Gina Beck and Edward Harrison in rehearsal for The Sound of Music CFT Photo Manuel Harlan

Live comedy and theatre to watch in Sussex this August

This summer, take yourself to some of Sussex’s best venues. Buy tickets to watch some new comedy, or well-acclaimed theatre. There is something for everyone!


Every Friday and Saturday night – Komedia Comedy Club

Discover the best in live comedy, featuring three top acts and an MC, at Komedia Comedy Club! Komedia Comedy Club sells out nearly every weekend. Book tickets in advance to ensure you and the rest of your party can attend and make a saving of up to £3 per ticket.

‘THE place in Brighton to catch stand-up comedy’ The Independent



Finding herself at 35 in an age of incessantly and increasingly fraught gender politics, Grace feels both more exposed and less seen than ever. Join her as she explores what butch identity means in a world moving beyond labels. She tries to work out where it, and she, belong in the new frontline of queer liberation. Sounds funny, right?

No stranger to comedy, Grace Petrie has appeared on BBC Radio 4’s The Now Show and smash hit podcast The Guilty Feminist. She has long since earned a reputation as the folk scene’s funniest lesbian. Her eagerly-awaited stand-up debut Butch Ado About Nothing has been a long time coming – and was a runaway success at 2022’s Edinburgh Festival.


The Secret Comedy Club

Sun 6 & Thurs 10 August – Troy Hawke Work in Progress

Troy Hawke, award winning comedian and founder of the Greeters Guild brings the unrefined workings of what will be his next tour show to Brighton. An hour for folk who enjoy their comedy steaks raw. The big plus in coming to these shows is the fact that you may see thoughts and ideas get their one and only outing before being hastily scribbled out of a notepad the next day. Or it could be a piece more fully formed than anticipated and you’ll be the first to witness it!


Every Wednesday – The Gag Factory 

Doors open 7pm and the show starts at 8pm and then runs until around 10:30pm. Every Wednesday, join the Secret Comedy Club with comedian friends as they perfect their finely crafted material and try out some brand-new jokes for you! 6/10 acts with 2 breaks in between.  The show runs for about 2 hours. Be involved in the creative process of some of the top up-and-coming + established acts on the UK comedy circuit and watch them live or die. Hilarious or painful but never mediocre!


Every Tuesday – See You Next Tuesday 

Doors open 7pm, event starts 8pm.  You can buy advance tickets online or on the door if they are not sold out. The format of the night is up to 15 comedians per event, with each comedian getting a 5 min slot to try out their best new material. Occasionally TV comics and top names pop in to test stuff out. Inclusive and friendly, this is also where Comedy Club finds acts for paid gigs on the weekends and for Brighton Fringe Festival, etc. It is a great night to try out some of your newest material or just come down to support others and enjoy the intimate environment. Secret Comedy Club can provide video and audio of your performance for £10.


Worthing Theatre and Museums 

Fri 4 August – Cirque Taboo 

The sexiest circus In town. Out of the woodwork and all the way from Bristol, the city of circus creeps and the naughtiest bunch of beautiful freaks.

It is guaranteed to ignite your night – a cabaret jam-packed with cheeky circus acts, drag, burlesque and even a little bit of shocking sideshow. Ladies and Jellyfish… hold on to your seats and fasten your seatbelts, You’re in for a wild ride!

Sat 5 August – Spin Out 2023: Look Mum, No Hands!

Look Mum, No Hands! is a tender tale of friendship and growing up. It explores a coming-of-age story about two friends testing their own boundaries. Together they explore freedom, taking risks and independence. They see how those things change, depending on whether you’re Disabled, or not. In the show we see the two friends play. They push the boundaries of what is possible until, together, they find the perfect balance of their limits.

Sat 12 August – Spin Out 2023: Kevin Tickle’s Dogs!

Flying straight from the success of Falconry Dismay, Kevin Tickle brings you Kevin Tickle’s Dogs! Kevin walkies you through categories such as Best in Show, Best Bitch and the ever-unpredictable Open Class, to showcase the bombastic breeds and classy canines he has been working with over the years. Expect theatrics and hijinx in the form of games such as sausage bobbing and fastest recall, acrobatic feats and impressive skills from daring dogs. As ever, things may not go as planned. The assault course, put together by Kevin himself, may have a screw or two loose. A hilarious observation of the interesting relationship between human and dog, the silly situations we put ourselves in and the immense love we have for them.

Thurs 24 August – Spymonkey’s HAIRY

Laugh-out-loud comedy theatre for Hairies aged 6-12 and their families.

Slapstick-meets-rock-band-meets-punk-clown-mayhem, Hairy is a playful exploration of the most versatile and significant feature of human anatomy. Join the fearless band of bristly buddies on their hair-raising journey of discovery. Along the way they will need to face their follicle fears. Will they survive a shaving by the demon Barbers of De-Ville? Will they be able to defeat Major General Nit and his nitwit army from taking over the world? Perhaps… with the help of their slippery new invention, the Large Hedrin Collider?

Thurs 31 August – The Haunting 

Worthing’s Conn Artists return with a gripping stage adaption of some of Charles Dickens’s most haunting tales. When a book dealer, David Filde, is employed by Lord Gray to catalogue the estate’s impressive library, he finds an incredible array of rare books. However, a series of strange and unexplained events conspire to keep Filde from his work. He realises that if he is to convince his sceptical employer that the mysterious phenomena he is experiencing is real, they must journey together to the very edge of terror to discover the source of the terrifying visitations.

Chichester Festival Theatre 

Until Sun 3 September – The Sound of Music 

The Sound of Music was Rodgers and Hammerstein’s last and perhaps most treasured musical, and is now produced at Chichester for the first time. The glorious score is a box of delights. Songs include Climb Ev’ry Mountain, My Favorite Things and Edelweiss to Do-Re-Mi and The Sound of Music itself. This brand-new production of the original stage musical is directed by Adam Penford, Artistic Director of Nottingham Playhouse, where his productions include Piaf and The Madness of George III; and designed by Robert Jones (Murder on the Orient Express, The Unfriend, Oklahoma!).


Until Sat 26 August – Rock Follies 

It’s the 1970s and feminism is on the rise. Fed up with the male-dominated entertainment industry, Anna, Dee and Q take the future into their own hands and form a rock band – the ironically named ‘Little Ladies’. And so begins the musical helter-skelter ride of a lifetime. Can principles and ambition co-exist? And can their friendship survive in the dog-eat-dog world of rock?

With a book by Chloë Moss and original songs from the ground-breaking TV series by Howard Schuman and Andy Mackay, this punchy new musical is a rousing, riotous rollercoaster of woman power!


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