HOMEBREWED: DOUBLE BILL – BEETLE AND BIRD Wed 4 – Fri 6 Feb The Marlborough Theatre
Here are two new works from exciting graduate companies from Chichester and Brighton universities. Kate Pierson Hurts, Sometimes offers a one-man show with two performers. It’s an R.E.M tribute show gone awry, where the notes are never quite hit, the costumes are never quite there and the guitar is replaced with a ukulele.
Moon Fruit present giant orange moons, mash potato and foaming tin baths, which lie at the heart of its world, alongside objects plucked from the lives of the performers themselves. Moving through landscapes and seasons, it’s a nostalgic tale of two people searching for companionship on a lonely planet.
Based on Shakespeare’s classic story Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story is a tale about forbidden love set in a gang-ridden New York. A Puerto Rican gang faces difficulty adjusting to life in America, as well as encountering resentment from a rival gang. Then love tries to cross this divide. Featuring an array of hot young talent from the Brighton Theatre Group Youth, West Side Story is an all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza that is guaranteed to have you glued to your seat and have you reaching for those hankies as the tragic events unfold.
From the producers of the Avenue Q and Spring Awakening UK tours, comes Alan Bennett’s multi-award winning masterpiece. Recently voted Britain’s favourite play, the adolescent comedy-drama has continued to receive wide critical acclaim.
Set in the 80s, it sees a group of rowdy, but bright, teenage boys pursue sex, sport and a decent education. Faced with the prospect of university, the pupils find themselves at odds with various teachers, who have their own ideas about learning. The History Boys has been classed as a national treasure, with its perfect combination of comedy and drama.
THE PRESTON BILL Tue 10 – Weds 11 Feb Marlborough Theatre ‘A new piece for theatre, telling a story from The North. The story of an ordinary life in extraordinary circumstances, or an extraordinary life in ordinary circumstances. The story of a life. The story of our lives. You can decide.’
The Preston Bill (a work in progress) is the latest offering from playwright Andy Smith. Smith has written a number of solo plays over the last ten years, but has also collaborated as a co-director on the plays of Tim Crouch. Their works include ‘what happens to the hope at the end of the evening’ in which they performed together in 2013. The Preston Bill is in association with the Nightingale Theatre.
HOW WAS IT FOR YOU? Sat 14 & Mon 16 – Tue 17 Feb Dome Founders Room
This Valentine’s Day, get intimate with your other half and visit the Dome Founders Room for a special preview performance of How Was It for You? Written by Kefi Chadwick and Mark Maughan, the show explores different individual experiences concerning intimacy and sex.
Described as a ‘gently interactive show’, How Was It For You? provides an alternative Valentine’s experience for you to share with your partner. Drinks, snacks and a comfy seat are available as you prepare to delve into a unique journey that may teach you a thing or two along the way.
THE POLAR BEARS GO WILD! Mon 16 – Tue 17 Feb Dome Studio Theatre
Here’s a treat for all the little Arctic explorers out there, just in time for half term too! We follow the story of two friendly, but slightly mischievous polar bears with a nose for adventure. During their journey, they manage to scale massive mountains, ski down perilous icy slopes and row through rapid rivers, while occasionally stopping for a little picnic.
Children will marvel and the delightfully playful set design which includes the involvement of three large triangular shapes, and a whole lot of creativity. This is a joyous and heart-warming story which will uplift any young heart.
Get ready to recapture the decadence of Renaissance Italy, with Ellen Kent’s adaptation of Rigoletto. Verdi’s controversial opera tells the story of a court jester, whose beautiful daughter falls for the charming but licentious ruler, the Duke of Mantua. Fearing the Duke to be unsuitable for his daughter, he takes steps to disrupt the romance, with devastating results.
Considered to be Verdi’s greatest masterpiece, Rigoletto was almost banned as it exposed immoral behaviour of the ruling classes. With lavish sets, opulent costumes and a talented host of performers, this is a stunning production not be to be missed.
ELLEN KENT’S MADAMA BUTTERFLY Wed 18 Feb Theatre Royal
Back by overwhelming demand, Ellen Kent’s production of the widely loved opera is gracing the Theatre Royal with its presence. Madama Butterfly returns with exquisite sets such as an exhaustive Japanese garden and fabulous costumes.
Puccini’s beautiful classic tells the tragic story of a young Japanese girl who falls in love with an American naval lieutenant. A true classic of the opera world, highlights include the melodic humming chorus, the moving aria One Fine Day and the unforgettable Love Duet.
Celebrate Valentine’s Day in style this year with Love Is Crazy, a seductive musical to get you in the mood for romance. Written by cabaret legend and trans-genre artist Justin Vivian Bond, Love Is Crazy has already sold out in both New York and Paris, and now it gets the Brighton treatment.
A fun-packed show filled with stories and songs about love, it includes original compositions and songs associated with Bond’s previous film and stage works. Expect to hear classic covers originally made famous by The Cure, Patti Smith, Pet Shop Boys and more.
MCB THE NUTCRACKER Thu 19 – Fri 20 Feb Theatre Royal
See Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker performed as you never have before, courtesy of the Moscow City Ballet. After repeatedly receiving rave reviews, The Moscow City Ballet have now bring their considerable skill to Theatre Royal Brighton.
As well as stunningly talented dancers, MCB also have a beautifully gifted orchestra complementing the performance. With Swan Lake considered to be a signature piece of their entire repertoire, their adaptation of the world’s most romantic ballet adds the magical ingredient of Russian soul that brings the stage to life.
Peter James’ Brighton-based detective Roy Grace takes to the stage once again. Following the successful stage version of The Perfect Murder, Dead Simple is an adaptation of the celebrated sleuth’s first full literary outing.
Michael Harrison is vastly enjoying himself during his stag night with his friends, until a prank at his expense goes horribly wrong. He finds himself trapped and buried alive, with only hours to live. Olivier award winner Ian Talbot directs an all-star cast including Holby City’s Tina Hobley, former Hollyoaks and Eastenders actor Jamie Lomas and ex-Coronation Street star Gray O’Brien.
HANDA’S SURPRISE Thu 26 – Sat 28 Feb Dome Studio Theatre
Embark on a magical journey to Kenya with Handa as she travels to a neighbouring village to visit best friend Akeyo. On the way she takes seven different delicious fruits with her as a surprise, but she encounters seven different hungry animals who have their own ideas.
Handa’s surprise is the perfect introduction for infants aged two to six to the world of theatre. Presented by The Little Angel Theatre, it has a delightful mix of puppetry, live music, gentle storytelling and audience participation. For the kiddies’ first cultural experience, Handa’s Surprise is an ideal treat.