Theatres

Brighton has got so many theatres. Whatever sort of show you want to see, it’s out there somewhere. From big West End shows to local am-dram there is something for everyone.

Theatre Royal is a lovely old Grade 2 listed theatre that is part of the ATG chain. This means that most of the good touring shows from London will come here at some point. Not known for its pantomimes these days, it is worth a visit just to see the architecture. They don’t (and probably can’t afford to) make them like this any more.

The Old Market is a lovely place on the border between Brighton and Hove. It was opened in 2011 by the people behind Stomp and has become a fixture on the Brighton scene. You get lots of plays there as well as stand-up and music.

B.O.A.T. or the Brighton Open Air Theatre is a lovely purpose-built outdoor theatre just behind 7 Dials. It is only really open during the summer but you can bring a picnic and watch a variety of low-budget touring shows. There is a small bar and some lovely new toilets. It was one of the few venues that stayed open during lockdown due to being outside. Do pack a jumper though.

Brighton Little Theatre is really quite easy to miss as you have to head down a dark alley off Western Road to find it. It has been going for 40 years and is situated in a renovated protestant chapel. It only holds 70 but is very atmospheric.

New Venture Theatre is another small theatre. They do 10 shows a year, but be warned, they can be on the edgy side. If you can imagine the spirit of Brighton in the 80s then it is at home here. Usually has one play a year railing against Margaret Thatcher.

Brighton Peoples Theatre appears to be a theatre run by the people of Brighton for the people of Brighton.

Actors used to be the Marlborough Theatre at the bottom of Kemptown. Downstairs is a small but delightful pub while upstairs is a proper little theatre that probably holds about 60.

Purple Playhouse isn’t actually active at the moment but I thought I would include it anyway as it was such a nice place. Situated on the first floor of the Grace Eyre Foundation building on the Old Shoreham Road, it has a lovely modern performance area and a nice cafe.

Then of course there is the Brighton Fringe where theatres pop up everywhere and all sorts of amateur productions take place.

For those who don’t mind travelling a bit further

Lewes Little Theatre in Lewes.

Barn in Southwick.

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