The Old Market
With a consistently excellent programme of live music, theatre, comedy and more, The Old Market (or TOM as it’s known) really is the go to venue if your looking for culture in Brighton and it’s not hard to see why when you realise that the venue is owned and managed by the people behind the global hit show STOMP who are Brighton residents themselves!
As an independent theatre, TOM has the freedom to be adventurous with their theatre programme and the selection really is second to none. Expect to see a huge range of high quality work across multiple disciplines which will appeal to all ages and cultures, with innovative storytelling using interesting techniques and new technologies.
TOM is also one of the best destinations for comedy in Brighton with big name comedians in the past including Michael McIntyre, Paul Merton, Miranda and Julian Clary to name but a few. TOM also nurtures new talent and is one of the best places to see upcoming comedians too so you can get in there before they hit the big time!
The live music programme at TOM is full of both emerging bands and old favourites. Previous acts have included Django Django,White Mink: Electro Swing Speakeasy, Ginger Baker, Alice Russell, Villagers, British Sea Power, Cerys Matthews and many more.
The bar at TOM is a modern yet cosy area to enjoy a pre-show tipple with reasonable prices and a good selections of beers, wines and spirits plus snacks. The space can be used as a venue itself for small events such as exclusive show previews and scratch nights. Just off of the bar you’ll also find an exhibition space which regularly hosts work from a variety of local and international artists.
TOM is included yearly in a variety of festivals such as Brighton Fringe (May), Brighton Digital Festival (September) and Brighton Comedy Festival (October) so expect to see lots of interesting shows during these times. Also be sure to check out their programme around Halloween and Christmas for some exciting events such as immersive club nights and cabaret extravaganzas!