Yesterday I went along to the Theatre Royal Brighton to learn about what delights they have in store for us during their Spring Season this year…the answer is…lots!
Whilst being treated to some delicious wine and nibbles on the stage of this glorious 208 year old theatre we were able to spend time talking to the incredibly friendly and enthusiastic staff about all of their forthcoming shows. I am incredibly impressed with the diverse programme they have to offer which really does seem to cater for everyone.
Firstly there are a rich variety of plays for us to look forward to. Kicking off with Agatha Cristie’s most famous of whodunnits ‘The Mousetrap’ next week (25-30 Jan) starring Louise Jameson recently seen in panto in Tunbridge Wells and if you do enjoy a good murder story, ‘The Perfect Murder’ (7-12 Mar) starring Eastenders Shane Ritchie and Jessie Wallace in the adaptation of Peter James’ thriller is sure to set your spine tingling.
The theatre is playing host to some cracking 5 star plays direct from the West End as well, ‘King Charles III’ was one of my top picks of last year with a wonderful performance at the Wyndham’s theatre in London (review here). Now on tour Robert Powell takes on the role of Prince Charles who upon the death of his mother finds himself at odds with Parliament.
A play I really hope to catch in April is the acclaimed ‘The Father’ starring Kenneth Cranham as a ex dancer beginning to suffer with dementia. The play has been described as an “unqualified triumph” and “flawless” by the national press.
Other plays include Noel Coward’s ‘Private Lives’ (1-6 Feb), ‘The Herbal Bed’, a play about William Shakespeare’s daughter by Peter Whelan, the classic ‘Of Mice and Men’ (19-23rd April) and ‘The End of the Rainbow’ starring Loose Woman Lisa Maxwell as Judy Garland in the tumultuous last few weeks of her life.
Musically we are in for a couple of treats as well, particularly if you love 70s music, ‘Jackie the Musical’ is a new show inspired by the 70s teen mag ‘Jackie’, described as a fun and feisty night out. Something tells me there will be lots of laughter at the theatre this April. The number 1 tribute band to the Eagles, The Illegal Eagles makes a one night stop on the 4th June as well.
For children there are 2 great shows definitely worth seeing. David Walliams’ book ‘Gangsta Granny’ has been brought to life by the Birmingham Stage Company and will be in Brighton 2-6 March. Many a child has been educated by the mad antics of the Horrible Histories team, you think they are crazy on TV – their stage show is just as cleverly written and enticing. Book to see either Groovy Greek or Incredible Invaders just after Easter.
There are many other highlights, Puccini’s Opera Tosca, Derren Brown, the Russian State Ballet of Siberia, the Circus of Horrors, (interview here), Jodie Prenger in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tell Me On a Sunday, Menopause the Musical, Pasha Kovalev (interview here) the list goes on. I repeat, something for everyone!
For further details of all the Theatre Royal Brighton’s programme and to book tickets please visit….