Family Events

Theatre Workshop Course

Theatre Royal, New Road, Brighton

Tuesdays January 23 and 30, February 6, 20 and 27, and March 6, 13 and 20, all 4.15pm

Age 10-12

This 10-week course, led by Joy Forsyth and run by Theatre Arts South, is aimed at youngsters interested in finding out more about theatre, including performing, writing, directing, designing and stage management. No experience is necessary.

Phone 0844 871 7650 or visit

Aliens, Zombies and Monsters! The Weird World of Aaron Blecha

Hove Museum & Art Gallery, 19 New Church Road, Hove
Until Tuesday September 4, 10am-5pm
Free admission
Popular children’s writer and illustrator Aaron Blecha reveals the tricks of his trade in this fun display. The Hove-based creator is best-known for books like Goodnight, Grizzle Grump! and the Shark School series and in this display will give museum visitors a peek into the process behind his work – starting from initial ideas and doodles to creating characters and finished books. Picture: Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove.

Read our feature on Aliens, Zombies and Monsters.
Phone 0300 029 0900 or visit

Remix the Museum Animation Workshops

Museum Lab, Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, 12A Pavilion Parade, Brighton

Saturday February 24, 2pm-4pm

Free with admission/members and residents free. Ages 13-25

In these new monthly workshops, young people can learn how to create their own animations and Gifs and help bring museum objects to life. They can use their own smartphone or use the equipment provided. The drop-in workshops are run with Brighton Youth Film Festival and Sheepfilms.

Phone 0300 029 0900 or visit

George’s Marvellous Medicine

Theatre Royal, New Road, Brighton

Tuesday February 27, 6.30pm

Tickets £19-£24.50. Age 5+

Most grandmothers are lovely, kind helpful old ladies. Not George’s grandmother. George’s grandmother likes to gobble up slugs and bugs and is always telling George what to do. But one day when George is left alone with the grizzly old grunion, George concocts a brand new medicine to cure her of her cruelty. Roald Dahl’s story is adapted by David Wood for this production, which stars Preston Nyman as George, Emmerdale’s Lisa Howard as Grandmother, Catherine Morris and Justin Wilman as George’s parents and Chandni Mistry as the Chicken. Picture: Manuel Harlan.

Phone 0844 871 7650 or visit

Chinese New Year Extravaganza

The Hawth, Hawth Avenue, Crawley

Tuesday February 27, 7.30pm

Tickets £24/over 60s £22/child £18

A team of performers showcase Chinese performing arts in this extravaganza celebrating the biggest festive event on the Chinese calendar. Enjoy the Lion Dance, Chinese acrobats, kung fu performances, Face Changing and awe-inspiring contortion.

Phone 01293 553636 or visit

Sing-along-a Beauty and the Beast

The Hawth, Hawth Avenue, Crawley

Thursday March 1, 7.30pm

Tickets £18/discounts £13.50

A screening of Disney’s new adaptation of the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast has on-screen lyrics so everyone can join in with songs including Be Our Guest, Belle, Gaston and Beauty and the Beast. The movie stars Emma Watson, Ewan McGregor and Emma Thompson. There is a pre-show warm-up – and come along dressed as your favourite character.

Phone 01293 553636 or visit


Regis Centre, Belmont Street, Bognor Regis

Friday March 2, 7.30pm

Tickets £21.50/concs £19.50.u16s £15.50/dance schools £12.50

Vienna Festival Ballet perform Cinderella, the rags-to-riches classic fairy tale. Featuring a mistreated young girl, a glass slipper, two ugly step-sisters and a handsome prince, the production is based on the traditional story, with music by Rossini and choreography by Sheila Styles.

Phone 01243 861010 or visit

The Lock in ‘Folk Fairy Tale’

The Old Market, 11a Upper Market Street, Hove

Friday March 2, 8pm

Tickets £18/concs £16

The Breaking Tradition dance company present a comical new version of their critically acclaimed folk and hip hop, with live music from The Demon Barbers. It combines elements of the Grimm fairytales with a funked-up music score and new choreography.

Phone 01273 201801 or visit

Stories with Skip

Theatre Royal, New Road, Brighton

Saturday March 3, 10am (55 minutes)

Tickets £3-£5. Age 2-4

Celebrating spring is the theme for today’s activities, which include stories, puppets and mini makes. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Phone 0844 871 7650 or visit

Skip’s After School Club – Faerie & Elfin School

Theatre Royal, New Road, Brighton

Wednesday March 7, 4pm-5.30pm

Tickets £7.50. Age 6-10

Children can play warm-up games, take a look on stage, take part in themed drama and craft activities led by workshop leaders, and enjoy squash and biscuits. The session includes a look on stage.

Phone 0844 871 7650 or visit

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