Christmas Show Guide 2013
With Christmas/Noel/Xmas/day of eating too much chocolate fast approaching (hooray!) why not get into the festive mood by getting to one of the great variety of Christmas shows on offer across Brighton. There’s something for every taste from cabaret showcases to comedy nights, from live music to ghost story telling and even a few anti-Christmas shows for the humbugs out there! Here’s our highlights.
Cinders – Emporium Brighton
An amazing cast bring alive their bold interpretation of the much loved story of Cinderella, in her quest for love, fighting good over evil and suffering her insufferable Stepsisters Tho and Innit. Expect the expected: slapstick silliness, damsels in distress, wicked boo-able villains, stunning costumes, tear jerking songs, jaw dropping sets and awesome dance routines.
Thurs Nov 21st – Sat Jan 4th – 2pm & 7pm – From £14
Yuletide Tease – Proud Cabaret
For a merry vintage celebration which will leave you delighted and thoroughly entertained step into a festively decorated underground speakeasy! Be treated to award winning classical burlesque from a range of stars of the cabaret scene with enchanting fan dancing that will transport you back to the 1920s. Accompanying the burlesque expect to see breath taking acrobatics, comedy and variety performances, guaranteed to have a little something for your whole party.
Thurs 28th/Fri 29th/Sat 30th Nov – 7pm – 10.30pm
Thurs 5th, 12th, 19th/Fri 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th/Sat 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th Dec – 7pm – 10.30pm
£49pp includes 3 course meal
The Rainbow Chorus sings a magical mix of winter favourites and contemporary songs to warm your heart and soul. Guided by Aneesa Chaudhry our musical Director, we conjure a magical mix of winter favourites. Our songs will transport us across the plains of Africa with Toto, search for Somebody to Love with Queen and we will jingle our bells together on Santa’s sleigh.
Sat 30th Nov – Doors 7pm – Show 7.30pm – £12/£10 Conc
An intimate acoustic show featuring ESP rarities, Christmas classics, seasonal comfort food & drink, and support from the peerless Dancing Years. Featuring three sets: firstly a stripped down show by ‘Dancing Years’, secondly an acoustic-led ESP set featuring older songs, rarely played things, covers, and some special treats, and lastly a finale of Christmas songs and hymns. With mulled wine, homemade mince pies and other assorted Christmas luxuries.
Fri 6th Dec – 7pm – 10.30pm – £10 Advance
Christmas with the Sussex Symphony Orchestra – St. Bartholomew’s Church
Book early because this is the most popular concert in the SSO season. As a special seasonal treat we will be performing one of the most magical works in the Christmas repertoire, Hely-Hutchinson’s Carol Symphony. You’ll also get the chance to sing along loudly to carols, and make an important audience contribution to “The Twelve Days of Christmas”.
Sat 7th Dec – 3pm – £12 Adult/ £10 Concession/ £6 child/NUS
Christmas Joy with Brighton Goes Gospel – Hove Town Hall
Feel the joy of the Christmas season, enjoy some mulled wine and gospel-style carols, and have a great evening out with this passionate 120-strong choir. Led by the internationally renowned Gospel Choir Director Karen Gibson, accompanied by Musical Director Jason Thompson and the JT band, this eclectic and colourful mix of singers, promises to deliver a night of festive fun, gospel hits and dancing – full to the brim with Christmas Joy and seasonal cheer.
Sat 7th Dec – Doors 6.15pm/Show 7pm – £10 Adult/£8 Concession /£6 Child
The audience is promised an unforgettable night of songs, laughs and slightly premature celebration including classic favourites such as It’s Raining Men, The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year and a rather camp Christmas medley! Plus special guest Claire Sweeney!
Sat 7th Dec – 7.30pm – £18/£15/£10
Qukulele Christmas Show – Latest Music Bar
Following last year’s sell-out show, Brighton’s favourite (and only) queer ukulele band return with their own brand of mashups and mayhem to the Latest Music bar this holiday season. Banish those winter blues with some Hawaiian hilarity, seasonal silliness, special guests and songs old and new!…
Mon 9th Dec – Doors 7.30pm – £6 Advance
Hansel & Gretel – Brighton Unitarian Church
A Magical Adventure for all the Family! Quirky and engaging, Lantern Light’s charming re-telling of the classic fairy-tale will have you hunting for pebbles, clapping to the polka and singing along with the Forest Song! In a small village, deep in the Black Forest, things are not all as they seem when a handsome young woodcutter marries a mysterious woman.
