BODY DOUBLE Tues 1 – Sat 5 Aug Devonshire Park Theatre
A contemporary, metaphysical drama exploring the complexion of reality and illusion. An unpredictable play about pretence, about the difference roles we assume in life, and about the dangers of pretending to be someone we’re not – a play that constantly keeps its audience guessing.
Within the play, the actors are actors, the set is a set and the play being rehearsed reflects the life of those rehearsing this ‘play-within-a-play’. Everyone ultimately loses track of what is real and what is merely being acted out. So what happens when one of the characters tries to take on the life of another? Expect drastic consequences.
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM Weds 2 – Sun 6 Aug Brighton Open Air Theatre
A unique and eccentric take on the Shakespearian summer classic, the much-loved local theatre company presents a magical and imaginative production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Featuring swing-dancing fairies, hapless lovers and Albion supporting mechanicals, the production promises an evening of unconventional yet enchanted theatre. “Lord, what fools these mortals be!”
Building on last year’s hit Much Ado About Nothing at Brighton Open Air Theatre, not to mention an enchanting tour of 11th century churches with Macbeth, our city’s very own Brighton Shakespeare Company are set to be big news in 2017.
WOTEVER KINGDOM WITH BOI BOX Fri 4 Aug Marlborough Theatre
This fantastic pre-Pride party welcomes and respects one and all! Space is created on stage and off for LGBTQ+ by Bar Wotever, welcoming everyone – regardless of whatever identity, or multiple identities they choose. Happenings include a variety of Drag Kings & Friends, on tables in various spaces when you least expect it all night long!
As well as an array of awesome DJs and Wotever’s very own Queer Fayre – a craft market/indoor boot sale where many meet and sell their ware and collections. Catch the likes of Coco DeVille, Ebony Rose Dark, Crystal Lubrikunt, Adam All & Apple Derrieres, Sammy Silver Benjamin Butch, all hosted by Stella Pint and Naylor Swift from 9pm onwards.
THE LOST WORLD Thurs 10 – Sat 12 Aug Brighton Open Air Theatre
Led by the formidable Professor Challenger, following on a few scant directions scribbled in a sketch book, the explorers travel to an uncharted plateau in South America where they become involved in tribal warfare between apemen and indigenous humans. Having encountered frightening dinosaurs previously believed to be extinct, their camera destroyed, their options for providing proof of the creatures are becoming limited.
What could possibly go wrong when four intrepid explorers bring live specimens of terrifying dinosaurs back to London in ‘unbreakable’ crates? Theatre company, Illyria, have an unmatched reputation for innovation in the open-air touring theatre sector. They’re the first company to take on a show in this genre and to this bold extent – prehistoric thrills, monster laughs and life-size dinosaurs can be expected…
LA CAGE AUX FOLLES Tues 15 – Sat 26 Aug Theatre Royal Brighton
This spectacularly stunning and hilariously funny new production of La Cage Aux Folles has had audiences standing and cheering throughout its first UK tour. Dazzling drag artiste Albin, also known as Za Za, is the star of La Cage Aux Folles and lives an idyllic existence in the heart of St. Tropez with Georges. However, things are about to change for the two when their son Jean-Michel announces his engagement to the daughter of a notorious right-wing politician determined to close down the colourful local night life scene. A meeting of the parents ensues drama and hilarity as it forces them to cover up their vibrant lifestyle.
MAMMA MIA! Tues 15 Aug – Sun 3 Sept Brighton Centre
The world’s sunniest and most up-lifting musical, MAMMA MIA! comes to the Brighton Centre for the first time ever. There’s never been a better time to join the ultimate feel-good party! Sophie’s search to find the father she’s never known brings her mother face to face with three contrasting men from her distant romantic past on the eve of a wedding day they’ll never forget.
Set in a Greek island paradise, a story of love, friendship and identity is masterfully told through the timeless songs of ABBA. This irresistibly funny show thrills audiences all around the world – a truly unforgettable musical. Whatever your age, you can’t help but have the time of your life and release your inner dancing queen at MAMMA MIA!
THREE MEN IN A BOAT Weds 16 Aug Brighton Open Air Theatre
Three men (and a dog) go on the adventure of a lifetime and sail down the River Thames in Ian Kennedy Productions’ unique, fast-paced, quick-witted adaptation of Jerome K Jerome’s iconic classic story. Ever wondered why very few people suffer from sea sickness on land? Or perhaps the advantages of cheese as a travelling companion? Join Jerome, Harris, George and Montmorency as they voyage from from Kingston-upon-Thames to Oxford whilst discussing important topics such as these, encountering a variety of people, places and peculiar maladies.
ROYAL VAUXHALL: BY DESMOND O’CONNOR Tues 29 Aug Komedia
Marking the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death in a shockingly irreverent style, [Royal Vauxhall] is the best night out in the ‘80s you were never able to attend… until now. 1988’s got London partying hard under the threat of AIDS, the scrutiny of the press and the promise of a summer romance. When Diana dreams of a crazy night out free from unyielding paparazzi and savage royals, Freddie Mercury and Kenny Everett (her unlikely best friends) know that there’s one place and one place only to take her… but how the hell will they get one of the most famous faces in the world into the RVT without blowing her cover?
THE WEDDING SINGER Tues 29 Aug – Sat 2 Sept Theatre Royal Brighton
New Jersey’s favourite wedding singer Robbie Hart makes every wedding as disastrous as his own after his fiancée dumps him at the altar. It’s 1985, hair is huge, greed is good and sweet-natured Julia and her best friend Holly attempt to lure seriously bummed out Robbie out of the dumpster and back into the limelight. But will he just end up seeing her head off down the aisle with Wall Street bad boy Glenn? It seems Grandma Rosie is the only one able to see that the couple meant to be are in fact Robbie and Julia. Capturing all the energy and fun of the Adam Sandler smash hit, it’s a musical crammed with songs guaranteed to get you up and dancing.
EARTHQUAKES IN LONDON Weds 30 Aug – Sat 2 Sept Brighton Open Air Theatre
Earthquakes in London delves into the lives of three sisters and their dysfunctional relationship with their estranged father, a fantastic scientist who predicts global catastrophe. Flicking back and forth through time, this is a fast and furious crash of people, scenes and decades. The eldest sister, Sarah, an environment minister in the newly forms coalition government; the middle child, Freya, a teaching assistant expecting her first baby; the youngest, Jasmine, who’s just been kicked out of university, attempt to navigate their dislocated lives and loves. Earthquakes in London includes burlesque strip shows, bad dreams, social breakdown and population explosion – not to mention worldwide paranoia.
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