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Your small but perfectly-formed curated guide to all the entertainment this week - castles, comedy, foodie fun and more! Mon 7 - Sun 13 Sept

Bodiam Castle, Bodiam, from Mon Sep 7

What’s that creaking we hear? Why, it’s the doors of Bodiam castle being flung wide open once more! That’s right, this National Trust gem is once again open for business from this week. As with all NT venues, you’ll need to book your timed entry slot online. Bodiam Castle has all the key ingredients –  spiral staircases, battlements, portcullis and a surrounding moat with a ruined interior that will fire up anybody’s imagination. The tearoom is currently open weekends only. Appetite for castles whetted? Check out our pick of the best to visit across Sussex.

Notflix, The Warren Outdoor, Brighton, Thur 10 Sept

This lot, an all-female lineup and live band, are billed as ‘The Spice Girls of improv’. Musical suggestions from the audience are improvised alongside a live band in a big, glittery stiletto of uncynical joy. This show has raked in the awards and sold out over the country, including at the all-important Edinburgh Fringe. High quality, highly silly entertainment on Brighton beach.

NT Encore: Fleabag, The Capitol, Horsham, Fri 11 Sept

Where it all began! The hilarious, award-winning one-woman show by Phoebe Waller-Bridge that inspired the BBC TV series and subsequent Fleabag Mania (nobody mention the priest), in its entirety. Fleabag might seem oversexed, emotionally unfiltered and self-obsessed but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Find out what all the fuss was about, or relieve it, at The Capitol.

Twelfth Night, Brighton Open Air Theatre, Fri 11 Sept

Critically-acclaimed Pantaloon Theatre Company bring their interpretation of a Shakespeare classic to BOAT this Friday. It’s brilliant family-friendly fun with heaps of music, mayhem and audience participation. You’ll laugh your pantaloons off.

Romesh and Friends, The Hawth Amphitheatre, Crawley, Fri 11 Sept

Straight outta Crawley!Household name, star of The Reluctant Landlord, bestselling author and bona fide Crawley lad Romesh Ranganathan will host an evening of comedy with friends at the Hawth’s amphitheatre. The former maths teacher is known for his unique brand of cynicism, and his postponed tour is one of the most hotly anticipated of 2021 – you never know, you might get a sneak preview of it here!

Komedia’s Krater Comedy Club at the Beach, Brighton, Sat 12 Sept

Komedia’s resident MC Stephen Grant introduces panel show faves Rachel Parris and Marcus Bridgestocke for a night of stand-up at Brighton’s best-loved comedy night.

Al Murray’s Lockdown Lock-In, Brighton Open Air Theatre, Sat 12 Sept

Given that so few venues are currently able to host entertainment, the ones that can (such as BOAT in Hove and other outdoor venues) are welcoming some seriously high-calibre talent. On Saturday Al Murray will bring new material from The Pub Landlord to Brighton. No word on whether his usual technique of soaking the front row in lager during his performance is deemed Covid-friendly, but this is guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser regardless. Al’s been bantering and swigging away in character for 20 years now, doesn’t that make you feel old?

John Brockliss Exhibition, West Pier Centre, Brighton, until Jan

Running until January, this solo photography exhibition features work in colour and monochrome capturing the marine landscape, from the wild Scottish Atlantic coast to right here in Sussex. This exhibition, entitled Shoreline, features more than 30 original prints.

Steyning Food & Drink Festival, Sat 5 Sept – Fri 2 Oct, various dates and venues

Four weeks of foodie events, offers and competitions in Steyning in a celebration of local artisan produce. The packed programme includes farmers’ markets, chocolate tasting, apple juicing, stargazing, open breweries, walks and cream teas at The Artisan Bakehouse and much more. Many events are free, but all require registration and tickets to enable social distancing.

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