When you get a ticket for the cinema there’s no need to dress up, but when it’s for an evening at the theatre, it’s time to get out the glad rags.
Brighton’s Theatre Royal may be steeped in tradition, but it’s far from frumpy; a quick look at what’s on in August reveals a diversity of performances.
Even though stars such as Sir Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart may have treaded the Brighton Theatre Royal’s boards, there’s still always been room for family friendly shows and light-hearted performances.
Coming soon is ‘The Gruffalo’, the tale of a mouse as it evades predators with the help of an imaginary monster, and the eternally entertaining musical ‘The Blues Brothers’.
The theatre was another of the Prince of Wales’ projects and opened in 1807, with a performance of Shakespeare’s Hamlet.
Even so, such a prestigious opening couldn’t guarantee long-term success and the theatre suffered repeated periods of neglect; not that you’d notice today, as slap bang in the middle of town, the theatre is enjoying another run of popularity.
As one of the top five oldest working theatres in the country, there’s little surprise this building has a ghost or two – if the stories are true, she is regularly haunted by four spectres, including the diminutive but chilling ‘Grey Lady’.
The most recent refurbishments, by owners ATG, brought the theatre back to life with fresh carpets, wallpaper and seating. Superficial changes aside, this is as authentic as theatres get.
And at this theatre, Jake and Ellwood Blues get to share the same limelight that shone on Laurence Olivier and Marlene Dietrich.
Live theatre has no competitor. No movie ever created such a sense of occasion, or captivated an audience in such a way.
Here, in some way the audience also gets to bathe in the limelight – something that will never happen in screen 5 of your local Odeon.
Here’s what’s on this month:
22 – 27 August
The Gruffalo – Join Mouse on an adventurous journey through the deep dark wood and meet a wheeler-dealer Fox, an eccentric old owl, a maraca-shaking, party-mad Snake! Mouse can scare these hungry animals away with tall stories of the terrifying Gruffalo, but what happens when he comes face to face with the very creature he imagined, Wed 1:30pm, Thurs & Fri 11:30am & 1:30pm, £11
An Audience with Julian Clary
Join master raconteur Julian Clary who will be talking about his life in the spotlight and his latest novel Devil in Disguise, a darkly funny and deeply rude triumph! Helping Julian to delve into the deepest recesses of his bountiful closet will be friend and confidante Joanne Good popular presenter of BBC London’s Late Show for what promises to be an afternoon of laughter, innuendo and anecdote. Following his ‘cozy chat’ with Joanne, Julian will be opening himself up for questioning and signing copies of his book Devil in Disguise which will be available to buy at the theatre.
31 August – 04 September
The Blues Brothers – The legendary original tribute to the Blues Brothers returns to the UK & is back in Brighton at last!
Jake & Elwood know that home is where the heart is, and having crashed & crooned their way through sell-out shows all over Europe, they’re back in the UK to bring back the good times. All the classic songs feature including Everybody, Shake Ya Tail Feather, Sweet Home Chicago, Think, Respect, Gimme Some Loving & many many more, 7:45pm. Tues-Thurs eves 7:45pm. Fri 5pm & 8pm. Sat 4pm & 8pm, £13.50-£29.50
Saturday 28 August
ABBA and the Bee Gees
The UK’s favourite touring concert show, ABBA meet the Bee Gees in this live spectacular starring ABBA Magic, performing million-sellers including Mamma Mia, Dancing Queen, Super Trouper, Waterloo and The Winner Takes It All and Bee Gees Magic, performing number one hits like Stayin’ Alive, Massachusetts, Night Fever, How Deep Is Your Love and million-sellers penned by the Bee Gees for other artists including Islands in the Stream, Heartbreaker and Chain Reaction.
Tuesday 24 August
The Texas Tenors
The incredible voices of these classically trained Tenors, J.C, Marcus and John, perform the most romantic songs of the last Century and bring their unique blend of gospel, country, classical and Broadway to the stage with breathtaking vocals, humour and a hint of cowboy charm. From well-loved arias, to show songs, from Nessun Dorma to My Way, The Texas Tenors cover every genre of music, effortlessly!Share on Facebook