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25 Jan - 2 Feb

Comedy Night, The George in Rye, Fri 26 Jan 

Comedy and curry – sounds like a winning combination to me. Boutique hotel The George in Rye has a comedy night this Fri headlined by Carey Marx with Paul F Taylor as support and Ravi Holy compering. Tickets are £10 in advance or, for £15 you also get a Thai green curry.

Edible Engineering, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, Sat 27 Jan 

A drop-in kids’ activity creating structures out of chocolate and sweets  – question is, will the props last long enough for the buildings to get higher than a bungalow? It’s £2 on the door and runs 11.00am – 3.00pm.

The Sound of Black Uhuru (1977-1985), Mykal Rose & Ben Russell & The Charmers, Komedia, Brighton, Wed 31 Jan  

A member of Grammy award-winning Black Uhuru, this acclaimed Jamaican singer Mykal Rose is coming to Brighton for one night only. His vocals influenced a whole musical style called the Waterhouse Sound after the Kingston suburb where he was born. Ben Russell and the Charmers meanwhile blend Australian and European influences in their brand of Roots Reggae. Tickets are £16.50.

Modigliani, Tate Modern, London, until 2 April 2018

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


The Snowman, Theatre Royal, Brighton, Wed 24 – Sun 28 Jan

Birmingham Repertory Theatre bring to life the classic Raymond Briggs story in a magical show that’s somehow been going for twenty years! Tickets are from £22.90. Altogether now, “we’re walking in the air…”

 Jungle Book, Chichester Festival Theatre, 25 Jan – 3 Feb 

An inventive new production of the well-loved Jungle Book tale is coming to Chichester for a short run, with new songs in the mix. It’s adapted by the Olivier Award-winning Jessica Swale, directed by Max Webster who’s also worked at the Old Vic, with music by Joe Stilgoe. Tickets are from £10.

Lewes Youth Theatre Group: The Legend of Robin Hood, Lewes Little Theatre, 26 – 28 Jan and 2 – 4 Feb 2018

Putting a modern spin on the legend of Robin Hood, Lewes Youth Theatre Group performs this production written by American dramatist and screenwriter Larry Blamire. They promise nail-biting sword fights, wise-cracking merry men, a fesity Marion and new-fangled twists. Matinees and evening performances run across  2 – 4 Feb 2018. Tickets are £8 adults, £6 children.

War Horse, Brighton Centre, Thurs 25 Jan – Sat 10 Feb 

The wait is over for the Brighton run of War Horse and  there are still some tickets left for weekdays during its run at the Brighton Centre. The outstanding National Theatre production is based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo and features those incredible, life-size puppets of the horses you must have seen on telly. I took my mum to see it in London and it really is as good as the hype. It’s suitable for older children upwards and tickets are from £22.30. See a review by Muddy Oxon here.

Drink More Fizz, Old Chapel Centre, Alfriston, Sat 3 Feb 

Drink More Fizz? Well I don’t need telling twice. Actually it’s the name of a new book from Jonathan Ray, drinks editor of The Spectator and in conjunction with Much Ado Books he’s hosting a ‘drinks party with a bit of chat about champagne’ with five servings of the good stuff. The event is £12.50, the book will also be available at a discount on the night. Event proceeds benefit the library at Ringmer Academy which Much Ado supports through it’s fine Prospero’s Project charity.


Clangers, Bagpuss & Co, Sissinghurst Castle Gardens, near Cranbrook, Kent, until Sun 4 Feb 

I spent a happy hour or so getting all nostalgic at this V&A Museum of Childhood exhibition when it was on in London (see my post here). Now it is just over the border in Kent – where creators Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin actually created their wonderful stop animation programmes. Yes, you get to see the real Bagpuss, Clangers, artwork from Ivor the Engine and much more. Catch it before it moves on.


Into the Wild, Wild Winter Warmer, Forest Row, near East Grinstead, 16 – 18 Feb 

Not many festivals going on in Feb yet the Wild Winter Warmer at Emerson College at Forest Row, is billed as a chance to come together in the heart of winter with music, storytelling, dance, song, meditation, yoga and much more. It’s booze-free so you’ll getting into the spirit in a more figurative way.  You can camp if you’re hardy, or share a heated yurt. There are also rooms available in the college. Early bird tickets of £80 include all music and workshops.

Kite Runner, The Hawth, Crawley, Tues 20 – Sat 24 Feb

Based on Khaled Hosseini’s international bestselling novel, this is the story of friendship and redemption brought to the stage. In troubled Afghanistan two childhood friends are about to be torn apart following a terrible incident during a kite flying tournament. Take your hanky, it’s a weepy. Tickets are from £21.

Griff Rhys Jones: Where Was I?  Regis Centre, Bognor Regis, Sun 18 Feb and other venues

Best known for Not the Nine O’clock News and for being one half of Smith and Jones, Griff returns with anecdotes, reminiscences and outright lies from forty years of travelling. Tickets are £18.50 at Bognor on 18 Feb then £18 in Hove on 27 Feb and £15 on 9 March in at Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells.

Paul Gascoigne: My Life in My Own Words, Pavilion Theatre, Worthing, Fri 27 April

Last few tickets left for Gazza’s autobiographical show in Worthing. The former England footballer helped take us as far as the semi-finals back in 1990 and famously cried on the pitch when he was sent off during the match. More recently he’s struggled with alcoholism. Looks set to be an interesting night. Tickets are £35.

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