ONCE UPON A TIME ON SOMETHING STREET
EVERY WEDS – SUN, JUNE – SEPT
MADEIRA DRIVE, BRIGHTON
Opening this summer on Brighton’s seafront, visitors are about to transported away into the unknown. Created in a purpose-built set, cut off from the world outside it plunges participants into tales of happiness, laughter, loss and regret. Walk down the lamp-lit pavement in a neighbourhood you’ve seen before but never really noticed. Find yourself on Something Street, a place where time makes its own rules. Be intrigued and amazed as you explore each house and discover the secrets of the people who live inside them. They all have a story to tell, but you’ll soon realise their stories are woven into the fabric of the street as you begin to unpick the threads connecting them all through time. What does their story have to do with you? Perhaps nothing, perhaps everything…
TUES 7 – SAT 11 JUN
THEATRE ROYAL BRIGHTON
The first ever large-scale stage production of Evelyn Waugh’s classic Brideshead Revisited visits Brighton in the 50th anniversary year of Waugh’s death. It’s 1943 and finding himself in familiar territory within the English countryside, Charles Ryder confronts memories of his first youthful encounter with Brideshead Castle and its assortment of eccentric inhabitants. Damian Cruden directs Christopher Simpson as Sebastian, Brian Ferguson as Charles and Rosie Hilal as Julia. Nick Blakeley, Caroline Harker, Samantha Lawson, Kiran Sonia Sawar, Paul Shelley and Shuna Snow complete the company. In acclaimed playwright Bryony Lavery’s sparkling new reimagining of the classic novel, the past and the present blur as Charles recalls those heady days.
WEDS 8 – SUN 12 JUNE
Get ready to bend and snap! Brighton Theatre Group Youth return with a sizzling production of another Broadway musical. The perennially perky Elle Woods loves to be pampered and shop for the latest outfits. But don’t let this seemingly ditsy fashionista fool you, she’s smarter than she seems, and won’t take ‘no’ for an answer. So when her boyfriend dumps her she sets out to win back his heart, by following him to Harvard Law School. Led once again by the award-winning creative team of director Michael Burnie, choreographer Jodie Michele and musical director Josh Winstone, this is the feel good musical for the summer season. Elle, her Chihuahua Bruiser and her sorority sisters prove that being pink and blonde is no barrier to a successful career in law!
3 DAFT MONKEYS
THURS 9 JUNE
BRIGHTON OPEN AIR THEATRE
Famously dynamic and exhilarating, 3 Daft Monkeys’ quirky and original festival-style musical theatre is suitable for audiences of all ages. Their unique style leads you through a musical journey of the senses and emotions. Fascinating lyrics of personal and whimsical observations on life are told within the swirling layers of their music. Their latest story-led and theatrical album Of Stones and Bones is a collection of Cornish tales of forbidden love, murder, rebellion, witchcraft and piracy. All delivered with panache and a wicked vein of humour, it mixes many musical genres from Celtic, klezmer, gypsy, Balkan, Latin, ska, dub reggae, indie, rock and even a hint of Shostakovich. A joyously life-affirming experience, their melting pot of styles and compelling story telling are not to be missed.
PETER PAN: A MUSICAL ADVENTURE
TUES 14 JUNE – SAT 9 JULY
88 LONDON ROAD
Based on J.M. Barrie’s universally adored original work, George Stiles and Anthony Drewe’s acclaimed musical adaptation of Peter Pan comes to 88 London Road. It’s a tale of the boy who doesn’t want to grow up and three young Londoners who get dragged into his adventures. We join Peter and the Darling family as they are whisked away to a fabulous land full of colourful characters. With a spectacular mix of swashbuckling adventure and an infectious score, Peter Pan is guaranteed to bring forth your inner child, as we encounter the Lost Boys, Tiger Lily and (of course) the dastardly Captain Hook. Captivating, hilarious and magical, it’s one story we will never grow out of.
