What’s On in Sussex this June
All being well, all restrictions lift this month so make the most of your freedom with all the comedy, theatre and outdoor festivals on offer in Sussex this June.
Horrible Histories – Barmy Britain, The Capitol, Horsham, 2-3 June
If you’ve caught Horrible Histories on CBBC you’ll know what a riot it is – if only history lessons were like that in Muddy’s day. This live show by the Birmingham Stage Company is full of the same slapstick humour and fascinating stories. Guaranteed to entertain the whole family and it’s totally educational to boot.
Concerts in the Park, Oaklands Park, Chichester, 3-6 June
To celebrate the reopening of Chichester Festival Theatre, which kicks off the season with South Pacific, a host of BBC presenters and West End stars will compere a weekend of open-air entertainment. Expect uplifting musical performances and a whistlestop tour of faves like The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel and Stevie Wonder, as well as numbers from hit shows The Greatest Showman and Jersey Boys. Dress floral to celebrate. Social distancing in operation. There’ll also be Family Fun in the Park from 4-6 June, featuring storytelling, puppetry and a dance-along.
Daniel Sloss – HUBRIS, Pavilion Theatre, Worthing, 4 June & Brighton Dome, 19 June
This is an all-new show from Scottish comedy star Daniel Sloss, following the record-breaking success of his last global smash hit, Daniel Sloss – X. Daniel’s sold out six New York solo off-Broadway seasons and is responsible for Netflix smashes DARK and Jigsaw. The latter’s been credited with more than 95k breakups and 200 divorces world-wide. No wonder he’s described as ‘deliciously dark’ by the Mail on Sunday. Head to the Pavilion Theatre to find out what all the fuss is about. Also at Brighton Dome on Sat 19 June.
Mr Stink, Brighton Open Air Theatre, 4-6 June
Another guaranteed crowd-pleaser for families, this time at the lovely Brighton Open Air Theatre, which came into its own last year when all other venues faltered. This performance of David Walliams’ book sees young Chloe befriend a very smelly homeless man, and his dog Duchess. This extraordinary friendship takes them to the heady heights of Downing Street. Great for a heart-warming half term day out.
Krater Comedy Club, Komedia, Brighton, Saturdays through June
Brighton’s Saturday night comedy is back! Throughout June, Komedia will welcome a host of hilarious household names to its iconic Krater Comedy Club, including panel show fave and Edinburgh regular Marcus Brigstocke, BBC New Comedy winner Angela Barnes and international star Dana Alexander among others. It’s fantastic to see this brilliant and well-established venue open again. Always a winner, let the lols commence.
Squid Fieldwords Tour, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, Wed 9 June
It’s been a while since any of us heard live music. This special performance from Brighton-based Squid is a fantastic opportunity to hear their new material before they head off on a UK-wide tour with their new album Bright Green Field. Billed as ‘a band with no rules’ by none other than the New Yorker and ‘exhilarating punk-funk’ by the Guardian. One for the musos.
The Bloody Chamber, Pavilion Theatre, Worthing, Fri 11 June
Just what are little girls made of? In The Bloody Chamber, Angela Carter re-tells some of the most famous folk and fairy tales in Western culture through an erotic and feminist lens. These dark fantasies are performed here by an all-female cast using circus skills, physical theatre and a haunting soundtrack. This promises to be heady, exciting and surprisingly humorous.
South of England Show, Ardingly, 11-13 June
It’s back and better than ever! This year the South of England Show runs over three days, to cater for the demand from its devoted audience. The perfect family day out, the show features the beloved livestock parades, heaps of shopping and stalls, delicious food and drink from local suppliers plus a brand new Grape & Grain zone featuring local microbreweries and vineyards, country and outdoor activities and loads more. Here’s six reasons why you should be booking your ticket now.
Joel Dommett & Friends, The Capitol, Horsham, Fri 11 June
Widely agreed to be one of the most exciting and energetic performers around, Joel has the likes of I’m A Celeb and a stand-up special for Netflix’s global comedy event Comedians of the World on his CV. Oh yeah and he’s a bestselling author too. Catch this multitalented comedian at the Capitol this month, with supporting guests to be announced.
