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
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
Also situated in the Brighton Dome Complex is the Corn Exchange
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
in the North Laine district, which presents comedy, drama and live
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
Finally for something completely different head to the Marlborough
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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