What’s On in March in Sussex
Diary at the ready? Here’s your starter for ten on the fun stuff coming up around Sussex and nearby for March.
Oscars Film Quiz, The Picture House, Uckfield, Sun 4 March,
Celebrate Oscars night by flexing your movie knowledge at this special quiz at the Picture House. It runs 7-10pm with a break to get some award-inspired food. Book a table for up to six people for £8. A great prize is promised! (Will it be a solid gold statuette?)
Young British Artists, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, 25 Feb – 7 May
Six important works by Damien Hirst, Peter Blake, Tracey Emin, Michael Craig-Martin, Gavin Turk and Rachel Whiteread, show how a generation of artists adopted and expanded on 1960s Pop Art. I heard this exhibition being discussed on Radio 4 the other day. Check it out for yourself with a visit (£11 for adults).
George’s Marvellous Medicine, Theatre Royal, Brighton, Tues 27 Feb – Sat 3 March
Remember when Rik Mayall read this on Jackanory back in the day? Absolute classic. Anyway here it is as a live show. A Roald Dahl adaptation that’s perfect for kids ages 5 plus, as George tries to cure his rather mean Grandmother of her nastiness with a special potion. Don’t try this at home! Tickets are from £19. See my review here.
Cinderella, Alexandra Theatre, Regis Centre, Bognor Regis, Fri 2 March
Yes it’s March and yes, it’s Cinderella. This is the Vienna Festival Ballet pirouetting into Bognor with the classic rags-to-riches fairytale. There are a few seats left so come in from the cold and warm your cockles. Adults £21.50, under-16s £15.50.
Wedding Fair, Park House Hotel, near Midhurst, Sun 4 March
Got engaged on Valentine’s Day? Get your jammy self down to this wedding fair at Park House Hotel set in 10 acre grounds near Midhurst. Check out the venue itself with the beautiful timber-framed barn dressed for a wedding reception and meet some of the hotel’s trusted big day suppliers. What’s more, you’ll get a glass of champagne on arrival and there’s 20% off the Sunday lunch menu for attendees.
Crime Writers in Conversation, Old Chapel Centre, Alfriston, Sat 10 March
Murder in the church? Well, not exactly, but the Old Chapel Centre in Alfriston is hosting a crime writer’s afternoon on 10 March with authors Ruth Ware (The Lying Game), Colette McBeth (An Act of Silence) and Julia Crouch (Her Husband’s Lover) in conversation with chairman Patrick Easter (Rising Tide) about their plots, characters and process. It’s organised by Much Ado Books which is also offering a sneak peak at the remodelling of its shop, along with refreshments. Sounds like it’d be a crime to miss it.
Brighton Rock, Theatre Royal, Brighton, Tues 6 – Sat 10 March
It’s the most famous novel to be set in Brighton, and one of the most famous films too, and it’s coming to the city as a play. You’ll probably know it’s Graham Greene’s chilling story of murderer Pinkie, his gang rivals and his naive new wife, all set in the seedier side of the resort. Tickets are from £14.90
International Garden Photographer of the Year, Sissinghurst Castle, Kent, until 13 April
Sissinghurst Castle is playing host to some of the best garden, plant and landscape photography from amateur and professional photographers across the globe. From portrait to panorama, from the quirky and amusing, to the outright wondrous, these photographs reflect the everlasting appeal of the garden and vividly showcase images of a green planet. Categories include the Beauty of Plants, Wildlife in the Garden and Wildflower Landscapes among others. Meanwhile, if you’re passing through London Bridge station, do stop to browse the Landscape Photographer of the Year exhibition, on till 11 March.
Sara Pascoe, LadsLadsLads, Brighton Dome, Wed 7 March
Sara Pascoe is enjoying a year-long, one woman stag-do from spiritual retreats to football matches and says she has been drunk and lonely everywhere. You’ll recognise her from the telly from the likes of Live at the Apollo and QI. I read her mind-bending book Animal recently and she’s certainly as bright as she is funny. Tickets are £15 -£19.
So You Think You Know About Dinosaurs..?! The Capitol, Horsham, Wed March 14
Dr Ben Garrod pits the knowledge of unwitting parents against their dinosaur-loving kids in this interactive, educational and entertaining show which uses footage from the BBC’s Planet Dinosaur. Tickets are £16.50 (£54 for a family of four). It’s aimed particularly at 5 -12s and complements key stages 1 & 2.
The Brewery Social Evening, Arundel Brewery, Wed, 7 March
There’s an open night at Arundel Brewery coming up with music, raffles and, unsurprisingly, beer. Tickets are £20 per person which includes free beer during the event and a brewery glass to take away. There are alternative options for wine drinkers and designated drivers. Later events are on 11 July and 7 Nov.
Chichester Festival Theatre new season – booking from 3 March
Chichester Festival Theatre has launched its 2018 season this week. It’s to feature new plays by Charlotte Jones, Bryony Lavery and Laura Wade with headline actors including Rufus Hound, Penelope Keith, Amanda Root and Caroline Quentin. Noel Coward’s Present Laughter and the musical Me and My Girl will be among well-loved shows getting new treatments. There will also be an adaptation of David Walliams’ children’s book The Midnight Gang. Public booking for the season will open online on Sat 3 March.
