BACKSTAGE TOURS

EVERY SAT UNTIL 31 DEC
THEATRE ROYAL BRIGHTON
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There might not be a performance, but there’s still a story to be told at Brighton’s Theatre Royal. Now you can step behind the curtain and explore both front and backstage of one of the most wonderful and oldest working theatres in the UK. Engulf yourself in the glamorous world of West End productions and stars of the stage. As you explore behind the scenes of this theatrical treasure you can steal a bow onstage like countless stars before you, sneak into the Queen’s seat in the Royal Box, tip-toe into the infamous ‘gulp bar’ used by Laurence Olivier and explore the unusual backstage area constructed from fishermen’s cottages. This beautiful grade II listed venue holds over 200 years of secrets and intriguing tales. So sign up for a fascinating insight into its history, redevelopment and present day workings.


Best of Brighton Theatre July 2016THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST

TUES 5 – SAT 9 JULY
BRIGHTON LITTLE THEATRE
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THURS 21 – SUN 24 JULY
BRIGHTON OPEN AIR THEATRE
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Brighton Little Theatre take Oscar Wilde’s most enduringly popular play outside. Full of high farce and witty dialogue, it was written shortly before he fell from grace. It’s a master class in lying to get out of social or domestic duties so you can do something more enjoyable. There’s also lots of commentary on marriage, the illusion of respectability, class divisions, gender politics, how privilege warps reality and sheer foolishness. Two bachelor friends, upper-crust dandy Algernon Moncrieff and the most reliable John Worthing JP, lead double lives to court the attentions of the desirable Gwendolen Fairfax and Cecily Cardew. The gallants must grapple with the hilarious consequences of their ruse, and face the formidable Lady Bracknell…


Rehearsal for MurderREHEARSAL FOR MURDER

MON 11 – SAT 16 JULY
THEATRE ROYAL BRIGHTON
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Bill Kenwright presents a new production from the pen of the legendary award-winning writing team Levinson and Link, whose work includes Murder, She Wrote and Columbo. The cast features Gary Mavers of Peak Practice and Casualty fame, alongside Footballers’ Wives star Susie Amy. Joining them is Carry On actress Anita Harris and 60s pop-idol Mark Wynter. The story follows playwright Alex Dennison, who is left heartbroken when his fiancée and leading lady apparently commits suicide. On the anniversary of that ill-fated night, he assembles the same cast and crew in the same theatre, for a reading of his new play. It becomes clear Alex thinks Monica was murdered and intends to uncover her killer…


george_dillon_in_stunning_the_punters_29STUNNING THE PUNTERS (AND OTHER STORIES)

THURS 14 JULY
THE OLD MARKET
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An out-of-work actor’s frustrations explode over breakfast, an ex-skinhead recalls an exuberant racist graffiti spree with a ghostly twist, and a would-be suicide sees a lost paradise returning with a timeless message of hope for our uncaring world. 26 years ago, in the hopeful summer after the fall of the Berlin Wall and before Saddam burned the oil wells of Kuwait, audiences and critics in Brighton and Edinburgh rushed to witness a young actor’s stunning solo debut. Last seen in Brighton in 1997, that very show – a triple bill of world premières with an unashamed title – is returning for one night only this month. It sees George Dillon on a bare stage, giving a bravura high-energy performance of three tales of imagination run wild: Master of Café Society by Steven Berkoff, the title story by Glaswegian writer Robert Sproat and Dillon’s own adaptation of Dostoevsky’s The Dream of a Ridiculous Man.


Love and InformationLOVE AND INFORMATION

FRI 15 – SAT 23 JULY
NEW VENTURE THEATRE
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Put that smartphone down for just a second… A piece of Brechtian Epic Theatre, Caryl Churchill’s thought-provoking play explores what it means to love and form relationships in the modern world. How has the limitless stream of information on offer affected our lives? We now have minuscule attention spans, so this is echoed by the work’s quick-fire succession of scenes. As the audience are besieged by information and technology, the play shows a kaleidoscope of snapshot conversations. It explores the private as well as public consequences of living in the digital age, where access to information is both instant and changeable; where we are often socially isolated in the way we connect with each other and the world.


Chaplin imageCHAPLIN THE CHARLIE CHAPLIN STORY

SUN 17 JULY
THEATRE ROYAL BRIGHTON
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Britain’s first Hollywood superstar’s life is revisited in a heart-warming and powerful musical show. Weaving through this icon’s austere childhood on the dark streets of Victorian London, through to the glitz of the emergent film industry, it’s a true ‘rags to riches’ story. Bringing his incredible tale to life is an all-star West End cast; including Coronation Street’s Steven Arnold and Nicole Faraday from Emmerdale. From the stages of south London, to creating the hapless Little Tramp character and to creating some of the most cutting social commentary of his era, Chaplin had few equals. His story is perhaps the story of the cinema itself, from humble beginnings to being the most famous name in the world.


