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Theatre in Brighton With more than a dozen venues to choose from, the city of Brighton really is the south coast’s premier destination for theatre lovers. So sit back and relax as we guide you through the best places for drama in the city.

Brighton’s grandest theatre is undoubtedly the Theatre Royal [map] on New Road, an old style arena that plays host to big touring productions and musicals. The swish interior features lots of mahogany and red velvet to put you in the mood for the first class entertainment that covers everything from Shakespeare to pantomime.

Next up is the Pavilion Theatre [map], which is part of the Brighton Dome Complex that has just undergone a major refurbishment. This 240-seat theatre is home to many Brighton Festival events each year and is also used for music, dance and drama at other times. There is also space on the ground floor for art exhibitions.

Also situated in the Brighton Dome Complex is the Corn Exchange [map], which plays host to theatre, lively shows, conferences and even sports events. With seating for up to 1,000 people, the venue also comes alive with Brighton's annual Jazz Bop, a summer festival celebrating the very best in contemporary jazz music.

Perhaps one of Brighton’s most well known theatres is Komedia [map] in the North Laine district, which presents comedy, drama and live music.

For local productions, as well as the occasional national show, head to the New Venture Theatre [map] on Bedford Place, an impressive Georgian building that was once a school. This theatre puts on around ten plays a year and is always looking for new members who want to get involved either behind or in front of the camera.

Another experimental venue is The Little Theatre [map] on Clarence Gardens. Serving the heart of the Brighton and Hove border community, several plays are staged here each year in this intimate venue. However, if you’re looking for mainstream productions then you’ll have to go elsewhere.

The University of Brighton showcases its own productions at the Sallis Benney Theatre [map] on the main campus. This is the place to come for alternative touring plays, spoken word and musical events, and the theatre also doubles up as a cinema for the occasional one-off film.

For more student productions try the Tower Theatre [map], part of City College Brighton that puts on a lot of stage adaptations of literary masterpieces. There are performances from up-and-coming touring companies as well as plays put on by drama students from the college.

Finally for something completely different head to the Marlborough Theatre [map], situated next to the gay pub of the same name. This tiny theatre, which has a capacity of just 50 people, is certainly the place to be for raw talent, cutting edge theatre and cabaret.

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