brighton theatre september

The best of theatre in Brighton this September

Dirty Dancing
Theatre Royal Brighton
Thurs 20 Sept

A stage adaptation of the highly regarded 80’s classic. Soundtrack hits such as Do You Love Me?, She’s Like The Wind and Time Of My Life are all featured. Every alluring dance, every moment of 80’s nostalgia and every second of excitement captured in this enthralling story can be appreciated in this stage adaptation. The show marks the renewal of an appreciation for a classic love story and depicts the adventure of a young girl, Baby, and her unexpected dance teacher, Johnny, who meet at a popular holiday destination. 

The Old Market
Sat 7 September

This performance represents the difficult and challenging aspects of a boy’s gender transition; the path to discover a body that feels more ordinary and natural to him isn’t as simple as it should be. Choreographer Andrea Walker directs a cast of seven dancers in what boils up to be a fast paced and emotionally touching story.

New Queers on the Block
The Marlborough
Thurs 20 September

This innovative performance tour showcases queer work from both established and local LGBTQIA artists. Produced by The Marlborough, many of the tour’s venues haven’t programmed Queer-led work before. Expect punchy performances, memories of childhood, reclaiming faith with the help of pop music and melancholia.

New Queers on the Block is a fresh night of exciting performance showcasing some of the finest international queer work from Rachael Young, Hester Chillingworth, Stacy Makishi & Marikiscrycrycry, hosted by Ophelia Bitz.

photo Rachael Young (top) – credit: Marcus Hessenberg

Rialto Theatre
Sun 30 Sept

A one-woman show portraying the dramatic change that occurred from something as small and harmless as a dream. Written/directed by Sam Chittenden, it is based on Franz Kafka’s classic tale Metamorphosis, which explores the shifting dynamics of a family household and the character’s transformation from a meagre child to a respected woman.



Fri 7 – Sat 8 Sept, Brighton Open Air Theatre: A show for all the family, Too Many Cooks offers a new rendition of a food-inspired TV show.


Weds 12 Sept, Brighton Open Air Theatre: Oscar Wilde’s comic melodrama depicts a social scandal where dramatic comedy is at the forefront.


Sat 22 Sept, Brighton Open Air Theatre: Join Fagin in prison before he meets his end. As madness channels through he must overcome his troubled past.

AUSTENTATIOUS: AN IMPROVISED NOVEL Sun 23 Sept, Brighton Dome: An unpredictable group of improv performers dedicate themselves to adapt the work of the great Jane Austen.


Sat 30 Sept, Theatre Royal Brighton:

Starring Vika Bull and the phenomenal Essential R&B Band, this performance looks into Etta James’ turbulent and troublesome life.

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