Weds 11th Dec, Sat 14th Dec, Weds 18th Dec, Fri 20th Dec – 7pm – £8/£6
Mon 23rd Dec – 2pm & 7pm – £8/£6
Old time vaudevillian and tap dancer Sid Lester helped make Variety great; now he wants one last shot. With the help of his aspirational daughter Valerie, he conjures a Variety evening full of festive fun. As Sid’s old mucker, the avant-garde director Tadeusz Kantor once said, ‘what can be seen on stage is the act of creation, the process of memory, the fate of the artist and a work of art’.
Fri 13th Dec – Sat 14th Dec – 7:30pm – £12/ £10 concessions
That’ll Be the Day Christmas Special – Theatre Royal
Get ready for a party as the UK’s most successful touring Rock ‘n’ Roll production, the legendary That’ll Be the Day, returns with a brand new 2013 Christmas show. Trevor and the gang celebrate the festive season by bringing back the good times with all your favourite Christmas classics and hilarious comedy routines.
Fri 13th Dec – 7.45pm – Tickets from £20.90
Ghost Stories for Christmas – The Caroline of Brunswick
The practice of gathering around the fire at Christmastime to tell ghost stories was a popular Christmas tradition long before Dickens put pen to paper, the telling of ghost stories was once as much a part of Christmas as the turkey and Christmas tree is to us. “Blind Piper Productions” will be reviving this tradition in aid of “The Clocktower Sanctuary”, with an evening of mince pies, mulled wine and readings of classic ghost stories by MR James, Bram Stoker and Charles Dickens.
Sat 14th Dec – Doors 7pm / Performance 7.30pm – £10/£8
Someone has stolen Hattie’s prize winning Christmas pudding and with the help of the colourful characters the children must find the big baddie” Sing, shout, jump and bounce to this merry festive tale. Interactive family friendly original local theatre. For kids aged 3 – 11 yrs.
Sun 22nd Dec – 2pm – £5
A traditional annual production of ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas’. A fun evening with both traditional and more unusual musical choices, featuring Actually Gay Men’s Chorus and Actually Gay Women’s Chorus.
Mon 23rd Dec – 7.30pm – From £8
Scrooge – Brighton Centre
Don’t miss Ebenezer, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future and a whole host of Dickensian characters in the award winning, international smash hit musical SCROOGE! A heart-warming family story with stunning sets and costumes, specially created illusions by magician Paul Kieve (acclaimed for the magic effects in the Harry Potterfilms) and a fantastic musical score which features the Oscar nominated hit ‘Thank You Very Much’.
Mon 23rd Dec – Sat Jan 4th (Excluding 25th, 29th Dec and 1st Jan.) – 2pm & 7pm – From £19.50
Scamp Theatre presents: Pinocchio – The Old Market
An alternative to your Christmas Pantomime. Steve Tiplady, as Geppetto, uses the objects of a carpenter’s workshop to tell the tale of the puppet that wants to be a real boy, and the puppet-maker who wants to be a real father. Pinocchio is carved on stage, brushes become a fox and the shadow of two saws transforms into a giant shark.
Sat Dec 28th – Thurs Jan 2nd (Excludes Jan 1st) – 2pm-5pm – £8/£6 Concession
Anti Christmas shows
Bah! Humbuggers (or Dyke the Halls) – Emporium
Writer and performer Rose Collis will serve up a personally-prepared party platter of songs and stories and reveal the secret behind her famous pickled onions. Vg Lee, author, comedian and generally non-festive person, will be reading, talking and musing on just when she first realised she preferred cheese and pickled onion sandwiches to a turkey with all the trimmings.
Sun 1st & Mon 2nd Dec – Doors 7.30pm, show 8pm – £12/£10
Oedipuss in Boots – Upstairs at Three and Ten
Oedipuss In Boots is a new mother loving puntomime full of dark, twisted, adult humour, outrageous costumes, hilarious characters and far too much anthropomorphism for its own good. Fed up with the usual sickly-sweet family-friendly festive fare? Oedipuss In Boots is “a fantastically ridiculous, twisted alternative to your traditional Christmas pantomime”.
Sat 7th – Fri 13th Dec – 7.30pm – £11/£9
House of Grand Parade Presents: His Birthday – Blind Tiger Club
The one day of the year when you buy presents to give to everyone else but the person who’s birthday it is. HOGP cordially invite you to celebrate the birth of the big J.C. (He will be there in a manner of speaking, so look busy and a card wouldn’t hurt.) Dress Code: nativity, party frocks, Shirley Temple, clowns, magicians, birthday suits, nuns, vicars, menorahs, Sunday best, Christmas jumpers, Christmas pyjamas, anything festive! (elves will be denied entry.)
Thurs 12th Dec – Doors 8pm – Starts 9.30pm – £2 Before 9pm/£4 after