Best of Brighton Theatre shows in March 2018

Alula Cyr -credit -Mark Dawson Photography - 3ALULA CYR: HYENA

Sun 4 March

The Old Market

On a mission to bring more female-centric circus to the UK, Alula Cyr’s debut celebrates womanhood with astonishing acrobatics and harmonised displays of absolute sisterhood. This unique experience sees the gymnastic performing trio incorporate women, circus, Cyr wheels, dance and song.Fiona, Jess and Lil all trained together at the National Centre for Circus Arts combining their love for gymnastics, dance and music to create this intricate performance coming to The Open Market this month. The title Hyena references the matriarchal social system of brown spotted hyenas, inspiring the fiery friendships formed between women explored in the show. An evening of delicate power and contemporary circus through Cyr wheels.

Image by Mark Dawson

TESTOSTERONE 1 - Photo by Richard DavenportTESTOSTERONE

Mon 5 – Weds 7 March

The Old Market

After winning Best Theatre Show at the Pleasance Indie Awards 2017 and featuring as part of the British Council Showcase at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017, Testosterone explores the question of what kind of man you really are. The performance draws on autobiographical experiences and moments in creator Kit Redstone’s life, from when he first encountered a male gym changing room at the age of 33.

Now perceived as completely a man, one year after his first ever injection of testosterone, he begins questioning who he really is. The show explores the world of men, and the crisis of masculinity entirely.

OOf Mice and Men - SRylander PRESS 015F MICE AND MEN

Mon 12 – Sat 17 March

Theatre Royal Brighton

All those who studied Of Mice and Men at school growing up will know the basic plot of the intense story of friendship bonds and the hopeful strive to obtain the American dream. Set during the American Great Depression, the story is a powerful portrayal of working class individuals trying to fulfil their dreams of going West, to the state of possibility and fertile land.

Following the novel by the Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck, the play follows George and Lennie, two migrant labour workers dreaming of one day owning their own ranch. This American classic sees the highs and lows of friendship in times of despair and hardship.

image by Scott Rylander

UNEXPUXO photo by Theo Cote.web.40LODED ORDNANCES

Tues 13 – Wed 14 March

Attenborough Centre

Unexploded Ordnances (UXO) was part of the Barbican’s 2018 Season, The Art of Change, exploring how many artists respond, reflect and hopefully effect change in the social and political landscape. This performance very much examines the unexplored potential n our everyday lives, especially elder generations and aims to uncover it.With the film’s iconic War Room, with a large round table and doomsday images projected across screens, Split Britches, Peggy and Lois, have performed together for 37 years, both adopt characters of a general and a president, encouraging the discussion of the political happenings within the world. Twelve of the eldest audience members are encouraged onto the stage to explore and comment on the global issues of today’s world, from Trump to Brexit, true colours will come out to play.

Poetry Ambulance 5EMERGENCY POET

Weds 21 March (11AM – 4PM)

Jubilee Square

The Emergency Poet comes to Jubilee Square as part of World Poetry Day, prescribing poems as cures inside her ambulance. Ghoulish skulls, jars of gruesome eyeballs and other unknowing body parts fill the inside of the ambulance.

While in the waiting room, beware of the Nurse Verse who will be dispensing ‘poemcetamols’ and other poetic style pills and unmanly treatments from the poetry pharmacy.  This free consultation offers a whole host of fun and entertainment for those involved, adding an essence of fun to an ordinary Wednesday afternoon.


Wed 21 – Sat 24 March

Theatre Royal Brighton

Echoing the urbanisation of our beloved cities across the country, Rambert return to Brighton with three stylised dances reflecting the imperfect times in which we living in. The performance explores our world, with critical eyes exploring its imperfections from all over. Choreographed by Ben Duke, the music is infused with Nina Simone, showcasing a selection of her most influential songs performed live on stage by a jazz band and singer Nia Lynn. Celebrating the Rambert dancers’ untouchable skills, the internationally acclaimed dance-maker and all-rounder Adonis Foniadakis are accompanied by a new score from BAFTA and Ivor Novello Award-nominated composer Ilan Eshkeri. The programme will also feature special guest appearances from the Rambert Associate Julie Cunningham & Company.


Thurs 22 – Sat 24 March

The Old Market

Winner of Best of the Brighton Fringe Festival in 2017, Enter The Dragons reveal the pressures forced onto women as they enter the ageing process with humour and fearlessness. The comedic duo of Abigail Dooley and Emma Edwards, examine the mediated ideas of beauty, sex and feminism, aiming to reframe the modern mature woman.

Embarking on an epic journey, the characters move beyond the quest for love and relationships, into the exploration of their personal identity, searching for meaning and purpose in such youth obsessive world. You will come out both laughing and crying for this journey into the unknown.


Mon 26 – Sat 31 March

Theatre Royal Brighton

Mark Goucher and David Ian come to Brighton with a Cheltenham Everyman Theatre Production. Combining four of our beloved actors, as ageing opera singers living in a hilarious retirement home setting, celebrating all things related to their yonder twilight years.

Paul Nicholas (Real Marigold Hotel), Sue Holderness (Only Fools and Horses), Wendi Peters (Coronation Street) and Jeff Rawle (Harry Potter), all starring in this thrilling comedy. Secrets will be revealed, chaos amongst the elders emerges and old rivalries come to play, with the amusement of growing old ungracefully.


Weds 28 – 29 March

The Old Market

Come to piece together a mystery spanning across 60 years and step into the world of CIRCA69. What could connect a mass disappearance from 1959, the death of an older man in New York in 2010, an artificial intelligence beating a grand master at a game of chess in 1997, as well as eight heart-felt letters written by an autistic child to his beloved imaginary friend?

Using your phone to puzzle together the mystery to unlock clues and VR headsets to visit each of the worlds within the story, all in all to hopefully discover the truth behind it all. Question everything before entering the show, as the quest may have started before you even realise.

A Flea in Her Ear v2A FLEA IN HER EAR

Tues 3 – Thurs 5 April

The Old Market

This classic French farce by Georges Feydeau has been hilariously adapted by John Mortier. There’s plenty of obsession, suspicion, mistaken identities and plotting, as a genteel Parisian social circle gets turned upside down. A suspicious wife sets a trap to exposeher cheating husband who bears an uncanny resemblance to a drunken porter. When circumstances conspire to bring the two men together at the Hotel Coq D’or (golden cockerel?)… all hell breaks loose.This fast-paced and bawdy romp of sexual manners promises an evening of rib-tickling hilarity, high jinx aplenty and a satisfying denouement. Full of snappy entrances and exits, this tale is frantic and scandalous in equal measures, with a liberal amount of bed-hopping.

BN1 also highly recommends:


Fri 2 March

The Marlborough Theatre



Tue 6 – Sat 10 March

Theatre Royal Brighton



Tues 6 – Weds 7 March

Connaught Theatre, Worthing



Thurs 8 March

Sweet Dukebox



Fri 16 – Sat 24 March

New Venture Theatre



Fri 16 – Sat 17 March

Marlborough Theatre



Sun 25 & Weds 28 March

Sweet Dukebox



Sat 31 March

Sweet Venues



Sat 24, Weds 28 & Sat 31 March

Sweet Dukebox



Fri 23 – Sat 24 March

Sweet Dukebox




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