ACCIDENTAL DEATH OF AN ANARCHIST
THURS 16 – SAT 25 JUNE
NEW VENTURE THEATRE
It’s the end of the 60s, a time of fervent political turbulence and bombs have been going off in Milan. The suspected bomber (the Anarchist) falls to his death from a police station’s fourth floor window. But did he jump or was he pushed? This piece might be hilarious, but it’s all a cover for a vicious attack on the political and economic establishment. We’re told these only exist to deceive the oppressed and exploit the distracted. With his blistering farce, Noble Prize winner Dario Fo’s masterpiece explores a myriad of changing truths. Directed by Rod Lewis, this 20th Century classic still has real political bite today.
WHITE FEATHER BOXER
FRI 17 JUNE
THE OLD MARKET
Marking the centenary year of the notorious Conscription Act, Take the Space present a brand new play about boxing and the courage of conscientious objectors. It was written by Siobhan Nicholas, following an extensive development stage, which included a debate at TOM last year with Brighton boxers and Quakers. It’s April 1967 and an elderly boxing trainer listens to the news that Muhammad Ali is refusing to fight in Vietnam. The heavyweight champion of the world has defied the US Military! He reflects on the choice he himself made during WW1, when conscription sent pacifists to prison or the firing squad. Back then he was at the peak of his boxing career. But can Jimmy still be a contender and confront the demons from his past?
TUES 21 – SAT 25 JUNE
THEATRE ROYAL BRIGHTON
“What, never? No, never! What, never? Well, hardly ever…” Following her hugely successful all-male production, Sasha Regan returns with another Gilbert & Sullivan opera. The duo’s first international hit, the absurdist and scathing look at the English class system remains as powerful as ever. It’s now given a new twist with a superb all-male cast. Dealing with the age-old conundrum of love between social classes, HMS Pinafore has infectious tunes and a beautifully constructed libretto. It mixes joyful exuberance with serious issues, showing just how brilliant Gilbert & Sullivan were at their craft. This is a perfect match for Regan’s inimitable style; it’s fresh, fast, inventive and fun – an absolute must-see!
LAMENT FOR LORCA
WEDS 22 JUNE
In the opening days of the Civil War in 1936, Federico García Lorca was brutally assassinated, one of the earliest acts of brutality. It was a vicious war that was to tear Spain asunder for three years. As Spain’s greatest poet and playwright, he distilled the very essence of Spain into his work – searing heat and riotous colour, joy and passion, comedy and tragedy. Flamenco dance company, Cancion Gitana, have created a dramatic re-telling of his extraordinary life and tragic death, his friendships with Bunuel, Dali and Picasso and his fascination with flamenco. Created by Helena ‘La Leyenda’, the 70-minute spectacular features an international company of Helena, the singing and poetic skills of Madrid’s Rosario Serrano and the passionate flamenco guitar of Tomas de Cordoba.
WEDS 29 JUNE
Here’s another chance to see last year’s sell-out show, which blends traditional storytelling with imaginative audience participation. The play focuses on Crystal, a young gypsy girl who is being bullied at school. She runs away from home with her grandfather’s vardo and pony, only to find herself lost and miles from anywhere familiar. She has no choice but to place her trust in the audience to help her find her way back. As Crystal begins to tell the story of her ancestors, something extraordinary happens… She and her companions find themselves far back in time, when the first gypsies migrated from northern India. Piecing together the shards of her ancestry, she regains a new confidence in her own identity.
OTHERWORLD: CLOUD FOREST
WEDS 29 JUNE – SUN 3 JULY
THE OLD MARKET
Journey into the Cloud Forest, to join a band of explorers and scientists who will lead you in a rainforest adventure. As you explore the multisensory rainforest-themed installation, you’ll discover the deep magic of these ancient forests and become an intrepid explorer in your own unforgettable story. Each traveller is encouraged to explore the space and participate fully. Combining puppets, music and interactive storytelling with sound, video and reactive technology, this is an immersive experience designed specifically for children and young people with complex additional needs.
THURS 30 JUNE – SAT 2 JULY
Meet Jessica Ramsbottom, or Jess to her friends. She’s just turned 30, has no children and is stuck in a dead-end job and is STILL single. In the whirlwind world of speed dating, online dating and one-night stands, does her perfect man really exist? After playing to sell-out audiences last year, the show is returning bigger and better. Written and performed by Sophie Osborne, this is an excruciatingly funny journey of love, loss and self-discovery, set to a backdrop of classic hits from the 80s. Will Jess find the man of her dreams, or will she be the only one of her friends destined for the shelf?