After wowing sell-out crowds with Dracula, TRUESTORY return to The Spire for another haunting tale: an electrifying new adaptation of Mary Shelley’s classic horror masterpiece Frankenstein. With their signature bold visual style, they immerse the audience in a strange gothic environment. This faithful retelling explores exclusion, obsession, creation and compassion, while asking what it is to be human in an ever-confusing world. A scientist is attempting to create life, but will he bring forth a miracle or monster?
THE CRAB PRINCE
SUN 3 NOV // KOMEDIA
Award-winning comedian Joanna Neary presents a new interactive show for children, where Scuttle The Crab longs to be human. Can little Lucy help to make his dream come true? Should Scuttle The Crab be careful what he wishes for? Meanwhile, Marina The Marine Explorer needs some help to make life in the rock pools good again for everyone. This is an original and beautifully crafted comedy show about friendship, home and the environment, with the chance for the audience to help save the day.
THE LADY VANISHES
MON 4 – SAT 9 NOV // THEATRE ROYAL
BAFTA-nominated Gwen Taylor and ‘Villain of the Year’ Andrew Lancel are reunited for the first time since Coronation Street in this devilishly fun stage adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic. When socialite Iris’ travelling companion disappears, she’s bewildered to find fellow passengers denying ever having seen her. But with the help of musician Max, she turns detective, and together they resolve to solve this perplexing mystery. Where has her friend gone to? And what is everyone else hiding?
TUES 5 – WEDS 6 NOV // THE OLD MARKET
The award-winning Zest Theatre present a new play about being young and changing the world. Part show, part TED Talk and part party, Youthquake gives a powerful insight into the hidden lives and minds of Teen Britain and questions what it means to change the world. Frustrated with her peers, Becky wants to empower the next generation to stand up and take control. She’s performing an inspirational presentation designed to do just that, but hasn’t realised the ‘Youthquake’ has already begun.
SOMETIMES I LEAVE
THURS 7 NOV // MARLBOROUGH THEATRE
A new show by Vijay Patel, Sometimes I Leave asks where it all goes wrong with social interactions. Maybe you consciously decided to leave before even arriving, but haven’t worked out how to do it yet. Through performance art, video and theatre, he repeats and reclaims his own lived experiences. This is a show smashing the stigma against ‘othered’ brains, imagining existing in a world which celebrates unique ways of thinking instead of discriminating against them.
Image by Holly Revell
FRI 8 – SAT 9 NOV // CONNAUGHT, WORTHING
Proteus Theatre Company present a new spin on a timeless tale of plotting, betrayal and murder. It’s October 1987 and a storm is coming to London. On the trading floor, success is all and ruthless ambition is rewarded. The only problem is, how do you control it before it consumes you? This award-winning theatre company’s highly physical reimagining of Shakespeare’s classic is a corporate thriller set amidst the backdrop of the ‘greed is good’ culture of 80s Britain.
Image by Pamela Raith
HUNDRED WATT CLUB
FRI 15 NOV // THE OLD MARKET
Pop that champagne and get ready for a glittering evening of neo-burlesque, circus, vaudeville and comedy. Come let your hair down and indulge in a heady evening of decadent, vintage-inspired entertainment. Hosted by the eternally cheeky songbird Gracie, you’ll be guided through a risqué and ridiculous night of grown-up fun. Attractions include shimmy shakin’ earthquake burlesque whirlwind Havana Hurricane, gorgeously ridiculous, award-winning comedy from innovator Tracey Collins and neo-striptease antics from chameleonic showgirl Lena Mae Lenman.
GETTING THE THIRD DEGREE
SAT 16 NOV // MARLBOROUGH THEATRE
This is the powerful and deeply moving story of Laurie Cunningham, who came to prominence with West Bromwich Albion in the late 1970s. The first ever millionaire black footballer, the first player of colour to sign for the mighty Real Madrid and only the second to win a full cap for England, he inspired a whole generation of players. Incorporating 1970s funk, soul, blues, jazz/jive dance, football songs/chants, contemporary commentary and social and political speeches, this is a powerful piece of total theatre that vividly recreates a tense and troubled period in the history of football and the wider society.
New Queers on The Block present a Brighton premiere and a new work in progress. Brother Insect enters the world of an extra-terrestrial on a planet haunted by shadowy ancestors and infested with privileged pests. Stupidly playful and forebodingly dangerous, can we encourage liberation without poking the entire hive? Joy Nduku sees identical queer brown twins trying to live life. It’s a poetic exploration of gender, sexuality and blackness in a world governed by the politics of assimilation and individualism.
Image by Rosie Powell
FRI 22 NOV // ATTENBOROUGH CENTRE
Following her genre-defying, bible-subverting, smash hit, Triple Threat, Lucy McCormick is back to crawl through the annals of history in Post Popular, an enthusiastically humiliating exploration of power and purpose. Receiving some poker-faced support from her Girl Squad Samir & Lennie, she returns with her trademark concoction of dance, song, absurdist art and minor breakdowns to examine all the famous women down the ages. This is a history lesson like no other.
Image by Holly Revell
JAMES PHELAN: TROUBLEMAKER
SUN 24 NOV // KOMEDIA
Viral sensation, star of BBC Radio and nephew of the great Paul Daniels – James Phelan is one of the most acclaimed magical performers of his generation. Rising through the ranks with his unique prank-focused style, Troublemaker demonstrates how he can be jaw dropping and laugh out loud funny. Expect an evening of hilarious, mind-blowing magic – people are tricked, phones are destroyed, needles are swallowed – no one is safe. This is an unmissable evening filled with excitement, wonder and laughter.
SAT 30 NOV // MARLBOROUGH THEATRE
Part performance, part transcendental exploration, Ema Boswood uses paranormal techniques in an attempt to reach through to the other side, the ‘other side’ being the people that have ghosted her in the past. We get a comedic look at ‘ghosting’ (when the person you’re dating simply stops replying to your texts). Ema carries out a seance, tells tragic ghost stories and has a sexorcism, all the while taking a refreshing and ridiculous look at the experience of rejection.
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