Brighton Theatre: Our Top Ten Shows for July 2015
The post-Fringe slump is over as summer love, pre Edinburgh Fringe excitement and Shakespeare fever hits Brighton this July. With so many fantastic productions to choose from, the lovely people at Apollo Productions have come to your rescue and picked their top ten Brighton Theatre shows this July to help you decide what to see this month.
Twelfth Night – Lewes Castle / Brighton Open Air Theatre
Having previewed at the wonderful Brighton Little Theatre in June, the BLT company are taking their show on the road to not one, but two open air venues – fingers crossed for sunshine! A hilarious and confusing Shakespeare classic, Twelfth Night will be given a 70s revamp and, as one of Brighton’s most longstanding theatre companies, celebrating 75 years in the city, we think it’s in very safe hands with BLT.
Dates/Times/Prices: Thurs 2nd – Sat 4th July (Lewes) | 7.30pm | £10
Thurs 9th – Sat 11th July (BOAT) 7pm | £10 / £35 family ticket
Judy – The Songbook of Judy Garland – Brighton Theatre Royal
Created by Arlene Phillips, this is the first officially recognised Judy Garland show in the world and features an all star line up including Ray Quinn, Louise Dearman and Judy Garland’s daughter Lorna Luft. Blessed by Judy Garland’s family, the show features never before seen footage of the star, telling the story of one of the greatest and most tragic stars of her time. A musical extravaganza that will captivate and move you.
Dates/Times/Prices: Tues 7th – Sat 11th July, 7.45pm (Matinee 2.30pm Thurs & Sat) | £10 – £35
Hairspray – Brighton Dome, Corn Exchange
Having performed myself with Brighton Theatre Group, it’s fantastic to see the youth company still going strong with their latest offering. On the surface, Hairspray is the sweet story of a slightly overweight girl who dreams of dancing on her favourite television show. The much deeper story though is that of racial segregation in Baltimore as the 50s change to the swinging 60s, and the amazing efforts of a group of forward thinking teenagers who want change.
Dates/Times/Prices: Tues 7th – Sat 11th July, 7.30pm (Matinee 2.30pm Thurs & Sat) | £15 – £23
The Spontaniacs – Dukebox Theatre
A homegrown Brighton-based comedy troupe, The Spotaniacs are bringing their wacky world of wonder to the gorgeous Dukebox Theatre once again. The entire performance is improvised on the spot and requires much audience participation so have your most weird and wonderful ideas at the ready and be prepared for much silliness and tomfoolery!
Date: Wed 8th July
Time/Price: 8pm | £5
The Journey Home – Brighton Dome, Studio Theatre
Our children’s recommendation for this month brought to you by Little Angel Theatre, sees Polar Bear setting off in search of a new home as the ice starts melting. Based on the book by award winning author Frann Preston-Gannon, the story is told through puppetry, music and transformative design and has been described as ‘a stunning piece of visual theatre.’
Date: Thurs 9th – Sat 11th July
Time/Price: 1.30 & 4.30pm Thurs, 10.30am & 1.30pm Fri, 11.30am & 2.30pm Sat |£5 – £7 / £22 family ticket
A Night At The Musicals with Jonny Woo and Le Gateau Chocolat – Marlborough Theatre
I’m delighted to be able to recommend this, one of my oldest friends, Olivier winning star of La Clique and La Soiree, Le Gateau Chocolat, along with drag icon Jonny Woo. Together they will be bringing you their very own twist on all your favourite musicals, and possibly some that they just make up as they go, all set in the wonderful and intimate Marlborough Theatre. Not one to be missed!
Date: Thurs 9th July | Time/Price: 8pm | £5 – £7
And Then There Were None – Brighton Theatre Royal
The Agatha Christie Theatre Company are celebrating their 10th anniversary and to mark it are bringing one of her masterpieces to our wonderful Theatre Royal. A laundry list of TV stars feature in this production telling the story of a group of strangers lured to a remote island, only to find their host missing when they arrive. As the guests start to die, it is clear there is a killer among them, but…..WHODUNNIT?!
Date: Mon 13th – Sat 18th July
Time/Price: 7.45pm (Matinees at 2.30pm on Thurs & Sat) | £15 – £35
The Merry Wives of Windsor – Brighton Open Air Theatre (in association with the Rialto Theatre)
One of Shakespeare’s most well loved comedies, this production is brought to you by two of Brighton’s newest and exciting venues; the Rialto and the fantastic open air theatre (BOAT), in association with the Treason Show. This is a brand new production and promises to deliver all the comedy and farce that makes this story so popular!
Date: Wed 15th – Sun 26th July
Time/Price: 7pm (Matinee 3pm Sun 19th & 26th) | £8 – £12.50
A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Barn Theatre, Southwick
Having directed and choreographed for the Southwick Players myself, I am a huge supporter of this wonderful company, who are now bringing a wonderful 1920s setting to this classic Elizabethan fairy tale. Arguably one of Shakespeare’s most well loved works, this romantic comedy lends itself so well to the exciting and exuberant 1920s era and will be sure to have you laughing and falling in love with the story all over again, or for the first time!
Date: Wed 22nd – Mon 27th July
Time/Price: 7.30pm (Matinee 2.30pm) | £11
Paul Zenon – Linking Rings – Rialto Theatre
Paul Zenon is most widely known as the pioneer of street magic in the UK but he is also an author as well as an expert on the famous escape artiste Harry Houdini. He has also appeared on numerous television shows and with La Clique. Now he is bringing something entirely new to one of Brighton’s newest venues, The Rialto – this is a touching and true story about interlocking lives that doesn’t actually feature any magic, but is still entirely magical
Date: Weds 29th – Thurs 30th July | Time/Price: 8pm | £10/£8