Theatre Events

Great Expectations

Devonshire Park Theatre, Compton Street, Eastbourne

Tuesday-Saturday March 27-31, 7.45pm with 2.30pm matinees on Wednesday and Saturday

Tickets £16-£23.50/concs £1.50 off evening performances only/students and u16s £9/u25s £10

Olivier Award-winning Nichola McAuliffe, the star of TV’s Surgical Spirit and the movies Tomorrow Never Dies and Cheri, plays Miss Havisham in a new stage adaptation by Ken Bentley of the classic by Charles Dickens. Following a terrifying encounter with an escaped convict, young Pip is given a chance to better himself when he visits the reclusive Miss Havisham in her decaying mansion. There, he meets and falls in love with Estella and, with the help of an anonymous benefactor, he moves to the city to win her heart and become part of the educated elite. Picture: Matt Austin.

Phone 01323 412000 or visit eastbournetheatres.co.uk.




Whilst The Rest Were Sleeping

The Old Market, 11a Upper Market Street, Hove

Wednesday and Thursday March 28 and 29, 7pm, 8pm and 9pm

Tickets £15/TOM’s Friends 15%

London-based CIRCA69 attempts to piece together a mystery spanning 60 years using your phone to unlock clues hidden in portraits hanging on the wall and putting on VR headsets to visit worlds within the story. This premiere performance brings together six of CIRCA69’s works. It requires a smartphone for each member of the audience, so bring it along, charged. If you don’t have one, contact the venue.

Phone 01273 201801 or visit theoldmarket.com.




Teechers

White Rock Theatre, White Rock, Hastings

Wednesday March 28, 2pm and 7.30pm

Tickets £19.50/Friends and groups £4.50 off/schools £10

Blackeyed Theatre stages a revival of Teechers, John Godber’s classic comedy about life at a struggling sink school. The production brings to life an array of frightening teachers and hopeless pupils through the eyes of three Year 11 pupils about to leave school for good. It features an up-to-date soundtrack and is directed by Adrian McDougall.

Phone 01424 462288 or visit whiterocktheatre.org.uk.




Teechers

Regis Centre, Belmont Street, Bognor Regis

Thursday March 29, 7.30pm

Tickets £16.50/concs £15.50/school groups £10.50. Age 11+

Blackeyed Theatre stages a revival of Teechers, John Godber’s classic comedy about life at a struggling sink school. The production brings to life an array of frightening teachers and hopeless pupils through the eyes of three Year 11 pupils about to leave school for good. It features an up-to-date soundtrack and is directed by Adrian McDougall.

Phone 01243 861010 or visit alexandratheatre.co.uk.




Chris Wood: The Close Up Show

The Loft, The Hawth, Hawth Avenue, Crawley

Saturday April 14, 7pm

Tickets £16.50. Not recommended for u10s

This intimate evening of close-up magic, trickery and sleight of hand features world-class magicians from The Magic Circle. Performers vary and a limited audience experience magic in an intimate setting, with some taking part too.

Phone 01293 553636 or visit parkwoodtheatres.co.uk.




Brighton Festival 2018

Various venues, Brighton and Hove

Saturday Sunday May 5-27

Brighton-based visual artist David Shrigley (pictured) is the guest director at this year’s Brighton Festival, following in the footsteps of arts luminaries including Kate Tempest, Laurie Anderson, Ali Smith, Hofesh Shecter and Michael Rosen. His offbeat take is reflected in an eclectic programme spanning music, theatre, dance, visual art, film, literature and debate, from Brighton Festival commission Problem in Brighton, a brand new alt rock/pop pantomime, written and directed by David Shrigley himself to a live durational reading of Camus’s seminal The Myth of Sisyphus, and performances from genderqueer rock‘n’roll hero Ezra Furman and cult-favourite Amanda Palmer. Alongside Life Model II, a follow-up to the artist’s Turner Prize-nominated installation of the same name, which invites visitors to take part in a life drawing class with a sculpture of a nine-foot-tall woman as the ‘model’, there is an illustrated talk billed as ‘containing numerous rambling anecdotes… not in the slightest bit boring’, and a screening of a documentary about his work. Other events close to the artist’s heart include an exclusive collaboration between orchestral collective Stargaze and one of his favourite bands, Deerhoof; an exhibition by San-Francisco-based artist and trucker Brett Goodroad (picture below); and a double bill from his friend Malcolm Middleton, one half of Arab Strap, and Scottish musician Iain Shaw, whose quirky folk song-smithery has turned Shrigley’s poems into incisive songs on albums like Awesome and Listening to Slayer. Picture of David Shrigley: Victor Frankowski. Picture below: John Janca.

Phone 01273 709709, email tickets@brightonfestival.org or visit brightonfestival.org.




Chris Wood: The Close Up Show

The Loft, The Hawth, Hawth Avenue, Crawley

Saturday May 19, 7pm

Tickets £16.50. Not recommended for u10s

This intimate evening of close-up magic, trickery and sleight of hand features world-class magicians from The Magic Circle. Performers vary and a limited audience experience magic in an intimate setting, with some taking part too.

Phone 01293 553636 or visit parkwoodtheatres.co.uk.




Steyning Festival

Various venues in Steyning, Bramber, Beeding, Ashurst, Washington and Ashington

Saturday-Saturday May 26-June 9

Local, national and international talent is showcased during a fortnight of diverse programmed events, an artistic festival run by the community with the community and for the community. The programme covers theatre, music, visual arts including an art trail, walks and tours, literature, talks and community events.

Phone 01903 812062 or visit steyningfestival.co.uk.




The Tempest With The Lord Chamberlain’s Men

Charleston, Firle, Lewes

Thursday June 14, 7.30pm

Tickets £18-£20

The Lord Chamberlain’s Men, an all-male theatre company, performs The Tempest, Shakespeare’s masterpiece. Prospero, the usurped and exiled Duke of Milan, washes up on a distant and mystical island with his baby daughter Miranda. It’s a place where magical powers reign supreme and its only inhabitants, the sprite Ariel and brutish Caliban, answer his every command. Now his brother, his enemy, is sailing towards him and Prospero raises a tempestuous storm to shipwreck him.

Phone 01323 811626 or visit charleston.org.uk.




Chris Wood: The Close Up Show

The Loft, The Hawth, Hawth Avenue, Crawley

Saturday June 16, 7pm

Tickets £16.50. Not recommended for u10s

This intimate evening of close-up magic, trickery and sleight of hand features world-class magicians from The Magic Circle. Performers vary and a limited audience experience magic in an intimate setting, with some taking part too.

Phone 01293 553636 or visit parkwoodtheatres.co.uk.




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