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Nov 2017

Ongoing shows, exhibitions and events for this Sept in Sussex. Find more up to the minute things to do in my latest weekly what’s on

Shine for Shelterbox charity dinners, Brighton venues, various Nov dates

Upgrade your candlelight dinner for two to a candlelit dinner for others. Twelve pop-up events are coming to Brighton in aid of homelessness charity fundraisier Shine for Shelterbox with superclubs and special menus from a host of the city’s top restaurants. At least one has sold out already so get dialling! See my full post here.

All Square, Cameron Contemporary Art, Hove, 7 Oct – 12 Nov

Blue Nude by Russell Dorey

Gallery regulars and newcomers combine in the latest exhibition at Muddy Award-winning Cameron Contemporary Art in Hove. 20 artists have 20 works each in the show and the one similarity is that every piece is square – 40cm by 40cm to be precise! Get down there for some early Xmas shopping, or a unique present to self.

Quiz, Minerva Theatre, Chichester, Fri 3 Nov  – Sat 9 Dec

Remember the coughing major who with an accomplice won Who Wants To Be Millionaire? by cheating? The story is coming to the stage in Chichester in a new play by James Graham, whose political production This House transferred from Chichester to the West End last year. With a wider theme about society’s attitude to truth and lies, it will be supported by free talks on 8 and 27 Nov, a free quiz on 24 Nov and demonstrations from the creative team in a Theatre Day on 15 Nov (£5). Tickets for the show start from £20 (youth prologue tickets just £5).

Bonfire Society celebrations, mainly East Sussex, various Nov dates

In Sussex, bonfire night is not just for Nov 5 (or the nearest Saturday), with many bonfire societies holding their own historic events with torchlit parades and fireworks raising money for charity. Lewes on 4 Nov this year is the biggy of course with huge burning effigies of whoever’s most in the political doldrums but the town’s pretty much in public transport lock down for the event these days. Other upcoming events include Battle on 4 NovIcklesham on Nov 5,  Rye on 11 Nov and Robertsbridge on 18 Nov. If you happen to be in London this weekend I recommend Blackheath fireworks – free and with plenty of space to move around (accessed via Lewisham, Blackheath or Greenwich/Cutty Sark stations).

Grease, The Hawth, Crawley, Mon 6 – Fri 10 Nov / Theatre Royal, Brighton Mon 11 – Sun 31 Dec

It’s the big Christmas show at Brighton this year but first it’s stopping in for a week at The Hawth in Crawley. Tom Parker from  boy band The Wanted plays Danny alongside Over The Rainbow winner Danielle Hope as Sandy and EastEnders’ and Strictly‘s Louisa Lytton as Rizzo. Tickets are from £26.50 at Crawley for adults but there’s limited availability already so if it’s the one that you want, you’d better get booking like greased lightning! Or book ahead for Brighton with tickets from £20.90.

Pop-up ice rinks, Brighton, Worthing, Horsham, Tunbridge Wells & more until Jan/Feb 

Pull on your tan tights and dust off your triple salchow –  the pop-up ice rinks are back in Sussex! Brighton’s Pavilion rink (pictured) opens this Sat 4 Nov. I got a sneaky peek at the preview event and it’s as pretty as ever and there’s full meals and mulled drinks to be had in the terrace cafe/bar alongside. Worthing and Horsham’s rinks are already open and there are more coming, at Tunbridge Wells and further afield. See my full round-up for dates and links.


National Theatre Posters, Wolfson Gallery, National Theatre, South Bank, London, Wed 4 Oct – 31 March

Theatre posters advertising National Theatre productions from 1963 to the present day are on display in a free exhibition at the building until March. Curated by Rick Poynor, professor of Design and Visual Culture at the University of Reading. it explores changing promotional styles and features some famous productions.



Light exhibition, Littlehampton Museum, Sat 23 Sept – Fri 10 Nov

See paintings, photography, collages, prints, models and more submitted by artists from across Sussex based on the theme of ‘Light’ in Littlehampton Museum’s latest open exhibition. There will also be plenty to amuse youngsters including two themed  trails around the museum. Admission is free.



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