It’s panto time. Oh yes it is (come on, get in the mood!) And where is your ultimate guide to the best shows this Christmas? It’s behind you! Actually, no it isn’t. It’s in the list below. Don’t fancy a panto? There are other festive productions besides and even some ballets. So here’s my pick of the season’s best in Sussex and beyond.
Peter Pan, The Hawth, Crawley, Fri 9 Dec to Mon 2 Jan
This panto’s proving popular, with some performances nearly sold out already, so if you want to see it, get your skates on.
A story that needs no introduction, DH Lawrence’s novel Lady Chatterley’s Lover has been the subject of many film and TV adaptations but how does it work on the stage? … and do they get their kit off ? (come on, I know that’s what you’re wondering!)
This production from the ever reliable English Touring Theatre and Sheffield Theatres is on at Brighton’s Theatre Royal until Saturday 19 Nov.
If you’ve ever enjoyed reruns of Columbo and Murder, She Wrote you might want to check out Rehearsal for Murder, a traditional whodunnit penned by the same team and on at Worthing’s Connaught Theatre this week.
I was less fond of Murder, She Wrote (I mean how many murders can happen around one woman before all her friends and aquaintances have either been bumped off or run for the hills), but I did love Columbo with his scruffy mac and his ‘one more thing…’ killer questions.
Ah Breakfast at Tiffany’s who doesn’t love the film? Now it’s been made into a major stage production and we’re giving you a chance to win a pair of top tickets to the opening night at Theatre Royal Brighton!
Georgia May Foote (Strictly Come Dancing, Coronation Street, This Is England ’86 and Grange Hill) will be playing Holly Golightly, slipping into the dainty heels made famous by Audrey Hepburn while Downton Abbey‘s Matt Barber is playing Fred.
We’re lucky enough to have several plays come to Sussex before their West End transfers and here’s another that’s well worth catching. Ronald Harwood’s much-loved play The Dresser, starring the excellent Ken Stott and Reece Shearsmith and directed by Sean Foley is at Theatre Royal Brighton this week only.
The Dresser is a play within a play. Ageing and arrogant actor-manager ‘Sir’ is set to play King Lear and the backstage action loosely echoes the Shakespearean tragedy.
You know it’s a good show when you find yourself crying and laughing at the same time. Every Brilliant Thing is a condundrum. It’s sad and it’s joyous. It’s serious, sensitive and silly. I saw it at Worthing last week and it will be in Chichester on 22 Sept so if that’s near you, I urge you to go along.
“The list started after her first attempt…” So opens the story at the heart of this one-man show in which an adult looks back.
Fancy doing the time warp again? Well, drag out your fishnets because The Rocky Horror Show is back in Sussex and this time it’s at Eastbourne’s Congress Theatre 19 – 24 Sept. Amber over at Muddy Surrey saw the latest production when it visited Woking a couple of months back. Here’s what she thought….
I have a confession. And I say this with my eyes lowered and my head bowed, because even I’m wondering how on earth I got to the age I am without ever having seen The Rocky Horror Show.
I wasn’t expecting to get belly laughs from a play written in the late 1930s, even one by Noel Coward, but I did. Present Laughter, on at Brighton’s Theatre Royal until Saturday, and starring Downton’s Phyllis Logan (aka Mrs Hughes), is a comedy that, in the right hands ages very well.
The story concerns famous actor Garry Essendine. Everyone wants piece of Garry, be that romantic admirers, obsessed fans or a series of correspondents seeking charity appearances or introductions to the world of theatre.
Now here’s something handy to have up your sleeve for a rainy day over the holidays and beyond.
Brighton’s Theatre Royal has a new child-friendly ipad app tour on Saturday mornings, which delves behind-the-scenes and shares secrets of the building’s history and how a production comes together.
I thought my nephews would enjoy it, combining as it did a bit of exploring with their much-loved but usually rationed ‘digital time’ and I was right.
The first thing I thought as I settled down to watch Flown at Worthing’s Pavilion Theatre was ‘how are they going to perform circus stunts in a space that small?’
This excellent show from Pirates of the Carabina (great name!), on until Sunday, is an intimate form of circus – not in a big top but on a stage with the audience on three sides.
It’s a grown-up show children will enjoy, so perfect for secretly treating yourself as well as kids this school holidays.