Summer Comedy Festival at Brighton Open Air Theatre, 11 – 27 June
BOAT welcomes a host of household name comedians this June, including Sara Pascoe (above), Russell Howard and Zoe Lyons among others. A range of solo and mixed-bill shows means there’s something for all comic tastes.
Archaeology Walks 2021, Worthing Museum & Gallery, June dates
A lovely excuse to take in some of the most fascinating and beautiful sites in Sussex including Cissbury Ring, pictured, and Chanctonbury Ring. Worthing Museum’s resident archaeologist James will lead the walks and bring along genuine artefacts from the sites to give people the opportunity to handle them in the location in which they were originally found.
Big Dog Walk, Borde Hill Garden, Sun 13 June
Take Fido on a doggy date exploring the beautiful Borde Hill Garden near Haywards Heath, and meet new friends while you’re there. Choose from a 2k, 5k or 10k route, and enjoy a coffee and snack at the doggy event village full of four-legged fun including a fun dog show and Dogstacle Course. The perfect way to celebrate your furry best friend.
The Tempest, Hawth Amphitheatre, Crawley, Wed 16 June
Muddy saw a production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest at the Hawth amphitheatre some 18 years ago and it was so magical it has stayed in the memory ever since. Here’s your chance to enjoy what’s thought to be the Bard’s last play, the story of Prospero’s plot to take revenge on his brother Antonio and the host of characters involved. Choral sea shanties bring the performance to life. Great for all the family and a perfect intro to Shakespeare for the younger ones.
Bromance, Minerva Theatre, Chichester, 17-19 June
A new performance from the groundbreaking Barely Methodical Troupe, Bromance celebrates camaraderie and affection with physical heroics, from handshakes to handstands and backslaps to backflips. Perfect for fans of physical theatre and dance, from a company that has drawn rave reviews and gasps of shock and awe. Prepare to be amazed.
Cuckfield Music Festival, Cuckfield, 17-20 June
Over the course of four days, five current or former Cuckfield residents will perform at Holy Trinity Church in Cuckfield. From a lunchtime recital from modern and classical saxophonist Hannah Corcoran to an evening of jazz from Julie Roberts, Michael Hinton and Terry Pack, these concerts will showcase the brilliant local, world-class talent of Cuckfield thanks to patron Katie Derham of BBC arts.
Funny Women, Komedia, Brighton, Fri 18 June
The Funny Women awards, running since 2003, have established themselves as a launchpad for many talented performers. This year, 2020 runners-up Mary O’Connell and Eryn Tett will join winner Izzy Askwith – who describes herself as ‘low energy, deadpan, quite weird’ – for a superb showcase of female comedy talent.
Lesley Garrett In Concert, The Capitol, Horsham, Sun 20 June
Britain’s best loved soprano, Lesley Garrett MBE, will perform a range of songs at this unique concert at The Capitol. With an astounding 16 solo albums to her name, as well as performances in high-profile musicals like The Sound of Music and Carousel, on top of a stint as Principal Soprano with the English National Opera, she’ll have plenty of material to draw from.
Shipley Idyll, Findon Place, Fri 25 June
This live concert from the Bernardi Music Group will feature the 2020 commission Shipley Idyll, written by Sussex composer Paul Lewis to mark Shipley Arts Festival. This will be the first time the piece has been performed to a live audience, and will feature Andrew Bernardi on violin. The programme also features works from Elgar and Mendelssohn. A stunning setting for an evening of beautiful classical music.
Eastbourne Feastival, Hampden Park, 25-27 June
One of the first events to have no social distancing measures in place (assuming all goes ahead on June 21), this is your opportunity to celebrate freedom with a weekend of live music, delicious food and drink and a party atmosphere at Eastbourne’s Hampden Park. This family-friendly festival will feature the UK and Europe’s best tribute bands as well as a kids’ area with a funfair, bouncy castle, stalls and rides, and the UK’s biggest mobile bar. Children under 16 go free.
Go West & T’Pau, Congress Theatre, Eastbourne, 30 June
The 80’s are calling. Celebrate the return of live theatre with these two icons of the best decade around (and coincidentally, the decade of Muddy’s birth) at Eastbourne’s Congress Theatre. If you don’t know the lyrics to King of Wishful Thinking, from the Pretty Woman soundtrack, by heart were you even alive in the 80s?