Umbra, by Claire Beattie, Cameron Contemporary Art, Hove until 19 March
Looking for some new art to brighten your walls? Get yourself over to Muddy Award winners Cameron Contemporary Art in Hove where there’s a rather soothing exhibition of colourful, soft focus trees called Umbra, by Claire Beattie on from Thus Sat 24 till 19 March.
Smuggling Saturdays, Novium Museum, Chichester, Saturdays until 10 March
The Novium is running a host of free family-friendly activities between 11.00 and 14.30 on Saturdays with storytelling, crafts and talks with object handling all relating to the smuggling heritage of the coast. Also book ahead for a Smuggler’s Sleepover on 7 April.
Automata on the Pier with Cabaret Mechanical Theatre, Hastings, Thurs 15 March – Sun 15 April
Some wonderfully quirky mechanical creations are coming to Hastings’ Pier thanks to Cabaret Mechanical Theatre. The toys and contraptions will be on display in the Memories Room. Exhibition highlights include Matt Smith’s swimming fish, Peter Markey’s wave machines and Paul Spooner’s spaghetti-eating man in a bath! The mechanical masterpieces come to life at the push of a button, a turn of a handle or the drop of a coin. Sue to inspire some creativity with Meccano back home. It’ll be open daily 10am-5pm and admission is free.
The Noise Next Door’s Comedy Lock In, Komedia, Brighton, Wed 14 March
Local improv stars The Noise Next Door have been on a national tour for months but you can catch them in their old stomping ground of the Komedia in Brighton on 15 March. I’ve seen them several times and am always been really impressed at their mental – and physical – agility. Check out my review here and grab a ticket. They’re next back on 9 May when Zoe Lyons will be among guests. Tickets are £11. Bargain.
Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour, Brighton/Tunbridge Wells/ London 4 March onwards
See the latest and best films touring around the UK courtesy of the world’s most prestigious mountain film festival. The programme Includes Edge, featuring 90-year-old iceskating wundergran Yvonne Dowlen; and Stump, a documentary that follows fearless rock climber Maureen Beck, born missing a lower arm. Amazing stuff. It’s up at Brighton Dome on 4 March and again with a different programme on 18 April; at The Assembly Halls Theatre, Tunbridge Wells on 19 April, and at London’s Union Hall Chapel on various dates in March.
A Big Lebowksi Party, The Old Market, Hove, Fri March 16
Pull on your dressing gown, grab a bowling ball and get down to The Old Market for the latest themed event from the Brighton Film Party Society. They’ll be dressing the venue to celebrate Coen Brothers’ classic The Big Labowksi. Expect White Russians, bowling and a rug that really ties the room together. Fancy dress is strongly encouraged and prizes are promised. Tickets are £11.
Orchid Festival, Kew Gardens, Surrey, until – 11 March
Things are going totally tropical this month at Kew Gardens. Their annual orchid festival takes in Insta-friendly displays of the vibrant Thai blooms, Thai street food and musical performances, workshops on how to grow these notoriously tricky flowers and Thai afternoon tea at The Botanical restaurant. King prawn, lemongrass and coriander tartlet followed by Thai sticky coconut cream rice with mango salsa? Yes please.
Bring Your Own Baby comedy, Komedia, Brighton, Tues 13 March
Great idea – something you can enjoy with a baby that doesn’t involve being made to behave like an infant yourself. Bring Your Own Baby is coming up the next few months at Brighton’s Komedia. It’s a proper adult, sweary daytime stand-up show with toys, lights and the like to distract under 12-month-olds. You enjoy comedy without having to book a babysitter and they’re none the wiser about any filth beyond that they are filling their nappy with. It sells out in advance so get cracking. Tickets are a tenner.
Modigliani, Tate Modern, London, until 2 April
The Tate Modern’s comprehensive retrospective of Modigliani’s work is quite a treat. During his brief, turbulent life he developed a unique and instantly recognisable style. His nudes are a highlight with on display – the largest group ever reunited in the UK. In 1917, police closed down his only ever solo exhibition on the grounds of indecency! Also expect sculptures, and portraits of his friends, lovers and supporters, including Pablo Picasso and his partner Jeanne Hébuterne. Entry to the exhibition is £19.70
Ocean Liners: Speed and Style, V&A Museum, London, until 10 June
The V&A’s new exhibition, celebrates the golden age of the big boats, looking at their design and cultural impact. Exhibits include Goyard luggage once owned by the Duke of Windsor, 1920s bathing suits and a door panel from the first class lounge of the Titanic. Tickets are £18.
Tom Allen, Absolutely, The Capitol, Horsham, Wed 23 May & Worthing Tues 5 June
One of the best comedians on the circuit at the moment, the softy acerbic Tom Allen is coming to Horsham in May and the gig is set to sell out way in advance. You make recognise him from the likes of Eight out of Ten Cats, I’ve seen him live and it’s a treat. Tickets are £15. His Absolutely show is also coming up at Worthing in June where it’s almost half sold out already. If you are super speedy you might also catch him headlining at Brighton’s Komedia on Fri 9 or Sun 11 March (I’ve snaffled one of those tickets myself!)
The Muppets Take the 02, London, 13 – 14 Jul
This isn’t on till July but you just know it’s going to sell out soon. The Muppet Show was huge in my childhood and a new generation will know the somewhat sarcastic puppets from the spin-off films. It’s sure to be sensational, inspirational, celebrational and muppetational. Get your tickets now.