Brighton Theatre: Our Top Ten Shows for August 2015
The weather has been glorious (sometimes) and there is a plethora of fantastic theatre to choose from this month, both inside and out! Let us help you decide what is a must see this sunny (hopefully) August!
Quentin Crisp: Naked Hope – Rialto Theatre
From a conventional Surrey upbringing to global notoriety via “The Naked Civil Servant”, Quentin Crisp was an extraordinary raconteur and wit. This much-acclaimed production, following a UK tour and off-West End season at the St. James Theatre, shows Quentin both in his beloved Chelsea flat as the 1970s dawned, and in his final years in his adopted New York, with the new millennium beckoning.
Date/Time: Fri 31st July – Sun 2nd August | 7.30pm
Duckie: Border Force – Brighton Dome
An immersive nightclub & disko-show about freedom of movement. Enter a globalised clubland where we confront xenophobia, challenge the idea of national identity and queer the borders. Get your Duckie passport and visit ‘Brazil’, ‘Russia’, ‘India’ & ‘China’… Back after the riotous Mods vs. Rockers last year, queer performance purveyors Duckie return to Brighton Dome with a brand new clubbing spectacular. Join them for a night of drinking, dancing, politics and performance!
Dates/Times: Sat 1st August | 9pm – 3am | Prices: £15
A Little Night Music – Brighton Little Theatre
This just had to be in my top ten as I am appearing in it myself! One of Sondheim’s most fantastic pieces, based on Ingmar Bergman’s comedy of errors, Smiles of a Summer Night, this is a hilarious, naughty, moving, poignant musical featuring some of his most classic songs, including The Miller’s Son and Send In The Clowns. Take it from me – this is not one to miss!
Dates/Times: Sat 1st – Sat 8th August | 7.45pm (Matinees 2.30pm Sat & Sun) | Price: £12.50
The Spooky Men’s Chorale – The Old Market
The Spooky Men’s Chorale hail from the Blue Mountains in Australia. This is their 6th outing to the UK since they began in 2001. This interesting and zany group use their incredible musical and vocal talent, along with some absolute silliness, to explore latter day masculinity! Guaranteed to be a fantastic night out!
Date/Time: Sun 2nd August | 7.30pm
Small Guy In A Big World – The Nightingale Room
A personal recommendation from me as a childhood friend and colleague is presenting an evening of his own fantastic music. Jude Obermuller, recently back from studying music in New York and the Royal Academy of Music in London, is now excited to share the selections of work that he is most proud of. Featuring some wonderful homegrown singers, this is a night not be missed.
Date/Time: Sun 2nd August | 6pm
The Dreamboys Overview – Theatre Royal
The boys are back…And this time with Gaz from Geordie Shore! The top UK male strip show returns to our beautiful Theatre Royal this month to prove why they are the only make strip group to have celebrity status! This is a 2 hour show packed full of muscle, music and magic and promises to leave you wanting more!
Date/Time: Wed 5th August | 7.45pm
Talking Heads – Theatre Royal
Alan Bennett’s fantastic collection of monologues, originally written for television, put him on the map as a master of observation and a fantastic comic writer. This is a rare chance to see three of these monologues ; A Cream Cracker Under The Settee (Stephanie Cole), A Chip In The Sugar (Karl Theobold) and A Lady Of Letters (Siobhan Redmond) and feel instantly uplifted!
Date/Time: Tues 11th – Sat 15th August 7:45pm (Matinees at 2.30pm Wed, Thurs & Sat) | Price: £11.90 – £37.90
The Eunuch – Brighton Open Air Theatre (BOAT)
Brought to you by Droll And Folly Theatre, the award winning creative partnership behind the highly acclaimed Festival Shakespeare Company, The Eunuch is a timeless, witty comedy that combines deceit, debauchery and sex. This piece explores the theme that human nature has been consistent through the ages, from 161 BC Ancient Rome to 2015 AD and the streets of Brighton and will be sure to entertain and amuse you!
Date/Time: Wed 12th – Sat 15th August | 7pm
Long Nose Puppets: Flyaway Katie – The Old Market
Our family pick this month, this is a touching story about the power of imagination, based on the popular children’s book by
Polly Dunbar. This show is recommended for ages 2 – 7 and is a magical adaptation of the story, all told by puppets of varying scales! In a lovely added twist, the children get to meet the puppets after the performance.
Date/Time: Sun 23rd August 11am & 2pm
Café de Chinitas – Rialto Theatre
This is a dance lovers’ dream! Cancion Gitana, an internationally acclaimed company of performers from Andaluica, present a fiery, passionate 100 minutes of dance, poetry, song and music, exploring the themes of Flamenco complete with vintage costumes, dazzling dancers and vibrant guitar.
Date/Time: 29th August | 7.30pm | Price: £15