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What’s On this week in Sussex

Mon 27 July - Sun 2 Aug

Cinema at The Capitol, Horsham

This week at The Capitol, roll up for the last in the Star Wars saga Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker. Muddy’s yet to catch the conclusion to the epic series, although you’d be hard pushed to beat Return of the Jedi in our humble opinion. Also showing on the big screen this week are stiff-upper-lipped period drama Downton Abbey, family fave Hugh Jackman – sorry – The Greatest Showman, musical Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (my my, how can you resist it?) and French historical romance Portrait of a Lady on Fire which is bound to be super classy, and promises to ‘explore the power of the female gaze’. We’re in. There’s also classics like Flash Gordon 4K and 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Cinema at Dome Cinema, Worthing

Head to Worthing this week to catch flicks ranging from Ridley Scott’s original masterpiece Alien (we challenge anybody to watch *that* John Hurt scene and not scream) to family fun with Sonic the Hedgehog and the Dreambuilders. Also showing this week are sci-fic classic The Matrix and the dramatic and star-packed 1917, directed by former Mr Kate Winslet, Sam Mendes.

Glorious Goodwood At Home, ITV1, Tue 28 July – Sat 1 Aug

Enjoy all the drama, action and excitement from Glorious Goodwood, which is taking place this week. Five races a day will be televised on ITV1 and on the Saturday the first race meeting in front of an actual crowd will take place. Only members from Goodwood Horseracing Club are invited – book online if that’s you – and all public viewing spaces are closed. Those keen to get involved are urged to create their own experience at home, dress up and enjoy the day with a free downloadable pack from Goodwood – but asked not to congregate near the racecourse at public viewing areas.

Summer Exhibition at Shoreham Art Gallery, until July 31

Last chance to catch this month-long exhibition at Shoreham Art Gallery, featuring paintings, photography, sculpture, ceramics, glasswork, jewellery and much more by local artists. All the work is inspired by the surrounding area, from the rolling hills of the South Downs to the coast. A different artist will feature each day and work will be available to buy.

Joe Stilgoe, Fri 31 July, Brighton Open Air Theatre

Internationally acclaimed singer, pianist and songwriter Joe Stilgoe has topped the jazz charts with four of his seven albums and toured the world with his band and as a solo act. During lockdown he started a series of online shows from the bottom of his garden, Stilgoe in the Shed, which attracted more than 100,000 viewers worldwide. He’s recognised as one of the best singer-pianists in the world so this should be an entertaining evening full of wit and style.

Stand-up at Brighton Open Air Theatre, Sat 1 Aug

A great roundup for a night of comedy – with no interval, to aid social distancing. Enjoy wisecracks from Seann Walsh (Strictly Come Dancing, Live at the Apollo), Rachel Parris (Mock The Week, The Guilty Feminist) and Marcus Brigstocke (Have I Got News For You, The Now Show). It’s panel-show faves all round, which means you’re guaranteed a giggle. Local MC Stephen Grant, of Krater Comedy, will compere.

Oye Santana, Trading Boundaries, Sheffield Green, Sat 1 Aug

This is the second of Trading Boundaries’ series of open-air, socially distanced concerts. Last week’s was an instant sell-out and went down a storm, so this should be just as good. There are still a few tickets available for this festival of Latin music, billed as more of a party than a concert. Make sure you read the small print on the website to comply with social distancing and C-19 safety measures.

Drive-in cinema, various venues, various dates

Catch the big screen action in the socially distanced comfort of your own car. This week, Loxwood Drive-In Movies is showing Grease, Mamma Mia and Bohemian Rhapsody. Secret Cinema at Goodwood has The Hunger Games, Frozen, The Lion King and Star Wars: A New Hope on the billing, among others. Catch Grease also at the Dusk and Duchy Drive-In at the Toat Cafe, Pulborough. Meanwhile at the South of England Showground you can catch Joker and The Goonies as well as some drive-in comedy on Sat 1 Aug.

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