Summer Season launches at Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne





The Summer Season brochure from Eastbourne’s Devonshire Park Theatre is about to hit door mats; packed with a selection of shows from out of this world musical’s, chilling thrillers which’ll keep audiences on the very edge of their seats and one night only shows.

The production team that brought last year’s hit One Man Two Guvnors are proud to present this summer’s hottest show –  Return to the Forbidden Planet (9 August to 1 September); the Rock n Roll musical roars into Eastbourne for a tantalising season.

This Oliver award winning cult-hit joyously trail blazed the start of juke-box musicals which have since become a staple in musical theatre. Packed with Rock ’n’ Roll classics from the 50’s and 60’s, it is the ideal summer treat for all ages.

The West End and Broadway smash hit which is as light and bouncy as bubblegum Hairspray (2 – 7 July) makes it’s Devonshire Park debut which is sure to be a wonderful setting for this smash-hit musical comedy juggernaut. It’s a feel-great night packed with irresistible songs and perfect for the whole family – starring Brenda Edwards (X Factor, Chicago).

Dial M for Murder (12 – 21 July), the play that inspired the Alfred Hitchcock movie is full of twists and turns and will keep audiences guessing until the final breath-taking climax. This exceptional mystery thriller is produced by Phil&Ben Productions the team behind Don’t Dress for Dinner and was written by Wait Until Dark’s Fredrick Knott.

There are chills with The Nightmare Room (26 – 30 June) a modern twist on a short story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, locked in an unknown room Helen awakes, bound and gagged and she is forced to play a terrifying game of Russian Roulette – but there are secrets that abound in this nerve jangling game of cat and mouse.

Opera returns to the Devonshire Park with Puccini’s glorious and heart-breaking Madama Butterfly (14 September) and Verdi’s tragic Parisian morality tale La Traviata (15 September).


The original man in black Johnny Cash is celebrated in acclaimed tribute The Johnny Cash Roadshow (19 June) which returns to Eastbourne after a storming performance last year.

Celebrated icons from the small screen are reunited live onstage as Des O’Connor and Jimmy Tarbuck (20 June) perform together for one night only at the Devonshire Park in a show which promises music, laughter and lots of anecdotes from legendary careers.

There’s fun for little ones with a live stage show from The Teletubbies (5 – 6 September) and May half term welcomes a visit from the classic Alice in Wonderland (30 – 31 May) which has been wonderfully reimagined for the stage in this hilarious new family musical.

This is but a selection of highlights from a packed season; for a full breakdown see what’s on or down the brochure at, if you are on the theatres mailing list the brochure will be on your doormat soon, to have one posted call the box office on 01323 412000 or pick up a programme from local outlets.