What’s On this week in Sussex
Thurs 7 - Fri 15 Nov
Children’s Literature Festival, The Ropetackle, Shoreham by Sea, Fri 8 – Sun 10 Nov
Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham is this weekend hosting writers to inspire kids of all ages. Events include free storytelling from well-loved characters, Emily Gravett’s Meercat Christmas; Simon Tyler with real stories from his Adventures on Earth and Rebecca Stevens talking to young sports fans about Lily & The Rockets. For adults, writers and broadcaster Michael Rosen will be explaining why we need more play in our lives and Guardian journalist Stewart Heritage will talk about his Bedtime Stories for Worried Liberals. It all wraps up with a ‘snowy’ family finale performance on the last day. Full programme on link.
Lewes Festival of Solo Theatre, Lewes New School, Fri 8, Sat 9 and Sun 10
Some of the best theatre I have seen has been one person shows and here’s a whole festival of them. Get down to Lewes New School for three days of shows to amuse, inspire and move you, including the excellent exploration of Alzheimers And Before I Forget I Love You, I Love You by Pip Utton (Sat 9 Nov).
Macbeth, Connaught Theatre, Worthing, Fri 8 & Sat 9 Nov
Award-winning theatre company Proteus presents a highly physical re-imagining of Shakespeare’s Macbeth as a corporate thriller. Set in London during the stock market crash of 1987 and against the backdrop of the ‘greed is good’ culture of 1980s, it transports the action from a Scottish castle to the trading room floor and with an ethnically diverse cast. Tickets from £17.50.
The Girl on the Train, Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne, Mon 4 – Sat 9 Nov
The book by Paula Hawkins was a total page turner, then came the film and now there’s a stage play to complete the trio, starring Samantha Womack (Eastenders, Game On, Kingsman). Critics have raved about the show, and even if you already know the story of unreliable narrator Rachel Watson and her obsession with her past life and people she’s glimpsed from the train, apparently there are still plenty of surprises in the play. Tickets from £22.
Family Day for Black History Month, Brighton Museum, Sat 9 Nov
As part of Black History Month there’s a family-friendly day of fun activities at Brighton Museum with creative workshops, live music and storytelling supported by Brighton & Hove Black History Group and Brighton Dome & Festival. Find out abut the rescued slave who came to Kemptown and get a head wrap in the latest style.
Seafood & Wine Dinner, The Cat Inn, West Hoathly, Tues 12 Nov
Double Muddy award-winning The Cat Inn is a perfect cosy spot for these colder months but that doesn’t have to mean heavy food. This special seafood dinner night is a multi course affair celebrating fishy fare, from canapes through a smoked mackerel starter to brill with a courgette and lemon risotto then dessert and tea and coffee. Best of all, each course is matched to a wine. £75 per person.
CINECITY, various venues, Brighton, Hove, Lewes, Fri 8 – Sun 17 Nov
For two weeks every November, CINECITY brings the best in world cinema to the South Coast with a festival programme of premieres and previews, artists’ cinema and installations, treasures from the archive, live soundtracks, talks and special events.
There are screenings at various Brighton cinemas plus Depot in Lewes.
Time and Time Again, Matthews Yard, Croydon, Fri 8 Nov
See six short plays back-to-back in one evening – like a mini fringe festival in one sitting. This event showcases new writing from five Sussex and Surrey writers, on the theme of past, present and future, staged by the Pitchy Breath Theatre Company. The writers (all women) won a competition for plays of up to 25 minutes that was run as part of Horsham Year of Culture. Subjects include a couple writing their wedding speeches, the coming back together of four estranged friends and deliberations on taking back an ex. It’s been in Brighton and Crawley, has sold out in Horsham for Sat but you can still catch it in Croydon on the Fri 8 Nov.
Lee Mead: My Story, The Royal Hippodrome, Eastbourne, Fri 8 Nov
West End leading man Lee Mead will be spilling the beans on his whirlwind life since he played Joseph in the Andrew LLoyd Webber musical. Wicked, Legally Blond, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and more followed and now he plays Lofty Chiltern in Casualty and Holby City. Join Lee accompanied by a grand piano and pianist for backstage tales and that lovely singing voice. Tickets are £25 – £60, the pricier options involving a meet and greet.
Fireworks Nights, various locations, various dates until Sun 24 Nov – Muddy round-up
Missed the fireworks over the last week? Fear not there are still plenty on this weekend and right through the month including a host of ancient bonfire society processions. Scroll down our round-up of 20+ displays in Sussex, arranged in date order. Rye, Chaliey, Willingdon, Steyning and Brighton all have displays on the 8th and 9th.
