Brighton Theatre – Our top ten shows for February

Published On January 23, 2015 | By Jo Sutherland | Theatre & Arts Features

With so many amazing companies and shows visiting Brighton’s venues every month it can be hard to choose what to go and see! We’re making things a bit easier for you by picking our top ten Brighton Theatre shows every month, check them out below. Don’t forget to also check out our Free Things to do in Brighton in February and our Top Comedy Shows in February.

Homebrewed: Double Bill – Beetle and BirdBrighton Theatre The Marlborough

The Marlborough Theatre presents new work from two exciting graduate companies from Chichester Univeristy and University of Brighton, as part of an initiative to develop new talent and get more exciting new performance made in our city.

Date: Weds 4th Feb
Time/Price: 7pm – 9.30pm | £8/£6

Slash Night 2Brighton Theatre – The Marlborough

A night of literary smut. Readings and talks about slash fanfiction, erotica and romance stories featuring all your favourite same sex couples. From Kirk and Spock to Britanny and Santana, via Holmes and Watson, Harry and Draco and more. Slash authors, slash fans and the slash curious come together to explore and celebrate the internet’s best dirty secret.

Date: Fri 13th Feb
Time/Price: 8pm – 9.30pm | £7/£5

Big Daddy vs Giant HaystacksBrighton Theatre – Rialto Theatre

Every Saturday, 1976 – 1988, millions of Britons were in the grip of an extraordinary sports phenomenon: watching two fat men pretend to fight. This is their story. This ‘excellent new play’ (British Theatre Guide) was a knockout hit at Edinburgh 2013 and won the Chris Neville Theatre Award for  Best Fringe Production.

Date: Weds 18th Feb
Time/Price: 8pm | £10/£8

Justin Vivian Bond: Love Is CrazyBrighton Theatre – Brighton Dome, Corn Exchange

After sold-out shows in Paris and New York, cabaret legend and trans-genre artist Justin Vivian Bond celebrates Valentine’s with Love is Crazy, a seductive musical evening of songs and stories about love.  Expect the unexpected with original compositions and songs originally made famous by The Cure, The Divine Comedy, Pet Shop Boys, Patti Smith and more.

Date: Weds 18th Feb
Time/Price: 8.30pm | £14/£12

Where Do Little Birds Go?Brighton Theatre Rialto Theatre

It’s 1966 and Lucy Fuller is 18 years old and working at Winston’s Nightclub. One night Lucy is kidnapped by the Kray twins and locked in a flat with an escaped murderer. This is the terrifying story of Lucy’s time with Ronnie, Reggie and Frank “The Mad Axeman” Mitchell. Brought to you by Duckdown Theatre and Heavy Weather.

Date: Thurs 19th – Sat 21st Feb
Time/Price: 7.30pm | £7 – £12

How The Victorians Ruined The WorldBrighton Theatre – Otherplace at The Basement

Flushing toilets, tube trains, the theory of natural selection and Christmas trees in every home. Just some of the finest legacies of the Victorian age…or did they bring a global sanitation crisis, rush hour misery, Creationists and annual family fights over the remains of a chocolate selection box?

Date: Fri 20th Feb
Time/Price: 8pm | £8/£6

The Private Ear & Black ComedyBrighton Theatre – New Venture Theatre

Join the New Venture Theatre for a double bill. The Private Ear, directed by Dan Walker, focuses on Bob’s big date with Doreen, the “Perfect Woman”… or so he thinks. Ian Black’s Black Comedy is second on the bill; an unexpected gathering of neighbours, intendeds and exes congregate in a dark room. What could possibly go wrong…?

Date: Fri 20th – Sat 28th Feb (Exc Mon 23rd Feb)
Time/Price: 7.30pm (2.30pm Sun) | £8/£9

Dead SimpleBrighton Theatre – Theatre Royal, Brighton

Following the nationwide critically acclaimed hit premiere stage production of Peter James’ The Perfect Murder earlier this year, the best-selling work of the No.1 novelist returns to the stage in 2015 with the adaptation of his most famous and popular book to date and the first book that featured James’ now famous character of Detective Roy Grace – Dead Simple.

Date: Mon 23rd – Sat 28th Feb
Time/Price: 7.45pm (Also 2.30pm Weds, Thurs & Sat) | £12.90 – £38.90

Little Angel Theatre: Handa’s SurpriseBrighton Theatre – Brighton Dome, Studio Theatre

Travel to Kenya and follow in Handa’s footsteps as she journeys to see her best friend Akeyo, in the next village. Handa is taking seven delicious fruits as a surprise – but seven different, hungry animals have seven very different ideas…  A vibrant and magical blend of puppetry, live music, gentle storytelling and audience participation, Handa’s Surprise is the perfect introduction to theatre for little ones aged 2-6.

Date: Thurs 26th – Sat 28th Feb
Time/Price: 10.30am, 12pm, 1.30pm, Fri + 3pm | £7, £5 conc/£22 family

I Am HamletBrighton Theatre – Dukebox Theatre

By arrangement with Lazy Bee Scripts, ZLS Theatre presents I Am Hamlet, a one-act comedy thriller by Richard James. Some people live for the theatre. For others, theatre lives in them. Am-dram director Tom Grainger suspects there may be more to auditionee Simon Prentice than meets the eye. He’s right. A comedy thriller in one act.

Date: Fri 27th – Sat 28th Feb
Time/Price: £6 | 8pm


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