13490788_1320457794649227_4769510446331351220_oHAPPILY NEVER AFTER

TUES 19 JULY
88 LONDON ROAD
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Award-winning improvisers The Maydays take your suggestion and allow a unique tale to unfold. A group of exceptionally skilled performers, they bring an air of unpredictability. It all happens in a dark and twisted environment inspired by the warped imaginations of film director Tim Burton and the Brothers Grimm. This musical tale explores a world of strange possibilities and all that flows from it. With black comedy, imaginative physicality and a bespoke improvised soundtrack, this will be a truly creepy, atmospheric and fantastical experience. But will there be a happy ending?


12742592_1704043749810033_3116773157351864204_nTOYS WARD

TUES 19 JULY
SWEET DUKEBOX
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This is an interactive theatre game, where Casualty meets CBeebies. The patients might be stuffed, but the drama is very real. Unleashed from the minds of Firecat Masquerade, this is another alternative production from a very talented team of creatives, makers and performers. Again playing with the senses and bringing unique ideas to life, they present us with a darkly humorous operating thriller. It juxtaposes frantic action and tough decisions with childhood whimsy. An understaffed, inexperienced surgical unit must cooperate to diagnose, triage, and treat cases against an ever-increasing workload. It usually takes 14 years of training to work at this level. You have got just minutes to step in and save a teddy bear’s life…


8210229_origCAST IRON THEATRE: RICHARD HEARN

FRI 22 – SAT 23 JULY
SWEET DUKEBOX
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Every few months Cast Iron Theatre produces an evening of six ten-minute plays from Brighton & Hove’s (and sometimes beyond…) most vibrant writers. Drawing from the rich pool of talent close at hand, this troupe presents some big ideas in short bursts. They select works that are exciting and involving, then present them using a specially chosen group of local actors and directors. This makes their shows the best place to see some of the freshest writing in the city. This time Richard Hearn’s work is showcased by Cast Iron, and this local playwright has provided many of the company’s most memorable pieces. Get ready to revisit some audience favourites, alongside two debut pieces.


Footloose Dress-16FOOTLOOSE

MON 25 – SAT 30 JULY
RIALTO THEATRE
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Kick off your Sunday shoes, as this explosive rock ‘n’ roll musical sensation bursts onto the UK stage in a remastered show sure to get those toes tapping. Based on the 80s hit film which took the world by storm, it sizzles with the same spirit of youth, rebellion and romance. Produced by the award winning team at Sell A Door Theatre Company, who brought us Avenue Q and American Idiot, it stars Gareth Gates as Willard and Maureen Nolan as Vi Moore. City boy Ren thinks his life is over when he is forced to move to Bomont, an American rural backwater. But things are far worse than he could have ever imagined, as the town bans dancing. It isn’t long before Ren can’t resist breaking the rules, and he’s not alone. Say ‘no way!’ to grumpy grownups, and say ‘hell yeah!’ to fashionable haircuts and dancing like no-one is watching…


A guide to second date SexA GUIDE TO SECOND DATE SEX

TUES 26 – SAT 30 JULY
RIALTO THEATRE
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Dates. What are they all about anyway? Nervous before, foot-in-mouth moments during, we all know the desperate attempts to decode signals from the other person. A game of ‘Cat & Mouse’ where both parties KNOW they are the mouse… Ryan and Laura now find themselves on a second date and in his bedroom a week after their first chance meeting in a nightclub. Now the only place to sit is on the bed. Perfectly fitting with the British flair for creating awkward comedy, prepare to enter a world of crap chat-up lines and paranoid internal dialogue. This hapless pair finds themselves in a very common situation, as they try their best to embark upon a spot of sexual misadventure. A funny, clever and engaging show, it explores the self-conscious aspects of human nature and dating behaviour.


TessTESS OF THE D’URBERVILLES

TUES 26 – SAT 30 JULY
BRIGHTON OPEN AIR THEATRE
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Hardy’s timeless classic still has plenty to say about religion, social convention and exploitation. It’s set at a time when the English aristocracy is beginning to fade and big business is rising, whilst double standards prevail amongst a puritanical society. Cast out by a hypocritical community, an innocent country girl’s world fills with love, loss and tragedy. Four actors play multiple roles in this enigmatic and fast paced telling of virtue and injustice. Bringing to life the Wessex of the past and honouring the story’s beautiful countryside setting, they’ll show the impact of people’s actions on the human condition. Along the way there’ll be fun, interaction, laughter and song tying this heart-breaking tale together.

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