Russell’s Kane, The White Rock Theatre, Hastings/Brighton Dome, Sat 9 Nov/Sun 24 Nov
TV’s Russell’s Kane brings the second leg of his The Fast and The Curious tour to Sussex. The comedian will be at The White Rock Theatre in Hastings on Sat 9 November and Brighton Dome on Sun 24 Nov. He’s also coming up in Croydon.
Worthing Ice Rink, Steyne Gardens, Worthing, 9 Nov – 23 Feb
Worthing’s Steyne Gardens pop-up is back and fully covered in a giant marque so you can skate whatever the weather. Regular sessions are for over-fours, while toddlers can get on the ice too in special weekday sessions helped by penguins for balance. There are even six week children’s skating courses and private lessons by arrangement.You can warm up with hot drinks and snacks in the café and even use the venue to host a children’s party. Different prices for peak and off peak.
Blood Brothers, White Rock Theatre, Hastings, Tues 12 – Sat 16 Nov
When I was in my 20s I went through a musical binge stage and this was one of my favourites. It’s still going, quite a <cough> few years later and it’s now on tour. Willy Russell (also of Shirley Valentine fame) penned this tragi-comic tale which follows twins separated at birth and living very different lives. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll get some serious ear-worms. Tickets are from £23.50. It’s also coming up at Eastbourne in December.
Chichester Festival Theatre, Wed 13 – Sat 23 Nov
You’ve no doubt seen the heart warming film about the ladies who bared all for a famous WI charity calendar. Now get the same feel-good laughs from the musical version – written by Gary Barlow and Tim Firth. Tickets from £10.
Hundred Watt Club, The Old Market, Hove, Fri 15 Nov
Pop the champagne and join Hundred Watt Club for a glittering evening of vintage-inspired entertainment, featuring neo-burlesque, circus, vaudeville and comedy. 18+ Tickets are £16.
Pop-up Ice Rink, Royal Pavilion, Brighton, Sat 2 Nov – 19 Jan
Yes, you can already get your skates on in Sussex. Colourfully lit by night, the onion domes of Brighton Pavilion back the city’s seasonal ice rink – this year powered entirely by wind and solar energy. The large covered cafe/bar terrace opens till late, with mulled wine and burgers and the like available. There’s no charge for spectating from here if you just want the atmosphere. Kids get a separate mini rink with penguin skating aids.
British Wildlife Photography Awards, Bodiam Castle, Sat 5 Oct – Sun 5 Jan 2020
It’s the 10th anniversary of the British Wildlife Photography Awards and now’s the chance to see this always stunning exhibition in Sussex in the lovely setting of Bodiam Castle until 5 Jan.
Flights of Fancy: the Wondrous World of Quentin Blake, Nymans, Haywards Heath, Sat 26 Oct onwards
Leap into a fantasy world with a new exhibition of work from legendary illustrator, Sir Quentin Blake at the National Trust property Nymans. His quirky pictures have graced Roal Dahl books and this set accompanied his own stories The Story of the Dancing Frog and The Green Ship. Inspired by the exhibition froggy sculptures will be taking over the garden this Christmas, while in the new year wellness events will tie in with Quentin’s work for hospitals. Free with admission.
The Butterfly Lion, by Michael Morpurgo, Minerva Theatre, Chichester, 5 Oct – Fri 15 Nov
This new adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s best-selling, award-winning premieres at Chichester’s Minerva Theatre. When Bertie is sent away from the African farm where he grew up to school in England he leaves behind his mother and his best friend – a white lion he rescued as a cub. Music, design and puppetry combine in a magical adventure. There are also talks connected with the show on Thurs 10 Oct and Mon 28 Oct. Tickets are from £15.
An Evening of Eric and Ern, The Capitol, Horsham, Tues 19 – Wed 20 Nov
There was a time when the Morecambe & Wise Christmas Show was watched by millions. Now the late comedians’ best sketches are being resurrected in this live show that getting great reviews. I can’t believe no one’s thought of this before! It’s at Horsham on the 19 and 20 Nov. Tickets are £23.50 (concessions £20).
Brighton Food & Beer Tour, various Brighton locations, Sat 23 Nov
What’s better than getting the inside track on some of Brighton’s best indie eateries and scoffing along the way? Doing it with beer in the mix! The excellent, Muddy tried and tested, Brighton Food Tours has a special Food & Beer Tour coming up on Sat 23 Nov in conjunction with experts Beer & Brew. Tickets are £50. It’s coming round again in March so a good one to gift a voucher for for Xmas. Regular food tours (£45) run Fridays and Saturday year-round.
Xmas wreath making, Artisan Bakehouse, Ashurst, Thurs 28 Nov and Wed 11 Dec
There are just a couple of places left on the Xmas wreath making workshops at Artisan Bakehouse this month ( 28 Nov and 11 Dec) – one with afternoon tea and Prosecco, one with lunch. There’s also a chance to make festive table decorations on 12 Dec.