funny yet gloriously exhilarating” wrote the Guardian about the National Theatre of Brent’s efforts to enact the entire Christmas story. Written by Patrick Barlow, it’s an inspired satire willing to change theatre’s epic pretensions and whilst still evoking the momentous. Joseph, Mary, the Archangel Gabriel, Herod, God and all the rest of the characters from the well-known Christmas story, are all performed by Artistic Director, Auteur and Master Thespian Desmond Olivier Dingle and his entire company of … one, perhaps not always the most helpful or willing, Raymond. All accompanied by headstrong female Mrs Flowers, opera singer.

GREASEGrease is the word (2) Photo by Paul Coltas

Mon 11 – Sun 31 Dec

Theatre Royal Brighton

Throw your mind back to a place where everything seems so simple, carefree and the world is your oyster – high-school! Bring out your leather jackets, and watch as Danny and Sandy fall in love all over again, in Grease. Tom Parker, from UK’s top boy band The Wanted starring as every girl’s dream crush growing up, Danny Zuko and Over The Rainbow winner Danielle Hope as the innocent Sandy Olsson. Accompanied by Eastenders star Louisa Lytton as Rizzo, this unreal, electrifying West End production will help you relive your younger dreams. Featuring all your childhood favourite, unforgettable songs from the hit movie, including Greased Lightnin’, You’re The One That I Want and so many more.

Image by Paul Coltas


A CHRISTMAS CAROLA Christmas Carol - Royal Pavillion

Weds 13 – Thurs 14 Dec

The Royal Pavilion

Everyone’s Christmas favourite is back in Brighton once more, offering a seasonal treat in the spirit of Christmas past, present and future. After last year’s successful UK tour over the Christmas period, European Arts Company present their authentic adaptation of A Christmas Carol. In response to Dickens’ passion for the welfare of the poor and children, the production is in aid of the children’s charity Barnardo’s, helping to raise vital funds and support for the charity. A Christmas Carol was the first performance Dickens’ himself gave of his own work, reading at Brighton Pavilion back in November 1861. This journey back in time will create a Christmas experience to remember, offering laughs, tears and plenty of Christmas cheer.



Weds 13 – Sun 31 Dec

Ropetackle Arts Centre

It’s not Christmas until you see a cracking pantomime to get you in the seasonal spirit. Following five sell-out years of pants satire and fun at Ropetackle, LP Creatives are back with their mix of magic, mirth, mayhem and more mirth! Off on a journey from old ‘Laandaan Taaan’, across the rocky seas to Morocco, we are in search of some promised treasure. Only this time there is the hardsh ips of pirates, kung-fu cats, monkeys and even mermaids who want to ruin all the panto joy. Will King Rat prevent our plans, or will the Spirit Of The Bells save Dick’s day once again? There is only one way to find out…


SCROOGED INSPIREDInspired - A Christmas Carol (credit Justine Thomson) 5

Weds 13 – Thurs 28 Dec

The Spire

A Christmas Carol returns to The Spire following its sell-out run in 2015. This year, mean-spirited, humbug Scrooge in in for the night of his life, presented with the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future. Join as Scrooge embarks his journeys of the classic family tale. Set in the atmospheric St Mark’s Chapel in Kemptown, his ever-lasting production, adapted and directed by Gary Sefton, returns to reminding us of the importance of family and compassion at Christmas time. There’s also a pay-it-forward scheme to offer tickets to 100 families who otherwise wouldn’t be able to see a show this Christmas.

Image by Justine Thompson



Thurs 14 Dec – Sat 6 Jan

The Old Market

Follow Cinderella on a precarious adventure as the devious Rumplestiltskin blackmails the girl into finding the coveted golden eggs at the top of the beanstalk. She must complete the task in order to get her lost glass slipper, however many mishaps and pantomime favourite characters get in the

way… Offering all your classic elements of a welllove pantomime, full of all the characters you would typically expect in a pantomime and many you may not expect, singing, dancing and filling all the christmassy spirit and humour you need.



Fri 29 – Sat 30 Dec

Brighton Dome

Returning to Brighton Dome with their sell-out Christmas show back in 2015, Ballet Theatre UK brings a captivating retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s festive fairy-tale ballet: the story that inspired Disney’s Frozen. With what WhatsOnStage describes as “fresh and vibrant… such a fine production will no doubt inspire the next generation to return again and again.” Follow Gerda journey across the frozen north in search of her loving-friend Kay. Along the way there are mishaps and hardships, mixed amongst encounters with gypsies, an enchanted reindeer and mysterious Lapland woman before she finally reaches the Snow Queen’s Palace of Ice. Can Gerda’s love and friendship towards Kay break the Snow Queen’s curse of eternal winter?




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