What’s On this week in Sussex
Mon 24 Feb - Sun 1 March
Rye Bay Scallop Week, various Rye eateries, Sat 22 Feb – Sun 1 March
One of my fave foods has a festival all to itself with special menus, cookery demos and live music. Many pubs and restaurants in and near Rye will be involved. Check out your feasting options on the link.
An Inspector Calls, Theatre Royal Brighton, Tues 25 – Sat 29 Feb
A peaceful family dinner party is shattered by the arrival of an inspector, claiming to be looking into the death of a young woman. Who is responsible? As it turns out, there’s a lot more to this investigation – and inspector – than meets the eye. Full of heart-thumping tension and dramatic irony, this multi-award winning production has already had a sell-out London season and American tour.
Holy Trinity School, The Wizard of Oz, Capitol Theatre, Horsham, Wed 26 – Sat 29 Feb
Catch West End superstars of the future in Holy Trinity School’s performance of the classic tale of Dorothy, her red shoes, and the old man behind the curtain. Holy Trinity’s previous production, We Will Rock You, saw several cast members go on to be accepted at top London performing arts colleges. This production should be just as good, and features support from a live orchestra.
Russell Kane, The Fast and The Curious, Hawth Theatre, Crawley, Thu 27 Feb
The star of Live at the Apollo, BBC Three’s Stupid Man, Smart Phone and I’m A Celebrity….Get Me Out Of Here Now brings his latest show to The Hawth. Expect an energetic and hilarious motor through love, family and life – and expect this to sell out, so get in quick!
Rob Brydon, Songs and Stories, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, Thu 27 Feb
Well, it’s a bit of a big-hitters comedy fest in Sussex this week! Gavin and Stacey star Rob Brydon, one of the best-loved entertainers in the UK, will be at the De La Warr Pavilion for one night only with this intimate show, a mix of side-splitting comedy and toe-tapping tunes.
Rufus Wainwright with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, White Rock Theatre, Hastings, Fri 28 Feb
Highly acclaimed pop singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright stars with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in Feb as part of Hastings International Piano Festival.
Park Mill Celebration Day, Bateman’s, Burwash, Sat Feb 29
The historic Park Mill, housed at Rudyard Kipling’s home Bateman’s, re-opens today after a conservation project. There’ll be an introductory talk about the mill followed by a chance to see millers at work, and activities for children.
OperaUpClose – Madam Butterfly, Connaught Theatre Worthing, 29 Feb
Puccini’s classic opera is retold from a female East Asian perspective and transposed to 1980s Japan where traditional values collide with the start of a new digital age. The show is a great introduction to opera for a new audience as well as for seasoned fans of the genre. £22-£29.50
O’Hooley and Tidow, Gentleman Jack tour, Sallis Benney Theatre, Brighton, Sat Feb 29
This loveable Yorkshire folk duo have been propelled into the spotlight after penning the theme tune for BBC1/HBO’s drama Gentleman Jack. Their songwriting has been described by The Guardian as ‘exceptional’ and The Independent as ‘defiant, robust, northern, poetical, political folk music for the times we live in.’ Radio 6 Music also rates them. Find out what the fuss is about at Brighton’s Sallis Benney Theatre, tickets £20 (£16 concessions).
John Shuttleworth’s Back, The Old Market, Hove, Sat 29 Feb
Fictional singer-songwriter and radio presenter John Shuttleworth, the creation of comedian Graham Fellows, returns to regale audiences with an evening of his classic songs (plus new ones and hilarious ‘back’ stories), pausing only to reapply his deep heat rub. Go along to laugh, not cry, at the fact we’re all now at the age where jokes about bad backs are curiously relatable.
Big Beach Clean, Rye, Sat 29 Feb
Do your bit for nature with this new monthly litter-pick for the family, helping remove harmful plastics from the marine environment. Litter pickers and bags provided but bring gloves. Meet at Rye Harbour Discovery Centre at 10am. Perfect for environmental families and eco-conscious little ones.
Owl Pellet Workshop, Arundel WWT, Sun 1 Mar
This one’s perfect for youngsters who love all things fascinating but slightly gross. Owls eat their food whole, and then regurgitate the undigested bits in the form of pellets. This workshop will allow would-be naturalists to dissect a pellet from one of Arundel WWT’s resident barn owls, to see what woodland creatures have made up lunch! Grim, but curiously compelling.