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The best of Brighton theatre in June 2017

Southern FailSOUTHERN FAIL THE MUSICAL!

Fri 2 – Sat 3 June – Bosco Spiegeltent

Sat 10 June – Ropetackle Centre

Sat 24 June – Sallis Benney Theatre

The team behind the hilariously wicked Brighton institution, [The Treason Show], take a swipe at everyone’s favourite mass transit provider. As well as these Brighton Fringe shows, the team are also laying on some ‘extra services’ at the Ropetackle Centre on Sat 10 June and the Sallis Benney Theatre on Sat 24 June.

A comedy musical about life at the mercy of a constantly evolving timetable, it gleefully lays into a failing system where people have lost jobs, families, and their sanity. Written by Simon Levenson and directed by the award-winning (and now social media sensation) Mark Brailsford, there’ll be laughs aplenty and zero chance of a replacement bus service. You’ll weep, you’ll laugh, you’ll possibly arrive at the venue in time for the interval…

Not Lady Chatterley's LoverNOT LADY CHATTERLEY’S LOVER

Fri 9 June

Ropetackle Centre

What’s going to cheer you up better than a good romp? With a spot of nudity, scenes of a sexual nature and strong language throughout, this darkly funny, Mel Brooks style parody rips into the famous D.H. Lawrence novel

Following the storyline of the classic Lady Chatterley’s Lover with some twists along the way, there will be long contemplative looks into the middle distance, moments of touching drama, plenty of farce and a gentle stroke of innuendo. Expect high drama, high comedy and highly raised eyebrows in what will be a fantastic show for those who know the novel as well as those experiencing it for the first time.

Shell ShockSHELL SHOCK

Tues 20 – Thurs 22 June

The Old Market

A stunning personal realisation of one soldier’s experience of learning to cope with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Shell Shock heads to TOM. After serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, Tommy Atkins’ observations on the absurdities of everyday life on ‘civvy street’ are frequently comic, occasionally absurd, sometimes violent and always poignant. This is a compelling depiction of the devastating effect combat duty can have on an individual. Atkins’ wired energy leads to hyper-emotional responses – from post office queues and a trip to IKEA to his relationships with family and friends – leading to alienation and anger.

Billy FuryHALFWAY TO PARADISE – THE BILLY FURY STORY

Fri 23 June

Theatre Royal Brighton

A shy boy from Liverpool became the ‘60s equivalent of Harry Styles, only with a guitar and better hair. As Billy Fury, he equalled the Beatles record of 24 hits in the 1960s and spent over four years in the UK charts. He was dubbed the ‘British Elvis’ due to some sexy moves, astonishingly good looks and suggestive stage antics that infuriated parents. Now this thrilling production brings together a sample of his incredible musical legacy. Now in its 18th year and still furiously rocking, his original band, Fury’s Tornados, re-live his timeless hits including Last Night Was Made For Love, Jealousy, Halfway to Paradise and many, many more. With the tunning Colin Gold as Billy Fury, it’ll be an evening of fun, nostalgia and music.

 Jane-EyreJANE EYRE

Fri 23 June

Brighton Open Air Theatre

Bearing a few similarities to Brontë’s own life, the orphaned titular character is starved of affection as she finds herself thrust into a strange new world. When she arrives at the mysterious Thornfield Hall deep in the Yorkshire moors, she meets enigmatic Mr Rochester. Adapted from Charlotte Brontë’s classic novel, Chapterhouse Theatre Company presents one of the greatest romances in English literature. When a secret from the past returns to haunt them, can Jane and Mr Rochester’s passion survive the forces that threaten to tear them apart forever? Social etiquette, tragedy and reinvention gloriously seep through this unforgettable love story.

Shakespere-In-A-DaySHAKESPEARE IN A DAY

Sat 24 June

Brighton Open Air Theatre

Following the success of last year’s Cymbeline and Pericles, Droll And Folly Theatre return to BOAT to bring another Shakespeare play from the page to the stage in a single day. Led by director Nicholas Quirke, this script-in-hand performance will be as much of a surprise to the actors as the audience. Enjoy an exploration of text, character and staging that will yield some fresh, spontaneous, and unexpected results. Rather than being an immaculately polished production, this is a spontaneous exploration of text, character and staging to fully embrace the spirit of Shakespeare’s work

Will Self credit Chris Close 2014WILL SELF

Thurs 27 April

Ropetackle Centre

Not so much a theatre show, but less packed with drama – Booker-shortlisted author Will Self launches his new novel: Phone. Uniting our most urgent contemporary concerns; from the ubiquitous mobile phone to a family in chaos, from the horror of modern war to the end of privacy, this is Will Self’s most important and compelling novel to date.

The author of acclaimed works, including Great Apes, The Book Of Dave, the Whitbread Novel Of The Year shortlisted How The Dead Live, the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize winning The Butt and the Booker shortlisted Umbrella, Self will be conducting a reading, Q&A and book signing.

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