We’ve got the low-down on the best of Brighton Theatre in January 2017.
ALICE IN WONDERLAND Sun 1 – Mon 2 Jan Brighton Dome
Following the sell-out success of The Snow Queen last Christmas, Ballet Theatre UK returns to Brighton Dome with a captivating new ballet-based retelling of Lewis Carroll’s much-loved classic – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Join Alice and her curious crowd of friends on a magical adventure as she tumbles into Wonderland. Guided by the White Rabbit, she meets some comical characters, including the eccentric Mad Hatter, the fearsome Queen of Hearts, a studious caterpillar, and those mischievous twins, Tweedledum and Tweedledee. Artistic Director Christopher Moore has created a piece brimming with wit, humour and charm. With its whimsical flights of the imagination, exquisite costumes, eclectic music and joyful dance, Ballet Theatre UK’s Alice in Wonderland is a delightfully enchanting festive treat for audiences of all ages.
FROM IBIZA TO THE NORFOLK BROADS Sun 8 – Weds 11 Jan The Old Market
Adrian Berry’s acclaimed sell-out production From Ibiza To The Norfolk Broads returns in this tale of a young David Bowie obsessive. Martin is a boy with problems – an illness no one understands and a head bursting with sound and vision. So when an unexpected gift arrives on his birthday, Martin embarks on a thrilling journey in the footsteps of his passion, leading him to discover some long-hidden truths about himself. What follows will change his life forever…
Poignant and touching, music, magic and realism collide in this darkly funny and moving tour-de-force solo show, featuring Alex Walton and the voice of comedian Rob Newman. With a blazing Bowie soundtrack, the life of the pop fan is dissected in this tale of an unusual teenage existence.
SWAN LAKE Thurs 12 – Fri 13 Jan Theatre Royal Brighton
The greatest romantic ballet of all time is brought to life by Tchaikovsky’s haunting and unforgettable score. From the impressive splendour of the Palace ballroom to the moon-lit lake where swans glide in perfect formation, this compelling tale of tragic romance has it all. Odile, the temptress in black tulle, seduces the prince by spinning with captivating precision to the spellbound purity of the swan queen. The piece’s dual role of Odette and Odile is one of ballet’s most unmissable technical challenges. Formed in 1981, the Russian State Ballet consistently delivers performances of outstanding quality and remarkable depth. The soloists and corps de ballet are superb, and never fail to delight audiences with breath-taking physical ability and dazzling costumes.
THE HOMECOMING Fri 20 – Sat 28 Jan New Venture Theatre
Challenging, disturbing, tantalisingly enigmatic and savagely funny, The Homecoming is one of Harold Pinter’s masterpieces. It explores emotional blackmail, seduction and jealousy. 50 years since the London premiere, it remains a haunting modern classic and a landmark in 20th century British drama. Having lived in the United States for several years, Teddy, a professor of philosophy, brings his wife Ruth back for an unexpected family reunion at their London home, where they find themselves trapped in a claustrophobic and resentful household. The characters subsequently engage in psychological and territorial warfare, with Ruth as the focus of the family’s struggle for supremacy. She is forced to navigate her way between the roles of predator and prey in a tension-filled battle of wills.
THE TWITS Tues 31 Dec – Sat 4 Jan Theatre Royal Brighton
The Twits really are the most spiteful and revolting couple you could ever hope to meet. They spend their days playing disgustingly wicked tricks on each other and mistreating the Muggle-Wump monkeys. They also have a particularly sticky ploy to catch Roly-Poly birds for their bird pies. But little do they know, the monkeys have a cunning plan to teach those terrible Twits a lesson at last.
Directed by Max Webster (The Lorax, Much Ado About Nothing, To Kill A Mockingbird), this mischievous musical adaptation of the hilarious and much-loved Roald Dahl story promises to be just as disgusting and repulsive as earthworms disguised as spaghetti – a perfect treat for all the family.
Following last year’s sold-out Brighton Science Festival shows, local puppetry company Rust & Stardust return with the delightfully light-hearted Seeing Stars, taking a charming look at one of science’s forgotten figures by combining tabletop and shadow puppetry, as well as stunning projection art.
In 1577, before the invention of the telescope, most people believed the sun orbited the earth. Tycho Brahe, eccentric astrologist-alchemist-cosmologist with a prosthetic nose for every occasion, witnesses a new star in the sky. In his observatory, Tycho explores theories that anticipate the discoveries of Galileo and Newton with his friend Jeppe, a clairvoyant dwarf, and his pet moose, Erik. Join them for a tour through Renaissance astrology – if Erik can stop crashing into the astrological instruments…